Williamson County residents can continue their formal education or enroll in numerous adult education pursuits at John A. Logan College, a nationally ranked post-secondary community college located in Carterville. With an average total enrollment in excess of 14,500 and nearly 400 full time employees it is one of the largest community colleges in Illinois.
Since 1992, John A. Logan College has been home to the Center for Business and Industry,a program designed to help area businesses and industries with training, organizational and grant-writing needs. Last year the center trained more than double the number of individuals trained by any other community college in the state—even those in the more densely populated northeastern counties near Chicago. The center provides both standardized and customized training, either in their new state-of-the-art Business and Industry Center facility, elsewhere on the expansive campus of the college, at the individual worksite of the business or industry, or in some other off-campus training venue appropriate to meet the needs of the client.
In addition to John A. Logan College, (pictured on the right) there are three other community colleges within a 40-mile radius of the county, including Rend Lake College to the north, Southeastern Illinois College to the east and Shawnee Community College to the south. Fifteen miles to the west is the main campus of Southern Illinois University, the state’s second largest university and one of the top 100 research institutions in the world. Annually some 23,000 students from Williamson County, Illinois and nearly all the other states converge on the Carbondale campus to pursue their dreams. They join representatives from a host of foreign nations, since SIUC is one of the premier destinations for both undergraduate and graduate international students.
Shawnee Community College
SIUC Pulliam Tower
Both the Association of American Colleges and U. S. News and World Report rank the SIU School of Medicine among the nation’s elite in training primary care physicians. The university also enjoys the highest classification offered by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, something that less than 4% of the nation’s 4-year colleges and universities
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