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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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volunteersOfAmerica The administration, faculty, and staff of Rend Lake College firmly believe in the concept that student learning should extend beyond the classroom and that each student should develop an understanding of their civic responsibility and recognize the value and importance of community service.

One way in which students can demonstrate an awareness of the opportunities and responsibilities of citizenship is through participation in a volunteerism course. Through enrollment in Volunteerism 1100 students can earn .5 or 1 credit hour by volunteering in approved community service experiences. Opportunities may include, but are not limited to, tutoring, literacy training, neighborhood improvement, environmental programs, animal shelter care, assistance for the elderly or disabled, and supplementing the work of mental health car providers.

For more information or to enroll in the course, contact the Cooperative Education and Employment Services Department.

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 Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 at 5:00PM at the RLC Historic Schoolhouse. We will discuss the Colorado Rockies and New England Charm 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.


The Colorado Rockies 

Join us for a scenic tour of Colorado and Utah. You’ll traverse the Rocky Mountains and explore four national parks along the way. At every turn you will find the beauty of nature in the form of Alpine lakes, towering peaks, and rolling meadows. This tour opens in the “Mile High City” of Denver, home to the famous 16th Street Mall. Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the largest national parks in the United States, offers up views where majestic mountains stand in stark contrast to deep, rugged canyons. There is something for everyone on this trip! You’ll journey through Colorado’s wine country, enjoy an Old West adventure filled with traditional cowboy food and entertainment, and even visit the historic Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining.

July 20-28, 2018                        9 Days, 12 Meals.

$2,999 pp double occupancy

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


New England's Fall Charm

Take a journey highlighting the fall foliage, natural beauty, traditional charm and friendly people of New England. Come to know Boston’s Yankee charm during a tour that highlights Beacon Hill, the Old South Meeting House, Boston Public Garden, the historic North End, Old North Church, the USS Constitution and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. As we travel through the beautiful Green Mountains, witness the transformation of color while en route to Vermont’s Billings Farm and Museum.   We then continue to charming coastal Portsmouth, New Hampshire, one of America’s oldest cities and a thriving port city during the revolutionary period. Finally, join your fellow travelers for a true taste of New England during your farewell dinner featuring the local delicacy – lobster!                                          

October 19-October 26, 2018 

8 Days, 11 Meals                                                                                     

$3,149 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.

Supervisory & Management

The Center for Business Services can customize a variety of business supervisory and management related courses designed to improve the skills of your employees. Following are examples of courses that have been provided:

  • Business Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cooperative Education/Internships
  • Customer Service
  • Employment Placement Services
  • Evaluations
  • Fitness Programs
  • Food Sanitation
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Job Analysis
  • Leadership
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Management
  • Motivation
  • Online Library Research Services
  • Personal Performance
  • Improvement
  • Problem Solving
  • Six Sigma
  • Small Business Counseling/Workshops
  • Supervision
  • Team Building
  • Terminations
  • Theory of Constraints
  • Time Management
  • Videoconferencing Services
  • WorkKeys Skills Assessment

Industrial Courses

In partnership with the Career-Technical Divisions of the college, we provide a variety of industrial and other training courses and programs to meet the needs of your business.

  • Blue Print Reading
  • Criminal Justice/Security
  • Electricity
  • Electronics
  • Emergency Medical Services - AHA CPR & First Aid | AHA Instructor Training/CPR & AED | Automated External Defibrillator | First Responder | Basic EMT | EMT—Paramedic
  • Ergonomics
  • Forklift
  • Hydraulics
  • Horticulture/Grounds Maintenance
  • Mechanics-Auto/Diesel/Heavy Equipment
  • MSHA
  • OSHA - Hazardous Material | Hazardous Waste | Lockout/Tagout
  • Pneumatics
  • Robotics
  • Truck Driving - CDL Review
  • Welding - GMAW | MIG/TIG | Oxyacetylene | Plasma

Computer Courses

  • Adobe - InDesign | Photoshop
  • C
  • C++
  • Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Computer Maintenance
  • GIS Mapping
  • Graphic Design
  • Java
  • Microsoft Office Software - Access (Database Management) | Excel (Spreadsheet) | Word (Word Processing) | PowerPoint (Presentation) | Publisher (Desktop Publishing)
  • Microsoft Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Networking
  • Point of Sale
  • QuickBooks
  • Switching and Routing
  • Visual Basic
  • Web Page


OSHA General Industry 10 Hour and 30 Hour

This course is an overview of the basic OSHA safety standards. Learn vital safety and health information to all personnel responsible for a safe working environment on the job site. Topics include the inspection and citation process, working and walking surfaces, electrical safety, machine guarding, and emergency action plans. Attendees will better understand OSHA’s role in the industry. After completing the required hours, participants will receive the OSHA Certification Card.

Accident Prevention
Back Safety & Lifting Techniques
Bloodborne Pathogens
Confined Space Entry
EMT/First Aid/CPR
Hazardous Materials
Industrial Truck Training
Lock Out/Tag Out
OSHA 10-Hour Refresher

$62 for 10 Hour—Scheduled upon request.
$186 for 30 Hour—Scheduled upon request.

American Heart Association Community Training Center

The training center houses our programming through the American Heart Association.
Go to American Heart Association Community Training Center Home 

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Community and Corporate Education