2022 - Southwestern Illinois College

SWIC Team win National Department of Defense competition

The Southwestern Illinois College Integrated Manufacturing team took first place at the Department of Defense Project MFG National Competition at Wichita State University May 10-13. Congratulations to students Connor Barnard, Brendan Caswell and Jacob Ing, plus faculty members Mark Bosworth, Jerry Bonifield and Dave Berry. The team designed and created a complex part using advanced multi-axis CNC technology. The goal of the event is to promote advanced manufacturing and highlight the critical need for these careers.

For more information about the SWIC Precision Machining Technology program, visit swic.edu/pmt.

Explore Treasure Island, Florida with PSOP in 2023

Take a break from the cold and bleak weather of winter and spend a week at the sunny paradise of Treasure Island, Florida! January 29 – February 5, 2023, join Southwestern Illinois College’s Programs and Services for Older Persons for a trip of a lifetime. Not only will you experience fun day trips to Tarpon Springs, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg, but you will also be able to expand their horizons through exciting museums and gourmet foods.

Enjoy the leisurely accommodations of Treasure Island, Florida, as well as excursions to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, St. Armand’s Circle, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, The Chihuly Collection, the Dali Museum, and more! 

Tour cost per person starts at $2,509 for double and $3,379 for a single. Make sure to register by October 12, 2022.

For more information, contact Group Travel Specialist Nancy Bauer at 618-234-4410, ext. 7020, or e-mail at nancy.bauer@swic.edu.

SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus to host annual golf scramble

Take a swing to benefit student scholarships at Southwestern Illinois College and for a chance to win a new car at the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus Annual Golf Scramble Friday, May 20 at Legacy Golf Course, 3500 Cargill Road, Granite City.

Registration and practice for the 18-hole, four-person scramble begins at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The cost to play is $100 per person, a portion of which is tax deductible, and includes Green Fee & Cart, Skins, one Mulligan per golfer, Range Balls, Drink Tickets, Snack at Turn, Lunch, Awards, Hole-In-One Contest, Gift Raffles.

All proceeds support the SWIC Foundation Chuck Whitehead Sam Wolf Granite City Campus Scholarship.   

Golfers and sponsors can prepay by check, or credit card by calling 618-235-2700, ext. 5356, or online at thankyou.swic.edu.

For more information or to register, call 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 7376 or visit thankyou.swic.edu.

SWIC Police Academy Session 146 Graduates

Police Academy Graduates — The Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy recently celebrated the graduation of Session 146. The SWIC Police Academy is an intensive academic and physical training program designed to prepare recruits to enter a career in law enforcement. It is one of only seven police academies in Illinois.

Graduates in alphabetical order include:

