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  LTC Broadband Telecom Program Forms Partnership With Metronet
  Big Boy Barbecue: Tuesdays at Frontier Perks
  OCC Jazz Fest May 5
  FCC Annual Awards Night Scheduled
  OCC Welding Program Open House May 6
  Children's Summer Theater Workshop
  Earn an OCC Industrial Maintenance Tech Degree Debt Free — Informational Meeting May 10
  OCC Community Band Concert May 12
  Reception Planned for Harris
  FCC Graduation Planned
  OCC Commencement Ceremony May 13
  LTC Offering Babysitting Class
  IECC Board of Trustees May Meeting
IECC Board of Trustees May Meeting

The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees will meet in regular sesson at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Wabash Valley College.

  Begin Your HVAC Certificate in June at OCC and Graduate in December
  OCC Offering Organic Chemistry Class This Fall
  Lincoln Trail College Named as One of Top 150 in the Country
  WVC Nursing Program Extends Application Deadline for Fall 2016
WVC Nursing Program Extends Application Deadline for Fall 2016

Wabash Valley College Associate Degree Nursing Program is extending its application deadline for Fall 2016

Individuals wishing to apply should schedule an appointment as soon as possible to meet with Nursing Program Advisor Michelle Pynckel to discuss program requirements.


She can be reached at 618-262-8641 ext 3431

  Free GED test prep classes at WVC
Free GED test prep classes at WVC

Mt. Carmel, IL -    Wabash Valley College is pleased to announce the upcoming Free GED Test Prep Classes which will be offered at Wabash Valley College.  The classes will be offered from  March 15 – May 12, and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon or from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  All classes will be held in the computer lab in Main Hall Room 202.      


Come on the first morning/ night of class to register.  Free tutoring, instruction, and materials available! It’s all FREE!  Plus new specialized classes to assist with Reading, Math, and College and Career Readiness!


The “New GED” is “All About You!”  It allows you to test when you want, test where you want, receive test scores immediately, complete one section at a time, easy online registering, and easy online scheduling.  The cost of the test is $120 for the entire test or $30 for each section. 


Become a WVC Adult Ed student by enrolling in one of the GED Test Prep Courses, and you could qualify to take the test for free.  As a WVC GED Test Prep Course graduate and GED Test completer, you could also qualify for special college scholarships.


What are you waiting for?  Start your future today!  You can do it!  Earn more money!  Flexible schedule!  You can afford it!


Contact Sandy Craig at the Bauer Media Center for more information:  618-263-5097, or toll-free, 866-982-4233, ext. 3401.   

  WVC's 89.1 The Bash will be home to Gibson Southern High School Football this fall
WVC's 89.1 The Bash will be home to Gibson Southern High School Football this fall

     Mt. Carmel, IL –   The Wabash Valley College Radio-TV Broadcasting Department and Gibson Southern High School are pleased to announce that 89.1 The Bash Will become the radio home of Gibson Southern football this fall.  Along with broadcasting every game all season long, 89.1 the Bash will also broadcast the weekly “Nick Hart Show,” a talk show with the Titans’ head coach.  The veteran broadcast team of Bob Bowser and Jason White will provide the play-by-play, while Bowser will co-host the coach’s show with Hart.


Wabash Valley College President Dr. Matt Fowler is excited about the chance to provide this service to the Gibson Southern High School community.  “High-performing students from Gibson Southern High School are an ever-growing component of the Wabash Valley College student body, and our alignment benefits Gibson Southern students inside and outside the classroom,” Fowler said. 


Wabash Valley College Director of Broadcasting Kyle Peach said, “We are constantly looking for ways to further serve our audience, and we believe covering the Titans this fall fills a huge void.”


Not only will fans be able to listen to the Titans’ broadcasts on the 50,000-watt signal of 89.1 the Bash, but Titans’ fans can also listen all around the world online at and by downloading the free 89.1 The Bash app in the App Store or Google Play.


