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2017 Lake Land College Graduates Announced

Posted on July 20, 2017

Lake Land College is pleased to announce more than 645 students graduated this spring.

Click here to see the full list of graduates.

 

MAP Grant Funding available to Lake Land College students

Posted on July 19, 2017

The recently passed Illinois state budget means Lake Land College students who qualified for financial aid from the state will receive it for the 2017-2018 school year.

This form of financial aid is called the MAP grant and it does not have to be repaid. To help students who are making higher education decisions for fall 2017, the college is applying MAP grants to accounts for students who qualify.

Students can check their MAP grant status by logging into their Laker Hub account and selecting “Financial Aid” under the IRIS menu on the left and then “Award Letter.”  While in the Laker Hub, students can register for New Student Orientation or call 217-234-5301.

For many students, a MAP grant combined with a Pell grant, both of which do not have to be repaid, will cover all tuition and fees for Lake Land College for the year. Tuition and fees for one year are about $3,900, nearly a fourth of tuition and fees at the average state university.

Lake Land College assures students who qualify will receive the MAP grant financial aid for the fall 2017 semester, which starts August 21. There is plenty of time for new students to get started! Visit lakelandcollege.edu and look for the “Enroll Now” button or call 217-234-5254.

 

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Opportunity for Lake Land College students to qualify for financial assistance

Posted on July 17, 2017

Lake Land College students who are enrolled for fall 2017 in a Workforce Ready program may be eligible to receive additional financial assistance in addition to their Pell and MAP grants if their program is approved through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and they meet eligibility requirements for WIOA funding.

Students are encouraged to visit with a C.E.F.S. representative at the Lake Land College Kluthe Center on Wednesday, July 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to see if they qualify.  Additional financial assistance may include tuition, fees, and required items such as uniforms, tools, supplies, transportation and child care assistance.  This assistance would be in addition to any financial aid, such as Pell and MAP grants, or scholarships a student may already be receiving.

Approved Workforce Ready programs are those that prepare a student for an immediate career upon graduation.  These programs include many certificate and degree programs at Lake Land College.  Some examples of programs are Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, CNA, Dental Hygiene, and many more.  The major must be approved by WIOA as an Occupational Skills Training program.  C.E.F.S., the WIOA Services Provider, will meet with students in a private, brief meeting to determine eligibility and verify the student is enrolled in a WIOA approved program.

Lake Land students who are unable to attend this day can contact the Effingham C.E.F.S. office at 217-342-4382 (use extensions 226, 227 or 228).  Students must be registered for the Fall Semester at Lake Land College to receive benefits before the semester begins on August 21.  Students who register after the semester begins will have to wait until the next semester to receive any benefits.

A Lake Land College academic counselor will also be on hand at the Kluthe Center during this same time to advise potential students who would like to register for fall.

Additional questions can be directed to Karen Kull, director of the Kluthe Center, at 217-540-3500.

The Lake Land College Kluthe Center is located at 1204 Network Centre Drive in Effingham.

 

Lake Land College to offer free English Language Acquisition classes

Posted on July 13, 2017

Lake Land College Adult Education is offering free English Language Acquisition classes beginning in August.

In Effingham, the class will meet at the Lake Land College Kluthe Center, 1204 Network Centre Blvd. Classes begin August 21 and will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In Mattoon, classes will be held at the Lake Land College Workforce Development Center, 305 Richmond Ave E. Classes begin August 21 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

In Arthur, classes will be held at Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond High School, 301 E. Columbia St. Classes begin August 22 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, contact Adult Education at 217-238-8292 or adulteducation@lakelandcollege.edu.

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Lake Land College Adult Ed offers free Welding classes

Posted on July 12, 2017

Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering free welding classes in Marshall, Pana and Sullivan for the fall semester.

Orientation will be held the first night of class as follows:

  • Eastern Region Center at the Forsythe Center, 224 S. Sixth St., Marshall – August 7 and 14 at 5 p.m.
  • Western Region Center, 600 E. First Street, Pana – August 7 and 17 at 5 p.m.
  • Sullivan High School, 725 N. Main St. – August 1 and 8 at 5 p.m.

