Since 1946, Southwestern Illinois College, SWIC, (or Belleville Area College or even Belleville Junior College, if you’ve got a very long memory), has served the greater Belleville, Red Bud, and Granite City communities—and beyond—helping students of all ages earn associate degrees, gain certifications, and continue their educations. If you were to travel just below the surface, however, just a few short months ago, to the lower level of the main Belleville campus, you would have seen a few frowning faces.
The main sad face belonged to Robert Hall, the Print Services Manager at SWIC. He’s been there for about five years and there are four part-time staffers who keep the shop running. And the print shop is always running. From faculty syllabi to tests, student papers to visual aids, there’s a lot of work to be done across the three main campuses. In fact, if a student needs copies, posters, or some other print job associated with a SWIC class or project, Print Services will take on the job happily. There are sometimes playbills to be run for the SWIC Theatre, and the athletics program leans on Hall’s team when needed as well. Print Services also supports the Southwestern Illinois College Bookstore—operated by Barnes & Noble—and the associated promotional materials—ads, banners, and signage associated therein.