  • Nolan R. Beggs of the Centralia Police Department
  • Gianna B. Bivona of the Quincy Police Department
  • Daniel E. Boles of the Metamora Police Department
  • Joshua G. Brandenburg of the Greenup Police Department
  • Tory J. Bridgeforth of the Dixmoor Police Department
  • Emily R. Briley of the Collinsville Police Department
  • Bryce C. Bumphrey of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Louis M. Butz of the Moline Police Department
  • Levi J. Cox of the SIU Edwardsville Police Department
  • Brian A. Cunningham of the Franklin Police Department
  • Seth A. Davis of the Petersburg Police Department
  • Colin L. Dearing of the Creve Coeur Police Department
  • Michael A. Dodson of the Centralia Police Department
  • Cassidy A. Dunavan of the Mcleansboro Police Department
  • Jacob D. Fenton of the Montgomery Police Department
  • Darren M. Finley of the Silvis Police Department
  • Jordan S. Frerker of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Justin D. Gaither of the Brooklyn Police Department
  • David C. Geesey of the Savanna Police Department, winner of the Most Improved over all in Physical Fitness Award
  • Tyler J. Gholson of the Minooka Police Department
  • Mitchell D. Gray of the Marquette Heights Police Department
  • Raymond M. Groves of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jennifer L. Guerrero of the Moline Police Department
  • Cody R. Hand of the Anna Police Department
  • James A. Harp of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
  • Patrick W. Hayes of the Knoxville Police Department
  • Jason M. Herren of the Pike County Police Department
  • Luke J. Hildebrand of the Sherman Police Department
  • Trevor D. Hodge of the Morris Police Department
  • Tyler R. Hughes of the Leland Grove Police Department
  • Devin S. Jackson of the Mt. Vernon Police Department
  • Paulina K. Jalowiec of the Glendale Heights Police Department
  • Christopher Jansen of the Centralia Police Department
  • Dakota W. Jenkins of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Darius R Johnson of the Dixmoor Police Department
  • Kailey L. Johnson of the Silvis Police Department
  • Patrick S. Jolly of the New Baden Police Department
  • Olivia R. Jones of the Fairview Heights Police Department
  • Dakota A. Josten of the West Frankfort Police Department
  • Brian P. Joy of the Collinsville Police Department
  • Colton G. Juelfs of the Valmeyer Police Department
  • Robert S. Kemper of the Paris Police Department
  • Jared T. King of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, winner of the Best Overall in Fitness Award and Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association Most Outstanding Office Award.
  • Rachel A. King of the Zeigler Police Department
  • Robert A. Ladove of the Carbondale Police Department
  • Guadalupe Lopez of the Minooka Police Department
  • Mitchell M. Malone of the Carmi Police Department
  • Aaron M. Matyas of the Venice Police Department
  • Noah R. Mayes of the Williamsville Police Department
  • Ryne M. McCoy of the Carbondale Police Department
  • Carter J. Meister of the Fairbury Police Department, winner of the Academic Award
  • Heath X. Milan of the Knoxville Police Department
  • Shiquita D. Morales of the Shiloh Police Department
  • Garrett E. Morhardt of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brian T. Morris of the Caseyville Police Department
  • Sergio Perez Lamas, Jr. of the SWIC Police Department
  • Brendan S. Peterson of the Maryville Police Department
  • Jace S. Poskevich of the SIU Carbondale Police Department, winner of the Southern Illinios Police Chiefs Association Most Outstanding Officer Award.
  • Casie L. Price of the Morris Police Department
  • Jacob M. Quillen of the El Dorado Police Department
  • Bryan J. Ramirez of the South Beloit Police Department
  • Caleb J. Reed of the Mt. Vernon Police Department
  • Logan A. Rhodes of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jailon C. Rush of the Mt. Vernon Police Department
  • Justin L. Sailliez of the West Frankfort Police Department
  • Javier Sanchez of the Morris Police Department
  • Kenyon A. Sanders of the Venice Police Department
  • Shannon M. Sayers of the Shiloh Police Department
  • Anna M. Schneidewend of the Morris Police Department
  • Christopher J. Seders of the Steeleville Police Department
  • Tanner D. Selph of the Mount Olive Police Department
  • Gino D. Serra of the Leland Grove Police Department
  • Michael D. Shewmaker of the O’Fallon Police Department
  • Devin R. Sims of the Brooklyn Police Department
  • Tyler E. Smith of the Douglas County Police Department, winner of the Defense Tactics Award
  • Brandon F. Smythe of the Grayville Police Department
  • Austin R. Stroud of the Henry County Police Department
  • Paige A. Swisher of the SIU Edwardsville Police Department
  • Kaylan N. Talley of the Leland Grove Police Department
  • Trenton L. Taylor of the Richland County Police Department
  • Tyler A. Tharp of the Woodriver Police Department
  • Jasmine M. Toliver of the Carbondale Police Department
  • Trey S. Wade of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dallas C. Wakeland of the Aledo Police Department
  • Thomas J. Walker of the Streator Police Department
  • Travis E. Walker of the Richland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jesse S. Williams of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Corbin B. Winans of the Bethany Police Department
  • Brett L. Winegarner of the Centralia Police Department
  • Trevor A. Wuebbles of the Pinckneyville Police Department
  • Michael J. Wulf of the Fairview Heights Police Department
  • Sean K. Yates of the Bunker Hill Police Department
  • Samuel M. Zaerr of the Pittsfield Police Department, class president
  • Evan J. Zeller of the Alton Police Department
  • Kyle A. Zurek of the Itasca Police Department

SWIC student wins Head of the Class award for HVAR skills

Hard work and dedication have paid off for a Southwestern Illinois College Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration student.

Isaac Sinn of Coulterville was chosen by the college’s HVAR program for the Head of Class award. Presented by tool supplier, Malco, the award recognizes perfect attendance, class participation and a willingness to learn. Sinn was recommended for the award by instructors.

“This is a great program with great instructors,” Sinn said. “I’m gaining a lot of knowledge in the program and earning a degree will be beneficial in starting my career.”

Sinn is pursuing his Associate in Applied Science degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

“He’s a really dedicated student,” said HVAR Program Coordinator Keith Otten. “We’re very proud of the work he’s doing in the program and he’s a great example for other students.”

SWIC offers a two-year, 72-semester-credit Associate in Applied Science degree and a one-year, 45-semester-credit certificate in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

 For more information on the SWIC HVAR program, call Otten at 618-931-0600, ext. 5175 or visit swic.edu/havr.

SWIC to feature local professors at a chamber music recital 

If you’d like to hear the voices of past and present Southwestern Illinois College Concert Choir members performing together, now’s your chance.

The Choir and alumni will perform Saturday, April 23 at 5 p.m., at the Saint Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St., in Belleville. The event is free and open to the public.

Professor of Music Andy Jensen, DMA, will conduct the performance, with piano accompaniment by Gail Long.

