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RL-Cares is a free service encouraging students to discuss various issues, personal and academic, pertaining to one’s educational future. Referral to on- or off-campus resources, academic planning, connecting with community organizations and development of a plan-of-action are potential outcomes from an RL-Cares meeting. Email us at [email protected] or call (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1225.

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Mental Health Resources

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RLC has many resources available for people who are looking to improve mental health. The college has partnered with Mental Health America, a college mental health support system that includes contact information for local institutions and national help hotlines. These contacts are not just limited to college students. Anyone from the general public is encouraged to utilize these resources.

Reaching out for support is the first step towards feeling better. If you need help, please reach out to the resources provided.

Mental Health AmericaCommunity Resource Booklet


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Rend Lake College is partnered with BetterMynd to offer our students access to private online therapy sessions from their diverse network of licensed mental health counselors.

These 50-minute, live video-sessions are private, confidential, and can take place from the convenience of your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Sessions are available during the day, at night, and on the weekends. BetterMynd also provides free self-help resources and free group workshops to all Rend Lake students.

To register and get started with a counselor that’s a good fit for you, sign-up here.

If you have any questions about these services, you can also email BetterMynd at [email protected]


Student Emergency Fund

The Rend Lake College Emergency Fund was created to assist RLC students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event which would otherwise prevent them from continuing their education at RLC.  All funds are provided through various fund raising activities and donations.  While funds provided through this fund are not a loan, students receiving funds are encouraged to donate to the fund at a later date if possible so that other students may also benefit. 

To Learn More, Click Here.

On-Campus Resources

Food Pantry

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Our Food Pantry was created for students struggling to get adequate food. Studies show more than 30% of community college students in the U.S. are going hungry. And the numbers are growing. If you are dealing with food insecurity, RLC can help.  

Submit A Food Pantry Application 

Housing Assistance

In an effort to provide assistance to students experiencing homelessness, Rend Lake College has designated a staff member, Sarah Draper, to serve as a liaison to assist enrolled students who are experiencing housing insecurity.  Sarah is happy to help connect you with campus and community resources surrounding housing insecurity.

Local Housing Authorities: 

  • Franklin County: 618-439-2601
  • Hamilton County: 618-643-3265
  • Jefferson County: 618-244-5910
  • Perry County: 618-542-5409
  • Wayne County: 618-842-9008
  • White County: 618-966-3868
  • Federal Housing Assistance: United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: www.hud.gov.  

For a complete list of resources in our area please download our RL-Cares Community Resource Booklet 


Laptop and Loaner Webcam Program

Loaner Laptop Program

Rend Lake College has a Laptop and Webcam Loaner Program. If you need to borrow a laptop or webcam to complete coursework, please contact the RL-Cares program at [email protected] or by calling 618-437-5321 x 1225. Laptops require a deposit of $60. If you are a financial aid recipient, you may use FAFSA to pay the deposit. Webcams do not require a deposit. You will need to return the laptop/webcam at the end of the semester or contact RL-Cares to extend the terms of your loaner agreement.

Post-Secondary Education Services for Youth In Care

If you are a student exiting DCFS/youth in care, you might be eligible for educational funding.  For more information, visit the Illinois DCFS website DCFS (illinois.gov) 

Student Ambassadors

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The student ambassador program is a leadership opportunity for an honorary group of students who are dedicated to serving and representing Rend Lake College.  Student Ambassadors provide campus tours, seek to enhance prospective student’s knowledge about the various student support services and programs offered at Rend Lake College, service as a Rend Lake College representative within the campus community, and perform duties at various Rend Lake College campus and community events.


  • Develop an expanded knowledge of Rend Lake College

  • Conduct campus tours for new students, schools, classes and guests.

  • Assist with the preparation and implementation of Warrior Days and Orientation.

  • Represent Rend Lake College during college events.

  • Assist with duties and tasks related to events put on by various Rend Lake College departments.

  • Work with diverse populations and provide tips on being a successful student

  • Assist with a variety of office-related tasks.

  • Attend periodic meetings and required training

  • All other duties as assigned


  • Gain experience through community involvement and service

  • Develop a wide range of transferrable skills to benefit both personal and professional ventures

  • Gain leadership skills to enhance a resume as well as university and scholarship applications

  • Create relationships that lead to letters of recommendation

  • Help students and the community learn more about Rend Lake College

  • Receive an official Rend Lake College polo and nametag


Qualifications to Apply

  • Must be a currently enrolled Rend Lake College student for the application year

  • Must have completed at least one semester or at least six credit hours at Rend Lake College to apply

  • Must have a semester and a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the college.

  • The position has a one year minimum commitment.

  • Demonstrate strong communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.

  • Exhibit leadership, initiative, dependability, discipline, and enthusiasm.

Student Ambassadors….

  • Are positive

  • Excel at communicating with others

  • Provide excellent customer service

  • Have Warrior Pride

  • Are open to learning new things

  • Have a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Will receive a three-credit hour tuition award


To apply:

  • Request a Student Ambassador Application by emailing [email protected]

  • Submit the application by March 15th for the upcoming year.

**Please note ~Applying to the Student Ambassador Program does not guarantee acceptance to the program.



  • Simply complete the Student Ambassador Nomination Form and submit by 3/15/2024 – the nominated students will be reviewed and contacted to complete an application. You can get a nomination form by emailing [email protected]

For more information:

Vickie Schulte

Dean of Student Success and Development

618-437-5321, ext 1331

[email protected]

Vice President - Academic & Student Services
Phone Extension: 1790
Building: Administration
Office: 110
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Dean of Student Success and Development
Phone Extension: 1331
Building: Administration
Office: 139
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Student Success and Wellness Coordinator
Phone Extension: 1264
Building: Learning Resource Center
Office: 117
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Retention & Career Services Specialist
Phone Extension: 1343
Building: South Oasis
Office: 154
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Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1225
Toll-free (In-District): 1-800-369-5321 Ext. 1225
Email: [email protected]
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: RL-Cares
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: RL-Cares