May 29, 2014

SIUE's engineering school forges alliance with Rend Lake College

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has reached an agreement with a Southern Illinois college that it hopes will open a new avenue for students to get an education in engineering.

Students enrolled in Rend Lake College's engineering program will have a new opportunity to continue their higher education at SIUE starting this fall. A new inter-district 2+2 agreement will allow students to transfer to SIUE as juniors after completing all required prerequisites at Rend Lake.

Linda Denton, Rend Lake College physics and physical science professor, said the agreement will reduce the amount of time that school's students spend between receiving their associate of engineering science degree and SIUE's bachelor of science degree.

"Typically, when you go into a bachelor's program in engineering, it takes between four and a half to five years, but this new agreement will cut down the undergraduate school by one semester, at least," Denton said.

"We're able to do this because we've coordinated our courses with SIU Edwardsville's upper-level courses and streamlined the process."

SIUE has made similar articulation agreements with the University of Illinois, University of Missouri at Rolla, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

"The counselors at SIU Edwardsville have coordinated with our counselors to make this process smooth and easy for the student," Denton said. "We've worked on this project for approximately one year and, together, both schools are now on the same page. I'll be excited to see our students take advantage of an opportunity like this to continue their education."

S. Cem Karacal, associate dean of the SIUE School of Engineering, said the agreement will also give Rend Lake College students assurance that they have a place to go once they graduate.

"The 2+2 is a great way for people to enter the SIUE School of Engineering," Karacal said. "Completing their preliminary engineering education at the community college saves them money and keeps them moving toward their ultimate goal of a bachelor of science degree. Students participating in the 2+2 program are able to show demonstrated success during the first two years knowing that we're saving a spot for them in the School of Engineering in year three."

Southwestern Illinois College will host a workshop for employees to explain the intricacies of workers compensation issues.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. June 10 at the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. It is preapproved for 5.5 HR Certification Institute credits and submitted to offer 5.25 Continuing Legal Education credits.

Taught by attorneys from the law firm of Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates, topics range from temporary total to partial disability, nature and extent of injury, wage loss differential, discovery, liens and related claims against workers' compensation benefits in Illinois, surveillance, retaliatory discharge and how to handle workers' compensation death claims to reviewing crucial factors to consider when dealing with any workers' compensation claim.

To register or for more information, call 618-222-5688 or visit

It's not unusual for people to invite their family to watch their graduation ceremony. But for three metro-east families, their relative was actually a participant in their graduation ceremony.

Father and son Richard and Joe Wagner, and married couples Michael Missey and Omelia Durso-Missey and Shawna and Nathan Larsh all received diplomas from Lindenwood University-Belleville at the same time this month.

The Wagners each received master of science degrees in criminal justice. Both father and son graduated together last year with their undergraduate degrees in criminal justice.

"I'm excited to be able to do this again with my son," Richard Wagner said.

Michael Missey received a master of science degree in criminal justice and Omelia Durso-Missey received a Master of Science in human resource management.

"Who gets to do this?" Durso-Missey said. "I'm amazed I got to sit next to my husband during our graduation!"

Nathan and Shawna Larsh received bachelor's degrees in criminal justice and a Master's in administration management respectively.

Lindenwood's graduation was May 18 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville.

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