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Social Work


This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate in Arts Degree. The curriculum is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in social work.

The Social Work transfer program at Rend Lake College provides students with the background in behavioral science and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year institution. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring or an advisor at Rend Lake College for any additional requirements.

SOCIAL WORK - Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

ARTS & SCIENCES DIVISION

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (14 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 2101 Social Problems (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts (3)
  • Elective (1)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • ECON 2101 Principles of Economics I (3)
  • MATH 1111 Statistics 1 (3)
  • SOCI 2102 Marriage and the Family (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)

Fourth Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ANTH 1101 Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • PSYC 2102 Child Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology 1 (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Science (3)
  • Elective (4)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

Program Outcomes

Social Work

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of generalist social work practice by applying key terms, concepts, and theories. 
  2. Students will identify the ethical values and standards of the social work profession.
  3. Students will apply critical thinking skills in relation to client needs and situations through the use of case studies and scenarios.
  4. Students will discuss the skills and abilities needed to advocate for human rights and social justice. 
  5. Students will identify at-risk populations. 
  6. Students will recognize the importance of human diversity.

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Sociology


This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate in Arts Degree. The curriculum is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in sociology.

The Sociology transfer program at Rend Lake College provides students with the background in sociology and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year institution. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring or an advisor at Rend Lake College for any additional requirements.

Associate in Arts Degree

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (13 Cr. Hrs.)

ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)

SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology 1 (3)

Elective – Fine Arts (3)

Elective – Science with Lab (4)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)

HEA 1101 Health Education (2)

POLI 1101 State and Local Government (3)

PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology (3)

SOCI 2101 Social Problems (3)

COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)

Third Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

ANTH 1101 Cultural Anthropology (3)

MATH 1111 Statistics 1 (4)

PSYC 2105 Social Psychology (3)

SPAN 1101 Elementary Spanish I (4)

Elective – Humanities (3)

Fourth Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

ENGL 2106 Intermediate Composition (3)

SOCI 2102 Marriage and the Family (3)

SPAN 1102 Elementary Spanish II (4)

Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)

Elective – Science (3)

Elective (1)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

Program Outcomes

Sociology

  • Utilize the major sociological theories to analyze the situation orally or in writing
  • Identify ways unseen social forces influence the situation and communicate these ideas orally or in writing
  • Apply basic sociological concepts and vocabulary to understand social groups and interactions
  • Provide a written or oral example of how one's culture might lead to conformity and conflict

Articulation


Articulation agreements document a pathway between Rend Lake College and the following schools for the academic program(s) listed.

If you are a student interested in transferring to a 4-year university and want to focus on agriculture at RLC, talk to your advisor about class options.

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Theatre


The Rend Lake College Theatre Department offers classes in acting and theatre. Each year, the RLC Theatre program is committed to producing two shows – a fall play and a spring children’s show. Auditions for the shows are open to students and community members who want to gain experience and training on the stage.

Program Outcomes

Theater

  • Employ knowledge of specific theatrical elements and associated practices
  • Demonstrate, through written works and oral presentations, an understanding of the historical and current impact of theatre upon its society
  • Analyze and evaluate live theatrical performances in an educated voice
  • Demonstrate believable and effective performance skills through a solo presentation

Fall Play

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Sinbad
Auditions: 6:00 pm Tuesday, September 3
Evening Performances: 7:00 pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 7-10 
Matinee Performance: 2:00 pm Sunday, November 11
RLC Theatre

Tickets: $12 
Tickets on sale October 21. Call (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1467 to preorder. Or you can buy at the door, if available.

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Spring Children's Show

Flummoxed Fairy Tales — written and directed by Tracey Webb — is our annual play performed for thousands of area grade school students. Check the Events Calendar for dates

 

Thespians

RLC Thespians practice a form of acting called Comedy Improvisation. They perform the same kind of quick-thinking acting exercises as seen on television's "Who's line is it anyway," as well as the exercises "Second City" school of Improvisational acting has mastered. This sort of acting led to the popular Saturday Night Live television series, still running since the 1970s!

