About Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
Welcome to Illinois Eastern Community Colleges and the District's four colleges of Frontier Community College, Lincoln Trail College, Olney Central College, and Wabash Valley College. IECC is here to help you make career choices that will guide you through the 21st century—whether you're a recent high school graduate or an older adult seeking a new career.
IECC offers a broad range of degree and certificate programs that can help you achieve your career goals, or you can simply take a course or two to improve your skills or explore new interests.
As one option, you can begin preparing for a career by completing an associate degree in a transfer program at IECC, then continuing at a senior institution to complete a bachelor's degree. This choice generally requires about four years of study for a full-time student—two years at IECC and two years at the senior institution. IECC's General Education Core Curriculum makes the transfer process to Illinois colleges and universities simple and reliable. IECC also has articulated agreements and dual admission programs with specific Indiana universities.
As another option, you can enter a career after just two years of study or less by enrolling in one of IECC's technical programs. Associate degree programs require two years of course work, and certificate programs generally require a year of study or less.
Programs are divided into career categories for both transfer and technical programs. Choose the category and program that match your career interests, then schedule an appointment with an advisor at one of the four colleges to select the courses you will need. Classes are taught traditionally and online to meet student needs.
If you are undecided about your career choice, staff advisors at any of the colleges can help you make that decision. The advisors will help you explore your career interests and aptitudes with either a "paper and pencil" assessment or a computerized program such as Career Finder or Horizons.
Whether you're a "decided" or "undecided" student, we suggest that you schedule an appointment with an advisor as early as possible. The fall semester begins in late August, the spring semester begins in early January, and the summer session begins early in June. Intersession classes are offered between spring and summer semesters.
IECC Open Pathway Accreditation
In June 2015 Illinois Eastern Community Colleges received notification of a successful reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. Under the Open Pathway model, IECC follows the Open Pathway 10-Year Cycle making periodic submissions over the course of the next 10 years.
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Year 4 Open Pathway Assurance Review date is scheduled on April 22, 2019.
Our mission is to deliver exceptional education and services to improve the lives of our students and to strengthen our communities.
- Educational programs, including pre-baccalaureate, career and technical degrees and certificates that prepare a diverse student body for transfer to a four-year institution of higher education or entry into a multicultural global workplace;
- Program, course and institutional goals that have identifiable and measurable learning outcomes that are clearly understood by students;
- Utilization of resource-sharing partnerships to expand, retrain, and strengthen the industrial base of southeastern Illinois;
- Development of partnerships with pre-K through high schools allowing for the smooth transition and progression of students through lifelong learning;
- Academic programs and institutional services that are reviewed and revised on a scheduled time frame with a focus on accountability relative to planning, student and program assessment, and learning outcomes;
- Adult and continuing education designed to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the residents in the District;
- Programs in remedial education, which assist District residents in attaining skills and abilities needed to enter and complete college-level programs;
- Student advisement, counseling, and placement services for the purpose of assisting students in choosing a program of study, transferring to a four-year institution, entering employment, or completing a certificate or course goals;
- Curricula and services that are developed and updated, as necessary, to meet both short- and long-term needs of the residents of the District;
- Community education and community service activities that provide a cultural and intellectual resource center for the area as well as identifying and honoring multiculturalism and diversity within our communities;
- Professional enrichment and growth experiences for college, faculty, administrators, and staff which will improve and enhance instruction and service; and,
- Resources, facilities, staff, and equipment to support all program and service components of the college.