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Adult Education Programs Provide Economic Opportunity at Lake Land College

Posted on September 20, 2022

National Adult Education and Literacy Week is September 18-24

National Adult Education and Literacy Week, September 18–24, underscores the continued demand for programs and services for adult students who need to improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math and obtain a high school equivalency certificate.  More than 36 million adults nationwide, including 1.2 million here in Illinois, lack basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance in education and at work.

Lake Land College is one of 72 adult education providers offering programs funded through the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) that improve and expand the nation’s available pipeline of workers by assisting those who lack the educational requirements to achieve gainful employment in today’s increasingly high-tech, global job market.

“We are proud to offer these opportunities and pathways to success to our students,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said. “It is a great feeling to know we can help serve our communities by not only providing valuable skills and resources to help students develop careers, but to assist local businesses by providing the training their skilled workers need to succeed.”

Adult education provides a path from low-income jobs and limited opportunities to middle-class wages and increased family sustainability.  Full-time workers with a high school diploma earn almost $10,000 more per year than those without a diploma.

Adult Education at Lake Land College provides a variety of services to empower adult learners by providing opportunities to gain valuable literacy, employment, and college-ready skills necessary to move forward in life. Adult Education offers free GED preparation courses for those 17 years and older.

GED classes are located in Mattoon, Effingham, Pana, Marshall, Charleston, Paris, Arthur, Sullivan and Shelbyville.

Adult Education also offers evidence based reading instruction (EBRI) classes for readers with low skill levels and English language acquisition classes (formerly ESL) at multiple sites throughout the district.

As a community service, free food service sanitation certification courses ($36 test fee) are offered in rotating locations throughout the year.

The Lake Land College Adult Education program offers two Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) programs leading to certificates in welding or basic nursing assisting (BNA). All ICAPS programs are free of charge, but students must meet eligibility criteria and class space is limited. ICAPS class locations also rotate throughout the district to provide accessibility to students living in various communities.

During the 2022 academic year, Lake Land College’s Adult Education program served 211 GED and 32 ESL students. At the May 17, 2022 graduation ceremony, Lake Land College celebrated 38 GED graduates.

“Illinois community colleges are the driver for a trained workforce working with nearly 10,000 unique employers across the state.  With nearly 90 percent of the fastest growing jobs in our state requiring education beyond a high school diploma, the Illinois Community College System is the ideal place for getting on a path to a good paying career,” said ICCB Executive Director Brian Durham.

In recognition of National Adult Education and Literacy Week, Lake Land College would like to recognize the accomplishments of many of our Adult Education graduates. Several GED graduates are continuing to earn a college degree on scholarships. Felicia Depoister and Jesse Stevenson are attending Lake Land College this fall, and they were awarded the Diane Siemer Scholarship. Connie Grogg, Isabella Eggers, and Memphis Monroe received GED scholarships and are attending this fall as well.

For more information about adult education programs and services at Lake Land College, visit lakelandcollege.edu/adult-education or call 217-238-8292.

For information on adult education throughout Illinois, visit yourpathyourfuture.org.


Lake Land College to host open house to celebrate new partnership with Kubota

Posted on September 13, 2022

Students in the Diesel & Ag Power program at Lake Land College now have the option to earn up to eight Kubota Tech Certifications via Kubota equipment and principles seamlessly woven into the existing Diesel & Ag Power courses.

To celebrate this partnership, Lake Land College will be hosting a Kubota Tech Open House on Tuesday, October 4 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in West Building, room 123. Those interested in attending can either sign up at lakelandcollege.edu/visit or contact Division Chair Agriculture/Agriculture Instructor Ryan Orrick at 217-234-5208 or sorrick@lakelandcollege.edu.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to offer this partnership to our students,” Orrick said. “This is an excellent way to broaden our students’ skillsets and provide a direct pathway to certification and career opportunities.”

As participants in the program, students will train on a range of diesel and ag power equipment brands, including Kubota, to develop the skills and techniques they will need to provide multifaceted employment opportunities to employers such as Kubota.

After students have completed the courses, they can earn stackable certifications through the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) testing, leading to up to eight Kubota Tech credentials.

NC3 is a value-driven organization and the future model for Career and Technical Education, creating highly-skilled, job-ready professionals through a growing network of educational partners and global industry leaders.

Through Kubota, technicians will have the opportunity to work with sponsoring dealerships and participate in internship programs. Technicians working at a Kubota dealership are provided guidance from experienced Kubota Technicians learning how to repair equipment correctly and efficiently.