The Thespians also rehearse written scripts and perform plays based on current events or issues that teach lessons. Club meetings take place each Friday in the theatre at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

Each spring semester, the Thespians club members perform the annual play, "Flummoxed Fairy Tales," for area grade school children. Student club members earn 3 credits while gaining acting experience in this original, comical spoof of well-known fairy tales. Busloads of grade school children arrive and are entertained for free in late April! Schools are encouraged to make reservations early because seats are limited.

Tracey Webb, the sponsor of the RLC thespians can be reached in her office by email or phone: or 618-437-5321, Ext. 1295.


THESPIANS SPRING 2018 in FLUMMOXED FAIRY TALES

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Flummoxed Fairy Tales 2011

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Treasure Island 2013 Fall Play

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The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

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The Legend of Robin Hood

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History of the RLC Theatre

The Rend Lake College Theatre has been a source of musical and theatrical entertainment and culture for the community since opening its doors in 1975. In that same time span it has served as a wonderful training tool for students and faculty, and as a gathering place for college and community functions.

The theatre was one of the few facilities on campus which were completed in the college’s master building plan (Phases I, II, III completed in 1973) and was still yet to be renovated by 2007. In November 2007, a massive renovation to the theater began and was complete by the fall of 2008. The $282,000 project greatly enhanced the theater and its ability to engage the community through sound and lighting upgrades, new and more spacious seating, a much-needed center aisle, acoustic wall treatments, new wall-to-wall carpeting, a deluxe stage curtain and valance, paint, more handicapped-accessible seating, and a repair to make the stage thrust operational once again. The transformation enhanced the experience for community members who attend RLC Theatrical productions and musical events and provides students and instructors a top-notch facility in which to train and be trained in the fine arts. Additionally, theatre and music groups in the community who use the theater on a regular basis are benefitting from the renovation.

The productions Grease and Cinderella occurred just before and after the renovation, respectively, and elicited sold-out crowds the likes of which the RLC Theatre department had not experienced in years, if ever, according to former RLC President Mark S. Kern. In fact, additional seating was required to accommodate a standing-only crowd for Cinderella. For years, the format included a theatre production in the fall and spring, and a children’s production once each year. In 2007, the children’s productions were discontinued; however, the theatre department continued to put on Flummoxed Fairy Tales which targeted audiences made up of young students from schools in the RLC district and whose actors are students of the RLC Theatre program.

Productions at RLC have included:

 Year Title  Director 
2019 Fall Play TBA  
2019 Spring Musical 9 to 5: The Musical Sara Alstat
2018 Fall Play The Nutcracker Tracey Webb
2018 Spring Musical The Addams Family Sara Alstat
2017 Fall Play The Sleeping Beauty of Loreland Tracey Webb
2017 Spring Musical The Wizard of Oz Sara Alstat
2016 Fall Play The Legend of Robin Hood Tracey Webb
2016 Spring Musical Godspell Sara Alstat
2015 Fall Play The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus Tracey Webb
2015 Spring Musical Les Miserablés Sara Alstat
2014 Fall Play The Hunchback of Notre Dame Tracey Webb
2014 Spring Musical Little Shop of Horrors Sara Alstat
2013 Fall Play Treasure Island Tracey Webb
2013 Spring Musical Into the Woods Sara Alstat
2012 Fall Play Tom Sawyer Tracey Webb
2012 Spring Musical Anything Goes Tracey Webb
2011 Fall Play  Father of the Bride Tracey Webb
2011 Spring Musical South Pacific Tracey Webb
2010 Fall Play The Three Musketeers Tracey Webb
2010 Spring Musical Cabaret Tracey Webb
2009 Fall Play Oliver Twist Tracey Webb
2009 Spring Musical Annie Get Your Gun Tracey Webb
2008 Fall Play A Christmas Carol Tracey Webb
2008 Spring Musical Cinderella Tracey Webb
2007 Fall Play Get Smart Tracey Webb
2007 Kids Musical The Coney Island of Dr. Moreau Tracey Webb
2007 Spring Musical Grease Tracey Webb
2006 Fall Play The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Tracey Webb
2006 Kids Musical When In Rome Tracey Webb
2006 Spring Musical Beauty and the Beast Tracey Webb
2005 Fall Play Miracle on 34th Street Tracey Webb
2005 Kids Musical Tumbleweeds Tracey Webb
2005 Spring Musical Chicago Tracey Webb
2004 Fall Play Pride and Prejudice Tracey Webb
2004 Kids Musical Gone With The Breeze Tracey Webb
2004 Spring Musical Footloose Tracey Webb
2003 Fall Play It's A Wonderful Life Tracey Webb
2003 Kids Musical The Twelve Dancing Princesses Tracey Webb
2003 Spring Musical Show Boat Tracey Webb 
2002 Fall Play Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Tracey Webb 
2002 Kids Musical Kilroy Was Here Tracey Webb 
2002 Spring Musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Tracey Webb 
2001 Fall Play M*A*S*H Tracey Webb 
2001 Kids Musical Flapper Tracey Webb 
2001 Spring Musical Phantom of the Country Opera Tracey Webb
2000 Fall Play The Beverly Hillbillies  Tracey Webb 
2000 Kids Musical Snow White Tracey Webb 
2000 Spring Musical Once Upon A Mattress Tracey Webb 
1999 Fall Play Robin Hood Tracey Webb 
1999 Kids Musical Music Americana Tracey Webb 
1999 Spring Musical Meet Me in St. Louis Tracey Webb 
1998 Fall Play The Butler Did It Tracey Webb 
1998 Spring Musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Tracey Webb 

