Community News Archives | Southwestern Illinois College

SWIC to hold tuition rate steady for fourth consecutive year

Good news for Southwestern Illinois College students. The Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to keep the tuition rate at $113 per semester credit for the 2021 school year.

The college has not raised its tuition or $6 information technology fee   or $3 student services fee since 2017. SWIC students pay only $122 tuition and fees per semester credit for classes, the lowest tuition rate in the state.

“The pandemic has caused financial hardships for so many people in our community,” said SWIC President Nick Mance. “The Board felt it would be in our students’ best interest to keep the tuition at an affordable, steady rate. We want to ensure a college education is accessible to all.”

SWIC students pay a fraction of state and private university costs. The average cost for a full-time student to attend SWIC for two years is $7,808. The average tuition for two years at a public university is $19,374 and a private university is $70,174, according to usnews.com.

“Students can save money by earning their associate degree at SWIC, then transferring to a university to complete their bachelor’s degree,” Mance said. “Or they can train for a variety of well-paying jobs in two years or less. Graduates can enter the workforce without massive student loan debt.”

Residents of Missouri and other surrounding states can also attend SWIC for only $122 per semester credit.

“We have a number of academic programs that community colleges in other states don’t have, so last year we opened the door to out-of-state students,” Mance said. “Out-of-state tuition was previously cost prohibitive; we’ve removed that barrier.” 

Some of SWIC’s more popular programs include: Aviation Maintenance Technology, Commercial Maintenance Mechanics, Industrial Maintenance Mechanics, Massage Therapy and Welding Technology.

The college recently added new programs such as Brewing Operations and Fermentation Science, Cannabis Industry Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Medical Laboratory Assistant, and Practical Nursing.

For more information, visit swic.edu/tuition-fees.

SWIC Red Bud Campus To Host Annual Poetry Contest

The Southwestern Illinois College Red Bud Campus will host its annual poetry contest for area students and residents this spring.

Individuals of all ages are invited to showcase their creative abilities in the contest through poetry. Divisions for entries are as follows: adult, high school, eighth grade, seventh grade, sixth grade, fifth grade and fourth grade.

Each contestant is allowed to submit one poem and all entries must be turned in with a completed entry form by 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Entry forms can be found online at swic.edu/poetry-contest. Submissions can be mailed to Amy Brockman at 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, IL 62221 or turned in to the SWIC Red Bud Campus Student Development Office, Room 175.

Contestants will be recognized for their poetic excellence at an award ceremony. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each division. For more details about the awards ceremony visit swic.edu/poetry-contest.

For more information, call Amy Brockman at 618-235-2700, ext. 5324.

George Portz and the Roots of Bluegrass Cancelled at SWIC

The George Portz and the Roots of Bluegrass concert originally scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. The concert is not being rescheduled at this time.

For ticket refund information contact SWIC Student Life Director Amy Brockman at 618-222-5324 or email amy.brockman@swic.edu.

For more information, call College Activities at 618-235-2700, ext. 5205.

Signature Tap House

Cuisine: Traditional

Phone

(618) 589-9393

Address

51 Lincoln Hwy, Fairview Heights 62208

Hours

Monday – Sunday
  • 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

 

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, NFC Mobile Payments, and Checks

Offers

Bar on Site

Delivery /Takeout

Takeout Only

Parking

Private Lot

Drive-Thru

No

Wi-Fi

Yes

Seating

Indoor and Outdoor

Alcohol

Yes

Accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Party

Yes

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Noise Level

Normal

Catering

Yes

Reservations

Accepts

Student Discounts

No

Good For Kids?

Yes

Options

Vegetarian and Healthy options

Entertainment

No

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

Open

Curbside pick up

Yes

Contactless

Delivery

Social distancing

N/A

Temperature checks

N/A

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down dining

Open

Sanitizer

Sanitizer is all over the Restaurant and provided

Delivery with:

None

La Casa Mexicana

Cuisine: Mexican

Phone

(618) 622-9833

Address

1222 Central Park Dr Ste 101 O’Fallon, IL 62269

Hours

Monday – Sunday 11:00 am-9:00 pm
 

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, NFC Mobile Payments, and Checks

Offers

Bar on Site

Delivery /Takeout

Takeout Only

Parking

Private Lot

Drive-Thru

No

Wi-Fi

Yes

Seating

Indoor and Outdoor

Alcohol

Yes

Accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Party

Yes

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Noise Level

Normal

Catering

Yes

Reservations

no

Student Discounts

No

Good For Kids?