“After a decade teaching at SWIC (and a world-altering pandemic) I’m feeling very nostalgic and reflective,” Jensen said. “This concert is filled with songs our choirs have performed over the past ten years and has brought together over 50 students and alumni for a weekend of friendship and music.”

The concert will include music by composers such as Eric Whitacre, Kim André Arnesen, John Leavitt and Emma Lou Diemer, to name a few.

For more information about the SWIC Music department, visit swic.edu/music.

Save lives, donate blood at SWIC Belleville and Sam Wolf Granite City campuses

Save the lives of up to three people by donating blood during the upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus, Varsity Gym, 2500 Carlyle Ave; and April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, History Room, 4950 Maryville Road.  

“We need every donation we can get in order to maintain the supply in our region,” said College Activities and Student Life Director Amy Brockman. “Your donation truly will make a difference. We hope to see you!”

All types of blood are needed, especially O Positive. If you do not know your blood type, you can find out when you donate.

To donate you must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. If you are 16 years old and wish to donate in Illinois, you need a permission form signed by your parent or guardian. New donors should bring proper identification, such as a driver’s license or a state ID.

Individuals are encouraged to set an appointment time, but walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated as quickly as possible.

All presenting donors will receive light refreshments and a place to rest briefly following their donation.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 618-235-2700, ext. 5561, or toll free at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5561. 

Spring Blast- East St Louis Campus

Free food, music and fun!

On the campus center Quad

Celebrate Spring with the SWIC Plant Sale in April

Dig out your gardening tools – it’s spring! The SWIC Horticulture program is selling reasonably priced water and vegetable plants, tropicals, perennials, annuals, and herbs grown by SWIC students over the winter.

You can get your green thumbs (and fingers) on these plants at the annual Plant Sale April 21-23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. The sale will be held in the greenhouse, located on the southeast corner of campus behind the baseball fields.

“Horticulture students play a major role in growing and nurturing these healthy, hardy plants throughout the semester,” said SWIC Horticulture Program Coordinator Kurt Range. “They get to see their hard work pay off by selling these beautiful, hardy plants.”

Only cash and check payments will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Horticulture program.

Face masks and social distancing are recommended. For more information about the plant sale contact Kurt Range at 618-235-2700, ext. 5135 or kurt.range@swic.edu.

SIUC & SWIC ink agreement to improve access for students

Southern Illinois University Carbondale strengthened its commitment to students in the city and Metro East this week with agreements to bring the expertise of a doctoral research university to qualified community college students by providing the option to earn their bachelor’s degrees remotely and at a lower cost in six academic programs.

SIU Chancellor Austin A. Lane today (March 4) signed an agreement with St. Louis Community  College and on Wednesday (March 2) with Southwestern Illinois College to participate in the Saluki Step Ahead program, which covers the accounting, business administration, criminology and criminal justice, health care management, psychology and radiologic sciences programs.

“Our agreements with SWIC and STLCC fit well with our Imagine 2030 strategic plan, which includes pillars for student success and partnerships,” Lane said. “We are proud of our beautiful campus and the first-rate education and unique opportunities we provide. But we understand not all students can move to Carbondale to complete their education, so we will bring SIU Carbondale to them. We are excited to welcome these students to the Saluki family.”

The signings now make 11 community colleges participating with SIU in the Saluki Step Ahead program, with more anticipated this spring. The pact with St. Louis Community College is the first Saluki Step Ahead agreement outside of Illinois.

St. Louis Community College Chancellor Jeff L. Pittman said the Saluki Step Ahead program is a “great opportunity” for its students.

“We are pleased that SIU is partnering with us to help more students advance their education, and especially being able to earn a degree online to meet the realities of the times. The SIU Saluki Step Ahead program is a great opportunity for STLCC graduates to earn a bachelor’s degree at an affordable cost, making it a win for all students,” Pittman said.

Nick Mance, Southwestern Illinois College president said SWIC is excited about the agreement.

“This program, allowing our students to transfer seamlessly to SIU’s online accounting, business and administration, criminology and criminal justice, psychology, health care management and radiologic sciences programs, is a fantastic opportunity for our students and the community.” Mance said. “It has long been our goal to prepare students to enter the workforce as highly qualified members of their chosen professions, and this program helps further our objectives.”

Following graduation with an associate degree from St. Louis Community College or Southwestern Illinois College, students can go on to complete their SIU bachelor’s degrees online without leaving their hometowns. Students in the program pay the community college rate for their first two years. In the third and fourth years, they receive an annual $4,000 scholarship. The goal is to allow students to earn their degrees for $25,000 or less.

For more information, contact SWIC Dean of Business, Health Sciences, and Homeland Security Ashley Becker, Ph.D., at ashley.becker@swic.edu or SWIC Associate Director of Student Services Annjanee Jones at annjanee.Jones@swic.edu