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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.

Eckert’s Country Store & Farms

Cuisine: Restaurant

Phone

(618) 233-0513

Address

951 S Green Mt Rd, Belleville, IL 62220

Hours

Monday – Sunday 9 AM – 7 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

N/A

Seating

Indoor and Outdoor

Alcohol

Yes

Accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Party

N/A

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Noise Level

Normal

Catering

Yes

Reservations

Accepts

Student Discounts

N/A

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

Home Brite Ace Hardware

Cuisine/Business/Company:

RATING:

4.8

Wait time:

1 min

Price range:

$$

Location(s)

City Phone Address
Belleville (618) 233-4466 400 N. Illinois St, Belleville  

Hours may change, please check the page for updates.

Monday – Friday 7:30 am7:00 pm
Saturday 8 AM – 6 PM
Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, Visa, PayPal, Check (NFC mobile payments)Might have

Offers

crib side

Delivery /Takeout

no

Parking

Private lot, bike parking

Drive-Thru

Yes/No

Wi-Fi

No

Accessible

Wheelchair, blind, deaf

Party

no

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Noise Level

normal

Student Discounts

Yes/No

Good For Kids?

Yes

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

yes

Outdoor Seating

none

Curbside pick up

YES

Contact less

payment

Social distancing

Required 6 ft

Temperature checks

none

Cleaning

very clean

Sanitizer

sanitizer is all over

Delivery with:

no

SWIC Red Bud Campus offers out-of-school youth FREE services

SouthwesternIllinois College is proud to offer the Youth Employment and Support Services Program, which is funded through the national Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Out of School Youth program. YESS provides St. Clair and Randolph County out-of-school youth, ages 16 to 24, with FREE comprehensive support and educational services to complete their High School Equivalency or secondary level of education. Work-site learning opportunities are also available to students in the career field of their choice.

Case managers design a formal, individualized agreement with each participant by assisting them in developing a plan of action to overcome barriers that may hinder them in fulfilling their education goals and/or obtaining employment that may lead to self-sufficiency.

     The following services are available through the program:

  • Tutoring and High School Equivalency instruction and testing
  • Employment opportunities linked to participants’ career interests
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Leadership development
  • Adult mentoring
  • Workplace readiness training
  • Follow-up services after exit (12 months)
  • Transportation assistance
  • Child care referral assistance
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling, including referral to service partners for drug and alcohol counseling as needed

     To learn more about the YESS program or SWIC HSE classes contact SWIC Randolph County Youth Services Coordinator Karen Schaller at
618-210-8189.

Hobby lobby

Company: Arts & Crafts

Wait time:

10 M

Price range:

$$

Time spent:

30 M – 1 Hr

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

Location(s)

City Phone Address

Fairview Heights, IL 62208

(618) 394-8760 6549 N Illinois St

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

Hours:

Monday – Saturday 9:00 AM- 8:00 PM
Sunday Closed

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

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, Visa

Parking

Private lot

Noise Level

Normal

Wi-Fi

Yes

Accessible

Wheelchair, blind, Deaf

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Student Discounts

No

Entertainment

NA

In-person visits

Yes

Open to All

Yes

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

No outdoor

Curbside pickup

Yes

Social distancing

Required 6 ft

Temperature checks

No

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down Space

No

Sanitizer

Yes

Staff wears masks

Yes

Club Fitness

Company: Gym

RATING:

3.5

Wait time:

N/A

Price range:

$$

Time spent:

30m – 1h

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

Location(s)

City Phone Address
Belleville, IL (618) 235-2687 20 Carlyle Plaza Dr

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

Hours:

Monday 5 AM 12 AM
Tuesday – Thursday Open 24 Hours
Friday 12 AM – 8 PM
Saturday – Sunday 7 AM – 7 PM

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

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, Visa, PayPal, Checks, mobile payments

Parking

Private lot, bike parking

Noise Level

Normal

Wi-Fi

N/A

Accessible

Wheelchair, blind, deaf

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Gym Attire

Restrooms 

Provided

Student Discounts

No

Entertainment

TV’S

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

No

Outdoor Seating

Open

Curbside pick up

Yes

Social distancing

Required 6 ft

Temperature checks

Mandatory

Cleaning

Very clean

Indoor Seating

Open with limited space.

Sanitizer

Sanitizer is all over the gym and provided

The St. Louis Wheel

Company: Business

Wait time:

10 M

Price range:

$$

Time spent:

15 – 30 M

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

Location(s)

City Phone Address
St. Louis

(314) 923-3900

Union Station, 201 S. 18th St., St. Louis

Hours:

Monday – Thursday 10 Am- 10 PM

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

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, Visa, insurance

Parking

Private lot, bike parking

Noise Level

Normal

Wi-Fi

Yes

Accessible

Wheelchair, blind, deaf

Pets

Service Animals Only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Student Discounts

No

Entertainment

No

In-person visits

Yes

Open to All

Yes

In-Store Shopping

Yes

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

No outdoor

Curbside pickup

Yes

Social distancing

Required 6 ft

Temperature checks

No

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down Space

Open

Sanitizer

Bring your own

Staff wears masks

Yes

Walgreens – Cahokia

Company: Business

Wait time:

10 M

Price range:

$$

Time spent:

15 – 30 M

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

Location(s)

City Phone Address
Cahokia 618-332-2904 1201 Camp Jackson Road

Hours:

Monday – Thursday 9–11AM, 11:30AM–9PM
Friday – Saturday 9–11AM, 11:30AM–9PM
Sunday 10AM–1PM, 1:30–6PM

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

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, Visa, insurance

Parking

Private lot, bike parking

Noise Level

Normal

Wi-Fi

Yes

Accessible

Wheelchair, blind, deaf

Pets

Service Animals Only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Student Discounts

No

Entertainment

No

In-person visits

Yes

Open to All

Yes

In-Store Shopping

Yes

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

No outdoor

Curbside pickup

Yes

Social distancing

Required 6 ft

Temperature checks

No

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down Space

Open

Sanitizer

Bring your own

Staff wears masks

Yes