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SWIC to offer Brewing Science & Operations program starting fall 2020

In partnership with 4204 Main Street Brewing Company in Belleville, Southwestern Illinois College is proud to offer an Associate in Applied Science degree or certificate in brewing operations and fermentation science starting in the fall 2020 semester.

Students can begin the program by taking the BRW 101 Intro to Brewing Process course, which will be every Monday, starting Aug. 17 through Dec. 7, from 5-7 p.m. at the 4204 Main Street Brewing Company, located at 6435 W. Main St., Belleville.

The program will provide foundational knowledge for brewery operations, production procedures, and teach basic quality assurance. Students will also have access to the latest equipment and technologies used in the industry today and receive hands-on training through courses, capstone, and internship programs.

“With the influx of local breweries popping-up over the last decade and how successful they have been, it is a given that there is an interest in the brewing industry,” said SWIC Technical Education and Workforce Development Dean Brad Sparks. “Our new program will give students the ability to learn the science behind brewing, as well as, offer them a chance to understand the business side of the industry and actually see how a brewery operates.”

The program offers a one-year Brewing Operations Certificate which focuses on the day-to-day operations and practical training for immediate employment in a brewery setting. The two-year Associate in Applied Science degree allows for greater emphasis on the science and business portions of the program. 

Graduates of the program are equipped to pursue a variety of careers in fields related to the brewing industry, such as food and hospitality, packaging and distribution, manufacturing, agriculture, food & natural resources, and business management & administration.     

Fall 2020 classes begin Saturday, Aug. 15. For more information on this program visit swic.edu/academics/academic-divisions/technical-education/brewing-science/, contact SWIC Technical Education and Workforce Development Dean Brad Sparks at 618-931-0600, ext. 7420, email bradley.sparks@swic.edu, or to search for courses offered at SWIC, visit swic.edu/courses.

FALL 2020 Reopening Information (July 27, 2020)

With the August 15 start date for the fall term nearing, students will receive weekly communication to provide up to date information regarding the Fall 2020 Semester.

Restore Illinois Plan –  Phase 3 Preparedness.  

Students should be prepared to adjust instructional delivery modes in the event the Governor’s office requires schools to revert to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Phase 3 would require online/remote learning. At this time (July 27), schools are in Phase 4 which allows controlled face-to-face instruction.


Online and/or remote delivery will require students to have access to a reliable internet connection. Students will find most success if utilizing a computer, laptop, or IPAD that has camera and microphone access.   

COVID-19 Precautions and Student Expectations

The success for on campus instruction will depend on everyone displaying personal responsibility adhering to social distancing, wearing a mask/face covering on campus, hand washing, and following the symptom-free guidelines that are required to be on campus.

Masks/Face Coverings. All faculty, staff, and students who are on campus must wear a mask/face covering at all times while on campus.  Masks/face coverings will be required in the classroom.  It is expected that all students will cooperate with this requirement.  For students not wishing to wear a mask or face covering, please consider fully online options.

Student Attestation Screener. Prior to coming on campus each day, all students must certify having no COVID related symptoms and exposure. In the near future, a Student Attestation Screener can be accessed on e-STORM. A complete form must be completed prior to entering the building as well as summary attestation the beginning each class attended on campus.

Minimizing Time On Campus. Reducing time on campus will minimize the spread of the virus. Students should avoid loitering or large gatherings on campus.  All student services will be open to provide support to students.  However, social distancing guidelines and a controlled access environment will be followed. 

HyFlex – Face to Face Classes. In order to adhere to the six-feet social distancing guideline, courses that have higher enrollment will follow a “HyFlex” mode of instruction. Instructors will assign students on campus class attendance on alternating class sessions while those at home can watch synchronously or asynchronously (at a later time). Recordings will be available for three days before being removed. Instructors will be informing students via Blackboard if the HyFlex model will be needed for a course and if so, will assign students a specific start date. If you are not notified by your instructor, you should assume to attend the first day of your scheduled class.


On site enrollment and course registration are underway with Academic Advising, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, and Student Accounts providing services to students in the gymnasium at the Belleville Campus and at Sam Wolf Granite City Campus. Staff members are ready to serve all students Monday through Thursday with extended hours and days of operation beginning August 3. Students can also register on line through estorm.swic.edu.      

SWIC releases spring 2020 dean’s list

The following is a list of full- and part-time students on the Southwestern Illinois College Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 Semester.

