Come to this informational event to learn about Southwestern Illinois College's (SWIC) vocational programs, High School Equivalency, Tutoring and English As a Second Language programs.

SWIC is community college district 522 and it covers St. Clair, Randolph, Madison and Monroe counties. SWIC Adult Education has classes on the Belleville, East St Louis, Red Bud and Granite City campuses and some local libraries like Fairmont City. SWIC Adult Education offers High School Equivalency (HSE), Vocational, Literacy and English as a Second Language programs.

Hosted by Lachelle Dowell and Jenny Margarida: Lachelle Dowell is a true Southern Illinois girl – born, raised and educated. A graduate of Southern Illinois University -Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses and Lindenwood University-Belleville campus. Lachelle came to Southwestern Illinois College Adult Education after working for a local school district as an Attendance/Truancy Officer and she also completed her School Counselor Field Placement with that school district. Lachelle has held several positions during her time in Adult Ed: Testing Center Administrator/Proctor, Intake/Retention Coordinator and now Program and Assessment Coordinator where her main focus is helping students obtain their High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate. Lachelle’s passion is assisting students in achieving their educational goals. Being an HSE Coordinator is a rewarding vocation for Lachelle because she considers helping students achieve their HSE certificate akin to helping them realize a dream deferred!

Jenny Margarida was born and raised in Alton, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English degree from St. Louis University and her Master of Arts in English from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. With over twenty-five years of teaching English at the college level, she began her position as Literacy Coordinator in February of 2021. Helping adults at SWIC and in the community become proficient readers is an extremely rewarding and gratifying experience as is watching literacy volunteers help students achieve their dreams and goals through becoming proficient readers.


Who: Open to the General Public. You do not need a library card to attend.

When: 1pm Saturday, August 13

Where: First floor community room, O'Fallon Public Library


Please direct questions about this event to Heidi at [email protected] or 618-206-4344

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