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Alum storms the civil engineering program


Originally from Watson, Ill., Miller enrolled in Civil Engineering Technology Co-op  program.


 “I chose the Civil Engineering program because I heard great things about the program. My favorite part of the Civil Tech program is all the hands-on training. Not only did I read about testing concrete, asphalt, and aggregate but I got the opportunity to perform those tests in class. I’m also grateful they had an internship program,” Miller said.


Following a summer internship in Chicago with Kiewit Construction where she tested concrete and asphalt for the new runway at O’Hare International Airport, she secured a full-time job as a quality control engineer at Gulf Intracoastal Constructors, a Joint Venture.GIC has been contracted by the USACE to build the world’s largest pump station for hurricane protection in New Orleans. Crews will be working around the clock to provide the greater New Orleans metropolitan with 100-year flood protection by hurricane season 2011.   The project features 125- & 225-foot-wide metal gates to block storm surges, 13 pumps capably of pumping 150,000 gallons of water per second, and over 1 million total cubic yards of excavation. The project was recently featured on the Weather Channel.


“I never imaged that a two-year degree could allow me to work for such a prestigious company,” said Miller, whose salary is outstanding by almost anyone’s standards.


Civil Engineering Technology is just one of about 89 career-based degree and certificate programs offered by Lake Land.  Most of the technical, career programs are located in the new West Building and offer students the opportunity to train on the most up-to-date industry equipment.


Recent placement data shows 90 percent of career graduates find jobs within a year.  And more than three out of four are employed in the field they studied. 


Miller said she learned about more than civil engineering in her classes. “I’m using the skills I learned from the Writing for Industry class and excel class on a daily basis.”


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President, Newton
Danielle Downs
Vice President, Charleston
Jenny Lange
Secretary, Mattoon
Randy Adkins, Mattoon
Barb Arthur, Mattoon
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Katie Durbin, Strasburg
Kerry Fearn, Mattoon
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Terry McConnell, Mattoon
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Melissa Moxley, Mattoon
Carla Neal, Charleston
Karen Noffke, Sullivan
Laurie Olson, Mattoon
Tim Sanders, Marshall
Linda Simpson, Ex-Officio
Foundation Board Member, Casey
Tim Stephens, Effingham
Mike Sullivan, Mattoon
Pat Wrigley, Effingham
Honorary Directors
Lisa Cole, Toledo
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Mona Morgan-Houston
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Lake Land College Alumni Association
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Mattoon, IL 61938
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