August 10, 2016

SIU offering course at John A. Logan College

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale will offer a technical resource management class at John A. Logan College this fall -- marking the first time in the college’s nearly 50-year history that SIU Carbondale has offered a course on the Carterville campus. 

Technical Resource Management (TRM) 332, Labor-Management Relations, will meet Thursdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m., beginning Aug. 25, in the college’s Workforce Education Building. Students will learn the basic concepts and techniques of modern labor relations, including concepts of labor history, labor law, unions, labor contracts, collective bargaining processes, and grievance and arbitration procedures. Ed Workman, a senior lecturer in the School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies at SIU Carbondale, will teach the course. 

“I applaud the SIUC chancellor and other campus staff who have worked hard to pull this opportunity together,” SIU President Randy Dunn said. “We want to work as closer partners with John A. Logan, and this is an important step in strengthening that relationship and demonstrating our commitment to it.”   

Noted Brad Colwell, interim chancellor at SIU Carbondale, “The region’s students will benefit from this outstanding collaborative effort, which is the result of our shared commitments to student success and to strengthening our region.” 

Ron House, John A. Logan College president, said the course will be beneficial to current students and area businesses. 

“We feel that this course will appeal to both the student who plans to transfer to SIU and to area business people who would like to learn more about labor negotiations and relations,” he said. 

Mandara Savage, executive director of SIU Extended Campus, agrees.           

“We’re excited about the opportunity to extend the four walls of our university. It’s our belief that any opportunity to extend the educational resources of our campus is an opportunity we should welcome -- especially in this case.” 

House is pleased with the across-the-board effort by both institutions to get this in place, and he is hopeful that this will lead to more classes in the future. 

“This is the result of a lot of hard work by faculty and staff both here and at SIU, and I am very appreciative of President Dunn, Chancellor Colwell and their staffs for their effort and cooperation.” House said. “I could not be more pleased that we are going to be able to offer this course for our students, and I feel that this is just the beginning and that this partnership will continue to evolve.” 

Scholarship opportunities are available for full-time enrolled John A. Logan College students who are interested in the TRM program. 

For more information regarding enrollment in the TRM program, contact Shannon Gwaltney at 618/453-7281 or by email at, or Anita Gentry at 618/457-7676, ext. 8259 or at John A. Logan College.