Programs & Degrees

Pre-Medicine / - Dentistry / - Veterinary


Degrees & Certificates in Pre-Medicine / -Dentistry / -Veterinary

Associate in Science Degree

ARTS & SCIENCES DIVISION

Pre-med students may earn a bachelor’s degree in any major. Requirements must be met at the time pre-medical requirements are taken. If a science major is chosen, there will be considerable overlapping of requirements, thus making it easier for the student to reach both sets of requirements. Organic chemistry (CHE 2120 and CHE 2121) and physics must be completed before the end of the third year in preparation for the Medical College Admission Test that spring. These courses are suggested below, but are not necessary if a student chooses to take them at the university level. An advisor can prepare a program for a specific four-year degree.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CHE 1103 Inorganic Chemistry (see prerequisites) 1, 3 (5)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • MATH 1110 College Algebra and Trigonometry 1 (5)
  • Elective – Social Science (3)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CHE 1104 Inorganic Chemistry / Qual. Analysis 3 (5)
  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • BIO 1104 College Biology II (5)

  • CHE 2121 Organic Chemistry II or 
    PHY 1102 College Physics II 3 (5)

  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • Elective – Social Science (3)

It is strongly suggested students take PHY 1101 Third Semester and PHY 1102 Fourth Semester. Both should be taken to guarantee full transfer to four-year institutions.

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

2 One Fine Arts course and one Humanities course needed to meet IAI core requirements.

3 To guarantee full transfer of credit, students must complete the entire course sequence at the same school before transfer.

Faculty & Staff



Psychology


Degrees & Certificates in Psychology

ARTS & SCIENCES DIVISION

PSYCHOLOGY - Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate of Arts Degree and is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in psychology.

The Psychology transfer program provides students with the background in psychology and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year institution. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring or a Rend Lake College advisor for any additional requirements.

► Total = 66 Hours

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • MATH 1107 Contemporary College Mathematics 1 (3)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology 1 (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts (3)
  • Elective – Science with Lab (5)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • PSYC 2102 Child Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Science (3)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 2106 Intermediate Composition (3)
  • POLI 2101 American Government (3)
  • PSYC 2103 Educational Psychology (3)
  • SPAN 1102 Elementary Spanish II (4)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

Program Outcomes

Psychology

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of psychology’s major concepts, empirical findings and historical trends.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the core fields, paradigms, and theories of psychology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the types of professionals in psychology, psychological disorders and treatment modalities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the ways psychology is applied in the realms of work, personal life, education and other real-world situations.

Articulation


Articulation agreements document a pathway between two or more colleges or universities and their academic programs.

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Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Psychology

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Missouri Baptist University
Psychology

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale Articulation

This articulation agreement allows students who complete an Associate of Arts degree in psychology at RLC to transfer seamlessly into SIU Carbondale’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) program in psychology. 

To meet the requirements of the agreement, students must earn a minimum of 64 credit hours at RLC with a GPA (grade point average) at or higher than a 2.0. Of these 64 credit hours, several specific courses must be completed and passed, including public speaking, rhetoric and composition, college mathematics, introduction to psychology, introduction to sociology, cultural anthropology, and elementary Spanish. Transfer students will then be required to complete 56 credit hours at the 300 and 400 level at SIU Carbondale to earn a BA.

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Radiology



Application for Radiology only. Not required for CT / MRI

This program is designed to prepare students for careers in Radiologic Technology. The curriculum includes instruction in the operation of radiographic equipment, the study of human anatomy and clinical experience.

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM AND THE PROFESSION

OUR PROGRAM
The Associate in Applied Science Degree program is 21 months in length and can be entered only during the fall semester. Space is limited and the program is competitive, so register early. Admission requirements for Radiologic Technology are available in the official RLC Catalog. Students officially accepted into the program will be required to acquire Hepatitis B immunizations, a TB test, CPR certification and health physical at their own expense.

Students pursuing studies in Radiologic Technology may find they are unable to hold a job while in school due to the highly structured scheduling necessary for directed practice at clinical sites. Some RAD clinical rotations include attendance on weekends ... a 3-11 p.m. shift, and an 11 p.m.- 7 a.m. shift.

Upon completion of the program, students will take the national certification examination. Students who have been convicted of a felony charge may not be eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Certification examination. If there is a concern, the student may have the ARRT Ethics Committee evaluate a pre-application.

For those who hold an AAS Degree in Radiologic Technology and are ARRT registered, an online occupational certificate in Computed Tomography is available. The certificate consists of four classes.

