Learn more about programs offered at Blue Island that qualify for up to $8,000 in tuition assistance.
The Education Center in Blue Island is Open
The Education Center at Blue Island is now open to help students with admissions, financial aid, placement testing, and registration questions. Current and prospective students can call to make an appointment to meet with someone at the center.
The Education Center at Blue Island offers daytime, evening and Saturday classes that fit your busy lifestyle. Discover the reasons why you should be a Moraine Valley student!
- Start that college education you've always wanted
- Pursue training to re-enter the workforce
- Prepare for your high school equivalency
- Brush up on skills for career advancement or change
- Explore new interests for personal growth and advancement
- Take transfer and career courses
- Classrooms with Internet access and other modern teaching technology
- Student support services such as financial aid assistance and academic planning
- Testing Center and study areas
- Accuplacer testing (placement tests)
- Free parking
- Vending/snack area
The Education Center at Blue Island is open:
Mon.-Thur.: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Fri.: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat.: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Note: Students are encouraged to make appointments for assistance with financial aid, course selection, tutoring, photo id, and testing services by calling 708 974 5300.
Free parking is available in the City of Blue Island parking lot, located immediately west of the building. Additional parking is available in the city lot one block southeast.
Career Connections is a free federally funded work readiness program where our mission is to prepare this target audience for the workforce. Not only do we help prepare them for the workforce, provide job placement assistance, educational assistance, and Supportive Services (i.e. bus passes, gas cards, child care, books, lab fees, etc), participants may also be eligible to receive up to $8,000 in tuition assistance that can be applied toward college classes, certificate, and degree programs offered by hundreds of approved training providers in Cook County.
Career Connections Program
The High School Equivalency/Adult Basic Education department instructors help students in need of a high school equivalency to prepare for the high school equivalency test. Through this accomplishment, students achieve a goal of personal fulfillment, the ability to continue his/her education, or to obtain or advance in the workforce.
New students must complete English composition, reading and math placement testing prior to attending an orientation program.
Monday through Thursday - 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 7:30 p.m. (last seating is at 5:30 p.m.)
Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (last seating is at 10:30 a.m.)
Saturday - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (last seating is at 10:30 a.m.)
Sunday - Closed
By appointment only. Call (708) 974-5300 to make an appointment.
Please note: Hours are subject to change. Please call the Education Center at Blue Island at (708) 974-5300 to confirm testing center hours.
Registration and payment for the placement test can be done online or in-person:
Use MVConnect: Login using your assigned username and password. On the Self-Service menu, click Registration. Select Search, Register, and Pay for Non-Credit classes. Select Placement Testing in the Topic Code drop-down box and click Submit. Click the box next to the section you would like to register for and click Submit. Continue through the remaining screens and submit your payment.
In-person: You may choose to register for any scheduled placement test session that will be offered Monday-Friday. Stop by the Registration Office, Bldg. S, Room S103, to register. Payment of $25 is due at the time of registration. Please proceed to the Casher’s Office, Bldg. S, Room S105. Bring your receipt with you when you come in to test.
A photo ID is required to test. You may bring scratch paper, and a pencil for the math portion of the test. The placement tests are untimed, but you should allow two hours to complete the English and reading tests and one hour to complete the math test.
Learn more about the placement tests including how to prepare, test exemptions, and re-testing policies through Moraine Valley Testing Services.
Placement Test Exemptions
Previously Earned College Credit
If you've previously earned college credit, you may be exempt from some or all of the placement tests. Just submit a college transcript or grade report showing a "C" or better in a college-level (101 or higher) English composition/rhetoric course and/or mathematics course to the Academic Advising Center, Bldg. S, Room S201.
An ACT score of 20 or above in English, reading and mathematics may be used in place of some or all of the placement tests. To qualify for an exemption, students need to bring a copy of their ACT scores to the Academic Advising Center.
• A score of 20 or above in English and reading exempts you from the English/reading placement test.
• A score of 20 or above in mathematics exempts you from the mathematics placement test.
Test Proctoring at Education Center at Blue Island
Spring and Fall Semester Schedule
Mon.-Thurs. - first test 9 a.m., last test 8 p.m.
Fri. - first test 9 a.m., last test 3 p.m.
Summer Semester Schedule
Mon.-Thurs. - first test 9 a.m., last test 8 p.m.
Fri. - first test 9 a.m., last test 10 a.m.
Testing Center Policies
• A current Moraine Valley Photo ID is required to test.
• No food, drinks, or personal items are allowed in the testing center. All personal items must be stored in a locker provided by the college, including electronic devices.
• Scratch paper and calculators may be used if allowed by instructor.
Questions regarding testing services at the Education Center? Please call (708) 974-5300.
Due to the Education Center at Blue Island being temporarily closed, student IDs can be obtained from the main college campus in Palos Hills.
9000 W. College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL 60465
Monday and Tuesday between 8:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m.
For additional information, please call (708) 974-5300.
For more information about this location, contact us here or call (708) 974-5300.