Graduates of the program will also have the opportunity for careers as Kubota Technicians in dealerships around the country. The program provides job placement, excellent earning potential, great benefits and the opportunity to work as a Kubota Technician.

Graduates will be using their newly acquired knowledge and skills to provide Kubota dealers and Kubota customers value. The Kubota Tech program empowers Technicians to be the best in the industry.


Lake Land College unveils new Retiree Wall of Fame

Posted on September 12, 2022

Lake Land College unveiled the new Retiree Wall of Fame display located in the Luther Student Center at the Mattoon campus at an event Monday.

Photo of recent retiree wall of fame inductees Ken Beno, Wally Taylor, Linda Von Behren and Joyce Allen
Pictured are recent Retiree Wall of Fame inductees Ken Beno, Wally Taylor, Linda Von Behren and Joyce Allen.

The Retiree Wall of Fame was created in 2008 to recognize the outstanding achievements of past Lake Land College faculty and staff who created the student-first principles college employees live by today.

Since 2008, the college completed the long-awaited renovation of the Luther Student Center to create a welcoming, one-stop center for students.

“As part of that renovation, the college had the opportunity to develop a contemporary and prestigious Retiree Wall of Fame display that truly reflected the forward-thinking mindset of the many retirees honored throughout the years,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said.

The college’s goal was to create a statement piece that could be easily updated each year with new inductees and one that would fit in with the progressive look and feel of the Luther Student Center.

For more than two years the pandemic limited the college’s ability to host events, thus this event was one of the first opportunities the Lake Land College Board of Trustees, faculty and staff had to gather in recognition of retirees.

For this reason, those celebrated at the event included inductees from 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The 2020 Lake Land College Retiree Wall of Fame inductees include:

Sandy Gourley

Gourley joined Lake Land College in 1984 as a Cosmetology Instructor. Within seven years, she took on the role of health education instructor/human services instructor. Gourley was the driving force behind as well as the author of the entire core curriculum for the human services program. She later went on to serve as the division chair for Social Science and Education for 10 years.

Linda Ruholl

Ruholl served for 17 years as a nursing faculty member. She was a part of the implementation of the televised teaching at the Kluthe Center and Paris extension center. She later wrote about the teaching experience and was published in the Australian Electronic Journal of Nursing Education. Additionally, she wrote a book about her time as a faculty member at Lake Land College titled “Nursing at Lake Land College 1987-2008.”

Wallace (Wally) Taylor

Taylor was among the first group of faculty members hired in 1967. In 1973, he was selected as an Outstanding Educator of America by the Outstanding Educators of America of Washington DC. Wally served as the Division Chair of English for almost 20 years.

The 2021 Lake Land College Retiree Wall of Fame inductees include:

Pam Crisman

Crisman led the public relations and development office for nearly 30 years, serving six presidents during her tenure. She received numerous awards for her public relations work during her tenure. Under her leadership as the Vice President for Development, Alumni Park was constructed, Foundation assets grew from $1 million to $8 million and she was instrumental in stewarding the Foundation’s largest gift to date.

Joyce Allen

Allen was the first Lake Land College psychology instructor and was one of the few original female faculty members. She served as Interim Dean of Instruction and accompanied Wall of Famers Chuck Womack and Dennis Gathmann on study abroad trips to Europe and Hawaii. Joyce had a lasting impact on student learning as one of the first to implement and advocate for learning objectives.

Ken Beno

Beno served as the WLKL Station Manager, Radio TV Broadcasting Instructor and Division Chair of Humanities. He created the WLKL FM Radio Station and the college’s leading-edge distance learning program. Both initiatives greatly expanded access to higher education and professional experiences for students. He also developed a Radio/TV sales course that prepares students to earn a nationally-recognized certification through the Radio Advertising Bureau.

The 2022 Lake Land College Retiree Wall of Fame inductees include:

Linda Von Behren

As the Dean of Admission Services and then Associate Vice President for Workforce Development, Von Behren led the implementation of technological advancements such as the electronic record system, the first online Intent to Enroll and the first online registration system. She worked with faculty and staff to grow the college’s service to students and communities, as well as implement several innovations in the Center for Business & Industry.