ABOUT THE PROFESSION
The registered radiologic technologist plays an important role on the medical team by providing quality radiographs for a physician or radiologist (a physician who has specialized in interpretation of diagnostic radiographic images). As a professional assistant, the radiologic technologist functions to aid in the diagnosis of various abnormalities including fractures, tumors, and malfunctioning body systems.

Responsibilities of the radiologic technologist include adjusting radiographic equipment for specific examinations, placing the patient into the correct position, making the required exposure, and processing the images. In some cases mobile radiographic equipment must be used in the emergency room, in surgery, or at the patient’s bedside. Responsibilities may also include performing quality assurance procedures, record keeping, ordering supplies, and maintaining equipment.

The major responsibility of the radiologic technologist, however, is compassionate care of the patient. In a profession driven by technical advances, caring for the needs of the patient remains the primary objective. Compassionate care includes proficiency in communication, respecting individual rights, and maintaining safety.

The radiologic technologist receives the social prestige that accompanies a professional career. As part of the medical team professional colleagues might include nurses, lab technicians, physicians, therapists, and other scientific people dedicated to the medical profession. The knowledge and skills of a radiologic technologist serve an integral part of the medical community in the treatment and well being of the patient.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
A profession in radiology provides a variety of career opportunities. The registered technologist (RT) is qualified to work in a hospital, a doctor’s office, a public health facility, a veteran or military hospital, or an industrial medical clinic. Radiologic technology is a dynamic field with more technological advances expected in the future. This field affords many opportunities for professional growth. An Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology serves as a stepping stone for advancement into magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT), nuclear medicine (NM), mammography (M), cardiovascular interventional technology (CIT), ultrasound imaging (US), angiography and interventional procedures, radiation oncology, and the field of education.

DAY & EVENING PROGRAM OPTIONS

Program Structure (Day Track)

The 21- month (69.5 credit hours) continuous Radiologic Technology degree program provides didactic and clinical education for potential Radiographers. Clinical experience occurs at clinical facilities in the local area. Program participants can expect substantial off-campus student and preparation for classroom lecture and lab exercises. Students will attend class and clinical during day hours with the exception of assigned evening and weekend rotations which vary upon semester. Upon completion of this program, graduates will obtain an Associate in Applied Science Degree and will be eligible to sit for the national ARRT examination. 

Please Note: 

  • Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to change from the day track to evening track or vice-versa. 
  • Students should be aware that clinical start times vary among clinical sites.
  • Students who have been convicted of a felony charge may not be eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Certification examination. If there is a concern, the student may have the ARRT Ethics Committee evaluate a pre-application.
  • Students officially accepted into the program will be required to acquire Hepatitis B immunizations, a TB test, CPR certification and health physical at their own expense.

Program Structure (Evening Track)

The 21- month (69.5 credit hours) continuous Radiologic Technology degree program provides didactic and clinical education for potential Radiographers. Clinical experience occurs at clinical facilities in the local area. Program participants can expect substantial off-campus student and preparation for classroom lecture and lab exercises. Students will attend class and clinical during weekday evening hours with the exception of assigned day rotations and weekend rotation which vary upon semester. Upon completion of this program, graduates will obtain an Associate in Applied Science Degree and will be eligible to sit for the national ARRT examination.

Please Note: 

  • Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to change from the day track to evening track or vice-versa.
  • Students should be aware that clinical start times vary among clinical sites.
  • Students who have been convicted of a felony charge may not be eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Certification examination. If there is a concern, the student may have the ARRT Ethics Committee evaluate a pre-application.
  • Students officially accepted into the program will be required to acquire Hepatitis B immunizations, a TB test, CPR certification and health physical at their own expense.

Degrees & Certificates in Radiology Technology

ALLIED HEALTH DIVISION

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY - Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. This program is designed to prepare students for careers in Radiologic Technology. The curriculum includes instruction in the operation of radiographic equipment, study of human anatomy and clinical experience. All curriculum courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A criminal history background check is required. To continue in the Radiologic Technology program, all RAD courses must be taken in the order outlined in the curriculum.

► Total = 69.5 Hours

Summer Term (0.5 Cr. Hrs.)

  • RAD 1200 Radiologic Technology Orientation 0.5

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • MATH 1107 Contemporary College Math (3)
  • RAD 1205 Radiographic Equipment & Imaging I (2)
  • RAD 1206 Intermediate Radiographic Procedures (3)
  • RAD 1207 Radiology Clinical I (5)
  • ZOO 1106 Anatomy & Physiology II (4)

Summer Term (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (15.5 Cr. Hrs.)

