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|Motto||Think it. Be it.|
|Type||Public community college|
|139 full-time, 700 part-time|
|Students||16,245 (Fall 04)|
|Colors||Blue and White|
|Athletics||NJCAA - Great Rivers Athletic Conference|
|Mascot||Kashmir the Snow Leopard|
Southwestern Illinois College is a public community college in Illinois with campuses in Belleville, Granite City, and Red Bud. It also has off-campus sites throughout the district, including Scott Air Force Base and the East St. Louis Community College Center.
The college was founded in 1946 as Belleville Junior College, operating under the jurisdiction of Belleville Township High School District 201. More than 60 percent of the 169 students enrolled for its first semester were World War II veterans who had just returned from service.
In 1965, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Junior College Act, which created community college districts throughout the state. The following year, area residents voted to establish the Class I Belleville Junior College District 522. Belleville Junior College became Belleville Area College July 1, 1967.
Construction of the Belleville Campus on Carlyle Avenue was completed in 1971. In 1983, the college opened the Granite City Center, followed by the Red Bud Center two years later. Both sites received approval for campus status from the Illinois Community College Board in July 1985. In 1999, a vote to change the name of Belleville Area College was passed. On January 1, 2000, the college name changed to Southwestern Illinois College.
The college has three campuses, on Carlyle Avenue in Belleville, in Granite City and in Red Bud.
The college president is Mr. Nick Mance.
The college offers associate degrees and certificates. SWIC also serves the community through Community Education, Programs and Services for Older Persons (PSOP), and Selsius(TM) Corporate and Career Training.
Every year the students elect someone to represent them on the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Illinois College.
College athletics teams are called the Blue Storm.
The William and Florence Schmidt Art Center is located on the Belleville campus of the College.