Lewis and Clark Community College

Lewis and Clark Community College is a community college in Godfrey, Illinois. It serves approximately 15,000 credit and non-credit students annually.[1] The college has nine locations[2] throughout the St. Louis Metro East, including a campus and humanities center in Edwardsville, Illinois; community education centers in Alton, Illinois, Carlinville, Illinois and Jerseyville, Illinois; a training center in Bethalto, Illinois; a river research center in East Alton, Illinois; and a location at the East St. Louis Higher Education Center in East St. Louis, Illinois. Lewis and Clark has career and transfer study options. The college also offers personal enrichment programming for adults and children, as well as corporate and safety training options for professionals.


The main campus is in Godfrey, Illinois on the grounds of the former Monticello College, a women's seminary established in 1838. In 1970, the newly-established Lewis and Clark Community College District purchased the grounds, buildings and faculty. L&C began offering classes in 1970. Many of the original buildings are still used, and a gymnasium, math and science complex, nursing building and welding facility have been added since. The N.O. Nelson campus (named after N.O. Nelson, founder of the village of Leclaire, Illinois) is located in Edwardsville, Illinois.


Lewis and Clark is the first and only community college campus to operate a nurse managed intercollaborative practice clinic[3] to help underserved members of the community receive affordable healthcare. The Lewis and Clark Family Health Clinic was named one of three national winners of the prestigious 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award, along with a $50,000 grant, in the spring of 2010.[4]

In October 2010, the college, in conjunction with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, the University of Illinois and the Illinois Natural History Survey dedicated a river research facility, the Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station, along the Mississippi River.


Lewis and Clark Community College competes as member of the NJCAA in the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference. The athletics teams - men and women's soccer, men and women's basketball, men and women's tennis, volleyball, golf, softball and baseball[5] - are referred to as the Trailblazers.

Championships: [6] In 1999, the Lewis and Clark Community College Women's Soccer Team won a NJCAA National Championship after they defeated Champlain, 3-1. In 2008, the Lewis and Clark Community College Women’s Soccer Team defeated the No. 1 seed, Darton College 3-2 to win the NJCAA National Championship.


Lewis and Clark has made a commitment to[7]"going green," through signed agreements with the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the Illinois Green Economy Network, the Illinois Sustainable University Commitment, the St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium, and through various efforts on campus including energy efficient lighting, composting and sustainable landscaping, among others.


  • Green Roof Award, NGRREC[8] (2010)
  • U.S. Water Prize[9] (2011)
  • Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award[10] (2011, 2013, 2016)
  • Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Compact, Gold Level[11] (2012)

Notable people

Notable alumni


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