Donna Sherman

Sherman was awarded this honor posthumously. However the presentation recognized the positive impact Sherman had on Lake Land College during her 50 years of employment. She started as a secretary and retired as Director of the Bookstore. Like many retirees, just six months after retiring, Donna returned to work part-time in Admissions. Sherman also typed the first Lake Land College catalog. She ran the bookstore and central receiving as well as working closely with Dr. Luther to furnish and color match each building.

The Lake Land College Board of Trustees, faculty and staff congratulate all of the Retiree Wall of Fame honorees for their active roles in the community and dedication to the legacy of Lake Land College.

To view the new Lake Land College Retiree Wall of Fame in person, visit the Luther Student Center on the college’s main campus in Mattoon.


Lake Land College to host Health & Public Services Open House

Posted on September 8, 2022

Lake Land College will be hosting a Health & Public Services Open House on Tuesday, October 4 from 6-8 p.m. The event will begin at the Theatre in the Luther Student Center on campus in Mattoon.

All those interested in a high-demand and rewarding healthcare career are invited to attend and learn about the college’s outstanding programs which include: Basic Nursing Assistant (CNA), Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Nursing, Massage Therapy, Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) and Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA).

“We are honored to be offering high school students, their parents, alumni, high school guidance counselors and community members an opportunity to learn why Lake Land College is the best choice for achieving your educational and professional goals. Attendees can meet with faculty, advisors and student support staff to tour our state-of-the-art facilities and learn more about the many exciting career options in the healthcare field,” Allied Health Division Chair Erin Swingler said.

Attendees can also enjoy ice cream while taking advantage of the networking opportunity with other attendees and presenters and will be eligible for door prizes at the end of the evening.

For more information or to register for the event, visit lakelandcollege.edu/visit.


Lake Land College Foundation to host Golf Classic

Posted on August 29, 2022

The Lake Land College Foundation will host its annual Golf Classic on Friday, September 30, at the Mattoon Golf & Country Club. The golf outing will be played in the popular four-man scramble format with registration and lunch for golfers beginning at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon.

Golfers can register as a team of four or individually. Individual players are encouraged to sign up, as all players will be placed on a team. Entries for Friday’s outing are limited to the first 144 golfers.

The entry fee is $125 per golfer or $500 per team of four. Lunch, 18-holes, cart and refreshments are included.

All proceeds assist the Lake Land College Foundation in building relationships that will support and enhance the educational opportunities and services to students through financial support from alumni and friends.

The outing is made possible by the support of the event’s sponsors. Confirmed sponsors at this time are Veregy, Effingham Asphalt Co., Scott State Bank, Planning Design Studio, The First National Bank, North American Lighting, Country Financial –Donsbach/Meinhart, Washington Savings Bank, Robbins Schwartz, Grunloh Construction, Consolidated Communications, Pilson’s Auto, IBEW #146, J&J Ventures, Rural King, Adams Memorials, Bolin Fuel.Oil.Propane, Steve & Debbie Benefiel, Mark & Julie Knodle, Prudential and Agracel, Inc.

Teams or individuals can sign up through the Lake Land College Foundation at lakelandcollege.edu/foundation/golf or by contacting 217-234-5376 or atucker1563@lakelandcollege.edu.

All mail entries should be sent to Lake Land College Foundation, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon, IL 61938.


Lake Land College instructor releases OER textbook

Posted on August 22, 2022

Lake Land College math instructor Sarah Harley recently released an open educational resource (OER) math textbook called “Math in General Education.” Harley teaches general education math, and she said she noticed a need in this area and compiled an updated resource for her students.

“We had been using the same textbook for several years and it was time for an update,” Harley said. “Many times when math textbooks are updated, the changes are more cosmetic than beneficial to the content. I knew there were tons of free online resources, so I started to collect the information my students would need into one resource.”

Harley’s textbook will allow a great deal of flexibility for her students, who will no longer need to bring a physical textbook to class and can access the textbook content from many different devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

“For the most part, students usually only use the textbook for homework problems,” Harley said. “This makes is very easy for students to just print and bring their homework to class, versus only using a few pages out of an often expensive physical book.”

Harley said adapting this resource is just one of the many things she does to make her material relatable to her students.

“I have heard from numerous students at the end of my classes saying that I have helped them overcome their struggles with math or that I have made it easier for them to understand some of the concepts.”

Not only does Harley teach financial math, which helps students develop valuable skills and knowledge they can apply in many areas of their lives, Harley also focuses on real-life applications of math concepts.

“One project I do that is always a lot of fun has to do with conversion,” Harley said. “We look at how much time is spent doing something per day, then convert that to how much time we spend in a lifetime doing that thing. For example, we could look at how much screen time someone spends during a day, then convert that to how many years that equals in a lifetime.”