This list includes full-time students who completed 12 or more semester credits during the semester and part-time students who completed six or more semester credits during the semester while maintaining a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

The students’ names are listed alphabetically according to hometown:
SWIC Spring 2020 Dean’s List

For more information, contact SWIC Enrollment Services at
618-235-2700, ext. 5455 or 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5455.

SWIC releases spring 2020 graduate list

The following is a list of Southwestern Illinois College students who graduated at the conclusion of the Spring 2020 Semester. The students’ names are listed alphabetically according to hometown.

The list also denotes students who graduated with honors (a 3.5 grade point average or higher) and with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

SWIC Spring 2020 Graduate List

For more information, contact SWIC Enrollment Services at 618-235-2700, ext. 5455 or 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5455.

Juneteenth: Message from the President

Juneteenth: a time for reflection and recommitment on the Black Life and the Fight against Racism

As an institution of higher education, we at Southwestern Illinois College are committed to valuing human life,with respect, fairness, equality, and dignity. I am appalled at the recent events across our country, the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and innumerable others. The reality is: we as individuals have a responsibility to build relationships valuing each other with respect, to learn and to understand diverse cultures and views, and to appreciate each other’s unique backgrounds, societal inequities, and abilities.

In our continued commitment toward respecting differences, and in light of the national conversation regarding racism and injustices, Southwestern Illinois College empathizes with the historically unique Texas celebration of Juneteenth, the emancipation of the last Confederate slaves on June 19, 1865. Two months after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, five months after passage of the 13th Amendment and more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slavery in Texas had yet to be abolished. On June 19, as a Confederate insurgency continued, Union Major General Gordon Granger, in command of 1,800 Union soldiers, proclaimed that “all slaves are free” in the state and that there would be “absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves.” (Rita Reynolds, Associate Professor and Chair of Wagner College History Department)

Lizz Schumer, a staff writer for Hearst Magazines, on June 4, 2020 posted a Twitter comment from Makayla Butler on the Good Housekeeping website.

Juneteenth twitter image

Let’s respect, support, and extend understanding to one another as human beings because it makes us stronger and we are able to achieve greater success together.

Respectfully yours,

Nick Mance

Swansea Wealth Advisor Samuel Hanger named to the SWIC Foundation Board

SWIC Foundation Board Member Samuel Hanger

Wealth management advisor Samuel Hanger of O’Fallon has been named to the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation Board. As a board member, he will support the Foundation’s efforts to provide special educational and cultural activities that are not part of the college budget.

Hanger is a graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia and has been working in the financial industry since 2013. He started his career off as an intern with Archford Capital Strategies in Swansea. From there, he became a financial services representative for Scottrade in St. Louis. Hanger returned to Archford Capital Strategies in 2015 and currently works there as a wealth management advisor.

He holds a Certified Financial Planner certificate; is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary; and holds his Series 7, 66, 63 and life insurance licenses. Hanger is a member of the Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club of St. Louis and the Mizzou Alumni Association. He is also working towards his Chartered Financial Consultant designation.

For more information about the SWIC Foundation and supporting programs at the college, contact the SWIC Foundation Executive Director Rena Thoele at 618-235-2700, ext. 5647, or rena.thoele@swic.edu.

SWIC Adult Education now offering online High School Equivalency classes

If you left high school without earning a diploma, let Southwestern Illinois College help you earn one from the comfort of your home or anywhere.  The SWIC Adult Education and Literacy department is now offering online High School Equivalency preparation classes.

Students must live in the college district and have a separation letter from their school district if 16-17 years old.

Learn more about upcoming classes and schedule an appointment for orientation by calling 618-235-2700, ext. 5525, or toll free in Illinois at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5525 or email tanja.anglin@swic.edu.

COVID-19 Crisis update

Southwestern Illinois College campuses will remain closed throughout Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order in Response to COVID-19.

Summer and Fall registration are now open.  All summer courses will be conducted through on-line/alternative delivery methods. If the Governor lifts the executive order, courses that include a face-to-face requirement (i.e. labs, clinicals, vocational) will have the ability to meet on campus through a structured and controlled plan.  Students enrolled in those specific courses will be contacted by their instructor if applicable.

For Spring 2020 Grading, instructors will be issuing the following letter grades:  A, B, C, D, and W (withdrawal).  Instructors will not be issuing F or WF grades due to the impact of Coronavirus and any hardship incurred.  Please note that the option for a student to withdraw from a course remains with a deadline of April 22.

As questions arise, please note that all student services are available through email, telephone/voicemail, and virtual means.

