Baccalaureate-Transfer Programs vs Career-Technical Programs
Transfer programs at Rend Lake College are designed to provide students with the opportunity to complete the first two years of baccalaureate college programs. At the end of two years, credits from Rend Lake College may be transferred to a four-year institution without loss of time or credit.
Students who have not selected a four-year institution to attend after completion of the Associate in Arts Degree, Associate in Science Degree, Associate in Fine Arts Degree or Associate in Engineering Science Degree can follow programs at RLC with assurance that most lower-division requirements will be met for most schools.
Students who already have selected a four-year institution to which they will be transferring should contact that school or consult that school’s catalog for any special information or recommendations regarding a particular program and its requirements. Assistance may be obtained from Rend Lake College’s advisement staff or from faculty advisors.
Requirements vary at different four-year institutions. To ensure articulation, the student should follow the sequence of courses recommended by the four-year institution. Also, the scheduling of classes may not be identical to the “ideal” programs suggested for varying reasons. Students are expected to arrange their actual schedule with the help of an advisor.
Career-Technical programs at Rend Lake College include those which lead to either an Associate in Applied Science Degree or an Occupational Certificate. To be effective, occupational programs of this nature must be job-oriented; therefore, these one- and two-year programs are designed to prepare students for entry into the working world immediately after successful completion of the required courses.
Program requirements in this section are for associate degree or occupational certificates from Rend Lake College only. These programs may not be geared for persons wishing to transfer credits to a four-year institution, although many of the courses and programs will transfer and have approved program articulation agreements in place. Students are encouraged to FOLLOW EXACTLY the desired program as indicated. However, students should consult with an advisor for any changes in scheduling which may be necessary due to scheduling conflicts, changes in program requirements, etc.