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Lewis and Clark Community College is a two-year higher education institution with multiple campuses, a river research center, a training center and Community Education Centers located throughout it's more than 220,000-person college district, which reaches into parts of seven counties.

In addition to offering associate degrees and certificates in nearly 40 career programs and numerous transfer options, the college has something for just about everyone – including College for Kids, a nationally accredited dual credit program for high school students, high school diploma (formerly GED®) completion and a robust Workforce Education and Safety Solutions and Training program. Several colleges and universities also offer bachelor's and master's degree programs on Lewis and Clark's campus.

The college was founded in 1970 on the grounds of the former Monticello College in Godfrey (the second-oldest all-female college in the nation) and began with 450 students. Today, it serves around 12,000 credit and non-credit students annually and is a national and state award-winning standout among Illinois community colleges. 

Lewis and Clark employs over 500 employees and adds $338.5 million in regional income annually, which represents 4.6 percent of the regional economy. 

The college's Godfrey Campus features more than one dozen eye-catching sculptures and fountains as part of the Monticello Sculpture Gardens, a Signature Garden site for the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and a botanic garden in its own right.

The buildings on the N.O. Nelson Campus in Edwardsville were on Illinois' list of "Ten Most Endangered Historic Sites" prior to Lewis and Clark purchasing the complex and renovating the buildings. The campus is now home to nearly 750 students and numerous community events, making this restoration one of the most successful preservation initiatives in Illinois.