Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market

SICCM History

The Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized in 1973.  The consortium is governed by a Board of Directors composed of presidents and chancellors of participating institutions and is staffed by ten professional and two operational employees.  SICCM was organized to provide a means of sharing human and material resources in higher education to fast-growing institutions within the consortium.  The members of the organization are John A. Logan College at Carterville, Kaskaskia College at Centralia, Shawnee Community College at Ullin, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Sixty percent of the 25 counties (some portions) served by the three community colleges are included in the Lower Mississippi Delta Development region.  In 1990, the Delta Commission, chaired by President Bill Clinton, then Governor of Arkansas, made recommendations to President George Bush for improvement of the quality of life in this large poverty-stricken seven-state region.  One of the recommendations was as follows:

“Institutions of higher education should establish regional consortia to provide and concentrate expensive specialty training in order to avoid duplication  and to selectively adjust out-of-state tuition to Delta students for specialties.”

Having accomplished this mission many years before the recommendation was made, SICCM  institutions have demonstrated they are historically innovative and successful in meeting the needs of the region.

In its forty-two year history, the consortium has administered over $69 million in grants and projects, all of which have been directed toward addressing regional needs and issues.  The programs and projects include telecommunications/distance learning, welfare-to-work, nursing, allied health, economic development, research, articulation, faculty development and sharing, curriculum development, public services, labor-management cooperation, leadership and core values, and other aspects of serving higher education and community needs.

Past SICCM Directed and Administered Programs and Projects:

  • Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) 1974-1994
  • Career Planning for Probationers (Illinois State Board of Education) 1989-1991
  • Adolescent Outpatient Services to the southern nine counties of the state (Illinois Department of Alcohol and Substance Abuse) 1989-1992
  • Carl D. Perkins Vocational Educational Criminal Offenders Act (Illinois State Board of Education) 1990-1994
  • ISO 9000 assisted businesses/industries to obtain international accreditation (Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs) 1993-1994
  • Project Connect provided life-skills training for ex-offenders and their families (Illinois State Board of Education) 1993-1996
  • Regional Consortia Master Plan for Southern Illinois (Illinois Higher Education Cooperation Act) 1994-2002
  • Southern Illinois Coalition for Economic Development 1986-1993
  • Egyptian Labor-Management Council 1986-1996
  • Rural Multi-Campus Substance Abuse Prevention and Awareness Program (U.S. Department of Education) 1994-1996
  • Rural Southern Illinois Occupational Therapy Assistant Support Grant (U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health Professions)1995-1998
  • Leadership and Core Values (Illinois Community  College Board) 1998-1999
  • Eisenhower Grant provides distance learning and Internet training to math and science instructors (Illinois Board of Higher Education) 1998-2000
  • Perioperative Nursing 1993-1998
  • Regional Center for Distance Learning and Multimedia Development 1993-2003
  • Southern Illinois Telecommunications Network (SITN) (Illinois Board of Higher Education) 1994-1999
  • Project CHOICE (Creating Hiring Opportunities In Customized Employment) assists welfare recipients to obtain employment (Illinois Department of Employment Security) 1998-1999
  • Illinois Century Network/Region IX fiscal agent (Illinois Board of Higher Education) 2000-2004
  • Ameren CIPS Smartlights, 2002
  • U. S. Department of Agriculture, Community Facilities Grant 2004-2007
  • U. S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Services, Distance Learning and Telemedicine 2004-2007
  • Senior Medicare Patrol Project 2004-2006
  • Department of Commerce and Employment Opportunity 2005
  • U. S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Business Enterprise Grant 2006-2008
  • U. S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Business Enterprise Grant 2008-2009
  • U. S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Business Enterprise Grant 2008-2009
  • U. S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Business Enterprise Grant 2011-2012
  • College Scholastic Bowl 1985- 2009
  • UCAN Life Skills/Illinois Department of Corrections Grant 1995-2012
  • Social Security Representative Payee Program/Social Security Administration 1994-2012
  • Health Information Technology Program 1988 – 2016
  • East St. Louis Community College Center administering agent (Illinois Community College Board) January 1, 1999 – June 30, 2016
  • Senior Service America, Inc., 2004- 2017
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Services, Distance Learning and Telecommunication 2015-2017