 

Fourth Semester (13.5 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY - Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

This program is designed to help equip a radiologic technologist with the knowledge, skills, and competence necessary to perform CT examinations in the workplace. This program includes topics on CT physics, CT applications, CT clinical training and cross-sectional anatomy. The program also is designed to assist the student in preparing for the ARRT's CT registry exam. All curriculum courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. ? Total = 16 Hours

Prerequisites: Successful completion of AAS in Radiologic Technology or must be ARRT registered.

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • RAD 1220 Computed Tomography Applications (4)
  • RAD 1221 Computed Tomography Clinical (6)
  • RAD 1222 Computed Tomography Physics (4)
  • RAD 1223 Computed Tomography Cross-Sectional Anatomy (2)

MRI - Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Certificate prepares radiographers to work in medical facilities as MRI technologists. Graduates of the program are equipped with the appropriate knowledge to take the national MRI certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. All curriculum courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

► Total = 16 Hours

Prerequisites: Successful completion of AAS in Radiologic Technology or must be ARRT registered.

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Program Outcomes

Radiologic Technology

  • Apply positioning skills.
  • Communicate effectively with health care staff and patients.
  • Manipulate technical factors for non-routine examinations
  • Determine the importance of continued professional development

Computed Tomography

  • Demonstrate clinical competence in the CT department.
  • Demonstrate acceptable professional and ethical standards
  • Demonstrate proper patient care
  • Demonstrate appropriate radiation safety when utilizing correct CT protocols
  • Understand and apply basic physical principles
  • Evaluate image quality, image artifacts, and quality assurance
  • Differentiate various tissues from bone anatomy

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • Demonstrate clinical competence in the MRI department.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of MRI patient safety.
  • Differentiate various tissues from bone anatomy
  • Recall MRI imaging techniques and pulse sequences
  • Explain the use of FDA approved MRI imaging contrast

Mission & Goals

Program Mission

Our Mission is to provide students with both the academic and technical skills to competently and safely perform Radiologic procedures, to prepare qualified imaging technologists who will ethically respond to the needs of patients with competence and compassion, and to assume a vital professional role as a medical team member.

Program Goals
  • Goal: Students will be clinically competent.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
    Students will apply positioning skills
    Student will select appropriate technical factors
    Students will practice radiation protection

  • Goal: Students will communicate effectively.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
    Students will use effective oral communication skills
    Students will use effective written communication skills

  • Goal: Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
    Students will manipulate technical factors for non-routine examinations
    Students will adapt positioning for non-routine examinations

  • Goal: Students will evaluate the importance of professional growth and development.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
    Students will determine the importance of continued professional development
    Students will summarize their professional obligations upon gaining their ARRT

Program Effectiveness Data

Radiology - Program Effectiveness Data


The data represented on here reflects the Rend Lake College Radiography program’s:

  • 5-year average credentialing examination pass rate
  • 5-year average job placement rate
  • Program completion rate

This information may also be obtained through accessing the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology’s website.

The Data


Credentialing examination pass rate

Credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of student graduates who pass, on first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) certification examination compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation.

Graduate Year ARRT Radiologic Technology Passage Rate (First Attempt within 6 months of graduation )
2018 16/16
2017 16/17
2016 15/20
2015 15/16
2014 13/17

5-year average: 75/86 (87%)

Job placement rate

 Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences.  The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) has defined not actively seeking employment as:

1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts,
2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation,
3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours,
4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or
5) graduate is continuing education.

Graduate Year Job Placement Rate  Analysis of Data
2017 16/16 16 of 16 students found jobs while seeking employment within 12 months of completion
2016 14/15 14 of 15 students found jobs while seeking employment within 12 months of completion. The majority of RLC’s AAS graduates continue their education
2015 13/13 13 of 13 students found jobs while seeking employment within 12 months of completion. The majority of RLC's AAS graduates continue their education.
2014 9/9 9 of 9 students found jobs while seeking employment within 12 months of completion. The majority of RLC’s AAS graduates continue their education
2013 11/12 11 of 12 students found jobs while seeking employment within 12 months of completion, the majority of RLC’s AAS graduates continue their education

5 Year Average:  63/65 (97%)

 

Program Completion Rate

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the program within 150% of the stated program length.  The rate is determined by the number of students who graduate within 24 months of entry into the program, compared to the number of students who are enrolled and attend until the midterm of the first Fall semester.