Vocal and instrumental performers from the RLC Music Department lend their talents to our productions, in addition to performing at the RLC Theatre and out in the community. In August 2005, the college hired Sara Alstat as its Music Program Coordinator and she was promoted to Director of Music in 2007. When she was hired, the RLC Concert Choir and Concert Band took part in a Christmas Concert and Spring Concert, in addition to providing music for RLC Theatre productions. In 2008, Christmas Caroling at Benton Square, a Great Collaborators event combining singers and pianists from area community colleges, and an Annual Madrigal Dinner were added to the list of RLC music performances. The concert band and choir have also performed at many events, such as basketball games, homecoming, RLC Commencement, and the National Junior College Athletic Association Cross Country Championships hosted by RLC in November 2007. In 2013, Alstat began directing our Spring Musicals.  

There are many aspects of RLC Theatre productions that are neither seen nor heard by audience members. The “behind-the-scenes” roles include hours and hours of preparation, and set design and construction. For this, Theatre Director Tracey Webb calls upon the services of the RLC Art Department for design and construction aspects. Additionally, students in Theatre Technology learn about building sets from the ground up.

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Truck Driver Training


Truck driving is one of the fastest-growing industries today. There is a constant demand for over-the-road drivers. It is one of the few occupations where students who complete training are almost certain to go to work immediately. Most receive job offers prior to completion of the course.

The Rend Lake College Truck Driver Training Program has trained over 1,200 drivers since 1990. This program is perfect for the person who may be unemployed or is seeking a higher-paying job. Short-term training is designed for individuals with little or no commercial driving experience.

Students receive hands-on training from experienced instructors in newer model tractor-trailers. A low student-to-instructor ratio means more personalized instruction. Individuals who complete the program receive a Commercial Driver’s License.

Degrees & Certificates in Truck Driver Training

COMMUNITY & CORPORATE EDUCATION

TRUCK DRIVER TRAINING - Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students for a career as a Truck Driver. Career opportunities exist in the field of truck driving, including intrastate and interstate. Learning will occur in the classroom and in a tractor-trailer. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Commercial Driver’s License Pre-Trip, Skills and Road Examinations will be administered.

The curriculum for this program has been developed to meet the licensing requirements for the State of Illinois.  It is not determined whether the curriculum meets licensing requirements for any other states.

► Total = 7 Hours

Special Admission Requirements –

  • Current Illinois Driver’s License
  • Intrastate students must be at least 18 years of age; interstate students must be at least 21 years of age
  • Able to meet federal Department of Transportation physical/drug screen requirements using a DOT-certified physician designated by Rend Lake College
  • Provide motor vehicle record documentation from a local Secretary of State facility

First Semester (7 Cr. Hrs.)

