Southwestern Illinois College

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Southwestern Illinois College
Motto Think it. Be it.
Established 1946
Type Community
President Dr. Georgia Costello
Academic staff 139 full-time, 700 part-time
Students 16,245 (Fall 04)
Location Belleville, Granite City, Red Bud, Illinois, United States
Campus Suburban/Urban
Colors Blue and White
Nickname SWIC
Mascot a snow leopard named Kashmir [1]
Website http://www.swic.edu/

Southwestern Illinois College is the fifth largest community college in Illinois with campuses in Belleville, Granite City, and Red Bud, plus 20 off-campus sites throughout the district, including Scott Air Force Base and East St. Louis Community College Center.

History[edit]

The college was founded in 1946 as Belleville Junior College, operating under the jurisdiction of Belleville Township High School District 201. More than 60 percent of the 169 students enrolled for its first semseter were World War II veterans who had just returned from service.

In 1965, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Junior College Act, which created community college districts throughout the state. The following year, area residents voted to establish the Class I Belleveille Junior College District 522. Belleville Junior College became Belleville Area College July 1, 1967.

Construction of the Belleville Campus on Carlyle Avenue was completed in 1971. In 1983, the college opened the Granite City Center, followed by the Red Bud Center two years later. Both sites received approval for campus status from the Illinois Community College Board in July 1985. In 1999, a vote to change the name of Belleville Area College was passed. On Jan. 1, 2000, the college name changed to Southwestern Illinois College.[2]

Campuses[edit]

The college has three campuses, on Carlyle Avenue in Belleville, in Granite City and in Red Bud.

Organization and administration[edit]

The college president is Dr. Georgia Costello.

Academic profile[edit]

The college offers more than 150 diverse programs that lead to a bachelor's degree or directly to employment.[3] SWIC also serves the community through Community Education, Programs and Services for Older Persons (PSOP) and Selsius™ Corporate and Career Training.[4]

  • Community Education offers something for everyone regardless of age or interests. Noncredit classes are available online, at one of our campuses or at a variety of local schools.[5]
  • PSOP offers senior citizens educational, volunteer and social activities, as well as counseling, wellness, transportation and other programs.[6]
  • Selsius™ is the business and industry center for Southwestern Illinois helping organizations improve operations through employee training, assessment, education, testing, focus groups, and other resources specific to the needs of businesses and their industries.[7]

Student life[edit]

No dorms on campus Southwestern Illinois College has many clubs on all three campuses. Including College Democrats, Phi Theta Kappa, and college activities.

Every year the students elect someone to represent them on the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Illinois College. In April of 2014 the students elected Nick Raftopoulos from the Granite City campus to be there voice on the board.

Sport[edit]

College athletics teams are called the Blue Storm.

Noted people[edit]

Students

Justin Hampson- New York Mets player

Matt Hughes- retired mixed martial artist for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC Hall of Fame member[8]

Sandra Magnus - NASA astronaut

Randy Wells - Chicago Cubs/Texas Rangers player


Staff

Van Allen Plexico - author

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