July 2020 - Southwestern Illinois College

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.

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

The Art of Making Friends, GRANT – Sarah Jones

Talent Statement

“Quarantine really started to affect my mental health during the first couple of months. Due to strict isolation, I began missing my friends greatly. I decided to start a series of portraits called, “The Art of Making Friends”, of everyone I had missed. This is the fifth portrait of my friend Grant.

This project has kept me busy and has also alleviated the hard feelings this experience unexpectedly brought. Now that school is in full swing again, life seems a lot more full, and staying busy is no challenge at all! I have never attended classes on campus, but I am happy we are back into a routine of normalcy that was ripped away from the world earlier this year.” – Sarah Jones

Submission Information

Title: The Art of Making Friends GRANT – Sarah Jones

Talent Name: Sarah Jones

Category: ART

Caitlyn Leora Ruby Kauer

Congratulations Caitlyn Leora Ruby Kauer!

Belleville, IL

      Caitlyn Leora Ruby Kauer

In the degree of

Associate in Arts

Zazzlyn Dalajah Hall

Congratulations Zazzlyn Dalajah Hall!

Graduation Statement

“I am graduating from SWIC with an Associates in Fine Arts, Music Performance degree. I enjoyed my time at Swic and acquired many skills that will help me in the future. My plan for the next few years is to get my bachelors degree in music composition at Webster University.”

Belleville, IL

Zazzlyn Dalajah Hall

In the degree of

Associate in Fine Arts
Music Performance


Outstanding Student Musician Award, 2019-2020

Nominated By: Diana Umali

Zazzlyn Dalajah Hall