HEAVY EQUIPMENT TRANSPORTATION - Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students for occupations involving the maintenance, repair, and operation of semi-tractor trailer units. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the student will have a thorough knowledge of engine and brake repair, servicing, alignment, and operation of a tractor-trailer unit. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Commercial Driver’s License Pre-Trip, Skills and Road Examinations will be administered.

Gainful Employment

► Total = 26 Hours

First Semester (13 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (13 Cr. Hrs.)

Program Outcomes

Truck Driver Training

  • Pass the Illinois Secretary of State's Commercial Drivers License examination
  • Determine correct mileage by calculating safe-speed for timely delivery of commodity
 

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"I personally would not advise changing anything. The program was extremely beneficial and training has been outstanding. Dave is an extremely nice guy with a heart to do whatever he can to help his students succeed. A very relaxing, yet professional atmosphere. Thanks for such an instructional program with an equally great instructor!"

— Justin Pierce

"I could not ask for a better instructor. He is a great teacher, very patient, and very eager to help students learn."

— 2019 Student

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"Rend Lake College delivered what they promised and more: Training needed to obtain a commercial driver's license and help to find a job afterward. Thanks to their program, passing the CDL was easy and I had a good job lined up even before I graduated. My experience at RLC was time and money well invested." 

— Dan Schofield

"Great program & an amazing instructor."

— 2019 Student

 

Job Placement

Job placement assistance is included in the training. Recruiters from several major trucking companies visit each class and present information about employment opportunities with their respective companies. Students often receive job offers before graduating.

Entry Requirements

A GED or high school diploma is not required for admittance in the program.  Students must be 18 years of age, provide a copy of their Motor Vehicle Record, and have a valid driver’s license to register.  Before starting the class students must obtain a DOT Physical and drug screen with a DOT-certified physician. 

Course Information

Monday-Wednesday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Course location: Rend Lake College Ina Campus, Coal Mine Training Center

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems


Unmanned aircraft systems offer cutting-edge technology. In addition to business operations and programming, the collection and analysis of geospatial data offers a wide range of possibilities for many occupations. The use of unmanned aircraft systems provides students access to relevant, real-time data and valuable experience. The use of unmanned aircraft systems is limitless and will continue to open opportunities in many professional fields as technology improves.

According to statistics from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, UASs will create approximately 100,000 new jobs by 2025 - a total economic impact of $82 billion. Graduates from RLC’s program will be prepared to take the UAS Certification examination, given by the Federal Aviation Administration. Students who pass will have the ability to work with the UAS in the national airspace for profit.

UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS — Certificate

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

Unmanned aircraft systems offer cutting-edge technology. In addition to business operations and programming, the collection and analysis of geospatial data offers a wide range of possibilities for many occupations. The use of unmanned aircraft systems provides students access to relevant real-time data and valuable experience. Successful completion of a criminal background check is required. To become a certified operator, students must be 17 years of age, pass an aeronautical knowledge test, and be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration.

► Total = 9 Hours

First Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

UAS 1200 Intro to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (3)

UAS 1201 Advanced Unmanned Aircraft Systems (3)

UAS 1202 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Law & Test Prep (3)

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Program Outcomes

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitude to operate an sUAS in the national airspace.
  • Apply all applicable state and federal laws pertaining to sUAS flight in the national airspace
  • Perform accurate record keeping in accordance with FAA guidelines
  • Exhibit knowledge of all sUAS pre-flight procedures in accordance with FAA guidelines.
  • Successfully complete all necessary training and examinations to become an FAA licensed sUAS pilot.

Employment Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this program will be qualified for a number of employment opportunities, which might include careers in a number of private or public service sectors:

• Agriculture
• Architecture
• Army Corps of Engineers
• Computer Programming
• Cyber Security
• Information Technology
• Law Enforcement
• Military
• Photography
• Private Contracting
• Private Detective

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Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
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Veterinary Assistant


The Veterinary Assistant certificate program prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed for a career working with animals in a variety of settings such as veterinary clinics, boarding kennels, grooming salons, pet shops and animal shelters.