“We are extremely excited to be partnering with 89/1 The Bash and appreciate the efforts of President Fowler, Mr. Peach, and Mr. Bowser for making this happen.  Our fans have long wanted to be able to follow the Titans over the air, and we are pleased to be making that a reality. One thing in particular that we are thrilled with is the fact that our games will be online which will make it possible for our alumni and fans all over the world to tune in.  We look forward to working with 89.1 The Bash this fall and getting started,” Gibson Southern Athletic Director Jon Adams said.


Titan Football Coach Nick Hart says he’s excited fans will be able to tune in.  “Our program will gain a lot of exposure because of this arrangement.  I am excited that our fans will now be able to listen to the game at the game and at home.  I am thrilled that Bob Bowser will be doing the broadcasting.  He and I have done the coach’s show together for a couple of years, and he does a fabulous job.  Thank you to Kyle Peach and President Fowler for making this possible,” Hart said. 


More information on the schedule of the Nick Hart Show and sponsorship opportunities will be coming at a later date.



“We appreciate the support of the Titan Football Boosters, school administrators, and the coaching staff as we embark on our mission to provide this service to the Gibson Southern community,” Peach said.  

  WVC: Instructors of the year
WVC: Instructors of the year

Congratulations to our instructors!!!  The Student Senate has selected Drew McMurray the Outstanding Transfer Faculty Member and Dave Wilderman the Outstanding Career and Technical Education Faculty Member for 2016.  It is the goal of the Wabash Valley College Student Senate to recognize two outstanding faculty members annually (one transfer, one career and technical) who embody the College’s standards for excellence.


The instructor receiving the award must be a full-time faculty member at Wabash Valley College. Award recipients excel in their profession. Winners of this award teach effectively, inspire enthusiasm for learning, stimulate independent and critical thinking, set high expectations while helping students to meet them, show respect and concern for students, demonstrate a thorough knowledge of their subject area, innovate in design and delivery of course content, and/or provide learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom.



The winners of these awards are recognized at graduation and work with fellow faculty to select two WVC freshmen students (one transfer, one career and technical) to honor with scholarships provided by Student Senate. Those scholarships, named in honor of the Outstanding Instructor of the Year winners, will be presented at graduation.

  WVC / WVC Foundation to award freshman scholarships
WVC / WVC Foundation to award freshman scholarships

Mt. Carmel ,IL-  Wabash Valley College has a longstanding tradition of providing high-quality, affordable education.  This year WVC will award close to $200,000 for incoming freshmen.   These freshman scholarships, which are awarded to students with diverse educational goals, include the Presidential Scholarship, Claire Sherwood Spencer Scholarship, Eliza and C.S. Young Memorial Scholarship, Foundation Scholarship, Lucille Batson Memorial Scholarship, Faculty Career and Technical Scholarship, Faculty Transfer Scholarship, Activity Program Awards, and Non-Resident Grants.



Wabash Valley College will host a Scholarship Awards Night to honor this year’s recipients on Tuesday, April 12 in the Brubeck Arts Center.  Refreshments will be served from 5:30 – 6:25 p.m. in the  Gallery, and the awards ceremony will follow from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Theatre.  

  Phi Theta Kappa Inducts New Members
  LTC Students Learn With Robots
  LTC Ranks 2nd Among Illinois Community Colleges
  WVC Spring Final Exam Schedule
WVC Spring Final Exam Schedule

                                                                      FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE

                                            Spring Semester 2016




   Exam Time


         May 9


      May 10


        May 11


        May 12


      8-10 am


    8 am M-W-F


      8 am T-H


   9 am M-W-F





     10-12 am


   10 am M-W-F


     10 am T-H


  11 am M-W-F





      12-1 pm











       1-3 pm


   12 pm M-W-F


       1 pm T-H


   1 pm M-W-F





       3-5 pm



   2 pm M-W-F


3 pm T-H


     3 pm M-W-F




Final exams for evening classes are to be given during the last possible meeting.


