Adult Education provides students with a variety of services including high school equivalency (HSE) preparation classes at no cost. Students age 17 and older, who are separated from high school, may attend free HSE preparation classes at the Workforce Development Center in Mattoon, the Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology in Effingham, the Eastern Region Center in Marshall, the Western Region Center in Pana, as well as sites in Arthur, Paris and Shelbyville. Many adult students find that earning a HSE diploma is the first step in preparation for returning to school or entering the job market. Workplace readiness including resume building and related programming are also a part of our HSE classes. A HSE graduation ceremony, complete with caps and gowns, is also held each year.
The GED is one high school equivalency test offered in the state of Illinois. Currently, the test is computer based and is comprised of four sections. Each section costs $30 for a total cost of $120. This is the only cost associated with the GED that Lake Land College Adult Education is unable to cover. For more information about the GED, you can visit www.gedtestingservice.com.
For individuals that English is not their native language, Lake Land College provides non-native speakers with an introduction to the language with an emphasis on skills needed to function in American society. Classes are offered at the Kluthe Center in Effingham, Workforce Development Center in Mattoon and Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School in Arthur.
There is no cost associated with this programming. Students are immersed in the English language via reading, writing and speaking activities. Adult Education serves individuals from beginning to advanced levels. Students are assessed upon their entrance into the program and are matched to a corresponding level within the Cambridge Ventures Series. Ventures is a standards-based, integrated-skills series meant to help students achieve their academic and career goals.
Lake Land College Adult Education offers two computer classes free of charge throughout the Lake Land College District. The first is basic computer concepts. Students will develop an awareness and understanding of Microsoft Windows, navigate the Windows desktop and applications.
The second class is Basic Microsoft Office. Students enrolled in these courses will be introduced to the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Access, Excel and PowerPoint.
This 8 hour course covers the principles of food microbiology, sources and types of food borne illness, personal hygiene and all other rules and regulations for the safe handling of food. At the completion of the course, students will be able to take the food service sanitation manager test to receive certification from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Classes are free of charge. However, students will be responsible for the cost of the IDPH test.
The belief of Adult Education is that attainment of the GED is no longer the ending point, but rather a starting point. Vocational programming at Lake Land College Adult Education is meant to provide individuals with post-secondary educational opportunities that will increase student marketability in the workplace and allow for sustainable wages for the individual and their families. ICAPS fosters a partnership between Adult Education and Career & Technical Education by integrating both technical training and basic skills education into the educational experience, delivering education in a team taught environment, and culminating in educational functioning level gains and industry recognized credentials.
Presently, Lake Land College has two ICAPS programs. The first is within the Manufacturing Pathway in Welding. Students will earn an 11 credit hour certificate from Lake Land College. This is a stackable certificate. Students who earn the 11 hour certificate can either elect to enter the workforce upon completion of the certificate or continue on at Lake Land to pursue a Certificate in Welding Technology (26.5 credit hours) or their Associate in Applied Science Degree in Welding (65.5 credit hours).
The second ICAPS program is within the Health Sciences pathway. Students enrolled in this Pathway will be enrolled in Basic Nursing Assistant coursework in an effort to earn their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate. Students will have to pass a competency exam required by the Illinois Department of Public Health before earning their CNA certificate.
Students are required to attend an orientation in order to enter into the ICAPS program. On top of classroom instruction individuals may be required to attend regular tutoring sessions. Eligibility is determined by several factors, including but not limited to: skill level, educational attainment, socio-economics and current employment status. Students must be at least 18 years of age and preferential treatment will be given to individuals without a GED or high school diploma.