Graduate Year Program Completion Rate
2018 16/29
2017 17/27
2016 20/28
2015 17/32
2014 17/34


5 Year Average: 87/150 (58%)

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read all application materials and the section of the catalog that pertains to your program of interest. Many of your questions may be answered there.

When is the application deadline for the Rad Tech program?
The deadline is March 31st at midnight.

How many students are accepted into the program each year?
We accept approximately 30-32 students into the Radiologic Technology program each year.

How do you choose candidates?
Psychological Services Bureau test scores are used, along with awarded points that are given for completed program required generals. These two factors are combined with preference given to in-district students.

What is required to be turned in before the deadline of March 31st?
The online program application must be completed, any transcripts that are being submitted must be turned into Student Records prior to the deadline.

Does Radiologic Technology have an admission fee?
No

Do I have to be accepted by the College before I can be accepted into the Radiologic Technology program?
Yes. Please contact the Admissions office.

When does the Radiologic Technology program start?
The program accepts new students each fall semester.

How long is the Radiologic Technology program?
The AAS program is 5 consecutive semesters.

Should I apply before I ask for the transcript to be sent?
You may turn in the application form before you ask other schools to send transcripts. As long as your file is complete before the deadline, it is not important in what order things arrive. It is your responsibility to make sure we receive everything needed for your file before the deadline.

Should I speak to an advisor before I sign up for classes?
While the College rules do not require you to be advised before you sign up for classes, it is a good idea to come to our office and talk to someone rather than signing up for any classes that sound good.

Do students have to do clinical work?
Yes, there is much clinical work involved.

Can I go part time?
General education coursework may be completed on a part-time basis. However, once the Radiologic Technology program begins, coursework is completed only on a full-time basis.

Do I need my own computer?
Many courses include computer and Internet-based assignments. Having your own computer gives you more freedom in completing course assignments. Computer labs are available on campus for student use. As a student, you receive free access from home to the Internet and an email address.

 


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Accreditated by
Joint Review committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 
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Chicago IL 60606-3182 
PH 312-704-5300 Fax 312-704-5304
www.jrcert.org

 

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Allied Health Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1251
Email: 
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Allied Health
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Allied Health

 

Social Work


This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate in Arts Degree. The curriculum is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in social work.

The Social Work transfer program at Rend Lake College provides students with the background in behavioral science and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year institution. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring or an advisor at Rend Lake College for any additional requirements.

SOCIAL WORK - Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

ARTS & SCIENCES DIVISION

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 2101 Social Problems (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts (3)
  • Elective (1)

Third Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • ECON 2101 Principles of Economics I (3)
  • MATH 1105 Basic Concepts of Statistics 1 (3)
  • SOCI 2102 Marriage and the Family (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)

Fourth Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ANTH 1101 Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • PSYC 2102 Child Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology 1 (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Science (3)
  • Elective (2)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

Program Outcomes

Social Work

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of generalist social work practice by applying key terms, concepts, and theories. 
  2. Students will identify the ethical values and standards of the social work profession.
  3. Students will apply critical thinking skills in relation to client needs and situations through the use of case studies and scenarios.
  4. Students will discuss the skills and abilities needed to advocate for human rights and social justice. 
  5. Students will identify at-risk populations. 
  6. Students will recognize the importance of human diversity.

Articulation


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  Missouri Baptist University
  Social Work

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Sociology


This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate in Arts Degree. The curriculum is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in sociology.

The Sociology transfer program at Rend Lake College provides students with the background in sociology and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year institution. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring or an advisor at Rend Lake College for any additional requirements.

Associate in Arts Degree

► Total = 66 Hours

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)

MATH 1107 Contemporary College Mathematics 1 (3)

SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology 1 (3)

Elective – Fine Arts (3)

Elective – Science with Lab (5)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)

HEA 1101 Health Education (2)

POLI 1101 State and Local Government (3)

PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology (3)

SOCI 2101 Social Problems (3)

COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

ANTH 1101 Cultural Anthropology (3)

MATH 1105 Basic Concepts of Statistics 1 (3)

PSYC 2105 Social Psychology (3)

SPAN 1101 Elementary Spanish I (4)

Elective – Humanities (3)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

ENGL 2106 Intermediate Composition (3)

SOCI 2102 Marriage and the Family (3)

SPAN 1102 Elementary Spanish II (4)

Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)

Elective – Science (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

Program Outcomes

Sociology

  • Utilize the major sociological theories to analyze the situation orally or in writing
  • Identify ways unseen social forces influence the situation and communicate these ideas orally or in writing
  • Apply basic sociological concepts and vocabulary to understand social groups and interactions
  • Provide a written or oral example of how one’s culture might lead to conformity and conflict

Articulation


Articulation agreements document a pathway between Rend Lake College and the following schools for the academic program(s) listed.

