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History of Lake Land College
JULY 1, 1965
– Idea of a junior college is first discussed: At a regular meeting of the Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education (EIASE) – an organization formed in 1961 that was comprised of 33 local school districts’ superintendents- the idea of a junior college was first discussed.
JULY 15, 1965
– The Public Junior College Act passed by the Illinois General Assembly: Recognizing the need for affordable higher education, occupational and technical training, and adult retraining opportunities, this key legislation is passed in Illinois.
SEPT. 23, 1965
– Clemm Phipps named chairman of the Eastern Illinois Area Junior College Steering Committee: A local businessman and University of Illinois graduate, Clem Phipps believed that junior colleges were the single most important thing to happen to education in a decade. As chairman, Phipps identified counties interested in being part of the Lake Land College district, a possible location of the campus, and rallying public support for the school.
JAN. 12, 1966
– Eastern Illinois Area Junior College Steering Committee presents results of a public opinion survey and produces a resolution to create a junior college in the district: The resounding support for the idea of a junior college in the area compelled Virgil H. Judge and others to begin immediately drafting a formal resolution to bring a school to the area.
SEPT. 24, 1966
– Referendum vote creating Lake Land College district passes: Residents in thirteen school districts approved the creation of a junior college in the East Central Illinois area
NOV. 22, 1966
– First Board of Trustees members elected to office: The seven candidates elected were Arthur Culumber (Tower Hill), Floyd Curl (Neoga), Robert Johnston (Shelbyville), Dr. LE McNeil (Toledo), Thomas Nolan (Oakland), Clem Phipps (Mattoon), and Edward Resch (Casey). A week later, at the group’s first meeting, Clemm Phipps and Floyd Curl were elected board chairman and secretary, respectively.
JAN. 9, 1967
– Virgil H. Judge named college’s first president: Prior to Lake Land College, Judge had been a teacher, principal, and superintendent; president of various professional organizations, including the Illinois Association of County Superintendent of Schools and the Illinois Association of School Administrators and chairman of the EIASE.
FEB. 1, 1967
– College’s first administrators, including staff and service personnel, are hired: Robert Webb, superintendent of the Shelbyville school system, was named Vice President. The Dean of Arts and Sciences was Thomas Deem, and Dale Roberts was named as the college’s Dean of Vocational-Technical Education.
FEB. 2, 1967
– Community organizers officially name school: At a meeting at the Eastern Illinois Junior College, the board unanimously named the school “Lake Land College.”
APR. 1, 1967
– College’s first faculty interviewed and hired: Lake Land College hired a total of 24 full-time faculty members to instruct the first students at the college. The first ever faculty faced many unique challenges and opportunities, including the creation of course outlines, selecting and securing textbooks, and the purchase of necessary equipment.
MAY 1, 1967
– Richard Nichols of Cumberland High School is the first student to enroll at Lake Land College: With his Cumberland High School guidance counselor on hand, Nichols accepted in writing President Judge’s invitation to enroll at Lake Land. Nichols, like so many of the students who enrolled those first few years, was a vocational student seeking an Associate’s in Applied Sciences.
SEPT. 3, 1967
– Parent-student assembly occurs at Mattoon’s National Guard Armory: This convocation served as Lake Land College’s first official college event and President Virgil H. Judge unveiled the athletic teams’ name, the “Lakers,” as well as the school’s colors. The board of trustees and the upcoming bond referendum was also presented.
SEPT. 6, 1967
– Lake Land College opens its doors to the first class of students: Classes begin in short-term buildings and 629 students are enrolled for classes in Lake Land College’s first semester.
OCT. 1, 1967
– First Student newspaper published: Originally named “Lake Land Press,” Lake Land College’s first newspaper publication included a President’s Column, a story about the school’s first-ever social event, and information for young men concerned with the draft. Steve Daughtry served as the Press’ editor and Joan Raymer and Clifton DeBates served as advisors.
OCT. 10, 1967
– Location for permanent campus announced: The Lake Land College Board chose to place Lake Land’s campus three miles south of Mattoon after considering a total of eleven locations.
NOV. 12, 1967
– Formal dedication of Lake Land College takes place: In the Mattoon Armory, representatives from Eastern Illinois University, the University of Illinois, and the State of Illinois’ Vocational and Rehabilitation Department congratulated the administration, faculty, and staff on their work at bringing a college to the area. Robert Johnston was the master of ceremonies, while the formal dedications were given by Board Chairman Clem Phipps and President Virgil Judge.
