Over the last 10 years, the Rend Lake College Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus, built through the determination and generosity of the community’s residents, has served more than 4,500 students. Everyone is invited to see the facility first-hand and learn how the campus continues to serve the community at an upcoming open house.
The event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. The event is casual in nature andeveryone is welcome to come at whatever time is convenient for them. There will be tours and door prizes, stadium cups will be given out while they last, and staff will be on hand to answer questions.
“We have a beautiful facility and we are so fortunate to have this campus in our community,” said
Campus Coordinator Heather Bauersachs. “It provides so many opportunities for our students. Please join us as we celebrate our first 10 years.”
For the past decade, the partnership between Pinckneyville and Rend Lake College has worked for the benefit of the community. Since Fall 2002, the campus has served approximately 4,542 students and has generated 20,495 credit hours. In addition, 381 high school students have taken 3,463 hours of tuition-free dual-credit classes.
The Pinckneyville campus project first became possible with the support of Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust, an anonymous donor and State Senators Bill O’Daniel and David Luechtefeld. Things have come a long way since a dozen area leaders, shovels in hands, broke ground on the project on a frontage lot along Highway 154.
The Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus now offers students general education courses, community education opportunities, computer workshops, children’s camps, first aid and CPR training, and specialized computer training requested by area businesses. It also provides dual-enrollment and dual-credit classes in which Pinckneyville Community High School students can earn college credit.
The capabilities of the campus took another leap forward in Fall 2011, when the new Science and Computer Center opened for business. This addition allows students at the Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus to earn a complete Associate Degree in some disciplines without ever having to travel to the main campus in Ina. This project again was the result of the citizens and leaders in Pinckneyville banding together to raise the money with the help of the Rend Lake College Foundation.