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 to make an appointment to meet with someone at the center. 

(708) 974-5400

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.

Schedule a Tour

Visit Moraine Valley and see first-hand how we rival four-year schools! We offer a number of visit events throughout the year and schedule campus tours every Tuesday on our Palos Hills campus.

***Because all in-person campus tours are temporarily suspended, we are now offering a virtual campus tour. You can visit us anytime.

You can expect to receive several student services at the Moraine Valley Community College's Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park.


View classes available at the Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park.



View classes offered in a virtual or online format

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

Need a ride. Use the Call-n-Ride.

Southwest Education Center Building Hours for December 14-22:

Tuesday/Thursday–8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday – Building Closed-Staff are available via telephone by calling (708) 974-5400


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

Center’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

An appointment is required to take the placement test at SWEC. Please call (708) 974-5400 to schedule an appointment to test. You will be required to wear a face-mask throughout your visit to SWEC.

Spring and Fall Hours
Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Test Proctoring

Proctored testing is not currently available at SWEC.

A $25 payment is required for placement testing. Payment can be made online or by calling (708) 974-2110.

Please note: Hours are subject to change. Please call the Southwest Education Center at (708) 974-5400 to confirm testing center hours.

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for placement testing. Registration for the placement tests 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 remaining screens and submit your payment.

Retests: Please call (708) 974-5400 to schedule a retest for the Southwest Education Center location.

Visiting the Testing Center for more details on what to bring and what you need for tests.

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 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.

High School Equivalency Registration and Test Information

Student IDs can be obtained at the Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park. A photo ID is required (driver’s license, high school ID, passport, etc.). 

For hours and additional information, please call (708) 974-5400.


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