If you are a student interested in transferring to a 4-year university and want to focus on agriculture at RLC, talk to your advisor about class options.

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  Missouri Baptist University
  Sociology

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Theatre


The Rend Lake College Theatre Department offers classes in acting and theatre. Each year, the RLC Theatre program is committed to producing two shows – a fall play and a spring children’s show. Auditions for the shows are open to students and community members who want to gain experience and training on the stage.

Program Outcomes

Theater

  • Employ knowledge of specific theatrical elements and associated practices
  • Demonstrate, through written works and oral presentations, an understanding of the historical and current impact of theatre upon its society
  • Analyze and evaluate live theatrical performances in an educated voice
  • Practice effective performance techniques through group and solo presentations

Fall Play

"The Nutcracker"
Evening Performances: 7:00 pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 & 10 | Matinee Performance: 2:00 pm Sunday, Nov. 11
RLC Theatre

Tickets: $12 
Purchase tickets by calling (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1467

 

Spring Children's Show

Flummoxed Fairy Tales — written and directed by Tracey Webb — is our annual play performed for thousands of area grade school students. Check the Events Calendar for dates

 

Thespians

RLC Thespians practice a form of acting called Comedy Improvisation. They perform the same kind of quick-thinking acting exercises as seen on television's "Who's line is it anyway," as well as the exercises "Second City" school of Improvisational acting has mastered. This sort of acting led to the popular Saturday Night Live television series, still running since the 1970s!

The Thespians also rehearse written scripts and perform plays based on current events or issues that teach lessons. Club meetings take place each Friday in the theatre at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

Each spring semester, the Thespians club members perform the annual play, "Flummoxed Fairy Tales," for area grade school children. Student club members earn 3 credits while gaining acting experience in this original, comical spoof of well known fairy tales. Bus loads of grade school children arrive and are entertained for free in late April! Schools are encouraged to make reservations early because seats are limited.

Tracey Webb, the sponsor of the RLC thespians can be reached in her office by email or phone: or 618-437-5321, Ext. 1295.

THESPIANS SPRING 2018 in FLUMMOXED FAIRY TALESTHESPIANS SPRING 2018 in FLUMMOXED FAIRY TALES

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Photos


Music & Theatre

 

 

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

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Treasure Island 2013 Fall Play

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Flummoxed Fairy Tales 2011

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flickr icon square The Nutcracker 2018

 

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The Legend of Robin Hood

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History of the RLC Theatre

The Rend Lake College Theatre has been a source of musical and theatrical entertainment and culture for the community since opening its doors in 1975. In that same time span it has served as a wonderful training tool for students and faculty, and as a gathering place for college and community functions.

The theatre was one of the few facilities on campus which was completed in the college’s master building plan (Phases I, II, III completed in 1973) and was still yet to be renovated by 2007. In November 2007, a massive renovation to the theater began and was complete by the fall of 2008. The $282,000 project greatly enhanced the theater and its ability to engage the community through sound and lighting upgrades, new and more spacious seating, a much-needed center aisle, acoustic wall treatments, new wall-to-wall carpeting, a deluxe stage curtain and valance, paint, more handicapped-accessible seating, and a repair to make the stage thrust operational once again. The transformation enhanced the experience for community members who attend RLC Theatrical productions and musical events, and provides students and instructors a top-notch facility in which to train and be trained in the fine arts. Additionally, theatre and music groups in the community who use the theater on a regular basis are benefitting from the renovation.

The productions Grease and Cinderella occurred just before and after the renovation, respectively, and elicited sold out crowds the likes of which the RLC Theatre department had not experienced in years, if ever, according to former RLC President Mark S. Kern. In fact, additional seating was required to accommodate a standing-only crowd for Cinderella. For years, the format included a theatre production in the fall and spring, and a children’s production once each year. In 2007, the children’s productions were discontinued; however the theatre department continued to put on Flummoxed Fairy Tales which targeted audiences made up of young students from schools in the RLC district and whose actors are students of the RLC Theatre program.