Harley said she feels that the accessibility of the OER textbook will fit well with her teaching style and will help her students succeed.

For more information on math at Lake Land College, visit lakelandcollege.edu/guided-pathways.


Lake Land College 2022 Summer graduates announced

Posted on August 11, 2022

Lake Land College is pleased to announce the students who graduated following completion of the Summer 2022 term. The 2022 Summer graduates are:

Student Hometown Degree Program
Megan Agney Shelbyville Certificate Practical Nursing
Kinda Ake Charleston Certificate Esthetics
Bianca Alwali Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Lucas Anderson Casey Associate in Arts Business
Braydon Babbs Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Health
Dylan Back Salem Associate in Applied Science Management
Kacee Bailey Tuscola Certificate Medical Assistant
Alyssa Baker Charleston Certificate Esthetics
Chancelor Baker Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Chase Banning Neoga Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Business & Supply
Chase Banning Neoga Certificate Ag Business
Jade Bassett Sullivan Certificate Cosmetology
Claire Beckman Dieterich Associate in Liberal Studies
Anthony Bennett Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Madison Blaine Cowden Certificate Practical Nursing
Gwyneth Blair Paris Certificate Cosmetology
Andressa Borges Oskaloosa Associate in Arts Physical Education
Hannah Buenker Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Lisa Carlson Pana Certificate Practical Nursing
Daniel Carpenter Mattoon Certificate Entrepreneurship
Daniel Carpenter Mattoon Certificate Management
Samantha Carrell Kansas Associate in Arts Psychology
Matthew Cheney Charleston Associate in Arts Business
Nickeal Clark Cahokia Associate in Arts Physical Education
Brady Clark Louisville Associate in Arts Agriculture Transfer
Tonya Clough Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Preston Collins Herrick Associate in Science Business Administration
Kirsten Corum Arthur Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Kirsten Corum Arthur Certificate Medical Assistant
Corinne Courtright Toledo Certificate Practical Nursing
Tina Cox Paris Certificate Medical Assistant
Jade Crum Lovington Certificate Practical Nursing
Destiny Decker Mattoon Associate in Liberal Studies
McKenna Donald Windsor Associate in Arts Business
Kailynn Drew Ashmore Associate in Applied Science Human Services
Arabella Dudley Gays Certificate Cosmetology
Zoe Duduit Pana Certificate Practical Nursing
Gage Eveland Charleston Associate in Applied Science IT-Programming
Karson Fahey New Windsor Associate in Arts Agriculture Transfer
Emily Flatt Pana Associate in Liberal Studies
Amy Followell Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Jessica Fore Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Candi Frye-Kindel Charleston Associate in Arts Health Education
Courteney Funneman Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Brittany Gammill Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Brittany Gammill Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Ava Gardner Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Ellie Gass Mattoon Associate in Arts Communication Studies
Shane Ghere Mattoon Associate in Arts Business
Lauren Elizabeth Gier Charleston Certificate Cosmetology Teacher
Jessica Gill Bethany Certificate Practical Nursing
Austin Greenwood Coffeen Certificate Diesel & Ag Power Technology
Danielle Gregory Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Cheyenne Gregory Flora Certificate Esthetics
Marissa Gunn Effingham Certificate Esthetics
Colt Guyon Toledo Associate in Applied Science Law Enforcement
Elizabeth Hallden Fisher Certificate Cosmetology
Alexander Harms Maschuta Associate in Science Physics
Lane Harper Findlay Certificate Practical Nursing
Lane Harrell Casey Associate in Science Pre-Engineering
Nicholas Harris Tuscola Associate in Applied Science Automotive Technology
Ava Harris Greenup Certificate Medical Assistant
Mason Henderson Greenup Certificate Welding Technology
Shelby Herboth Watson Associate in Arts Art
Ashlee Hermer Charleston Certificate Medical Assistant
Kedric Herschberger Arthur Associate in Applied Science IT-Network Administration
Kia Herschberger Humboldt Certificate Practical Nursing
Kambri Hinds Charleston Certificate Esthetics
Luke Hunt Westfield Associate in Arts Business
Chloe Ingram Greenup Certificate Medical Assistant
Aldina Jakupovic Mattoon Associate in Arts Business
Mallory James Toledo Certificate Practical Nursing
Chloe Jansen Montrose Associate in Arts Early Childhood Education
Adam Jenkins Charleston Associate in Liberal Studies
Dilen Jenkins Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Amy Kimberlin Saint Elmo Certificate Practical Nursing
Justin Knapp Marengo Associate in Liberal Studies
Lauren Kramer Farina Certificate Medical Assistant
