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Community & Corporate Education

This division encompasses Cosmetology (also including Barbering, Esthetics and Nail Technology), Culinary Arts, and Truck Driver Training. Work Ethics and Community Education classes are offered by this division. Business and Industry Training, Computer Workshops, Cooperative Education and Volunteerism are part of Community and Corporate Education as well.

Contact Community & Corporate Education

Community & Corporate Education Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1367
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Community & Corporate Education
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Community & Corporate Education






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Quick Computer Workshops

Education To Go

Rend Lake College offers a wide range of highly interactive courses for personal or professional development that you can take entirely over the Internet. Each class will include 2 lessons per week for a six week period. All of our courses include expert instructors. For a complete schedule, visit:


Institute of Lifelong Learning

Trips & Tours


No Compromise: Missouri's Role in the Civil War

Travel back in time as we visit the Missouri Civil War Museum and other locations.

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We begin with a visit to the Old Courthouse and a ranger led tour. The Old Courthouse was the site of the first two trials of the pivotal Dred Scott case in 1847 and 1850. It was also where Virginia Minor's case for a woman's right to vote came to trial in the 1870s. We tour this historic  structure, and visit the restored courtrooms to learn more about our 19th century judicial system. Next, we enjoy lunch at The Lodge at Grant’s Trail. This afternoon we visit the Missouri Civil War Museum. The MO Civil War Museum has become one of the largest Civil War Museums in the nation and will be one of the largest Civil War research libraries in the nation as well. Our focus is entirely on Missouri’s role in the American Civil War. We will conclude with a drive through Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, which was established during the Civil War in 1863 and is the final resting place for some 16,000 Civil War Soldiers. (Note:  to see the Civil War tombstones, you will have to de-board the coach and walk – this can be optional). Tour fees, lunch, gratuities, and charter bus transportation are included. 

You must pre-register by March 12th.


ILR 9300-01     Thursday, 4/19

Bus departs from Main Campus at 7:30am : return by 6:30pm

Bus departs from Mt. Vernon MarketPlace at 8:00am: return by 6:00pm


Churches of St. Louis

Enjoy a unique day of exploring the churches of St. Louis.

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We will begin our day at Trinity Lutheran Church for a tour by Dennis Amman, sexton. He will show you the beautiful sanctuary, their priceless communion chalice (if available), and speak of the fascinating history of this church, which was the birthplace of today's Missouri Synod.  Next we visit the Shrine of St. Joseph, with its vast history, this beautiful old church had its beginning in 1843.  Founded by Jesuits to serve a residential German community, the church is the site of the only authenticated miracle in the Midwest. Next we enjoy lunch at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and take a tour of the church as well. After lunch, we visit and tour the Cathedral Basilica, an amazing architectural structure home to 83,000 square feet of mosaics. Round out our day with a visit to Christ Church Cathedral, an inspiring space for worship, prayer and advocacy for the neighborhood and city.  The Cathedral is an example of 14th century Early English Gothic and is well-known for its stained glass windows, organ and its reredos, carved between 1909 and 1911 and shipped to the Cathedral in 230 cases, the reredos consist of 52 religious figures and biblical scenes in stone. (Please note, some churches may not be available due to funerals or other church functions that may arise.  We will do our best to schedule the churches listed above, but may need to substitute at the last minute due to funerals, weddings, or special church ceremonies.) Tour fees, lunch,  gratuities, and charter bus transportation are included.

You must pre-register by April 11th.


ILR 9300-02     Friday, 5/11

Bus departs from Main Campus at 7:30am: return by 6:30pm

Bus departs from Mt. Vernon Marketplace at 8:00am: return by 6:00pm


Collette Vacations

RLC is partnering with Collette Vacations to offer you exciting travel opportunities! Collette is known for handling the details with expertise while you realize the rewards of travel.

An Informational Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 5:00PM at the RLC Historic Schoolhouse. We will discuss the Iceland and South Pacific trips and answer questions. Details on an Early Booking Discount will also be provided.  If you will be attending this meeting, please RSVP by contacting Community & Corporate Education at (618) 437-5321, x1714.


