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SWIC program ranked 8th in nation

Southwestern Illinois College’s Precision Machining Technology program ranked No. 8 on stateuniversity.com’s list of Most Popular Schools for Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Major & Degree Programs in the nation.

The website stateuniversity.com is a national college and university ranking website that rates educational institutions on a variety of topics including best vocational programs, most affordable tuition and safest campuses.

“It’s exciting to be nationally ranked for our outstanding program,” said Dean of Technical Education Bradley Sparks. “At only $122 per credit hour our program is the best value in the region.”

SWIC offers a two-year, 72-semester-credit Associate in Applied Science degree in Precision Machining Technology. Certificates include: Precision Machining Technology, CNC (computer numerical control) Machining, Mastercam, SolidWorks and Advanced CNC Programming.

The SWIC PMT program prepares students with the skills and experience necessary to enter a variety of machining fields. Students learn to safely set up and operate machine-shop equipment such as lathes, mills, drill presses, grinders and computer numerical control machines. They also learn computer software programs to design parts and create programs for CNC machines.

Southwestern Illinois College’s precision machining program ranked No. 8 on stateuniversity.com’s list of Most Popular Schools for Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Major & Degree Programs in the nation.

“At only $122 per credit hour our program is the best value in the region.” – Bradley Sparks

PMT courses are held at the Industrial Technology Center on the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus. Students train on the latest most advanced equipment from HAASCNC and up to dated technologies used in industry today.

The SWIC program is recognized by NIMS, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills; and PMT students regularly earn medals at the SKILLSUSA challenge.

The website stateuniversity.com ranks institutions statistically based on U.S. government surveys and reports provided by the schools themselves. StateUniversity.com uses many different measures in ranking schools including ACT/SAT scores, student retention, faculty salary, and student/faculty ratio. For more information about the SWIC PMT program visit, swic.edu/pmt. Registration for Spring 2021 Semester begins Oct. 26.

SWIC offers 6-week online courses starting Dec. 1

Get ahead and complete the courses you need in only six weeks, wherever you are!

Southwestern Illinois College will offer 13 online courses that can be completed in six weeks during the semester break period, starting Dec. 1, 2020 and ending Jan. 11, 2021.

These classes provide students the opportunity to earn additional credits or finish degree prerequisites in a short period of time.

“These classes are perfect for SWIC students working toward a degree, or university students who need to earn some additional credits that will transfer to their institution,” said SWIC Chief Academic Officer Gina Segobiano, Ed.D. “Online courses in a variety of subjects make it more convenient to earn credit during the hectic holiday season.”

Courses available include:

• AOJ 258-SB1 Computer Forensics/Cyber Crime 3 semester credits  

• ART 101-SB1 Art Appreciation 3 semester credits  

• BIOL 106-SB1 Environmental Science 3 semester credits  

• BUS 209-SB1 Business Computer Systems 3 semester credits  

• COMM 151-SB1 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 semester credits  

• COMM 155-SB1 Interpersonal Communication 3 semester credits  

• HES 151-SB1 Personal Health and Wellness 2 semester credits  

• HRO 150-SB1 Nutrition 2 semester credits  

• HRO 120-SB1 Pharmacology 3 semester credits  

• HRO 100-SB1  Medical Terminology 1 semester credit  

• LIT  113-SB1 Introduction to Fiction   3 semester credits  

• MUS 101-SB1  Music Appreciation   3 semester credits  

• PSYC 151-SB1 General Psychology 3 semester credits 

Visit swic.edu/courses for details, or call Enrollment Services at 618-235-2700, ext. 5455.

SWIC Early Childhood Education Program Awarded $25,000 Competency-based Education Grant

Southwestern Illinois College Early Childhood Education program was awarded a $25,000 Illinois Community College Board Competency-based Education Grant. SWIC ECE Program Coordinator Carolyn Beal and SWIC Dean of Arts & Sciences Mary Ruettgers, Ed.D., co-created the grant application.

 According to the ICCB: This grant is designed to create and support Early Childhood Education competency-based education programs and projects in the community college system. Competency-based education focuses on determining a student’s achievement by evaluating proficiency within a set of learning outcomes and objectives moving away from traditional time-based constraints.

“This grant is a great opportunity for the SWIC Early Childhood Education Department and the SWIC community,” Ruettgers said. “Professor Beal has done a phenomenal job leading the SWIC ECE program as well as serving on many state-wide initiatives to further support Early Childhood Education. Initiatives such as these will help local ECE providers hire qualified candidates.”

Beginning with the Early Childhood Credential, between 2016-2017, all Illinois Gateways Credentials moved from standards and benchmarks to competencies. As a result, many colleges have worked to incorporate competency-based activities within their program framework and outcomes, including those related to technology. Many programs are also working to identify ways in which to observe and assess students in simulated or virtual reality scenarios. Through this grant project, grantees will have access to Mursion Technology, a virtual reality simulation platform, as well as technical assistance from ICCB and its partners.