Jessica Kramer Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Dakota Krampe Neoga Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Braelyn Larson Mattoon Certificate Esthetics
Jacob Laue Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Welding
Claire Lustig Effingham Certificate Esthetics
Alexis MacMullen Charleston Certificate Medical Assistant
Hannah Mansfield Mattoon Associate in Arts Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Amanda McAbee Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Jacob McCain Paris Associate in Arts Business
Autumn McCoy Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Emma McFarland Charleston Certificate Cosmetology
Grace Meinhart Montrose Associate in Arts English
Donnell Members Chicago Ridge Associate in Liberal Studies
Gracie Milby Pana Certificate Esthetics
Kalie Myers Sullivan Certificate Medical Assistant
Jennifer Nadolny Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Medical Coding & Health Information
Jennifer Nadolny Mattoon Certificate Medical Coding Specialist
Shelby Napier Greenup Certificate Practical Nursing
Kelli Neese Effingham Certificate Esthetics
Ivy Nichols Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Blessing Nzeribe Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Noelle Parkerson Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Jessica Parrott Oblong Associate in Arts Business
Amber Patterson Charleston Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Amber Patterson Charleston Certificate Medical Assistant
Denise Pettyjohn Findlay Certificate Management
Avery Pierce Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Human Services
Rachil Pierce Mattoon Associate in Liberal Studies
Jacob Plunkett Charleston Associate in Applied Science Management
Jacob Plunkett Charleston Associate in Liberal Studies
Jacob Plunkett Charleston Certificate Entrepreneurship
Jacob Plunkett Charleston Certificate Business Development
Jacob Plunkett Charleston Certificate Marketing
Jacob Plunkett Charleston Certificate Professional Sales
Shannon Price Shelbyville Associate in Science Clinical Laboratory Science
Micah Rader Shelbyville Certificate Medical Assistant
Nadine Ray Effingham Associate in Arts Business
Alexandria Ray Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Emily Ray Tuscola Certificate Cosmetology
Autumn Rinkel Effingham Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Jamie Roberts Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Shannon Robertson Cowden Certificate Practical Nursing
Nicolas Ross Casey Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Luke Rudolphi Effingham Associate in Science Bioscience Non-Teaching
Carter Sabol Mattoon Associate in Arts Undecided
Avyree Scholes Altamont Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Benjamin Schuler Pontiac Associate in Arts Physical Education
Skye Schumaker Heyworth Associate in Arts Agriculture Transfer
Kearstin Scoles St. Elmo Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Joyce Shinholster Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Katie Shumate Kinmundy Associate in Arts Business
Anna Sigg Effingham Associate in Science Pre-Medicine
Rachel Simpson Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
Breanne Starwalt Allenville Certificate Practical Nursing
Jessica Stiner Windsor Certificate Medical Assistant
Sarah Stock Altamont Certificate Practical Nursing
Erica Swango Lerna Associate in Science Conservation/Pre-Wildlife
Lucas Swingler Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Makenna Tabor Windsor Certificate Cosmetology
Paige Teak Atwood Associate in Science Bioscience Non-Teaching
Chase Temmen Oconee Associate in Arts Agriculture Transfer
Bethany Thies Shumway Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Kiley Tolch Dieterich Associate in Applied Science Early Childhood Care and Education
Rebecca Vice Miller Marshall Associate in Applied Science Management
Rebecca Vice Miller Marshall Certificate Management
Rebecca Vice Miller Marshall Certificate Professional Sales
Rebecca Vice Miller Marshall Certificate Business Development
Rebecca Vice Miller Marshall Certificate Marketing
Marcia Wagoner Arthur Certificate Practical Nursing
Hallie Wallace Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Madison Webster Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Medical Coding & Health Information
Isabella Whitten Sullivan Associate in Arts English
Isabella Whitten Sullivan Associate in Liberal Studies
Shellie Witteborg Beecher City Certificate Practical Nursing


Build a renewable energy source to power a vehicle with new class this fall

Posted on August 8, 2022

Lake Land College Renewable Energy Instructor/Program Coordinator Joseph Tillman will teach a class this fall in which students will help create a renewable energy source to charge an electric vehicle.

The device will utilize wind power via airfoils to charge powerful batteries, which will power the car the students will be working on.

