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SWIC to offer Brewing Science & Operations program starting fall 2020

In partnership with 4204 Main Street Brewing Company in Belleville, Southwestern Illinois College is proud to offer an Associate in Applied Science degree or certificate in brewing operations and fermentation science starting in the fall 2020 semester.

Students can begin the program by taking the BRW 101 Intro to Brewing Process course, which will be every Monday, starting Aug. 17 through Dec. 7, from 5-7 p.m. at the 4204 Main Street Brewing Company, located at 6435 W. Main St., Belleville.

The program will provide foundational knowledge for brewery operations, production procedures, and teach basic quality assurance. Students will also have access to the latest equipment and technologies used in the industry today and receive hands-on training through courses, capstone, and internship programs.

“With the influx of local breweries popping-up over the last decade and how successful they have been, it is a given that there is an interest in the brewing industry,” said SWIC Technical Education and Workforce Development Dean Brad Sparks. “Our new program will give students the ability to learn the science behind brewing, as well as, offer them a chance to understand the business side of the industry and actually see how a brewery operates.”

The program offers a one-year Brewing Operations Certificate which focuses on the day-to-day operations and practical training for immediate employment in a brewery setting. The two-year Associate in Applied Science degree allows for greater emphasis on the science and business portions of the program. 

Graduates of the program are equipped to pursue a variety of careers in fields related to the brewing industry, such as food and hospitality, packaging and distribution, manufacturing, agriculture, food & natural resources, and business management & administration.     

Fall 2020 classes begin Saturday, Aug. 15. For more information on this program visit swic.edu/academics/academic-divisions/technical-education/brewing-science/, contact SWIC Technical Education and Workforce Development Dean Brad Sparks at 618-931-0600, ext. 7420, email bradley.sparks@swic.edu, or to search for courses offered at SWIC, visit swic.edu/courses.

FALL 2020 Reopening Information (July 27, 2020)

With the August 15 start date for the fall term nearing, students will receive weekly communication to provide up to date information regarding the Fall 2020 Semester.

Restore Illinois Plan –  Phase 3 Preparedness.  

Students should be prepared to adjust instructional delivery modes in the event the Governor’s office requires schools to revert to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Phase 3 would require online/remote learning. At this time (July 27), schools are in Phase 4 which allows controlled face-to-face instruction.


Online and/or remote delivery will require students to have access to a reliable internet connection. Students will find most success if utilizing a computer, laptop, or IPAD that has camera and microphone access.   

COVID-19 Precautions and Student Expectations

The success for on campus instruction will depend on everyone displaying personal responsibility adhering to social distancing, wearing a mask/face covering on campus, hand washing, and following the symptom-free guidelines that are required to be on campus.

Masks/Face Coverings. All faculty, staff, and students who are on campus must wear a mask/face covering at all times while on campus.  Masks/face coverings will be required in the classroom.  It is expected that all students will cooperate with this requirement.  For students not wishing to wear a mask or face covering, please consider fully online options.

Student Attestation Screener. Prior to coming on campus each day, all students must certify having no COVID related symptoms and exposure. In the near future, a Student Attestation Screener can be accessed on e-STORM. A complete form must be completed prior to entering the building as well as summary attestation the beginning each class attended on campus.

Minimizing Time On Campus. Reducing time on campus will minimize the spread of the virus. Students should avoid loitering or large gatherings on campus.  All student services will be open to provide support to students.  However, social distancing guidelines and a controlled access environment will be followed. 

HyFlex – Face to Face Classes. In order to adhere to the six-feet social distancing guideline, courses that have higher enrollment will follow a “HyFlex” mode of instruction. Instructors will assign students on campus class attendance on alternating class sessions while those at home can watch synchronously or asynchronously (at a later time). Recordings will be available for three days before being removed. Instructors will be informing students via Blackboard if the HyFlex model will be needed for a course and if so, will assign students a specific start date. If you are not notified by your instructor, you should assume to attend the first day of your scheduled class.


On site enrollment and course registration are underway with Academic Advising, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, and Student Accounts providing services to students in the gymnasium at the Belleville Campus and at Sam Wolf Granite City Campus. Staff members are ready to serve all students Monday through Thursday with extended hours and days of operation beginning August 3. Students can also register on line through estorm.swic.edu.      

SWIC releases spring 2020 dean’s list

The following is a list of full- and part-time students on the Southwestern Illinois College Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 Semester.

This list includes full-time students who completed 12 or more semester credits during the semester and part-time students who completed six or more semester credits during the semester while maintaining a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

The students’ names are listed alphabetically according to hometown:
SWIC Spring 2020 Dean’s List

For more information, contact SWIC Enrollment Services at
618-235-2700, ext. 5455 or 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5455.

SWIC releases spring 2020 graduate list

The following is a list of Southwestern Illinois College students who graduated at the conclusion of the Spring 2020 Semester. The students’ names are listed alphabetically according to hometown.

The list also denotes students who graduated with honors (a 3.5 grade point average or higher) and with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

SWIC Spring 2020 Graduate List

For more information, contact SWIC Enrollment Services at 618-235-2700, ext. 5455 or 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5455.

Amazing Grace: Rendition by Jermaine Windham

Talent Statement

Hello! My name is Jermaine Windham. I attended SWIC in order to finish off my gen eds and transfer my credits to a university. I love to both write and sing, and I am planning on double majoring in both Business Administration & Communications! With the challenges we have been facing this tough year,

I thought deeply about how I wanted to showcase my talents for this talent show. I decided to go with a song that I’ve known about for as long as I could remember. A song that highlights the value of hope in times where it may be easy to lose one’s self and believe that all hope is lost.

It’s a powerful song with a deep meaning that I believe could help heal some feelings of fear and despair that some may be feeling during these strenuous times. I hope you all enjoy my rendition of Amazing Grace! Please take care of yourselves and be safe.” – Windham

Submission Information

Title: Amazing Grace: Rendition by Jermaine Windham

Talent Name: Jermaine Windham

Category: MUSIC

Psychiatric Services of Southern Illinois

(618) 236-6501

2900 Frank Scott Pkwy W. 990, Belleville

Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, closed

This psychiatric hospital in St. Clair County is currently holding appointments via telemedicine until further notice.

For more information call or visit the website.

Chestnut Health Systems

(618) 397-0900

12 N. 64th St., Belleville

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Wednesday; closed Saturday and Sunday

The addiction and psychiatric crisis treatment center provides 24-hour short-term supervised care for persons 18 years of age and older experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis that do not require hospitalization.

For more information, visit the website.

West Belleville Health Center

(618) 398-9850

7210 W. Main St., suite 204

The team of health care professionals specializes in adult and family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, behavioral health and dental care services.

Visit the website to find a provider near you.

Missouri History Museum Open

5700 Lindell Boulevard, Forest Park, St. Louis

(314) 746-4599

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

You must reserve free, timed-entry tickets in advance to visit.

The Missouri History Museum Shop will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Café St. Louis will reopen July 22. The History Clubhouse will remain closed until further notice.

For tickets, visit the museum ticket website.

For additional information that can help you prepare for your visit, go to mohistory.org/museum-visits.

St. Louis Aquarium is open

(314) 923-3900

Union Station, 201 S. 18th St., St. Louis

All aquarium guests will be required to reserve timed tickets in advance, including annual pass holders. Guests over the age of 9 must wear masks.  At the Ropes Course and Mirror Maze, guests will be offered gloves.  

For more information, visit the Aquarium website.