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SWIC to offer Agriculture Business Management starting fall 2022

This fall, become a part of the expanding and lucrative field of Agriculture Business Management with a degree from Southwestern Illinois College. 

SWIC’s Agriculture Business Management program is designed to prepare students for careers in production agriculture and farm-related businesses. Given that the program consists of five semesters and 64 semester credits, the degree can be completed in only two years.

You can take classes in Crop Machinery & Equipment, Agriculture Sales, Animal Science and Agriculture Finance, to name a few.

“The degree program covers every aspect of agriculture business management from soil and crop science to agricultural marketing,” said Program Coordinator Kelcey Trewin. “There is such a huge need for these skills in the Midwest, especially in Illinois, which has such huge corn, soybean and pork industries.

Students completing the program will find a great demand for their skills and services in agriculture chemicals, feed, fertilizer, grain, seeds and other ag-related supply and service businesses. For example, graduates of this degree will be qualified for entry-level careers in: budget analyst, buyer and purchasing agent of farm products, farm and ranch manager, financial analyst, insurance adjuster and marketing specialist.

Registration is currently under way for the fall semester. Classes start Monday, Aug. 22.

For additional information about this program, contact SWIC’s Coordinator of Agriculture Business Management, Kelcey Trewin, at or visit the webpage.

SWIC Students attend annual cyber conference

A group of Southwestern Illinois College Cybersecurity and Networking students attended the fifth annual STLCyberCon held recently at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. From left, front row, students included Michael Agne of Belleville, Alan Winters of Granite City, and Marc Ellington of O’Fallon; back row, Roy Frazier of Belleville, Jason Gnann of Maryville, Jacob Cook of O’Fallon, Parker Wrobbel of Highland, Terrence Barrett II of Edwardsville, Shane Banks of Scott Air Force Base, Kristin Puls of Belleville, and Program Coordinator Matt Swinford of Collinsville.

The conference provided a forum for cybersecurity practitioners, academics, researchers and students to interact. Visitors also had the chance to listen to presentations from some of the leading voices in cybersecurity. In addition, the conference included a Career Expo with major employers seeking to fill cybersecurity and information technology positions. SWIC offers a Cybersecurity Specialist certificate and a Cybersecurity and Networking degree.

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SWIC Husband and Wife Faculty receive STL Community College Distinguished Alumni Honor

Recently, Southwestern Illinois College Full-Time Culinary Arts Instructor Tom Noonan and his wife, SWIC Part-Time Senior Adjunct Instructor Joy Noonan were added to the St. Louis Community College Wall of Fame as Distinguished Alumni during the STLCC Graduate and Alumni Reception. 

The couple was honored by their alma mater for decades of excellence in the culinary industry. Tom and Joy have taught Culinary Arts and Food Management courses at SWIC since 1996 and 1997 respectively.

“Seeing students advance, grow as people and be fully skilled at managing a restaurant kitchen, is one of the most fulfilling things about teaching,” said Joy.

Tom started his culinary journey at STLCC at Forest Park by earning his Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Restaurant Management in 1978. From there, he went on to become a sous chef for Chef Buel Day at the University Club in St. Louis and held positions at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Yacht Club of St. Louis, Russo’s Catering of St. Louis and Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles.

SWIC Full-Time Culinary Arts Instructor, Tom Noonan, right and his wife, SWIC Part-Time Senior Adjunct Instructor, Joy Noonan, left. 

 “I tell my students to keep focused, be professional and fair,” said Tom.

He started his career at SWIC under the late Lead Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Ollie Sommer. Tom has taught several culinary courses at SWIC including Professional Food Preparation I; Professional Food Preparation II; Soups, Stock and Sauces; Baking and Pastry; Culinary Nutrition for Food Service and Advanced Professional Cooking. Tom has also earned an Associate in Applied Science in Baking from STLCC at Forest Park.

 Joy began her love for the culinary arts as a teenager. She graduated from STLCC at Forest Park with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Hospitality Restaurant Management in 1985. She has held positions at the Mother In Law House in St. Charles and Forest Hills Country Club in Chesterfield, Sheraton Westport in St. Louis and she also keeps her culinary skills current by working at a smokehouse in Edwardsville, when needed.

 At SWIC, she has taught courses including Professional Food Preparation I; Baking and Pastry; Culinary Nutrition for Food Service; Bread, Rolls and Pastries; Advanced Professional Baking and Food Service Sanitation.

Both are members of the Chef de Cuisine Association of St. Louis and are certified chefs through the American Culinary Federation.

In their free time, Tom and Joy like to spend time with their friends and family. They live in Edwardsville and have two sons, Joseph and Jeffery and a daughter-in-law, Marissa.

For more information on the SWIC Culinary Arts program, visit or call Coordinator Leisa Brockman at 618-235-2700, ext. 5436.