NOV. 28, 1967
– Lake Land College basketball team plays their first game: The first-ever Lake Land College sporting event was played at the Central Junior High School gym in Mattoon. The first game was a victory- HOORAY!- and the Lakers won 86-58 against Chanute AFB. Head Coach Jim Dudley, who also served as the school’s first Athletic Director, led the team to a 20-1 record during the first season, including an undefeated streak of 20 games and a game with a nearly 100-point margin of victory.
AUG. 18, 1968
– First Commencement held at Mattoon’s First Baptist Church: Seventy-nine graduates, mostly in the practical nursing and associate of science areas, earned the first degrees bestowed by the college. Illinois Senator Paul Simon gave the commencement address, followed by a reception for graduates and their families immediately after the ceremony.
MAR. 23, 1969
– Ground-breaking for First Phase of the Campus Master Plan: The ground-breaking ceremony formally marked the beginning of construction on four campus buildings: the Northwest and Northeast classrooms, the library, and the power house.
APR. 1, 1969-
First Lake Land College baseball game played: Although the team lost a close game by the score of 3-2 to the Lynxes of Lincoln, it is important because of the “firsts” it included: the first base hit by a Laker (a single by right fielder Kerry Atwood from Decatur); the first strikeout by a Laker pitcher (Warren Schmidgall from Armington); and the first game coached by eventual hall-of-famer Gene Creek. The team won its second contest of the season 7-6, and finished the season a respectable 15-13.
SEPT. 23, 1970
– Lake Land College Foundation is organized: After receiving a certificate of incorporation from Illinois’s Secretary of State, 40 people from across the district met to elect foundation officers and establish an active organization. Mrs. James Honnold was elected the Foundation’s first president and the cabinet consisted of Tim Helton, Dean of Business Affairs, and Dr. Webb.
MAR. 11, 1971
– Ribbon cutting ceremony for Phase I: There were nearly 100 people at the official opening of the permanent campus to students. The circular buildings, which Board Chairman Clem Phipps described as “an innovation in educational institutions,” would soon welcome over 350 individuals and groups excited to tour the new campus, most notably the Learning Resource Center.
MAR. 25, 1971
– Lake Land College Alumni Association organized: The Alumni Association’s main objectives included maintaining connections to the faculty, staff, and administration after graduation. Lake Land College was one of the first community colleges in the state of Illinois to have an Alumni Association and the first president was Bob Logsdon of Mattoon.
SEPT. 12, 1971
– Phase I building dedication in Virgil H. Judge’s honor: On a warm Sunday afternoon, almost 2,000 people attended a ceremony officially opening the college’s library. The Virgil H. Judge Learning Resource Center was named in honor of the then current president, who was instrumental in bringing a community college to the area. Those attending the event toured the new building, listened to a planned program by community leaders, and met members of the Lake Land College staff.
SEPT. 1, 1972
– Virgil H. Judge formally retires and Dr. Robert Webb is named President-elect: After five years as Lake Land College’s first president, Virgil H. Judge retires. Judge’s leadership had been instrumental in the creation of the school and its focus on vocational education. At the time of appointment, Dr. Webb made it a priority to develop challenging academic programs, a master building plan, and careful preparation for an upcoming accreditation visit.
MAR. 30, 1973
– College granted full accreditation status: In a decision that was described as “landmark” by college publications, the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools granted Lake Land College full accreditation status. Dr. Webb credited all members of the college for assisting the approval.
APR. 9, 1973
– Lake Land College declares “Perry Hines Day” at the school: Perry Hines was Lake Land College’s first basketball player ever to be named to the NJCAA’s All-American team. Hines held numerous records at Lake Land College, including the all-time scoring title of 1,534 points. Dr. Webb declared April 9 as “Perry Hines” day and presented a plaque to Hines during a ceremony at a regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting.
SEPT. 10, 1973
– John Turner named first student trustee to the Lake Land College Board of Trustees: A Marshall, Illinois native, Turner won an election that included eight other candidates. Turner was also a member of the Student Senate and Ecology Club, as well as President of the Pre-Professional Club.
SEPT. 7, 1974
– Phase II building dedication: The dedication for the Phase II building began with the playing of the National Anthem, was highlighted by a keynote address by Illinois Governor Daniel Walker, and concluded with a benediction by Father W. Spriggs. The college officially opened three new buildings including the Health and Activity Center (aka, the Field House), the Vocational Technical Building, and the Northwest Classroom Building.