Yes

Options

Vegetarian and Healthy options

Entertainment

No

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

Open

Curbside pick up

Yes

Contactless

Delivery

Social distancing

yes

Temperature checks

N/A

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down dining

Open

Sanitizer

Sanitizer is all over the Restaurant and provided

Delivery with:

None

 

Casa Maria Mexican Grill

Cuisine: Mexican

Phone

(618) 416-1337

Address

100 N High St Belleville, IL 62220

Hours

Monday – Sunday 11:00 am-9:00 pm
 

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, NFC Mobile Payments, and Checks

Offers

Bar on Site

Delivery /Takeout

Takeout Only

Parking

Private Lot

Drive-Thru

No

Wi-Fi

Yes

Seating

Indoor and Outdoor

Alcohol

Yes

Accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Party

Yes

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Noise Level

Normal

Catering

Yes

Reservations

Accepts

Student Discounts

No

Good For Kids?

Yes

Options

Vegetarian and Healthy options

Entertainment

No

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

Open

Curbside pick up

Yes

Contactless

Delivery

Social distancing

N/A

Temperature checks

N/A

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down dining

Open

Sanitizer

Sanitizer is all over the Restaurant and provided

Delivery with:

None

El Gordito

Cuisine: Mexican

Phone

(618) 233-0003

Address

2630 Mascoutah Ave Belleville, IL 62221

Hours

Monday – Sunday 11:00 am-9:00 pm
 

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, NFC Mobile Payments, and Checks

Offers

Bar on Site

Delivery /Takeout

Takeout Only

Parking

Private Lot

Drive-Thru

No

Wi-Fi

Yes

Seating

Indoor and Outdoor

Alcohol

Yes

Accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Party

Yes

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Noise Level

Normal

Catering

Yes

Reservations

Accepts

Student Discounts

No

Good For Kids?

Yes

Options

Vegetarian and Healthy options

Entertainment

No

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

Open

Curbside pick up

Yes

Contactless

Delivery

Social distancing

N/A

Temperature checks

N/A

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down dining

Open

Sanitizer

Sanitizer is all over the Restaurant and provided

Delivery with:

None

Dewey’s Pizza

Cuisine: Pizza

Phone

(618) 726-3366

Address

425 Regency Park O’Fallon, IL 62269

Hours

Monday – Sunday 11:00 am– 10:00 PM
 

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, NFC Mobile Payments, and Checks

Offers

Bar on Site

Delivery /Takeout

Takeout Only

Parking

Private Lot

Drive-Thru

No

Wi-Fi

Yes

Seating

Indoor and Outdoor

Alcohol

Yes

Accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Party

Yes

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Noise Level

Normal

Catering

Yes

Reservations

Accepts

Student Discounts

No

Good For Kids?

Yes

Entertainment

No

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

Open

Curbside pick up

Yes

Contactless

Delivery

Social distancing

N/A

Temperature checks

N/A

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down dining

Open

Sanitizer

Sanitizer is all over the Restaurant and provided

Delivery with:

None

The Corner Chill & Grill

Cuisine: Traditional, bar

Phone

(618) 416-8603

Address

341 Centerville Ave Belleville, IL 62220

Hours

Monday – Sunday 11:00 am– 2:00 Am
 

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, NFC Mobile Payments, and Checks

Offers

Bar on Site

Delivery /Takeout

Takeout Only

Parking

Private Lot

Drive-Thru

No

Wi-Fi

Yes

Seating

Indoor and Outdoor

Alcohol

Yes

Accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Party

Yes

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Noise Level

Normal

Catering

Yes

Reservations

Accepts

Student Discounts

No

Good For Kids?

Yes

Entertainment

No

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

Open

Curbside pick up

Yes

Contactless

Delivery

Social distancing

N/A

Temperature checks

N/A

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down dining

Open

Sanitizer

Sanitizer is all over the Restaurant and provided

Delivery with:

None

Mascoutah Steak House

Cuisine: Traditional, Steakhouse

Phone

Phone number

(618) 566-2400

Address

1415 McKinley St Mascoutah, IL 62258

Hours

Monday – Sunday 11:00 am– 9:00 Pm
 

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, NFC Mobile Payments, and Checks

Offers

Bar on Site

Delivery /Takeout

Takeout Only

Parking

Private Lot

Drive-Thru

No

Wi-Fi

Yes

Seating

Indoor and Outdoor

Alcohol

Yes

Accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Party

Yes

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Noise Level

Normal

Catering

Yes

Reservations

Accepts

Student Discounts

No

Good For Kids?

Yes

Options

Vegetarian and Healthy options

Entertainment

No

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

Open

Curbside pick up

Yes

Contactless

Delivery

Social distancing

N/A

Temperature checks

N/A

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down dining

Open

Sanitizer

Sanitizer is all over the Restaurant and provided

Delivery with:

None