Moraine Valley Community College
Moraine Valley Community College is a community college located in Palos Hills, Illinois in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Founded in 1967, it is the second largest community college in the state. It has an enrollment of approximately 36,000
In 1967, the college was officially created after two years of effort, which included proposals, approval, and planning. It opened its first temporary office in Oak Lawn, IL. A year later, a contest was held to give the college its name, Moraine Valley Community College. The name was chosen because of its location: ï¿½where the Valparaiso and Tinley moraines meet to form a valley.ï¿½ Since no campus was yet established, the first classes were held in leased warehouses in Alsip, IL. A year later in 1969, seven ï¿½temporary buildingsï¿½ were opened on the Palos Hills campus. In 1970, with enrollment at 4,089, construction began on the first permanent building on the campus, which opened two years later in 1972. From that point on, buildings have been continually added to the campus until as recently as 2008, while the temporary buildings were torn down until the last one in 1994. In 2004, the first extension site, The Moraine Valley Education Center, opened in Blue Island, IL. On October 6, 2010, the collegeï¿½s second extension site, the Southwest Education Center, was opened in Tinley Park, IL. The US Green Building Council awarded that facility LEED Platinum certification for its high level of "green" performance.
The mission of our college is to educate the whole person in a learning-centered environment, recognizing our responsibilities to one another, to our community, and to the world we share. We value excellence in teaching, learning and service as we maintain sensitivity to our role in a global, multicultural community. We are committed to continuous improvement and dedicated to providing accessible, affordable, and diverse learning opportunities and environments. The college fulfills its educational mission through: General Educationï¿½Courses and concepts integrated into the curriculum that foster critical thinking and enable informed judgment and decision making Transfer Programsï¿½Courses in arts, sciences, and business leading to an associateï¿½s degree and fulfilling the first two years of a bachelorï¿½s degree Career Educationï¿½Occupational courses and skill development that respond to industry and community needs and lead to professional credentials, a certificate or an Associate in Applied Science degree Community Enrichmentï¿½Opportunities for residents to engage in lifelong education and cultural enrichment in a learning community Workforce Developmentï¿½Partnerships with and customized training for business, government, social, and civic institutions resulting in organizational and economic improvement Student Developmentï¿½Programs and services to support and enhance academic, career, and personal growth and success for our diverse student population Developmental and Enrichment Educationï¿½Courses, programs, and services to support and advance academic success leading to high school equivalency, English language proficiency, or entry to college-level courses