 

VETERINARY ASSISTANT — Occupational Certificate

ALLIED HEALTH DIVISION

► Total = 17 Hours 

Gainful Employment Information

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Fall Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • OFTC 1234 Communication in Technical Services (3)
  • VET 1210 Small Animal Nursing I (3)
  • VET 1214 Animal Grooming (3)
  • VET 1215 Veterinary Practice Management (2)
  • VET 1218 Animal Facilities Management (3)
  • VET 2231 Veterinary Technology Internship I (3)

Program Outcomes

Veterinary Assistant

  • Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the tools used in grooming.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in a clinical setting as part of a team.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate the necessary skills to handle, restrain, and apply nursing techniques to small animals.

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Visual Communication Design


“. . . Rend Lake College's program is truly an advanced study in design. The basis of graphic design that I received at RLC was beyond what most 4 year programs offer. My background at RLC has given me the upper-edge. . .” - Sara Barnett (2013 GRD RLC Graduate & Stephens College transfer student)

If you are looking for a thriving career that grows with you and challenges your creativity, let Rend Lake College get you started by enrolling in our Visual Communication Design program! We have degree and certificate options.

Designers decide the most effective way of getting a message across in print, electronic, and film media using a variety of methods, such as color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and various print and layout techniques. They help to motivate, inspire, inform, and communicate ideas, concepts, and brands by visual problem solving for a particular audience. Designers use a variety of visual solutions and computer software, such as Adobe applications, to develop and create their design solutions. Designers are instrumental in the creation of:

  • Layout & design of magazines and other publications
  • Promotional displays
  • Product packaging
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Logos and signage
  • Web sites, video, mobile applications, and other multimedia

VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN — Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Visual Communication Design includes planning, analyzing, and creating visual solutions to communication problems. Graphic designers use print, electronic, and film media while using a variety of methods such as color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and various print and layout techniques. Graphic designers develop the overall layout and production design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, and other publications. They also produce promotional displays, packaging, marketing brochures for products and services, and logos for products and business, and develop signs/ signage for systems for design, interactive media, multimedia projects and may also create the opening and closing credits of movies and television programs. Surveys of area businesses indicate a demand for graduates of this two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree program.

► Total = 67 Hours

First Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ART 1105 Drawing I 
    or GRD 1205 Drawing for Communications (3)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • GRD 1201 Introduction to Graphic Design (3)
  • GRD 1202 Typography and Color Theory (3)
  • GRD 2201 Adobe Essentials I (3)
  • MATH Math Elective (3)

Second Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (14 Cr. Hrs.)

 

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

GRAPHIC DESIGN — Certificate

Occupational Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 33 Hours

First Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

  • GRD 1201 Introduction to Graphic Design (3)
  • GRD 1202 Typography and Color Theory (3)
  • GRD 2201 Adobe Essentials I (Quark/Illustrator/Photoshop) (3)

Second Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

GRAPHIC WEB DESIGN — Certificate

Occupational Certificate

This certificate will prepare individuals with the necessary skills for entry-level positions in the area of Web Design. The curriculum emphasizes a general knowledge of design elements and principles, typography, color theory, beginning and intermediate Adobe software training, web design applications and mobile platforms in a hands-on learning experience in the laboratory classroom.

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 18 Hours

First Semester (Fall) (9 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (Spring) (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (Summer) (3 Cr. Hrs.)

GRAPHIC TECHNICIAN — Certificate

Occupational Certificate

The Graphic Technician certificate program prepares students for employment requiring design responsibilities in a variety of organizational settings. The curriculum partners the necessary knowledge of design techniques with skills needed to be successful in business settings through enhanced communication skills and a working knowledge of office systems software.

Gainful Employment

►Total = 39 Hours

First Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (12 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

MOTION DESIGN — Certificate

Occupational Certificate

The Motion Design Certificate provides fundamental knowledge of digital imaging, video, and motion graphics. Students begin with 2D and 3D fundamentals, imaging, and design. Students then study the aesthetic and design aspects of digital media with focused courses in graphic design and advanced imaging. Students explore how to animate in digital video, After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro. Motion Design professionals may pursue careers that include video production and post-production, visual effects, advertising, web applications, graphics software, architectural design, 3D modeling and simulation, and scientific research or visualization.

