INA, Ill. (Oct. 5, 2020) — Rend Lake College’s trade programs rate among the best in the nation, according to a recent ranking from education website recently published its list of the 50 Best Trade Schools Programs for the 2020-21 school year and RLC landed in the No. 18 spot. The website’s editorial team considered hundreds of universities across the country and selected RLC based on academic and career resources, the quality of education, faculty, and more.


While RLC is not exclusively a trade school, the college does offer a variety of technical programs where students can receive hands-on training to help prepare them for a career. RLC offers occupational certificates, which focus on skill competencies and allow students to enter the workforce in a short amount of time. Or students could learn a trade along with general education content to earn an associate degree. RLC also offers an apprenticeship program allowing students to receive on-the-job training from a local company and earn a wage while they learn. highlighted RLC’s variety of certificates and degrees available, including options like a Certificate in Certified Production Technician or a Certificate in Phlebotomy. The website also emphasized RLC’s use of the Focus 2 career planning system that allows students to figure out what career works best for them.

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RLC has more than 100 degrees and certificates available. To learn more about the college, or to enroll, visit

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