MAR. 18, 1975
– Lake Land College men’s basketball team wins first-ever Illinois state title: In a win over Belleville junior college at the State Regional tournament, the Lakers secured their first state title. The Lakers finished the season with an impressive 30-3 record.
APR. 12, 1975
– Mary Hill Dobbs, first woman Board Member, is elected to first term: A longtime resident of Cumberland County, social worker, and graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Dobbs was an outspoken and well-respected member of the Board. She served as Chairperson of the school’s Board and of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.
JULY 26, 1976
– Leland Glazebrook named to first term on Board of Trustees: Glazebrook was a Sullivan resident who was known in the area for his ties to education and his farm radio programs. Glazebrook would eventually serve on the Lake Land College Board for over three decades. and in that time, he served as its Secretary and Chairman.
SEPT. 8, 1976
– Twenty-five thousandth student enrolls at Lake Land College: An Effingham High School graduate with a medical technology major, Julie Barton became Lake Land College’s 25,000th student to enroll at the school. President Dr. Webb presented her with a plaque while she was in the registration line. The college enrolled 3,980 students this semester with the most notable increase of classes in the vocational-technical programs.
NOV. 13, 1977
– New college center dedication: Lake Land College adds 28,000 square feet to Lake Land College’s campus. The new College Center included a theater, cafeteria, student union, and offices for administrators.
SEPT. 7, 1978
– Honors program established at Lake Land College: The new program, supervised by chemistry instructor Joe Hanley, initially accepted about 20 students. The college worked strategically to set aside scholarship opportunities for future honors students who were in the top ten percent of their graduating class or earned a certain score on the ACT test as well.
JAN. 14, 1980
– Lake Land College Center for Business and Industry is established through funding from the college and local businesses.
NOV. 29, 1981
– Founders’ Day celebrates the college’s 15 years of service.
NOV. 18, 1982
– The Laker men’s basketball team welcomes a new coach, Wayne Lockett, who became affectionately known as “Digger.” Lockett served the longest term of any coach before him.
MAY 23, 1983
– LLC tennis team places 11
at NJCAA Men’s National Tennis Tournament: The team’s average GPA was 3.65, and many of the student’s course work was in the sciences.
JULY 1, 1984
– David Schultz becomes Lake Land College’s 3rd President. Before coming to Lake Land College, Schultz had served as the vice president at Lincoln Land College, the assistant to the president at Muskegan Community College (Michigan), and a high ranking administrator for both Central Michigan University and Michigan State.
AUG. 27, 1984
– College changes from quarters to semesters: This improved transferability to four-year universities for students, and streamlined financial aid distribution.
SEPT. 15, 1984
– Consolidated Communications’s holds the 1
Special Olympics Family Festival (SOFF) on College grounds: More than 225 Special Olympians joined over 750 volunteers on this day.
NOV. 15, 1984
– Partners in Adult Literacy (PAL) program begins: Lake Land College worked with Mattoon Area Adult Education Center on the new academic initiative.
AUG. 22, 1986
– New College Fitness Center opens: Described as a “super-circuit physical fitness center,” the Field House’s newest edition included two “aerobicycles” and more than 20 pieces of Universal cross-training equipment.
MAY 17, 1987
– Lake Land College celebrates 20
JULY 1, 1988
– Dr. Robert K. Luther is named Lake Land College’s 4th President: Dr. Luther left a long-lasting legacy at Lake Land College that students will feel for decades to come.
JAN. 12, 1989
– The new Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program is introduced: The program was coordinated and directed by Marilyn Thompson, and possessed more rigorous admission standards than other college curriculum.
APR. 10, 1989
– Lake Land College welcomes first men’s basketball coach, Jim Dudley, back to coach the team. Go Lakers!
SEPT. 21, 1990
– Paris Nursing Education Center opens: The Paris Nursing Center had been in three different buildings at one point, and the new center allowed students to earn their Associates Degree in Nursing in one singular place.
SEPT. 6, 1992
– Lake Land College celebrates 25
FEB. 16, 1993
– John Deere and Lake Land College form a partnership: Lake Land began offering an Ag. Tech. Program meant to prepare graduates to become future John Deere dealership technicians, as well as retrain current dealership employees.
