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The Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM), organized in 1973, is a not-for-profit organization which provides a means of sharing human and material resources in higher education. It is proven that through cooperation, more effective programs can be initiated and duplication of costs can be avoided. Working together, the consortium has been successful in the creation of innovative delivery systems, increased educational opportunity, and better accessibility to higher education for all people in the region. SICCM has gradually filled a vacuum in regional leadership. This leadership position allows the organization to be an active participant in academic program development, labor-management cooperation, economic development, regional research and planning, and coordination at the highest levels. The consortium includes six participating institutions. The president from each institution and the SICCM Executive Director comprises the SICCM Board.

Members of the consortium include: John A. Logan College, Carterville, Illinois; Kaskaskia College, Centralia, Illinois; Rend Lake College, Ina, Illinois; Shawnee Community College, Ullin, Illinois; Southeastern Illinois College, Harrisburg, Illinois; and Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and Carbondale, Illinois. The region served by SICCM comprises a large segment of the state. The geographic area of the five participating community college districts covers all or part of eighteen (18) counties. This area stretches over 100 miles north to south and 100 miles east to west.

Because the regions of the five cooperating colleges are large, traveling is an integral element of the consortium program. Completion of these programs may require travel up to one hour or more to clinical affiliates and to the SICCM lab/classroom.

Each college has five admission slots, for a total class size of twenty-five students. Admission lists will be ranked and determined separately at each college, for the five student slots accorded that college and by the applications submitted to that college.

Students are admitted to the individual instructional programs and register for all classes on their home campus. General courses are taken on the home campus, but the core classes for each program are taught at the SICCM Regional Instructional Center located in Herrin.

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