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College Signing Days celebrate students who choose RLC

Rend Lake College is continuing to celebrate local high school seniors who choose to further their education with College Signing Days. The event, back for a third year, invites high schoolers to take pride in their choice to attend college.

During College Signing Days, Academic Advisors travel to each of the 13 high schools in RLC’s district to speak one-on-one with students and help them prepare for their first semester of college life. This includes addressing concerns, answering questions, and registering students for summer and fall 2018 classes.

The high school students will also receive a one-of-a-kind T-Shirt celebrating their first step into higher education, followed by the signing of a banner and photo.

College Signing Days kick off on this month with visits to Hamilton County Senior, Norris City-Omaha-Enfield, and Sesser-Valier high schools. The month of April will highlight seniors at Christopher, Mt. Vernon Township, Pinckneyville Community, Waltonville, Wayne City, and Woodlawn high schools. RLC will wrap up College Signing Days in May at Benton Consolidated, Thompsonville, and Webber Township high schools.

RLC’s College Signing Days begin later this month at Hamilton County Senior High School. Last year, Hamilton County sent 51 seniors to RLC – one of the biggest classes of the year.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

According to the U. S. Department of Education, college graduates typically earn more and are less likely to face unemployment than those with a high school diploma.

Over the course of a lifetime, the average worker with a postsecondary degree will earn approximately $1 million more than a worker without a postsecondary education. In fact, by 2020, an estimated two-thirds of job openings will require college education or training.

Registration for Summer and Fall 2018 is going on now. Classes start the week of June 4-8 for the summer semester and during the week of August 20-24 for the fall semester. Contact RLC’s Academic Advisement Center at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1266 to schedule an appointment for summer or fall registration.

RLC is a comprehensive community college located in Ina in Southern Illinois. Rend Lake College offers more than 100 associate degree and occupational certificate programs, preparing students for transfer to a four-year university or direct entry into the workforce. To learn more about RLC, visit www.rlc.edu/journey.