OCT. 26, 1993
– Lake Land College Kluthe Center ground-breaking: The Kluthe Center was the school’s first permanent extension center, and the ground-breaking ceremony was an exciting event for the entire Effingham community. The building included ten classrooms, several distance learning labs, and three computer labs.
OCT. 15, 1994
– First group of Student Ambassadors were chosen to serve as official representatives of the college: Student Ambassadors quickly became a meaningful part of Student Services’ effort to recruit and retain students. Student ambassadors were expected to meet standards regarding GPA, interview skills, and written qualifications.
AUG. 17 1995
– The grand opening of Lake Land College Kluthe Center: An estimated 1,000 students were expected to take classes at the new extension center, and thousands more have utilized the Kluthe Center since that time.
NOV. 18. 1995
– Livestock judging team wins national competition: At the North American International Livestock Expo (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky, the livestock judging team took home first place for the first time in the organization’s history. Under Jon Althaus, the team set a record for total points earned.
APR. 26, 1998
– Lake Land Choir performs concert in Luther Student Center Theater: Dr. Nancy Caldwell led the Community Choir in the first concert since 1968. The choir, comprised of students, faculty, staff, and members from the community, performed a variety of music during the first performance and included a special appearance by the Effingham Children’s Chorus.
JULY 30, 1998
– East Classroom Building ground-breaking ceremony: Overcrowding, continued increase in student enrollment, and need to prepare graduates for jobs were cited as the reasoning behind the first new building in 25 years.
MAR. 18, 1999-
Dr. William L. Podesta Drive dedication: The road encircling the campus was named in honor of a local citizen who had volunteered a great deal of his time, energy, and resources to Lake Land College throughout his life.
OCT 30, 2000-
College hires first Master Gardner: Lake Land College hired Curt Devore as the first Master Gardner for the campus and Devore’s work reflected the school’s commitment to the beautification initiative. The campus landscape was shaped as a way to give our students and visitors a welcoming first look and lasting final impression.
NOV. 5, 2000-
East Classroom Building dedicated and opened. Ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the one-story building at the front of the campus. The building would be home to the growing nursing program, as well as provide classroom and lab space for art, composition, and science classes.
– Lake Land College named as the fastest growing community college in Illinois by Illinois Community College Board.
– Lake Land College received Illinois Council of Community College Administrator’s Innovation Award for interdisciplinary program combining Ag, GIS, Chemistry, and Civil Engineering Tech.
– College received the ICCB Perkins Performance Award for meeting or exceeding core indicators of the Carl Perkins Title III IIC Grant in 2002-the only college and inaugural year, 2003-one of two colleges.
– College received the Secondary and Postsecondary Collaboration award from the Illinois State Board of Education recognizing Tech Prep’s exemplary work with high school and college-level students and teachers and is selected by Illinois Community College Board as one of six Illinois Adult Education programs to receive a visit from the Department of Education Federal Review Team.
– Awarded the Instructional Technology Council Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Outstanding Technical Support and Service and received the Illinois Online Conference Innovation Award.
NOV. 19, 2004
– Anti-Bias Education Committee releases its Mission Statement: This specialized committee was formed by Krista Burrell, Lake Land College counselor, in order to educate and promote issues of diversity and acceptance to all members of the Lake Land College community. The committee produced strategic plans, prepared celebrations for various cultures and present diversity training programs.
– College received 10 year re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association with no recommended commission follow-up or monitor reports, 1995, 2005 and an 8 year re-accreditation from the National League for Nursing with a perfect report including no citations.
– Received a zero deficiency audit, the best rating possible, for Public Safety by the Illinois State Police for Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) compliance B12.
– Granted permission by Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association to offer all online degrees and certificates and made a presentation to the AACC board in Washington DC by Mike Rudibaugh relating to using GIS with web based delivery to analyze and display data that is important for community colleges.
OCT. 4, 2005
– East Classroom Building is renamed and rededicated in honor of Burnham E. and Nancy Neal: Burnham Neal donated his business’ corporate office (Neal Tire) in Toledo to the Lake Land College Foundation. His willingness to open up his shop to automotive students after hours as a way for them to get hands on experience on his equipment also spoke to his commitment to the school.
OCT. 26, 2005
– Southeast Classroom Building renamed and rededicated in honor of Lake Land College’s 2
President, Dr. Robert Webb: Dr. Webb was recognized for his service to Lake Land College, which included the creation of the Center for Business and Industry, expansion of the district, managing the school’s first set of academic programs, and hiring of Lake Land College’s first faculty members.
