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Lewis and Clark Community College
TypePublic community college
PresidentKen Trzaska[1]
Total staff
Students3,973 (Fall 2022)
Main campus in Godfrey, Illinois
United States
CampusMultiple campuses
Athletic affiliationNJCAA - Mid-West Athletic Conference

Lewis and Clark Community College is a public community college in Godfrey, Illinois. It serves approximately 3,973 credit and non-credit students annually.[2] The college has nine locations[3] 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 community college 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.

Two floors of the Main Complex were closed in September 2021 because of maintenance issues.[4]As of June 2023, renovations on the Main Complex are being planned.[5]


Lewis and Clark operates a nurse-managed practice clinic[6] to help underserved members of the community receive affordable healthcare. The Lewis and Clark Family Health Clinic was one of the winners of the 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award, and received a $50,000 grant in the spring of 2010.[7]

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 established 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 Mid-West 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[8] - are referred to as the Trailblazers.

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 Darton College 3–2 to win the NJCAA National Championship.[9]


Lewis and Clark has signed sustainability agreements with the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the Illinois Green Economy Network, the Illinois Sustainable University Commitment, and the St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium. There are various sustainability efforts on campus including energy efficient lighting, composting and sustainable landscaping.[10]


Notable people


The main campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey is served by Madison County Transit. Routes 1X and 10 provide bus service from campus to downtown Alton, Alton station, downtown St. Louis, and other destinations.[15]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ Meet the President
  2. ^ "Lewis and Clark Community College". Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  3. ^ "Lewis and Clark Community College". Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  4. ^ "LCCC closes parts of Main Complex over building mold issues".
  5. ^ Inlow, Laura. "Inaugural State of Trailblazer Nation Celebrates L&C's Successes; Sets Benchmarks for Ongoing Progress". Lewis and Clark Community College. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  6. ^ "L&C to Initiate Innovative Practice Model at Lewis and Clark Family Health Clinic |". Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  7. ^ "LCCC named winner of MetLife Foundation award". 2010-04-20. Archived from the original on 2012-03-11.
  8. ^ "Lewis and Clark Community College". Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  9. ^ "LCCC women beat Darton to win national championship | darton, LCCC, team - Sports - the Telegraph". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  10. ^ "Green Initiatives". Archived from the original on 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  11. ^ "Foresight Services, Inc. - Building and repair architects and consultants on roofs, buildings and parking lots". Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  12. ^ "U.S. Water Prize Ceremony Honors Leaders in Water Sustainability". Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  13. ^ "Lewis and Clark earns third Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award |". Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  14. ^ "2012 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards & Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact Awards Program" (PDF).
  15. ^ "MCT Bus schedules". Retrieved July 25, 2023.
  16. ^ ""That's my little girl"". 16 May 2013.
  17. ^ "Barb Honchak | UFC". 14 September 2018.

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