Moraine Valley Community College

This article is about the college. For the geological formation, see Moraine Valley.
Moraine Valley Community College
Motto Changing lives for a changing world
Type Community college
Established 1967
President Dr. Sylvia Jenkins
Vice-president Dr. Pamela Haney, Dr. Normah Salleh-Barone
Students 36,000[1]
Location Palos Hills, Illinois, United States
41°41′35″N 87°50′16″W / 41.69306°N 87.83778°W / 41.69306; -87.83778Coordinates: 41°41′35″N 87°50′16″W / 41.69306°N 87.83778°W / 41.69306; -87.83778
Campus Suburban
Colors Green and white         
Athletics Basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, golf, tennis, cross country running[2]
Mascot The Cyclones.

Moraine Valley Community College, is located in Palos Hills, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago. Founded in 1967, it is the second largest community college in Illinois. It has an enrollment of approximately 36,000.[1] The main campus of 294 acres (119.0 ha) is nestled in the Cook County Forest Preserves. The college also operates satellite facilities in Blue Island[3] and Tinley Park, Illinois.[4]

MVCC offers its students many accommodations to help them succeed. Night and weekend classes, distance learning, and on-campus day care are all made available to students. Career counseling and services are also available to help students secure jobs after they leave college. To help alleviate the financial burdens that students bear, the college offers employment to its students. Additionally, the college offers athletic scholarships to help some of its students obtain an education more easily.[5]


In 1967, the college was officially created after two years of effort, which included proposals, approval, and planning. It opened its first temporary office in Oak Lawn, IL. A year later, a contest was held to give the college its name, Moraine Valley Community College. The name was chosen because of its location: “where the Valparaiso and Tinley moraines meet to form a valley.“ Since no campus was yet established, the first classes were held in leased warehouses in Alsip, IL.[6]

A year later in 1969, seven temporary buildings opened on the Palos Hills campus. In 1970, with enrollment at 4,089, construction began on the first permanent building on the campus, which opened two years later in 1972. From that point on, buildings have been continually added to the campus until as recently as 2008, while the temporary buildings were torn down until the last one in 1994. In 2004, the first extension site, The Moraine Valley Education Center, opened in Blue Island, IL. On October 6, 2010, the college’s second extension site, the Southwest Education Center, was opened in Tinley Park, IL.[6] The US Green Building Council awarded that facility LEED Platinum certification for its high level of "green" performance.[7]

College Presidents

International students

MVCC has grown in its international student interest over the years. In the late 1970s, the college had only about 40 international students. After a few years in 1984, no international students were enrolled in the college. Throughout this time, Diane Viverito, then an assistant dean at the college, gathered research about the international student population. She stated that the reason for the diminished number of foreign students was because “the college was not welcoming to international students.” In 1989, the college started a program to appeal to students of other countries and to aid them in their academic endeavors, and as a result, the international student population has grown to about 300 in the present day.[8]

Many accommodations are now made for international students at MVCC. Some of these accommodations are listed below:

Campus activities


As a member of the NJCAA, the Moraine Valley Cyclones participate in many intercollegiate sports, including men’s baseball, cross-country, basketball, golf, soccer, and women’s basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball.[2] MVCC is also a member of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, which consists of seven other junior colleges in the surrounding area.[10] Of all the sports teams at MVCC, the Women’s Basketball team is of particular note, as they have won the last four ISCC Conference Championships from 2006-2010.[11]

In 1998, the mascot for the college was changed from the Marauders to the Cyclones.[12]

Student life

MVCC offers its students many opportunities to get involved on campus. For sports, students can play on intramural sports teams for ultimate frisbee, flag football, volleyball, soccer, and basketball. There are also about 40 clubs and organizations in which students on campus can participate. The focus of these groups include, but are not limited to, special academic interests, religion, diversity and awareness, service, and student government. Additionally, MVCC provides various facilities for its students to spend their free time, such as the Performing Arts Center, a game room, the Health Fitness Center, a 1.45-mile jogging path, and the G. Jack Bradley observation deck. It is also referred to as "The Valley" by faculty and staff.[13]


  1. 1 2 "Facts and Figures". Moraine Valley Community College. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  2. 1 2 "Athletics". Moraine Valley Community College. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  3. "Education Center at Blue Island". Retrieved December 13, 2010.
  4. "Southwest Education Center". Retrieved December 13, 2010.
  5. "Moraine Valley Community College". Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  6. 1 2 3 "College History". Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  7. "Moraine Valley celebrates LEED Platinum designation for Tinley Park campus, recognizes contributors". Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  8. "The Foreign Connection (Part 1): International Students Find a Home at Moraine". Retrieved December 13, 2010.
  9. "Moraine Valley Community College". Retrieved December 13, 2010.
  10. "Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference". Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  11. "Athletics Women's Basketball". Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  12. "Athletics Cyclone History". Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  13. "Student Life". Retrieved December 15, 2010.
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