A student-led industry fair, spring musical, Earth Day cleanup and Spirit Day highlight Illinois Valley Community College’s April celebration of Community College Month.
The national observance showcases how community colleges serve local needs, provide workforce training and seamless transfer to universities.
Community colleges like IVCC deliver higher education to students with the fewest resources and the greatest obstacles to overcome — and ensure a college education is accessible to all.
IVCC’s cost for 30 credit hours for the 2022-23 academic year will be $3,990 compared to $12,478 at NIU, $15,240 at SIU-C, $15,319 at ISU and $16,688 at UIUC.
IVCC’s student-to-faculty ratio is 1:10 and average class size is 12. There are 42 student clubs and academic organizations and a dozen athletic teams for students to choose from.
Students choose from a wide range of majors including accounting, agriculture, automotive, business, CAD, computer networking, criminal justice, cybersecurity, dental, early childhood education, electronics, electricity, engineering, HVAC, manufacturing, medical assistant, nursing, office professional, paramedic, truck driver training and welding.
IVCC Community College Month events begin with the start of fall semester registration Wednesday, April 6. New students should call 815-224-0360 to make a counseling appointment. Current students can view courses and register online at www.ivcc.edu/webadvisor.
Other events include:
- The IVCC Foundation’s sixth annual Giving Day. Visit https://www.ivcc.edu/givingday/.
- The 27th annual MIMIC Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in CTC124-125. Making Industry Meaningful in College showcases products designed, built and sold by students.
- The opening reception for the IVCC Art Show Case is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The collection of works by IVCC students in the E208 Humanities division hallway will be on display through May 9.
- An Earth Day clean-up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23 will be conducted by IVCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter in partnership with The Perfectly Flawed Foundation. The group will gather at the Illinois and Michigan Canal Lock 14 shelter in La Salle.
- “Broadway Backward,” the theatre department’s spring musical, is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday April 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24 in the Cultural Centre. Tickets are $10.
- Lori Brown of Buddy’s Purpose will present to the One Book, One College program at noon Wednesday, April 27, in the Cultural Centre. Brown will provide insight into how families cope with addiction; the film “Four Good Days” will be shown.
- Spirit Day, Wednesday, April 27, in the courtyard, features food, games, music and information about clubs and organizations