Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Carbondale, IL)

SIUSouthern Illinois University Carbondale, now in its second century, is a major public higher education institution dedicated to quality academic endeavors in teaching and research, to supportive programming for student needs and development, to effective social and economic initiatives in community, regional, and statewide contexts, and to affirmative action and equal opportunity.

Enrolling students throughout Illinois and the United States and from a large number of foreign countries, SIUC actively promotes the intellectual and social benefits of cultural pluralism, encourages the participation of non-traditional groups, and intentionally provides a cosmopolitan and general education context which expands student horizons and leads to superior undergraduate education.

Seeking to meet educational, vocational, social, and personal needs of its diverse population of students and helping them fully realize their potential is a central purpose of the university. Emphasis on accessibility and regional service which creates distinctive instructional, research, and public service programs also gives SIUC its special character among the nation's research universities, and underlies other academic developments, such as its extensive doctoral programs and the schools of medicine and law.

Rend Lake Community College (Ina, IL)

Rend Lake CollegeRend Lake College is located on the north shore of beautiful Rend Lake. Students at Rend Lake College enjoy the small class sizes and personalized instruction from a college small enough to get to know you on a personal basis, but large enough to meet your educational needs. RLC offers a wide variety of degree programs and occupational certificates support local business and industry. Rend Lake College has a dedicated Business Services Center to meet the training and retraining needs of business and industry with a unique variety of courses, workshops, and other training opportunities. The Center can also provide customized training to area employers using Rend Lake College instruction, staff and consultants. Training can be delivered on-site, on the Rend Lake College Campus, or at the Rend Lake College Marketplace in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Eight universities and colleges offering workforce training and degree programs are located within one hour of Mt. Vernon.