Lewis and Clark Community College is a comprehensive community college in the Metro-East region of Illinois in Godfrey, enrolling 13,500 credit students and more than 33,000 total students annually.
The two-year higher education institution has campuses, training centers and Community Education Centers located throughout the college district, offering everything from GED training, College for Kids and Workforce Training to numerous certificate, associate and transfer degree programs.
Its main campus is located in Godfrey, Illinois on the grounds of the former Monticello College, a women's finishing school. Established in 1838, the last Monticello class graduated in 1971 and the first LCCC co-ed class began in 1970. Many of the original buildings are still used, and a gymnasium, math and science complex and state-of-the-art nursing building have been added since. The N.O. Nelson campus (named after N.O. Nelson, founder of the village of Leclaire, Ill.) is located in Edwardsville, Ill.
Lewis and Clark is known for having the longest continuous enrollment growth trend in the state of Illinois, with 15 consecutive years of growth and a 71 percent increase in credit students over that period.
The college is also the first and only community college campus to operate a nurse managed healthcare center, to help underserved members of the community receive affordable healthcare. The Lewis and Clark Family Health Clinic was named one of three national winners of the prestigious 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award, along with a $50,000 grant, in the spring of 2010.
Lewis and Clark has made a commitment to "going green," through signed agreements with the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), the Illinois Sustainable University Commitment (ISUC) and the St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium (SLHESC), and through various efforts on campus including energy efficient lighting, composting and sustainable landscaping, among others.
In October 2010, the college, in conjunction with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, the University of Illinois and the Illinois Natural History Survey will dedicate a river research Confluence Field Station along the Mississippi River, just south of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton, Ill., that will stand as a model of LEED-certified green construction.
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