Productions at RLC have included:

 Year Title  Director 
2018 Fall Play The Nutcracker Tracey Webb
2018 Spring Musical The Addams Family Sara Alstat
2017 Fall Play The Sleeping Beauty of Loreland Tracey Webb
2017 Spring Musical The Wizard of Oz Sara Alstat
2016 Fall Play The Legend of Robin Hood Tracey Webb
2016 Spring Musical Godspell Sara Alstat
2015 Fall Play The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus Tracey Webb
2015 Spring Musical Les Miserablés Sara Alstat
2014 Fall Play The Hunchback of Notre Dame Tracey Webb
2014 Spring Musical Little Shop of Horrors Sara Alstat
2013 Fall Play Treasure Island Tracey Webb
2013 Spring Musical Into the Woods Sara Alstat
2012 Fall Play Tom Sawyer Tracey Webb
2012 Spring Musical Anything Goes Tracey Webb
2011 Fall Play  Father of the Bride Tracey Webb
2011 Spring Musical South Pacific Tracey Webb
2010 Fall Play The Three Musketeers Tracey Webb
2010 Spring Musical Cabaret Tracey Webb
2009 Fall Play Oliver Twist Tracey Webb
2009 Spring Musical Annie Get Your Gun Tracey Webb
2008 Fall Play A Christmas Carol Tracey Webb
2008 Spring Musical Cinderella Tracey Webb
2007 Fall Play Get Smart Tracey Webb
2007 Kids Musical The Coney Island of Dr. Moreau Tracey Webb
2007 Spring Musical Grease Tracey Webb
2006 Fall Play The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Tracey Webb
2006 Kids Musical When In Rome Tracey Webb
2006 Spring Musical Beauty and the Beast Tracey Webb
2005 Fall Play Miracle on 34th Street Tracey Webb
2005 Kids Musical Tumbleweeds Tracey Webb
2005 Spring Musical Chicago Tracey Webb
2004 Fall Play Pride and Prejudice Tracey Webb
2004 Kids Musical Gone With The Breeze Tracey Webb
2004 Spring Musical Footloose Tracey Webb
2003 Fall Play It's A Wonderful Life Tracey Webb
2003 Kids Musical The Twelve Dancing Princesses Tracey Webb
2003 Spring Musical Show Boat Tracey Webb 
2002 Fall Play Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Tracey Webb 
2002 Kids Musical Kilroy Was Here Tracey Webb 
2002 Spring Musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Tracey Webb 
2001 Fall Play M*A*S*H Tracey Webb 
2001 Kids Musical Flapper Tracey Webb 
2001 Spring Musical Phantom of the Country Opera Tracey Webb
2000 Fall Play The Beverly Hillbillies  Tracey Webb 
2000 Kids Musical Snow White Tracey Webb 
2000 Spring Musical Once Upon A Mattress Tracey Webb 
1999 Fall Play Robin Hood Tracey Webb 
1999 Kids Musical Music Americana Tracey Webb 
1999 Spring Musical Meet Me in St. Louis Tracey Webb 
1998 Fall Play The Butler Did It Tracey Webb 
1998 Spring Musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Tracey Webb 

Vocal and instrumental performers from the RLC Music Department lend their talents to our productions, in addition to performing at the RLC Theatre and out in the community. In August 2005, the college hired Sara Alstat as its Music Program Coordinator and she was promoted to Director of Music in 2007. When she was hired, the RLC Concert Choir and Concert Band took part in a Christmas Concert and Spring Concert, in addition to providing music for RLC Theatre productions. In 2008, Christmas Caroling at Benton Square, a Great Collaborators event combining singers and pianists from area community colleges, and an Annual Madrigal Dinner were added to the list of RLC music performances. The concert band and choir have also performed at many events, such as basketball games, homecoming, RLC Commencement and the National Junior College Athletic Association Cross Country Championships hosted by RLC in November 2007. In 2013, Alstat began directing our Spring Musicals.  

There are many aspects of RLC Theatre productions which are neither seen nor heard by audience members. The “behind-the-scenes” roles include hours and hours of preparation, and set design and construction. For this, Theatre Director Tracey Webb calls upon the services of the RLC Art Department for design and construction aspects. Additionaly, students in Theatre Technology learn about building sets from the ground up.

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Truck Driver Training


Truck driving is one of the fastest growing industries today. There is a constant demand for over-the-road drivers. It is one of the few occupations where students who complete training are almost certain to go to work immediately. Most receive job offers prior to completion of the course.