Monday, May 2

Tuesday, May 3

Wednesday, May 4

Thursday, May 5



This is the official FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE for Spring Semester 2016.  All faculty are expected to follow this schedule in holding their final exams unless prior approval for some other time and day is obtained from the Dean's office.  Any questions or changes to this Final Exam Schedule should be directed to the Dean.  All Grades are due by midnight on Thursday, May 12, 2016.





  OCC Ranked Top Community College in Illinois
  Theresa Marcotte New Associate Dean of Nursing & Allied Health
  OCC Automotive Program Receives Donation from Toyota
  Heather Vaupel TRIO Student Support Services Student of the Month at OCC
  OCC Collision Repair Students Give Book Bus a New Look
  OCC Students Win National PTK Scholar Bowl
  Certified nurse aide class offered summer semester at WVC
Certified nurse aide class offered summer semester at WVC

Mt. Carmel ,IL-  Individuals interested in employment as a Certified Nurse Aide should inquire now about a class being offered during the Summer Semester.  Summer CNA classes will start on June 1, 2016 at  Wabash Valley College.  The Certified Nurse Aide class will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00 – 5:45 p.m. in the Science Building, Room 58, from June 1 through August 1, 2016.

Registration begins April 5 for this class.



For more information, contact Cindy Kruse at 618-263-5043.  

  Concealed carry course offered at WVC
Concealed carry course offered at WVC

Mt. Carmel, IL-   If you are interested in obtaining your Illinois Concealed Carry License, why not enroll in the next Concealed Carry course being offered by Illinois Eastern Community Colleges which will be offered at Wabash Valley College on Thursday and Friday nights, May 19 and 20, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 21, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Jay Carter is the instructor for this class. 


Not only will attendees learn the minimum information required by the Concealed Carry Act, but through the use of lecture and range drills, attendees will learn how to safely handle a handgun and hone their skills, as a marksman, and survive a real-world encounter.  Whether you are new to handguns or more experienced, this course is designed to make everyone a more knowledgeable and accomplished shooter.  Through the teaching of current trends and techniques, students will learn and understand how to maintain the proper mindset, skills, and abilities that come with “bearing arms” for the purpose of self-defense.



Pre-registration is required.  The cost of the 16-hour course is $173 for in-District students, which includes tuition and fees, and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course.  There is a discounted cost for enrollees over 60 years old.  For more information or to get registered, contact your local Student Services Office:  Wabash Valley College-Mt. Carmel, 866-982-4322, or Frontier Community College-Fairfield, 877-464-3687.  If you have questions concerning the program, contact the Concealed Carry Coordinator, Bryan Hart, at or call 618-879-9420 and leave a message.

  ONE MORE TIME” – A tribute to Ray Price & his music coming to Brubeck Arts Center
ONE MORE TIME” – A tribute to Ray Price & his music coming to Brubeck Arts Center

Mt. Carmel, IL –   Nationally acclaimed fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt and his friends will be paying tribute to the amazing Ray Price and His Music at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at the Brubeck Arts Center Theatre.  Dennis will be debuting and releasing a new CD titled “One More Time:  A Tribute to Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys, Vol II,” as part of the concert performance.


The making of the Ray Price Tribute album “has been a really fun and meaningful project,” said Stroughmatt, who has personally discussed the CD with Ray’s son, Cliff Price.  Dennis has recorded with him some of the generations of musicians who worked directly with Ray Price, including one or two who will join the upcoming show at Wabash Valley College.


A noted music critic wrote, “Ray Price was lionized as the man who saved hard country when Nashville went pop, and vilified as the man who went pop when hard country was starting to call its own name with pride.  Actually, he was no more than a musically ambitious singer, always looking for the next challenge for a voice that could bring down roadhouse walls.”
He was among the first country music artists to use electric instruments and drums.


Ray Price died of hypoxic respiratory failure on December 15, 2013, but his music lives on. His ballads “Make the World Go Away,” “Danny Boy,” and “For the Good Times,” expanded country’s fan base, and Ray Price became a sellout in the eyes of those who wanted to keep country in coveralls.  Ray Price, who died at age 87, was one of the most successful country singers in Nashville’s history, with a career lasting from 1949 until early 2013; among his hits was the oft-covered song “Release Me.”


