Illinois Valley Community College, currently nestled on a tree lined bluff overlooking the Illinois River in Oglesby, Illinois with a panoramic view of the twin cities LaSalle and Peru opened its door as LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College.
With local residents support, scholarly research and much discussion and planning, the LaSalle-Peru Board of Education, District 120, at its official meeting on April 24, 1924, approved a resolution giving birth to the College. LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby (LPO) Junior College was originally located on the campus of LaSalle-Peru Township High School in LaSalle, Illinois. On September 15, 1924, the College warmly received its first student body of 32 freshmen with a faculty of seven and two administrators.
The mission of the College in 1924 was to lay the foundations for successful careers in vocational, social, and political fields. Tuition and fees totaled $16.00 per semester, enabling students to bypass four costly semesters at a university far from home.