The Rend Lake College Truck Driver Training Program has trained over 1,200 drivers since 1990. This program is perfect for the person who may be unemployed or is seeking a higher-paying job. Short-term training is designed for individuals with little or no commercial driving experience.

Students receive hands-on training from experienced instructors in newer model tractor-trailers. A low student-to-instructor ratio means more personalized instruction. Individuals who complete the program receive a Commercial Driver’s License.

Degrees & Certificates in Truck Driver Training

COMMUNITY & CORPORATE EDUCATION

TRUCK DRIVER TRAINING - Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students for a career as a Truck Driver. Career opportunities exist in the field of truck driving, including intrastate and interstate. Learning will occur in the classroom and in a tractor trailer. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Commercial Driver’s License Pre-Trip, Skills and Road Examinations will be administered.

► Total = 7 Hours

Special Admission Requirements –

  • Current Illinois Driver’s License
  • Intrastate students must be at least 18 years of age; interstate students must be at least 21 years of age
  • Able to meet federal Department of Transportation physical / drug screen requirements using a DOT-certified physician designated by Rend Lake College
  • Provide motor vehicle record documentation from a local Secretary of State facility

First Semester (7 Cr. Hrs.)

HEAVY EQUIPMENT TRANSPORTATION - Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students for occupations involving the maintenance, repair, and operation of semi-tractor trailer units. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the student will have a thorough knowledge of engine and brake repair, servicing, alignment, and operation of a tractor trailer unit. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Commercial Driver’s License Pre-Trip, Skills and Road Examinations will be administered.

Gainful Employment

► Total = 26 Hours

First Semester (13 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (13 Cr. Hrs.)

Program Outcomes

Truck Driver Training

  • Pass the Illinois Secretary of State's Commercial Drivers License examination
  • Determine correct mileage by calculating safe-speed for timely delivery of commodity
 

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"I personally would not advise changing anything. Program was extremely beneficial and training has been outstanding. Dave is an extremely nice guy with a heart to do whatever he can to help his students succeed. A very relaxing, yet professional atmosphere. Thanks for such an instructional program with an equally great instructor!"

— Justin Pierce

"I could not ask for a better instructor. He is a great teacher, very patient, and very eager to help students learn."

— 2019 Student

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"Rend Lake College delivered what they promised and more: Training needed to obtain a commercial driver's license and help finding a job afterward. Thanks to their program, passing the CDL was easy and I had a good job lined up even before I graduated. My experience at RLC was time and money well-invested." 

— Dan Schofield

"Great program & amazing instructor."

— 2019 Student

 

Job Placement

Job placement assistance is included in the training. Recruiters from several major trucking companies visit each class and present information about employment opportunities with their respective companies. Students often receive job offers before graduating.

Entry Requirements

A GED or high school diploma is not required for admittance in the program.  Students must be 18 year of age, provide a copy of their Motor Vehicle Record, and have a valid driver’s license to register.  Before starting the class students must obtain a DOT Physical and drug screen with a DOT- certified physician. 

Course Information

Monday-Wednesday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Course location: Rend Lake College Ina Campus, Coal Mine Training Center

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Community & Corporate Education Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1367
Email:
Address:468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Community & Corporate Education
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Community & Corporate Education

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems


Unmanned aircraft systems offer cutting-edge technology. In addition to business operations and programming, the collection and analysis of geospatial data offers a wide range of possibilities for many occupations. The use of unmanned aircraft systems provides students access to relevant, real-time data and valuable experience. The use of unmanned aircraft systems is limitless and will continue to open opportunities in many professional fields as technology improves.

According to statistics from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, UASs will create approximately 100,000 new jobs by 2025 - a total economic impact of $82 billion. Graduates from RLC’s program will be prepared to take the UAS Certification examination, given by the Federal Aviation Administration. Students who pass will have the ability to work with the UAS in the national airspace for profit.

UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS — Certificate

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

Unmanned aircraft systems offer cutting-edge technology. In addition to business operations and programming, the collection and analysis of geospatial data offers a wide range of possibilities for many occupations. The use of unmanned aircraft systems provides students access to relevant real-time data and valuable experience. Successful completion of a criminal background check is required. To become a certified operator, students must be 17 years of age, pass an aeronautical knowledge test and be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration.

► Total = 9 Hours

First Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

UAS 1200 Intro to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (3)

UAS 1201 Advanced Unmanned Aircraft Systems (3)

UAS 1202 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Law & Test Prep (3)

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Program Outcomes

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitude to operate an sUAS in the national airspace.
  • Apply all applicable state and federal laws pertaining to sUAS flight in the national airspace
  • Perform accurate record keeping in accordance with FAA guidelines
  • Exhibit knowledge of all sUAS pre-flight procedures in accordance with FAA guidelines.
  • Successfully complete all necessary training and examinations to become a FAA licensed sUAS pilot.