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 30 Hours

First Semester (12 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (12 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

 

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Program Outcomes

Graphic Design

  • Demonstrate the basic understanding of elements and principles of design.
  • Analyze a design problem through the design process.
  • Construct oral, visual, and/or written critiques upon analysis of a design.
  • Demonstrate concepts of a final product of visuals and typography utilizing oral presentation of work and a written design brief.
  • Communicate effectively as individuals and collaboratively about design concepts.
  • Prepare, design, and implement media for use by service bureau.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in graphic software applications for the completion of a design.

Articulation


Articulation agreements document a pathway between Rend Lake College and the following schools for the academic program(s) listed. Rend Lake College has entered into articulation agreements with these four-year institutions in order to enable students to transfer smoothly to those institutions provided the agreed-upon coursework is completed. See an Academic Advisor for more information.

 

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Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Email:
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science



 

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Welding Technology


Interested in the metalworking industry? RLC students have several options to work both hands-on and in the classroom to prepare for a growing workforce. With one 2-year degree and five occupational certificates, there is something for every student. The welding, soldering, and brazing industry is expected to grow by 2.4 percent, or 1,180 new jobs, between 2010 and 2020, reports the U.S. Department of Labor.

Welding programs are designed to provide the student with a wide range of welding experiences. Programs will cover welding theory, blueprint reading, metallurgy and inspection and test procedures. There will be extensive laboratory practice in SMAW, GMAW, GTAW and oxy-acetylene welding processes. The student will learn to weld with electrodes and wires in all positions common to the welding industry. Program completers will have adequate skills to qualify for employment as a welder.

WELDING TECHNOLOGY - Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Welding Technology AAS will provide welding courses designed to assist welding professionals by expanding their knowledge base, core competencies and general education. Individually, each course addresses specific workplace situations. Additionally, successful completion of all courses offered demonstrates the student’s readiness to take the American Welding Society certification examinations.

► Total = 65 Hours

First Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (12 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Technical Electives

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

WELDING TECHNOLOGY - Certificate

Welding programs are designed to provide the student with a wide range of welding experiences. Programs will cover welding theory, blueprint reading, metallurgy and inspection and test procedures. There will be extensive laboratory practice in SMAW, GMAW, GTAW and oxy-acetylene welding processes. The student will learn to weld with electrodes and wires in all positions common to the welding industry. Program completers will have adequate skills to qualify for employment as a welder.

Gainful Employment Information: 

► Total = 24 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

WELDING FUNDAMENTALS - Certificate

► Total = 12 Credit Hours

ADVANCED WELDING TECHNIQUES - Certificate

► Total = 12 Credit Hours

1 Prerequisites: WELD 1270 & WELD 1272

PIPE WELDING TECHNOLOGY - Certificate

Prerequisite: The Welding Technology Certificate or five years documented experience as a welder, ability to pass the overhead and vertical up-bend test and permission of the instructor.

► Total = 12 Credit Hours

ADVANCED METALWORKING - Certificate

This certificate is for those students who are seeking to improve their skills for the metalworking industry. Students will increase their skills in the welding, machining and layout processes that are commonly used in the metalworking industry. The skills learned will provide students with the necessary entry-level skills required by most small- to medium-sized metalworking job shops.

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 19 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (4 Cr. Hrs.)

Program Outcomes

Welding

  • Recognize the various type of welding (mig, tig, arc, pipe, etc.)
  • Interpret lines, assembly, welding symbols, testing symbols, and abbreviation on welding blueprints.
  • Interpret hand sketches
  • Perform the mathematical functions of addition, subtraction, fractions, decimal, and angular measurements.
  • Perform weld bend applications per AWS guidelines.
  • Inspect weld bend applications
  • Demonstrate appropriate safety measures to identify occupational hazards.

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Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Email:
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science



 

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