“Ray’s just a natural singer,” former Wills fiddler Johnny Gimble said.  “He’s also a master at picking songs.”  He found “Crazy Arms,” when a DJ played the badly sung original version for him.  “That’s a hit, son,” Price said.  Price’s innovation came when he changed his tempo from the standard 2/4 to 4/4, creating a “walking bass” sound.  He also played Wills’

 “Faded Love,” featuring Johnny Gimble, for fiddler Tommy Jackson as an example of the single-string style he wanted for the track.  Western swing melded with honky-tonk and “the Ray Price beat” was born. 


Along with “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets and “I Got A Woman,” by Ray Charles, “Crazy Arms” is one of the pioneering, landmark records of the 1950’s.  Ray Price was perhaps more influential than anyone in the country field besides his former roommate Hank Williams.  As a bandleader of the Cherokee Cowboys, Price gave gigs to such up-and-comers as Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Johnny Paycheck, and Roger Miller.  Overall, Ray Price became one of the most successful country singers ever; between 1954 and 1974 he amassed a total of 64 US Country chart hits, only 11 of which failed to make the Top 20; 13 also crossed over to the pop charts.


Band leader Dennis Stroughmatt will be performing songs that spanned the 60 years of Ray Price’s career.    He carries on that tradition with the national release of his second CD in tribute to the music of Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys.  The recording is appropriately titled “One More Time” as he has gathered most of the original living Cherokee Cowboys in his recording for one more celebration of the music they created with Ray Price.


In the last five years, Dennis has been close to Buddy Spicher, who played fiddle with Price, saying, “I spent a great deal of time with him.  He was like a son-father figure and the best thing in the world for this project which has kept me extremely busy.”  Spicher (prounounced Spiker) was a member of The Nashville A-Team of session musicians, and is Grammy nominated.  He was nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year by CMA in 1983 and 1985.  He was the first fiddler in the “Nashville Cats” series of the Country Music Hall of Fame (August, 2008). He recorded with virtually every major country star of the 1960’s, 1970’s, and early 1980’s, including Faron Young, Johnny Paycheck, Little Jimmy Dickens, Reba McEntire, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn, Bob Wills, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, and even George Strait (“Amarillo by Morning”).


As of this writing, Dennis Stroughmatt was finishing mastering the last three songs on the One More Time album that will be pressed by the label Music Mill Entertainment of Nashville just in time for the May 5 concert at WVC and for national release.  Dennis was recently recording in Texas with fiddler Kenneth “Little Red” Hayes who played for Ray Price from 1954-62.


Dennis said that the Brubeck audience who purchase the new CD will hear three fiddles, sometimes four on some songs that “sounds like an orchestra.”  One of those fiddlers whom Stroughmatt met a few years ago, and who will appear live at WVC, Ernie  Reed, now of Nashville, played with Ray Price and The Cherokee Cowboys in the 1990’s as well as with Mel Tillis, Faron Young and other greats.


Dennis Stroughmatt and his first tribute CD “Talk To My Heart” CD may be familiar to many as Music Mill Record Company placed them all over the United States in chains including Best Buy and in Nashville in the Ernest Tubb Record Shops.  On May 5, the group will have a “true live band” sound in Brubeck Theatre, the band leader assures, as it focuses on “the classic sound” of Ray Price.  Stroughmatt calls Brubeck Theatre a beautiful and great venue – “I love the room.”


A fascinating evening performance of American music will await patrons and friends on May 5.  For more information about Dennis  Stroughmatt, visit his website at  The performances of the 2015-2016 Performing Arts Series are partially funded by a grant from the WVC Foundation Koger Fund for the Performing Arts and presented by Wabash Valley College and the Wabash Valley Arts Council.


Tickets are $10 and are available by email at or by calling 618-263-5124.  Patron Passes will be honored. 


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PELL checks were mailed 3/14.

Summer and Fall Course schedules will be online Monday March 24.

Registration for Summer and Fall courses begins April 1st for current students and April 8th for new students.