Employment Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this program will be qualified for a number of employment opportunities, which might include careers in a number of private or public service sectors:

• Agriculture
• Architecture
• Army Corps of Engineers
• Computer Programming
• Cyber Security
• Information Technology
• Law Enforcement
• Military
• Photography
• Private Contracting
• Private Detective

Faculty & Staff


Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Email:
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science

Veterinary Assistant


The Veterinary Assistant certificate program prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed for a career working with animals in a variety of settings such as veterinary clinics, boarding kennels, grooming salons, pet shops and animal shelters.

 

VETERINARY ASSISTANT — Occupational Certificate

ALLIED HEALTH DIVISION

► Total = 17 Hours 

Gainful Employment Information

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Fall Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • OFTC 1234 Communication in Technical Services (3)
  • VET 1210 Small Animal Nursing I (3)
  • VET 1214 Animal Grooming (3)
  • VET 1215 Veterinary Practice Management (2)
  • VET 1218 Animal Facilities Management (3)
  • VET 2231 Veterinary Technology Internship I (3)

Program Outcomes

Veterinary Assistant

  • Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the tools used in grooming.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in a clinical setting as part of a team.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate the necessary skills to handle, restrain, and apply nursing techniques to small animals.

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Allied Health Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1251
Email: 
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Allied Health
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Allied Health

 

Welding Technology


Interested in the metal working industry? RLC students have several options to work both hands-on and in the classroom to prepare for a growing workforce. With one 2-year degree and five occupaional certificates, there is something for every student. The welding, soldering, and brazing industry is expected to grow by 2.4 percent, or 1,180 new jobs, between 2010 and 2020, reports the U.S. Department of Labor.

Welding programs are designed to provide the student with a wide range of welding experiences. Programs will cover welding theory, blueprint reading, metallurgy and inspection and test procedures. There will be extensive laboratory practice in SMAW, GMAW, GTAW and oxy-acetylene welding processes. The student will learn to weld with electrodes and wires in all positions common to the welding industry. Program completers will have adequate skills to qualify for employment as a welder.

WELDING TECHNOLOGY - Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Welding Technology AAS will provide welding courses designed to assist welding professionals by expanding their knowledge base, core competencies and general education. Individually, each course addresses specific workplace situations. Additionally, successful completion of all courses offered demonstrates the student’s readiness to take the American Welding Society certification examinations.

► Total = 65 Hours

First Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (12 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Technical Electives

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

WELDING TECHNOLOGY - Certificate

Welding programs are designed to provide the student with a wide range of welding experiences. Programs will cover welding theory, blueprint reading, metallurgy and inspection and test procedures. There will be extensive laboratory practice in SMAW, GMAW, GTAW and oxy-acetylene welding processes. The student will learn to weld with electrodes and wires in all positions common to the welding industry. Program completers will have adequate skills to qualify for employment as a welder.

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 24 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

WELDING FUNDAMENTALS - Certificate

► Total = 12 Credit Hours

ADVANCED WELDING TECHNIQUES - Certificate

► Total = 12 Credit Hours

1 Prerequisites: WELD 1270 & WELD 1272

PIPE WELDING TECHNOLOGY - Certificate

Prerequisite: The Welding Technology Certificate or five years documented experience as a welder, ability to pass the overhead and vertical up-bend test and permission of the instructor.

► Total = 12 Credit Hours

ADVANCED METALWORKING - Certificate

This certificate is for those students who are seeking to improve their skills for the metalworking industry. Students will increase their skills in the welding, machining and layout processes that are commonly used in the metalworking industry. The skills learned will provide students with the necessary entry-level skills required by most small- to medium-sized metalworking job shops.

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 19 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (4 Cr. Hrs.)

Program Outcomes

Welding

  • Recognize the various type of welding (mig, tig, arc, pipe, etc.)
  • Interpret lines, assembly, welding symbols, testing symbols and abbreviation on welding blueprints.
  • Interpret hand sketches
  • Perform the mathematical functions of addition, subtraction, fractions, decimal and angular measurements.
  • Perform weld bend applications per AWS guidelines.
  • Inspect weld bend applications
  • Demonstrate appropriate safety measures to identify occupational hazards.

Faculty & Staff



Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Email:
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science

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