SWIC is an Entitled Institution for ECE Credential Level 2-4, Infant/Toddler Credential Level 2-4 and Illinois Director’s Credential Level 1. 

This competency-based education grant will support the ECE program with the needed resources, technology and personnel to create modules, align modules with competencies, create assessments and rubrics, and access to virtual technology, Beal said.

The funding from this grant will support the creation of self-paced modules for students to meet the six-semester-credit requirement in Early Childhood Education to obtain the ECE level 2 credential or be lead-teacher qualified. 

For more information about the Early Childhood Education program, visit the swic.edu/ece or contact Beal at carolyn.beal@swic.edu.

Katherine Nieroda

Congratulations Katherine Nieroda!

Belleville, IL

Katherine Nieroda

In the degree of

Associate in Arts

ABC Pumpkin Cards

  • Cut paper in half
  • Fold long ways
  • Cut squares out
  • Cut pumpkin shapes – Leave part of the fold intac
  • Cut out green stems
  • Glue Stems to pumpkins
  • Add a letter to the front of the pumpkin – Draw, Use stickers, Have kids write the letter.
  • Open pumpkin card
  • On the top part of the card add a word and picture – Have kid tell you a Halloween word for the letter
  • Have kid repeat what you wrote
  • Repeat until alphabet is complete
  • Additionally you can also do numbers

SWIC Adult Education now offering online and in-person High School Equivalency classes

If you left high school without earning a diploma, let Southwestern Illinois College help you earn one from the comfort of your home or anywhere.  The SWIC Adult Education and Literacy department is now offering online and in-person High School Equivalency preparation classes.     

All services are free and online; support services are available.   

To learn more about upcoming SWIC classes in the St. Clair County area call Lachelle Dowell at 618-222-5365, toll free in Illinois at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5365 or email lachelle.dowell@swic.edu, for classes in Randolph County contact Karen Schaller at 618-210-8189 or email karen.schaller@swic.edu and for information about classes in the Madison County area call Barb Vrabec at 618-797-7358, or email barbara.vrabec@swic.edu.

West Belleville Health Center

Company: Mental Health

Wait time:

15 M

Price range:

$$

Time spent:

1 H

$ – under $10 / $$ – $10 to $20 / $$$ – $21 or more

Location(s)

City Phone Address
Belleville (618) 398-9850 7210 W. Main St., suite 204

Are you in a different location? Check out your location here.

Hours:

Monday – Thursday Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday  CLOSED

Hours may change, please check the business page for updates.

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, insurance

Parking

Private lot

Noise Level

remain quiet

Wi-Fi

No

Accessible

Wheelchair, blind, deaf

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Student Discounts

N/A

Entertainment

No

In-person visits

Yes

Open to All

Yes

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

No outdoor

Curbside pickup

No

Social distancing

Required 6 ft

Temperature checks

Yes

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down Space

with limited space.

Sanitizer

Sanitizer is all over and provided

Staff wears masks

Yes

Chestnut health systems

Company: Mental Health

Wait time:

15 M

Price range:

$$

Time spent:

1 H

$ – under $10 / $$ – $10 to $20 / $$$ – $21 or more

Location(s)

City Phone Address
Belleville (618) 397-0900 12 N. 64th St.

Are you in a different location? Check out your location here.

Hours:

Monday – Thursday Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m
Wednesday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday  CLOSED

Hours may change, please check the business page for updates.

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, insurance

Parking

Private lot

Noise Level

remain quiet

Wi-Fi

No

Accessible

Wheelchair, blind, deaf

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Student Discounts

N/A

Entertainment

No

In-person visits

Yes

Open to All

Yes

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

No outdoor

Curbside pickup

No

Social distancing

Required 6 ft

Temperature checks

Yes

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down Space

with limited space.

Sanitizer

Sanitizer is all over and provided

Staff wears masks

Yes

West Belleville Health Center

Company: Mental Health

Wait time:

15 M

Price range:

$$

Time spent:

1 H

$ – under $10 / $$ – $10 to $20 / $$$ – $21 or more

Location(s)

City Phone Address
Belleville (618) 398-9850 7210 W. Main St., suite 204

Are you in a different location? Check out your location here.

Hours:

Monday – Thursday Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday  CLOSED

Hours may change, please check the business page for updates.

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, insurance

Parking

Private lot

Noise Level

remain quiet

Wi-Fi

No

Accessible

Wheelchair, blind, deaf

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Student Discounts

N/A

Entertainment

No

In-person visits

Yes

Open to All

Yes

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

No outdoor

Curbside pickup

No

Social distancing

Required 6 ft

Temperature checks

Yes

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down Space

with limited space.

Sanitizer

Sanitizer is all over and provided

Staff wears masks

Yes