The presence of the extension centers allows traditional and non-traditional students to pursue or continue their education because the students are able to attend classes that are close to home. The extension centers offer a variety of general education, liberal arts, basic adult education, continuing education and children’s classes. The extension centers provide opportunity for students to attend classes close to home, prepare for the GED, learn skills to become an effective employee and parent, gain knowledge in basic computer skills, and address other interests of the community, as well as provide wholesome activities for children.

The extension centers allow students to utilize information, applications, financial aid forms, advisement, a place to study, pay tuition, and have access to the computer lab. The extension centers are a place where personal contact with students and citizens of the communities are valued. Knowing the needs of the students and the community, providing information, attending organizational meetings, and offering specific classes students want are just a few examples. The facility provides a pleasant and quiet atmosphere and is easily accessible to those in the surrounding communities.

West Frankfort Extension Center

The West Frankfort Extension Center opened June 10, 1996, in the 3,500 square foot site formerly owned by Freeman United Coal Company and used as engineering and land offices for the company’s Orient No. 2 site on Route 37 north of West Frankfort. The renovated facility consisted of three rooms; one dedicated to instruction involving computers, a second used as a traditional classroom, and the third as a small conference room.

Then John A. Logan College Vice-President Don Middleton said, “The program is basically a three-year experiment to see if there is sufficient interest in West Frankfort to maintain a full-time extension center.” The lease was renewed in 1999 in the same location. In fall 1997, the extension center offered 12 credit classes with 108 individuals enrolled. An additional 55 students were enrolled for continuing education classes.

The extension center moved to its current location at the V.F. Factory Outlet Mall in August 2005. “Bigger, brighter, and better” were the adjectives used to describe the new location. John A. Logan College President Robert Mees said, “We are here to serve a vast population of all ages and this location is outstanding.” The College committed to a ten-year lease at the new location.

Address: John A. Logan College
West Frankfort Extension Center
19 West Frankfort Plaza
West Frankfort, IL 62896
Phone: 618-932-6639
Fax: 618-932-6263
Academic Advisor: Beth Porritt bethporritt@jalc.edu
Literacy Coordinator: Amy Durfee amydurfee@jalc.edu
Secretary: Susan Ely susanely@jalc.edu

Alongi Du Quoin Extension Center

The Alongi Du Quoin Extension Center was established in August 1997. The extension center was named after long-time Du Quoin native and community leader Jerome “Mimi” Alongi in April 2001. Mr. Alongi was a member of the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees from 1971-77 and long-time Baseball Volunteers supporter.

The first semester (fall 1997) in operation, the extension center offered six credit classes with 87 students enrolled. Also offered were two adult education classes with approximately 40 students enrolled.

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Address: John A. Logan College
Alongi Du Quoin Extension Center
72 Southtowne Shopping Center
Du Quoin, IL 62832
Phone: 618-542-9210
Fax: 618-542-9152
Coordinator, Academic Advisor: Roger Von Lanken rogervonlanken@jalc.edu
Literacy Coordinator: Pam Collins pamcollins@jalc.edu
Secretary: Lisa Pruitt lisapruitt@jalc.edu