Iceland's Magical Northern Lights 

The “land of fire and ice” is a place of many wonders, including the rare opportunity to see the spectacular aurora borealis – or northern lights. This tour will bring you on a search for that once-in-a-lifetime moment. Take an exhilarating evening northern lights cruise. Travel to the “Golden Circle,” home to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Spend time at Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Gaze at the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall – one of the world's most incredible cascades. At the Lava Exhibition Center, learn about Iceland’s volcanic history and its impact on daily life. Explore Skogar Folk Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the natural geothermal pool, the Blue Lagoon. Spend your evenings gazing at the night sky in search of the elusive and dazzling northern lights.

November 13-19, 2019                        7 Days, 10 Meals.

$3,999 pp double occupancy

*Book early to take advantage of lower rates. Single and Triple rates available upon request.


Discover the South Pacific Wonders

Explore two great countries of the Southern Hemisphere – Australia and New Zealand. From the tropical splendor of the Great Barrier Reef on Australia’s northeast coast to the ethereal beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand’s South Island, this journey to the lands "Down Under" brings you the best of both countries at an enjoyable pace. Cruise Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound. Meet Australia’s wildlife up close. Discover the wonders of Aboriginal culture. Indulge in regional flavors during lunch at a family-run merino sheep farm and experience Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

February 4-18, 2020 

15 Days, 21 Meals                                                                                

$6,799 pp double occupancy                                                                                                                                                          

*Book early to take advantage of lower rates. Single and Triple rates available upon request.

General Information

Cancellation of Classes

Nothing kills a good program faster than waiting until the last minute to register. At some point we have to determine if enrollment is sufficient to hold the class. Rend Lake College is a non-profit organization. We try to break-even on classes, at the same time we try to pay our instructors a fair wage for their time. If you are considering taking a class or you wish to show up the first night of class to register, please call and let us know. Otherwise, we must cancel low enrollment classes.


Students in Community Education classes may withdraw and receive a full refund by contacting a Rend Lake College Community Education representative at least 5 business days in advance of the first class or 10 business days in advance of a trip. No refunds will be given after that time, but a registration certificate will be issued in your name and MUST be used the following semester. No refunds or certificates will be issued following the first class session. Please call us if you must cancel a class at 437-5321, x 1714 or (800) 369- 5321, x 1714.

Course Content

Course content may be altered at the discretion of the instructor(s), and may in some instances deviate from the catalog description. We try to be as accurate as possible in describing our classes, but we allow the instructor to teach what they feel is important.

Senior Citizens

In-district residents who are 60 years of age or older qualify as senior citizens for tuition purposes and are entitled to take college credit courses provided that class has the required number of tuition paying students enrolled and that the classroom has available space tuition-free. The college reserves the right to use the qualifying age for senior citizen waivers, as dictated by State statute, which is 65 years of age or older for specific programs and departments. This does not include applicable fees charged for credit classes, nor does it include Community Education (COMED or ILR ) classes . Senior citizens may be charged a fee of $50 or more for repeating classes more times than credit can be claimed.


We get many calls from individuals outside of the Rend Lake College District regarding out-of-district fees. With Community Education classes, there is no need to worry about being out-of-district. It does not affect your fees nor your attendance. We encourage any one who has an interest in our classes to attend.


Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Training

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Choose Rend Lake College as your training center to earn a concealed carry license. To register for the class, contact the RLC Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714. Registration and payment must be completed by the day before the class, and will be accepted until the class is full.

Corporate Education

Upcoming Workshops:

Community & Corporate Education is dedicated to meeting the training/retraining needs of business and industry and providing residents of the college district with the training needed to upgrade skills or obtain full-time employment. A unique variety of courses, workshops, and other training opportunities are available. The Center can also provide “customized” training to area employers using Rend Lake College instructors, staff, and consultants. Training can be delivered on-site, on the Rend Lake College campus, at the Rend Lake College Marketplace in Mt. Vernon, or the Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus

Students with an interest in your type of business are available through Rend Lake College for employment. This allows the student to gain valuable on-the-job training while enhancing your employee base. By hiring these students, you have made a great contribution to their education and their prospect of employment in the future. Help us train tomorrow’s workforce!

For more information or to register, phone (618) 437-5321, ext. 1367.

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Community and Corporate Education