– Recognized all Lake Land College Division Chairs as exemplary leaders and presented an award at the Annual National Chairs conference.
JULY 1, 2006
– Dr. Bill Thallamer named Lake Land College’s 5
President: Dr. Thallamer brought an energetic, enthusiastic and passionate attitude to Lake Land College after serving as Vice President for Student Services at Odessa College in Texas and the Dean of Student Affairs at Jefferson community College in Alabama.
– Hosted the Illinois Datetel Users Group conference on campus with over 150 individuals from throughout the state of Illinois attending.
– International enrollment reaches largest in Lake Land College history with 91 students from 32 countries.
– Lake Land College ranked in top 100 by Community College Week magazine for category of 2 year certifications and once again named one of the top 10 digital community colleges in the nation.
– Ranked in the Top 100 community colleges nationwide awarding the most two year certificates across all disciplines by Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (2008, 2002) Ranked the Agriculture Business and Production Associate degree program 10th out of the top 50 Ag Programs producing Ag Production and Business Associate by the Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (2002).
JAN 1, 2008
– Scott Lensink is named Lake Land College’s 6th President: Lensink transitioned into his role as President after serving as Vice President of Academic Services since 2002. Before his administrative duties as a vice president, Lensink taught in the Business Division (1992) where he served, in addition to his teaching duties, as the director of management and business, as well as serving as its Division Chair after the departure of Max Jaeger.
JAN. 8- 2008
– New Fitness Center opens: The new Fitness Center was fully-equipped with an aerobics and dance room, areas for stretching, free weight room, and state-of-the-art fitness equipment. The Fitness Center was LLC’s first building to use geothermal technology to heat and cool it, an environmentally-friendly approach that would become the blueprint for future building and renovation projects.
FEB. 27, 2008
Energy Innovation Conference takes place: The two-day conference was popular with many different groups and included an awards ceremony, public workshops, energy fair, and concurrent sessions.
– Lake Land College named among the top 100 associate degree and certificate producing colleges in the country by Community College Week. First time in history of college that Lake Land College appeared in four separate lists: 89th place for 2 year certificates for all disciplines, 16th place for top 50 associate degree for multi/interdisciplinary studies, 11th place for top 50 associate degrees for agriculture, ag operations and related sciences, and 23rd place for top 50 associate degree for general sales, merchandising and related marketing operations.
SEPT. 21, 2009
– Open House celebrates the opening of the Western Region Center Addition in Pana: The addition added 75% more space to the pre-existing extension center, and was home to adult learning classes, nursing classes, and vocational courses.
SEPT. 30, 2009
– West Building Open House: Lake Land College formally opens the doors to the West Building that would become the permanent home for agriculture, cosmetology and technology programs.
Lake Land College Livestock team had most successful year in college history with 3rd place finish at Houston Stock Show.
Lake Land College student publication Navigator News staff took home six awards at the Spring 2010 Illinois Community College Journalism Association Conference in Elgin and was awarded 4th place in Overall Excellence in the 2 year category at the Associate Collegiate Press national Convention.
– Leland Glazebrook was honored by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association with posthumous honorary membership; which is the ICCTA’s highest award.
– Lake Land College with its GeoTech partners won a special achievement in GIS (SAG) award at ESRI International GIS Conference in San Diego.
– Lake Land College was awarded an Outstanding Service Award by the Army National Guard.
– The sophomore Radio-TV Broadcasting majors won 3rd place for the weekly sports show “Laker Live” at the annual Illinois Broadcasters Association Student Silver Dome Awards.
– Lake Land College ranked 7th among mid-sized colleges in a national survey by the Center for Digital Education based in Sacramento CA for using advanced information technology and also ranked as one of the nations 120 best community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.
– Lake Land College named safest campus in Illinois and 4th safest in the nation.
– Lake Land College is again named as one of the nations 120 best community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Dual Credit Program ranked in top 10 percent in Illinois, according to the Illinois Community College Board.
– Dr. Josh Bullock becomes Lake Land College’s 7th President. Dr. Bullock brought more than 20 years of experience in higher education and had most recently he served as the vice president for strategic advancement at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wis.
– New photovoltaics were installed throughout campus as part of the sustainability initiative throughout campus.
Lake Land College launches Career Services Management Software: The new Career Services Management software was implemented to assist students in finding employment as a student and long after they graduate.
