Located in Mount Vernon, Ill., Rend Lake College Marketplace is a part of Rend Lake College that offers a wide variety of degree programs and occupational certificates. The college was founded in 1955 and is a teaching institution that offers a variety of academic courses and extracurricular programs. It offers degree and certificate programs in art, business, manufacturing technology, sociology, political science and pharmacy. The college s counseling center offers various services, such as career development, educational planning, assessment testing and class scheduling. It provides a variety of facilities, such as an aquatics center, theater, book store, counseling center, gymnasium and parking spaces. The college also provides a lab for natural science and agricultural programs, recreational facilities for baseball, softball and sand volleyball, a golf driving range, and bicycling and walking paths. Rend Lake College is approved by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.