For more information contact Adult Education at 217-238-8292 or email adulteducation@lakelandcollege.edu.

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Lake Land College Adult Ed offers free BNA classes

Posted on July 11, 2017

Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering free Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA) training in the fall semester in Marshall and Pana.

Orientation for the training is scheduled for the first day of class at the following locations:

MARSHALL – Eastern Region Center, 224 S. 6th St., August 7, 9 a.m.

PANA – Western Region Center, 600 E. 1st. St., August 7, 5 p.m.

The eight-credit-hour BNA course is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). This program provides instruction in basic nursing skills in theory, laboratory, and clinical settings including basic anatomy, medical terminology, communication skills, safety, infection control and patient rights.

Upon completion of the BNA training, graduates of the program are eligible to take the state certification exam to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA). CNAs provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Employment of CNAs projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many CNAs will be needed in long-term care facilities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For more information contact Adult Education at 217-238-8292 or adulteducation@lakelandcollege.edu.

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Lake Land College to offer free GED classes

Posted on July 10, 2017

Lake Land College will be offering free GED classes in several locations, with orientation beginning in August.

Classes will be available in Arthur, Effingham, Marshall, Mattoon, Pana, Paris and Shelbyville and will continue all semester.

The schedule for orientation is as follows:

  • Arthur- Arthur Public Library, 225 S. Walnut – Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Effingham – Lake Land College Kluthe Center, 1204 Network Centre Blvd. – Aug. 15, Tuesday, at 4 p.m.
  • Marshall – Eastern Region Center, 224 S. 6 St. – Monday, Aug. 14, at 4 p.m.
  • Mattoon – Workforce Development Center, 305 Richmond Ave. E. – Wednesday, August 16, at 8 a.m. or 4 p.m.
  • Pana – Western Region Center, 600 E. First St. – Thursday, Aug. 17, at 5 p.m.
  • Paris – First United Methodist Church, 324 W Court St. –Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 4 p.m.
  • Shelbyville – Shelby Christian Church, 200 N. Hickory St. – Monday, Aug. 14, at 5:30 p.m.

For more information contact Adult Education at 217-238-8292 or email adulteducation@lakelandcollege.edu.

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Lake Land College Board of Trustee Mike Sullivan receives awards

Posted on July 6, 2017

Three is proving to be a lucky number for Lake Land College trustee Mike Sullivan of Mattoon, who was honored with three leadership awards during the Illinois Community College Trustees Association’s June 2-3 convention in Normal.

Sullivan received ICCTA’s Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award, which recognizes exemplary service by a currently serving community college board member. He is only the second Lake Land trustee to receive this honor, following Leland Glazebrook in 1999.

He also received ICCTA’s 30-Year Trustee Award for his three decades of service

Mike Sullivan, Mattoon, Lake Land College Trustee, left, pictured with Kathy Spears, ICCTA secretary, was honored with ICCTA’s 2017 Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award. Sullivan also received two other honors: the 30-Year Trustee Award for longtime service on the Lake Land College Board of Trustees and the Linden A. Warfel Trustee Education Award for completion of 100 ICCTA professional development seminars.

to Lake Land College, and the Linden A. Warfel Trustee Education Award for his participation in 100 or more professional development seminars during his tenure as a community college trustee.

“Mike Sullivan has a tireless passion for the work of community colleges,” said ICCTA President Jim Endress. “We appreciate all the good work that Mike has done to help Lake Land, ICCTA, and our statewide system of higher education.”

Sullivan began his journey of service as a student leader during the early years of Lake Land College. In 1968, he was elected Student Government president and served on the very first Illinois Community College Board Student Advisory Committee.

In 1987, he was elected to the Lake Land board, where his 30 years of visionary leadership and can-do spirit have led the college to become a nationally-recognized leader in education and service.

