Regional Programs

Lake Land College’s Dual Credit Program partners with organizations throughout the district. Below are some of the partnerships. If you would like to partner with Lake Land College’s Dual Credit Program, please contact us.


ClassE is an entrepreneurial development class that aims to educate Coles County high school juniors and seniors about the opportunities and challenges of starting and running a new business venture. Students are selected through an essay application process, learn about what it is like to be an entrepreneur and start their very own business. By touring and interacting with more than 82 Coles County business owners and working on a group business with fellow classmates, students will develop leadership and professional skills that are important for success.

Through this program, we hope to create an intergenerational business success network that encourages students to remember their roots, resulting in potential businesses and job creation in Coles County, thereby securing its future health and economic vitality.

ClassE is a year long Lake Land College dual credit class that awards 9 college credits, with BUS-142 Intro to Business (3 credits) being completed in the Fall and BUS-141 Business Communications (3 credits) and BUS-247 Principles of Marketing (3 credits) being completed in the Spring. These courses transfer to Eastern Illinois University and other four year institutions as electives. The class meets Monday through Friday during early bird and first hour class at local businesses and has a home base in the LifeSpan Center.

Students will be responsible to pay the dual credit fee to their high schools for the 9 credit hours during Fall semester. Dual credit status depends on part that the student pays the associated dual credit fee and maintains a “C” or higher in their courses.

If you would like to know more about ClassE, please contact the Lake Land College Dual Credit Program or visit the ClassE website.

Health Occupations

The health occupations program is a health science technology program designed primarily for high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in a health care field. Basic Nurse Assistant training program guidelines as set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health are followed. The curriculum includes the study of health care careers, basic anatomy and physiology and hands-on clinical experiences with facility patients.

This course is a dual credit course with Lake Land College that awards 11 college credits, AHE 040 Basic Nurse Assistant (8 credits) and AHE 051 Health Careers (3 credits), upon successful competition. Students will also have the opportunity to sit for the State Competency Exam (CNA test) at the end of the course.

Each class meets for 2 hours a day in a medical setting with 8:1 student-instructor ratio. Class locations include Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (2 instructors/16 students), St. Anthony Memorial Hospital (3 instructors/24 students), Paris Community Hospital (1 instructor/8 students), Shelbyville Manor Nursing Home (1 instructor, 8 students) and Casey-Westfield High School.

All HOCC students are required to attend an orientation session prior to enrolling in the class. Schools should send anticipated enrollment numbers to the EIEFES Office by March 30. Seating confirmations will be mailed by May 5th and due back by May 15th. Schools should also submit student rosters at this time. Final confirmation/billing statements will be sent mid-June. Charge date for course enrollments is August 1. Invoices will be mailed no later than October 31.

If you would like to know more about the program, please contact Laura Sullivan, lsullivan@eiefes.k12.il.us, or the Lake Land College Dual Credit Program.

Additional College Level Credit Opportunities for high school students.

In partnership with Eastern Illinois Education for Employment Services, Lake Land College offers two programs open to high school juniors and seniors.  The programs are Drafting and Design (14 total credits) and Automotive/Welding (12.5 total credits).  The courses are taught on campus from approximately 7-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.  Program participation costs are $500 per semester per student, which the student pays to their school district.  The programs save students between $800-$900!  Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from class and must have excellent attendance.

If you would like to know more about these programs, please contact Laura Sullivan, lsullivan@eiefes.k12.il.us, or the Lake Land College Dual Credit Program at DCP@lakelandcollege.edu.

Academic Challenge

The Academic Challenge, recently referred to as Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE), is facilitated through Eastern Illinois University. This is a competition between high school students who compete as individuals and as teams. Students complete written examinations in seven different areas of study: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Graphics, English, Mathematics and Physics. Each student participates in two tests and the highest scores by members of each team determine the composite team score.

There are three competitions within the Academic Challenge – regionals held at Lake Land College, sectionals held at Eastern Illinois University, and state held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Regional competition is typically held on the first Friday in February and is scheduled for February 7. 2020. There are typically 24 schools who participate, but all in-district high schools are welcome. Depending on the availability of funds, Lake Land College typically awards tuition waivers to the top two individuals who excel in each subject area. There are usually other prizes for participating students.

For questions or coaches’ information, please email DCP@lakelandcollege.edu.

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