City Archives - Southwestern Illinois College

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.

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.

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

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

BEAST Craft BBQ

Cuisine: Barbeque

Phone

(618) 257-9000

Address

20 S Belt W Belleville

Hours

Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 am8:00 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

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

 
 

Huddle house

Cuisine: Restaurant

Phone

(618) 566-3663

Address

9810 Perrin Rd, Mascoutah, IL 62258

Hours

Monday – Sunday Open 24 Hrs

 

Services

Accepts

Cash, Card, and Visa

Delivery /Takeout

Yes

Parking

Private Lot

Drive-Thru

No

Wi-Fi

Yes

Seating

Indoor

Alcohol

No

Accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Party

Yes

Pets

Service Animals only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Noise Level

Normal

Catering

No

Reservations

No

Student Discounts

No

Good For Kids?

Yes

Options

N/A

Entertainment

No

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

Closed

Curbside pick up

Yes

Contactless

Social distancing

Yes

Temperature checks

No

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down dining

Open

Sanitizer

Sanitizer is all over the Restaurant and provided

Delivery with:

None

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

Southwestern Illinois 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.

Home Brite Ace Hardware

Company: Hardware Store

Wait time:

4 M

Price range:

$$$

Time spent:

20 M

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

Location(s)

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

Hours:

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

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

Services

Accepts

Cash / Card / Visa / Debt

Parking

Private lot

Noise Level

High level

Wi-Fi

Yes

Accessible

Wheelchair / blind / deaf

Service animals / Pets

Service Animals Only / Pet friendly

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided / Family restrooms

Student Discounts

No

Entertainment

No

In-person visits

Yes

Open to All

Yes

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Up to you

Outdoor Seating

Open

Curbside pickup

Yes

Social distancing

No

Temperature checks

No

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down Space

Open

Sanitizer

Bring your own

Staff wears masks

Yes

Refinery Salon

Company: Salon

Wait time:

15 – 20 M

Price range:

$$

Time spent:

1 H

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

Location(s)

City Phone Address
O’Fallon (618) 589-1880 115 E First St O’Fallon

Hours:

Monday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am 8:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am 8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

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

Services

Accepts

Cash / Card / Visa / Debt

Parking

Private lot

Noise Level

Normal

Wi-Fi

Yes

Accessible

Wheelchair / blind / deaf

Service animals / Pets

Service Animals Only

Attire

Casual

Restrooms 

Provided

Student Discounts

No

Entertainment

Yes

In-person visits

Yes

Open to All

Yes

COVID-19 Measures

Masks Required

Yes

Outdoor Seating

No outdoor

Curbside pickup

No

Social distancing

Required 6 ft

Temperature checks

No

Cleaning

Very clean

Sit-down Space

Closed

Sanitizer

Provided

Staff wears masks

No