Community News Archives - Southwestern Illinois College

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 Receives $1.2 Million Workforce Equity Grant for 2022

A $1.2 million Workforce Equity Initiative Grant from the Illinois Community College Board will enable Southwestern Illinois College to continue offering its one-year career training programs in East St. Louis.

“We are excited to have another year to work with this population of students and help them change their lives” said Leonard “Gary” Cruise, East St. Louis Higher Education Center Program Outreach Coordinator/Site Administrator. “This grant has provided a chance for those who want to take charge of the direction that will push their families into a new start. All of the students who have participated in our programs have been very thankful.”

SWIC received a $1.4 million WEI grant in 2020 and a $1.2 million grant in 2021 to develop employment training programs to assist minorities in underserved communities. Those programs include certificates in Welding, Nurse Assistant, Food Service, Forklift Training, and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Phlebotomy, Practical Nursing. Since 2019, 130 students have received credentials.

A Web Design certificate will be offered starting in fall 2022.

“This is an amazing opportunity to continue to make an impact in our local communities through the implementation of our Workforce Equity programming,” said Scott Queener, Ph.D., Director of Enrollment Development and Campus Operations. “The additional funding allows us to continue to offer specialized educational training that targets the current employment gaps in our workforce. As a result of this grant, we are able to expand our educational programs this year.”

In addition to program development, grant funds have allowed SWIC to purchase a food truck to teach a food service class and a mobile technical education trailer to teach precision machining in that community.

To help students start their new careers, SWIC has earmarked funds from the 2021 grant to provide a stipend to students who complete a certificate program and secure employment.

The award to SWIC is part of an $22.8 million ICCB grant to 18 community colleges throughout the state that serve African American and other minority populations.

For the full WEI report visit:  http://www.illinoiswei.org/.

To find out how you can sign up for one of the WEI career training programs, contact Cruise at 618-874-6595 or leonard.cruise@swic.edu.

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

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

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

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

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