“A big congratulations to trustee Sullivan. Lake Land College is fortunate to have a trustee who has devoted so many years to consistently leading the college to grow beyond expectations, while keeping students at the heart of all decisions,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said.

Sullivan and his wife have endowed a scholarship for Lake Land students through the Lake Land College Foundation. A charter member of Lake Land’s alumni association board, he has been honored with the college’s Distinguished Alumni and Golden Apple awards.

At the state level, Sullivan has chaired or served as a member of every ICCTA committee, including 25 years as a member of the ICCTA Government Relations Committee. He was one of three trustees who designed the framework of the College Insurance Program for community college retirees. He also served as ICCTA president during the historic transfer of adult education governance from the Illinois State Board of Education to ICCB in 2000.

“Education has helped me help others,” says Sullivan.” “Lake Land is the community’s college, and I devote my time and efforts to let others know this.”

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Lake Land College District 517, located in Mattoon, Illinois, serves the second largest community college district in the state, with a total population of 189,869. The Lake Land College district comprises all or part of 15 counties and 31 public school districts in rural east central Illinois. Counties served by Lake Land College include: Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie and Shelby

 

Lake Land College Offers Free Dental Cleanings

Posted on June 29, 2017

In honor of patient appreciation, the Lake Land College Dental Hygiene Program is offering free dental cleanings July 5-July 12.

Clinic hours are Monday and Tuesday noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. and Thursday 8 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m. The clinic is located in the Northwest Building, room 116 on the Lake Land College campus, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon.

Please call 217-234-5249 to schedule an appointment.

 

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Lake Land College District 517, located in Mattoon, Illinois, serves the second largest community college district in the state, with a total population of 189,869. The Lake Land College district comprises all or part of 15 counties and 31 public school districts in rural east central Illinois. Counties served by Lake Land College include: Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie and Shelby.

New dental hygienists recognized at pinning ceremony

Posted on June 6, 2017

Lake Land College associate degree dental hygiene graduates received their pins at the annual pinning ceremony.

Several students received scholarships or awards during the ceremony.

Kara Springman and Andrea Speece were recognized for receiving the Linda Lee Fletcher Scholarship earlier this year. Layne Curley received the Colgate Student Total Achievement Recognition (STAR), Award, which if offered to a graduating student who shows excellence and commitment to the hygiene profession by demonstrating true dedication to the profession, exhibiting extraordinary compassion in patient care, displaying enthusiasm and follow-through for community service, and demonstrating outstanding patient education and motivation skills.

Lacy Maulding received the Golden Scaler Award for demonstrating advanced skills in instrumentation. Jezmyn Thorpe and Rachel Dilts received the Proctor and Gamble Preventive Dentistry Award for demonstrating the best patient education. Springman received the Best Dental Hygienist Award, which was voted on by students in the program.

Speece and  Springman, were also inducted into Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Society.

During the ceremony the following students were honored: Brittani Augenstein, Tara Cummings, Layne Curley, Jennifer Delaney, Christina Deleonardis, Rachel Dilts, Raegan Earles, Anna Hage, Laura Koester, Valerie Lau, Lacy Maulding, Morgan McDowell, Maryam Naseri, Beth Niemerg, Megan Reiher, Kailee Sabin, Heather Sotomayor, Andrea Speece, Kara Springman, Fallon Sullivan, Jezmyn Thorpe, Courtney Wallace, Katie  Wendler and Haley Wilson.

Dental Hygiene is a special admission program at Lake Land College. The program prepares students with specialized skills necessary for employment as a dental hygienist. Emphasis is on dental hygiene treatment and on the hygienist’s abilities as a dental health educator. The hygienist’s services are sought by dentists, schools, prisons, hospitals, departments of health and industry. The dental hygiene program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

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Lake Land College District 517, located in Mattoon, Illinois, serves the second largest community college district in the state, with a total population of 189,869. The Lake Land College district comprises all or part of 15 counties and 31 public school districts in rural east central Illinois. Counties served by Lake Land College include: Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie and Shelby.

 

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