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Lewis and Clark Community College

Lewis and Clark Community College

Since its inception in 1970, Lewis and Clark Community College has been working hard to serve the 220,000 plus residents of the College’s district, which includes all or parts of seven counties. The College has developed educational programs and partnerships that serve as models for other educational institutions throughout the nation. The past couple of years have witnessed many new landmark achievements for Lewis and Clark, making this one of the most exciting times in the history of the College, and supplying a great deal of promise and optimism for the future. Some of the College’s most recent highlights include continued record enrollment growth, new academic programs, new business partnerships, construction projects, new revenue streams, new faculty and board members and a new report showing the tremendous value Lewis and Clark brings to the region.

L&C has experienced more than 20 consecutive spring and fall semesters of enrollment growth. This decade of growth continues to be one of the longest, continuous growth trends in the state among all community colleges, and Lewis and Clark remains optimistic that this trend will continue into the future. Currently the College welcomes more than 12,000 credit and non-credit students each semester.

As the College continues to grow, the demand for additional classes and the necessary faculty to teach them also increases. Over the past four years, more than 40 new faculty members have been hired by the College as programs expand and new academic programs are developed to meet the needs of growing enrollments.

The N.O. Nelson Campus in Edwardsville has completed its third phase that created a permanent location for the College’s partnership with SIUE - the Southwest Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (SIAM). The second phase provided much needed classroom and laboratory space for students. The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area is the largest segment of student population at Lewis and Clark outside of the Alton/Godfrey area. More than 1,000 students already utilize the Nelson Campus.

A new addition to the Godfrey campus is the Templin Nursing Building, a 70,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. The construction was made possible by a $2.5 million donation from the Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation.

N.O. Nelson Campus

A new partnership has been formed between the College and Conoco Phillips to create a new Process Operations Technology program. The new program was designed in conjunction with the refinery, as the demand for refinery operators continues to increase both locally and nationwide. This is the only program of its kind in the State, and the program has already proven to be in demand by students. Part of the popularity of the program can be attributed to the high-demand the refining industry is experiencing, as current process operations technicians with two-year degrees can begin working in the field at a salary of $50,000.

The College’s allied health programs continue to find success as pass rates for professional/occupational licensure exams (nursing, dental, and occupational therapy assistant) have in every case exceeded the national average, and in most cases have exceeded the average by a significant margin.

Perhaps one of the biggest stories recently for the College is the result of the socioeconomic impact report completed by CC Benefits, Inc. of Idaho. The report highlights the benefits Lewis and Clark provides to the region. As stated in the report, graduates are realizing an annual return of 19 percent on their original investment in tuition, fees and deferred income. Over their lifetime, they will earn 35 percent more than high school graduates without higher degrees. State and local taxpayers earn an average 8 percent return on their investment in support of the College. The report states that a total of $231.1 million of income annually (3.2 percent of the region’s annual income) is infused into the regional economy as a result of College operations, increased earnings from past Lewis and Clark graduates, and other indirect effects of these graduates on the economy. The impact includes $1.3 million of annual savings in avoided social costs (e.g., unemployment, substance abuse, criminal behavior) that are known to decline as the population’s educational achievement increases. This report is a rare opportunity to quantify the value Lewis and Clark delivers to the state and local community.

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