Southeastern Illinois College’s 10-day numbers show a slight gain in the number of students attending the community college this fall. Chad Flannery, SIC’s dean of enrollment services, reported that headcount is up 1 percent over last fall’s number.
“Since we serve such a large geographical district, we are the primary outlet to higher education for most residents,” Flannery said in a news release. “As such, we constantly have to evaluate what the needs of students are and how we can best meet those needs in the midst of challenging economic times.”
SIC’s mission is stated as preparing students for the workforce as well as for transfer on to four-year institutions.
“Our Board of Trustees, as well as our entire faculty and staff, adhere to a student-first philosophy,” Dr. Jonah Rice, SIC’s president said. “I believe that is reflected not only in impressive statistics, but in the satisfaction of those students we serve who go on to continued academic success and terrific careers in all walks of life.”
SIC, along with Rend Lake College, are offering curriculum in oil and natural gas production, as well as associated safety training. These new efforts along with existing programs in diesel technology, welding and truck driving are all looking to prepare the area’s workforce for a possible boom in energy production in Southern Illinois.
The college, with an extension center in Carmi, was founded in 1960. It offers nearly 120 certificate and degree programs, as well as specialized training in a multitude of interest areas. SIC maintains affordability with some of the lowest tuition rates in the state at $91 per credit hour. Southeastern provides accessibility as the area’s leader in online classes, successful high school dual credit programs, accelerated courses and night classes.
With has about 4,000 full or part-time students and nearly 300 employees.
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