– Eastern Illinois University opens a service center on Lake Land College campus: In order to assist students with the task of transferring from Lake Land College to a four-year university, Eastern Illinois opens up a service center on campus to make the process more attainable.
– Lake Land College volleyball team are regional champions: The Lake Land College Lady Lakers placed second in their division. Go Lakers!
– The Net Zero Energy Building (ZEB Hall) opens on campus: ZEB Hall was build to be the most energy efficient building on campus that produces as much energy as it uses. ZEB Hall was to be used as a live laboratory where students could learn about and study the alternative energy systems that work to maintain a carbon neutral building. The building is also home to Human Resources and the Marketing and Public Relations Department.
– Lake Land College hosted the 30th Annual Special Olympics family festival on campus.
– Lake Land College receives state-wide ICCTA Business Partnership Award.
– The national online publication CNN Money recognized Lake Land College among the nation’s best 100 community colleges in preparing students for graduation: Lake Land College’s 54 percent success rate also ties the college for 7th place in the state of Illinois.
– Lake Land’s Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) organization continued its State and National PAS recognition in 2014 with overall winners in Crops, Horticulture and Sheep teams.
– Laker softball team participated in the National Tournament after winning first place in the NJCAA Region 24 Championship.
Interactive Health Solutions presented Lake Land College with the America’s Healthiest Company Award. This was the second year in a row for the College to be honored with this award.
– Lake Land College recognized for its innovative uses of technology to achieve first-rate student learning environments by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education: Lake Land College ranks number seven among mid-sized colleges nationally in the annual Digital Community Colleges Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Education.
MAR. 20, 2015
– Lake Land College radio station WLKL celebrates its 40th anniversary with a luncheon and open house.
– The Medical Coding Specialist Program at Lake Land College has been named number seven in the nation for the top online medical billing and coding certificate programs of 2015 by BestColleges.com.
Lake Land College introduces new branding on Welcome Day 2015. The branding initiative included a new word mark, a new social logo and a new mascot.
– Lake Land College hosts first “One Stop Community Christmas” on campus in the West Building.
– Lake Land was once again recognized in the top ten colleges for technology use in the 2015-16 Digital Community Colleges Survey: The top-ten winning colleges reflect a comprehensive implementation of technology supporting the educational institution’s operations, as well as serving students, faculty and administrators.
– The new Lake Land College website went live!
– The national website Schools.com ranked Lake Land College among the top 10 best community colleges in Illinois: Schools.com named Lake Land sixth in the state. The site highlighted Lake Land’s online class enrollment, affordability, and value of the college’s tuition and fees, including textbook rental.
– Trustee Mike Sullivan has been nominated for the ICCTA Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award: Mr. Sullivan has been a Lake Land College trustee for 30 years–a milestone few college trustees attain. He has served three times as board chairman and has also served on the state-wide ICCTA Legislative Committee for more than 25 years, including two years as chair and one term as ICCTA President.
– Lake Land College is ranked as one of the top 50 associate degree and certificate producers in the nation in Community College Week’s 2016 Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. The college’s Agriculture and Business divisions also rank in the top 20 in the nation, with the Agriculture Division ranking first in the state. Overall, Lake Land College ranks 28th in the nation for one-year certificates.
– Lake Land College welcomed over 400 students from 26 school districts for the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition.
MAR. 8, 2017
– On March 8, 2017, the Illinois House of Representatives 100th General Assembly adopted House Resolution No. 195 congratulating Lake Land College on its 50th anniversary.
– The Lake Land College softball team won the Region 24 championship and won 4th place at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament.
– The 36th annual Johnston Music Festival was held in the Field House: Eighteen junior high and middle schools participated in the festival. This was Dr. Nancy Caldwell 20th year coordinating a successful Johnston Music Festival.
– Lake Land College celebrated the 50th Anniversary with homecoming events including a concert in the Field House by The Henningson’s beginning September 29-Oct.1, 2017.
– Lake Land College has been recognized as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute, making the College eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
– Lake Land College celebrates 50 years of graduates with spring commencement.
– Lake Land College announces an eight-year capital construction plan to transform campus locations and enhance students’ experiences and opportunities.
– The Effingham Regional Career Academy, a partnership among Lake Land College, Effingham County schools and the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, is recognized by Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti as one of the Top 20 Shared Service Best Practices in the “Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices.”
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