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You can register with your credit card any time, day or night. There are classes for everyone, so take a look around and find something new to learn!

Institute of Lifelong Learning

Trips & Tours

Local Day Tours

Shop & Sample St. Louis

Join us for a tasty day on The Hill!

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We will visit Urzi’s Italian Market and Missouri Bakery. Missouri Baking Company has been a staple on The Hill for decades. You’ll enjoy a sample of cookies to take home with you and have time to shop for some goodies on your own too. You’ll also enjoy a goody bag from Urzi’s to take home and sample pepperoni and cheese served while you shop. Sample Toasted Ravioli from Mama Toscano’s before we head to lunch at Guido’s Pizza and Tapas—Pizza, salad, bread, and non-alcoholic drinks included. Be sure to save room for dessert at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. This one-of-a-kind custard stand sits on Historic Route 66 and has never been franchised or sold. It is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. You’ll enjoy your choice of a small hot fudge sundae or a mini chip concrete. Enjoy time shopping along Historic Maplewood at Vom Foss and Penzyes.

Tour fees, lunch, gratuities, and charter bus transportation are included.

You must pre-register by March 7th.
ILR 9300-01 Wednesday, 3/23


Buses will depart and return from the following places and times:
- Rend Lake Main Campus at 7:30am; return by 5:30pm
- Mt. Vernon Marketplace at 8:00am; return by 5:00pm

For more information or to register, phone (618) 437-5321, ext. 1714.

Patti's 1880's Settlement

Go south with us as we travel to Patti’s 1880’s Settlement for the day.

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Enjoy lunch at one of The Settlement’s 2 restaurants, Patti’s 1880’s or Mr. Bill’s, both serving the famous 2″ Pork Chop. This pork chop, a house specialty with over a pound of center cut pork chop seasoned and charbroiled as only Patti’s can, needs to be seen and tasted to be believed. There are also other great luncheon entrees available, including the popular Kentucky Hot Brown, an open-faced sandwich topped with thin sliced ham and turkey, smothered in Patti’s House Cheese Sauce and baked in the oven, then topped with a slice of tomato, crisp bacon and homemade potato chips.

Patti’s 1880’s is more than just a restaurant! Take a relaxing stroll through the gardens, visit the 8 gift shops, or play a game of cornhole or miniature golf. You can even relax in the beautifully landscaped wedding gazebo surrounded by colorful, blooming flowers, and enjoy the music over the outdoor sound system.

Charter bus transportation is included. Guests are responsible for their own lunches.

You must pre-register by May 1st.

ILR 9300-02 Friday, 5/13

Buses will depart and return from the following places and times:
- Rend Lake Main Campus at 9:00am; return by 5:00pm

For more information or to register, phone (618) 437-5321, ext. 1714.

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RLC is partnering with Collette Vacations to offer you exciting travel opportunities! Collette is known for handling the details with expertise while you realize the rewards of travel.


Discover the Magical Rhine & Moselle Rivers

Experience a magical river cruise! Glide along the enchanting Rhine and Moselle rivers on a leisurely journey to the Netherlands, Germany and France. Join a local expert for a tour of Amsterdam. Spend the afternoon in Cochem and sip wine in one of its famous cellars. Tour the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz. Pause in Rüdesheim to explore the famous Siegfried’s Mechaniches Musikkabinett (Mechanical Music Museum). Enjoy a guided tour of Strasbourg. Cruise past charming panoramas as you get to know the culture and deep history of the region.

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September 14 - September 23, 2022 

10 Days, 22 Meals

$3,949 pp double occupancy

*Book early to take advantage of lower rates. Single and Triple rates available upon request.


Discover Southern Italy & Sicily

November 4 - November 16, 2022                       

13 Days, 19 Meals                                                                                         

The hidden treasures of Southern Italy and Sicily are yours to explore, for it’s here you’ll find breathtaking scenery, historic cities, centuries-old hilltop villages and iconic cuisine.

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$3,999 pp double occupancy                                                                                                                                       

*Book early to take advantage of lower rates. Single and Triple rates available upon request.


