Graduation Speaker

A Message From the President

Photo: Dr. Gayle SaundersWelcome to Richland Community College! Whether Richland is your first college experience or you’ve attended college in the past, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your academic, personal, and overall education goals. At Richland, we believe we have something special to offer. Our open admission policy reflects our desire to serve all who would benefit from a college education. We strive to inspire successful completion of our students’ academic and personal goals.

Richland Community College serves residents of Macon County and parts of Christian, DeWitt, Logan, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon, and Shelby Counties. The College serves approximately 7,600 students annually through its main campus, the Clinton Higher Education Center, Fairview Park Plaza Extension Center, and Heartland Technical Academy. The Continuing and Professional Education Division provides professional development courses, community education courses, and workforce training to over 4,000 people annually.

Rich in Community

“Community” is our middle name. From the time our College was created in 1971, through the Richland Community College Foundation’s first-ever major gifts campaign in 2007, our District has shown tremendous support. We take seriously our responsibility to offer baccalaureate/transfer, technical, continuing education, and community education programs, and in turn the people of our District have benefitted and prospered.

Rich in History

In 1972, the first classes for the “Community College of Decatur,” were held in the former Millikin National Bank Building, 100 North Water Street. In 1975, following the College’s district expansion, Richland Community College became the school’s new name. Later, Richland relocated to a rented warehouse in Park 101, 2425 Federal Drive. Support from the community led to the construction of our permanent campus at One College Park. Classes were first held at the permanent site on September 6, 1988. Since that time, the College has continued to grow prodigiously in numbers as well as physically.

With a commitment to serving the citizens of our District, the College has added three new wings to the main campus: the Industrial Technology Center in 2002, the Schrodt Health Education Center in 2003, and the Dwayne O. Andreas Agribusiness Education Center in 2007. In 2008, the College completed construction on the Adele P. Glenn Academy for Early Childhood Education (opened in Spring 2009) and the new Fitness Center. The Industrial Technology Center was renamed the Scherer Industrial Technology Center in April 2009, in honor of the $6.8 million contribution to the College made by Walter and Alice Scherer. The Center for Sustainability and Innovation opened in July 2009, with the University of Illinois Extension Office located on the first floor. The Innovations lab on the second floor opened during the summer of 2010.

We are so pleased that you have an interest in Richland. We look forward to serving you.

Sincerely,

Signature: Gayle M. Saunders
Dr. Gayle Saunders,
President

 

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