The Southwest Education Center is Open

The Southwest Education Center is now open to help students with admissions, financial aid, placement testing, and registration questions.  Current and prospective students can call (708) 974-5400 to make an appointment at the center.

Our Southwest Education Center (SWEC) is a full-service facility, with modern classrooms, science labs, computer labs, study rooms, cyber cafe lounge, vending machines and Accuplacer testing (placement tests). It is located close to I-80 and offers plenty of free parking. You can take transfer and career courses and we offer student support services such as financial aid assistance and academic planning.

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Visit Moraine Valley's Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park to see everything we have to offer right in your neighborhood!

Because all in-person campus tours are temporarily by appointment only, we are now offering virtual campus tours as well.

The outside of the Southwest Education Center building in Tinley Park

View Spring 2023 Classes at the Southwest Education Center

Gateway in the fall

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Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

The Southwest Education Center closes early when classes aren't in session. Call (708) 974-5400 to confirm building hours.

17900 S. 94th Ave.
Tinley Park, 60487
Phone: (708) 974-5400


The Tinley Park On-Demand Pace Bus Service has been suspended as of 12/14/20 until the availability of funding and return of commuter demand allows for a re-evaluation and possible reinstatement of service.

The Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park is Moraine Valley's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building with many sustainable features.

SWEC's “green” features include:

  • Energy-saving geothermal system, which extracts power from heat stored in the earth to make heating and cooling more environmentally friendly and will reduce overall energy consumption
  • Water-efficient landscaping, vegetative bio-swales and porous paving materials to lessen water waste
  • Daylighting, sun harvesting and lighting controls to reduce the need for artificial lighting

To learn more about the building’s sustainability features, check out our informational flyer.

Placement Testing
Please call (708) 974-5400 to schedule an appointment to test. Visit the Testing Center for more details on placement testing.

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. (Lockers are available for student use.)
• All electronic devices must be turned off. Scratch paper and SWEC-issued calculators may be used if indicated by the instructor.

Questions? Please call (708) 974-5400.

High School Equivalency/Adult Basic Education instructors help students prepare for the high school equivalency test. Completing the high school equivalency test allows students to achieve personal fulfillment, continue their education, and advance in the workforce.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed to help individuals speak, read, and write the English Language. We have programs for beginners, intermediate, and advanced speakers.

HSE and ESL classes are free and offered at the Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park.

Click here for more information on HSE and ESL registration and testing.

Moraine Valley student IDs can be obtained on site at SWEC. A photo ID is required (driver’s license, high school ID, passport, etc.).


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Konnor Parrish (Oak Lawn), shared his educational journey while on a panel for the Illinois Project Lead the Way meeting.


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For more information about SWEC, contact us using the form below or by phone at (708) 974-5400.

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