Irish Splendor

March 14 - March 21, 2023

8 Days, 8 Meals             

Experience a true taste of “Irish Splendor” on a trip that combines fabulous accommodations, stunning  scenery and incredible cuisine. Make a return to times past when you join us on an unforgettable tour of the amazing “Emerald Isle.”

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$3,999 pp double occupancy                                                                                                                                       

*Book early to take advantage of lower rates. Single and Triple rates available upon request.


Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Training

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Choose Rend Lake College as your training center to earn a concealed carry license. To register for the class, contact the RLC Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714. Registration and payment must be completed by the day before the class, and will be accepted until the class is full.

General Information

Cancellation of Classes

Nothing kills a good program faster than waiting until the last minute to register. At some point we have to determine if enrollment is sufficient to hold the class. Rend Lake College is a non-profit organization. We try to break-even on classes, at the same time we try to pay our instructors a fair wage for their time. If you are considering taking a class or you wish to show up the first night of class to register, please call and let us know. Otherwise, we must cancel low enrollment classes.


Students in Community Education classes may withdraw and receive a full refund by contacting a Rend Lake College Community Education representative at least 5 business days in advance of the first class or 10 business days in advance of a trip. No refunds will be given after that time, but a registration certificate will be issued in your name and MUST be used the following semester. No refunds or certificates will be issued following the first class session. Please call us if you must cancel a class at 437-5321, x 1714 or (800) 369- 5321, x 1714.

Course Content

Course content may be altered at the discretion of the instructor(s), and may in some instances deviate from the catalog description. We try to be as accurate as possible in describing our classes, but we allow the instructor to teach what they feel is important.

Senior Citizens

In-district residents who are 60 years of age or older qualify as senior citizens for tuition purposes and are entitled to take college credit courses provided that class has the required number of tuition paying students enrolled and that the classroom has available space tuition-free. The college reserves the right to use the qualifying age for senior citizen waivers, as dictated by State statute, which is 65 years of age or older for specific programs and departments. This does not include applicable fees charged for credit classes, nor does it include Community Education (COMED or ILR ) classes . Senior citizens may be charged a fee of $50 or more for repeating classes more times than credit can be claimed.


We get many calls from individuals outside of the Rend Lake College District regarding out-of-district fees. With Community Education classes, there is no need to worry about being out-of-district. It does not affect your fees nor your attendance. We encourage any one who has an interest in our classes to attend.


Community & Corporate Education

This division encompasses Culinary Arts, and Truck Driver Training. Work Ethics and Community Education classes are offered by this division. Business and Industry Training, Computer Workshops, Cooperative Education and Volunteerism are part of Community and Corporate Education as well.

Personal & Professional Development

Personal & Professional Development Courses - In-Person and Online 

RLC Community and Corporate Education offers a wide variety of courses through each semester to help establish or build upon a new hobby, gain a life skill, and more. With classes in fitness, cooking, and computer education, there's an option for everyone! Find the full schedule below.

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Contact Community & Corporate Education

Community & Corporate Education Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1367
Email: [email protected]
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Community & Corporate Education
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Community & Corporate Education






Education To Go

Rend Lake College offers a wide range of highly interactive courses for personal or professional development that you can take entirely over the Internet. Each class will include 2 lessons per week for a six week period. All of our courses include expert instructors. For a complete schedule, visit:


Corporate Education

Upcoming Workshops:

Community & Corporate Education is dedicated to meeting the training/retraining needs of business and industry and providing residents of the college district with the training needed to upgrade skills or obtain full-time employment. A unique variety of courses, workshops, and other training opportunities are available. The Center can also provide “customized” training to area employers using Rend Lake College instructors, staff, and consultants. Training can be delivered on-site, on the Rend Lake College campus, at the Rend Lake College Marketplace in Mt. Vernon, or the Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus

Students with an interest in your type of business are available through Rend Lake College for employment. This allows the student to gain valuable on-the-job training while enhancing your employee base. By hiring these students, you have made a great contribution to their education and their prospect of employment in the future. Help us train tomorrow’s workforce!

For more information or to register, phone (618) 437-5321, ext. 1367.

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