            Academic Advising – advising@swic.edu

            Enrollment Services – enrollmentservices@swic.edu

            Financial Aid/Veteran Services – fin_aid@swic.edu

            Student Accounts – businessoffice@swic.edu

Bookstore Update – The bookstore webpage on swic.edu will include spring, summer, and fall book rental/return information.

SWIC looks forward to serving our students and continuing meeting students’ education and career goals. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these changing times.  

Stay healthy, and stay safe! 

SWIC taking additional precautions in response to COVID-19

Southwestern Illinois College is closely watching the activities associated with the coronavirus. The following policies will be implemented by SWIC beginning March 22, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


• SWIC college courses will be delivered via online or alternative delivery mechanisms beginning March 22 for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester in order to limit exposure and possible transmission of the virus. Instructors will be utilizing Blackboard and email for online courses. Students who need assistance with Blackboard and/or do not have computer or Internet access should notify their instructor.

• For those classes that are not conducive for online instruction and require hands-on learning, instruction has been suspended through April 18. The college will continually reassess the situation to determine if other alternatives are needed. Special arrangements have been made for certain programs in Health Sciences and Homeland Security. Please contact Dean Julie Muertz at 618-235-2700, ext. 5298, or julie.muertz@swic.edu.


Enrollment/Advising/Financial Aid/Student Accounts/Testing Centers/Library:

• Registration and advising for the summer and fall 2020 semesters are available online. Students are encouraged to register online. If this is not possible, contact the Registration Office at 618-235-2700, ext. 5599 to make individual arrangements.

• Services will be available via phone and email. Refer to the most up-to-date information on the college website.

• The Testing Centers at all campuses will be closed. 

• The Disability and Access Center will be closed until April 18, 2020.

• The Libraries at all campuses will be closed.


• Success Center operations will be available on the Belleville Campus only during specified times, as well as via phone or online. Please refer to the most up-to-date information on the college website. 

• Students may also choose to use the tutoring online resource.

• Students returning to campus to study and/or use the Success Center will be limited to six people in the same area. No groups larger than six will be allowed. All individuals are subject to screening.

CAMPUSES OPERATIONS — March 22 through April 18

• Sam Wolf Granite City Campus will be closed.  

• Red Bud Campus will be closed.

• Belleville Campus will be open for essential operational functions.

• The Information Sciences Building will be closed except for employees. Entry will be accessible via employee PIN or SWIC badge.

• The Main Complex and the Liberal Arts Building will be open to students and employees who must show their SWIC identification badge. Entry will be limited to Entrances A and G in the Main Complex and the Quad door and Circle Drive door in the Liberal Arts Building.

FOOD SERVICE — March 22 through April 18

• The Cafeteria will be open for made-to-order take-away services only.  Hours of operation are 8 am to 2 pm.

• All patrons should utilize the additional hand sanitizer dispensers that have been placed in various places in the serving area.

Starbucks will be closed.


• Student activities will be suspended until April 18, at which time the health situation will be reassessed. 

• Events with more than 10 attendees that are college-sponsored or hosted by registered student organizations are suspended indefinitely.

• Social gatherings outside the college with more than ten attendees are also discouraged.

• Spring Commencement Ceremonies are cancelled. Degrees will be mailed.


• Any college-sponsored international travel is prohibited, along with non-essential domestic travel until further notice.

• Personal international travel is strongly discouraged, and we urge caution and the exercise of good judgment for personal domestic travel.

Visit swic.edu for up-to-date details.

SWIC to extend spring break March 16-22 as precaution

Southwestern Illinois College’s President Nick Mance announced the College will extend spring break for students by one week (March 16-22) as a precautionary measure related to COVID-19. Students currently enrolled in online courses are continuing their academic progression as normal. To reduce the density of people on campus, alternative instructional delivery will resume on March 23 and continue through April 3. 

No student, faculty or staff has tested positive on any SWIC campus; however, Mance indicated: “SWIC will continue to assess the situation and develop plans for continued operations should we need to take additional measures.  Students are urged to concentrate on academics and should closely monitor SWIC email and swic.edu for announcements and updates.” 

Although spring break is being extended for students, College operations and all campuses remain open. College-sponsored events with large attendance are suspended through April 17, 2020.

“I want to thank everyone for their cooperation, patience, and understanding as we navigate through this complicated and difficult issue.  Again, we continue to assess this situation as it evolves and will provide timely updates as needed,” Mance said.

For more information, visit https://www.swic.edu/students/public-safety/notifications/coronavirus-information/.