“Why choose Lake Land College? Because you can’t do this anywhere else in the state,” Tillman said. “This class will center on actually building something and getting to see how the pieces and parts fit together to make something operational.”

While there will be a bit of content-driven components to the class, most of the learning will involve hands-on work.

“This class is built specifically for those students who prefer working with their hands,” Tillman said. “If someone has an interest in mechanical, electrical or renewable energy technologies, this may very well be for them.

The class is open to anyone who has an interest in hands-on work, machinery, electric, design, welding and many other areas of creativity and ingenuity.

Those interested can contact Tillman at 217-234-5313 or jtillman@lakelandcollege.edu or Bryan Burrell at 217-234-5379 or bburrell@lakelandcollege.edu.

For more information on areas of study at Lake Land College, visit lakelandcollege.edu/guided-pathways.


Lake Land College student competes at national Microsoft Office competition

Posted on August 3, 2022

Lake Land College business student Lydia Madlem, Charleston, recently competed at the 2022 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship in Dallas, Texas.

Photo from the 2022 Certified Certified Educator Conference and the Microsoft Office Specialist and Adobe Certified Professional U.S. National Championships in Grapevine, Texas.

As one of only two students in the state of Illinois to achieve this honor, Madlem said she was she was shocked when she discovered that she had qualified for the event.

“I honestly thought the email I received was a scam,” Madlem said. “I thought, ‘There’s no way I was able to achieve something like that.’ However, I was completely wrong. I was ecstatic because I learned that I not only qualified for the Word 2016 exam, but also Excel 2016.”

Students in the business program at Lake Land College enter the competition as part of their classes. Lisa Earp, business instructor/program coordinator of office professionals and director of court reporting & captioning, said she believes the competition is an excellent opportunity for students to build skills with the Microsoft Office programs as well as offering the students beneficial experience.

“We are very proud of Lydia’s accomplishments in this competition,” Earp said. “She has shown remarkable talent in these areas, and I have no doubt that she will continue to thrive in her future endeavors.”

Having competed in the Word 2016 competition, Madlem placed within the top 10 in that category nationally. She said taking certifications through her classes at Lake Land prepared her so that she was not intimidated by the tests at the competition.

“It was familiar content to me because it had been covered in the certifications I had taken in my classes,” Madlem said. “For future participants, I would suggest taking the Expert Certifications. Although the regular Word 2016 certification prepared me enough for the test at the championship, my knowledge from the expert test helped me as well.”

Going on to praise the education she received at Lake Land College, Madlem said the competition was a great learning experience and would provide valuable skills and knowledge for her future career.

The competition also brought about several new opportunities and experiences for Madlem, and she said she greatly appreciated the opportunity to participate in it.

“I got to experience my first flight, my first Uber, and many more ‘firsts’,” Madlem said. “I also enjoyed getting to speak to other participants and the Microsoft and Certiport representatives at the competition. The representatives treated us all very well there. To them, everyone that was there was already a champion of their state, so they treated us like we were amazing no matter how we placed overall.”

For more information on how to earn MOS certifications at Lake Land College, contact Lisa Earp at learp@lakelandcollege.edu.



Lake Land College President Josh Bullock receives ICCTA’s 2022 Advocacy Award

Posted on July 20, 2022

Lake Land College President Dr. Josh Bullock received the ICCTA’s 2022 Advocacy Award during the association’s June 10 awards banquet in Chicago. The ICCTA Executive Committee created this special award in 2006 to honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in advocating for the needs of students and the Illinois community college system.

Photo of Dr. Josh Bullock

Throughout the past year, Bullock served in dual leadership roles as president of Lake Land College and as chair of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents.

As higher education slowly returned to post-COVID operations, Bullock coordinated with the Illinois Community College Board to communicate safe-campus protocols and return-to-campus guidance. He also called attention to emerging education issues through his monthly guest columns on apprenticeships, the future of work, student financial insecurity, and Illinois Community College Month.

He helped set the agenda for system-wide discussions on federal stimulus funding and expanded MAP grants for short-term certificates and community college baccalaureate degrees. He also reached out to ICCTA and his university colleagues to stop legislative attempts to diminish local control.

Bullock has also been the driving force behind the creation of the Illinois Community College Marketing Collaborative, which has brought college PR directors together to develop a statewide branding initiative. This new marketing campaign will debut this fall using the social media hashtag #4everystudent4everycommunity.

“Josh has kept us informed, networked with allies and adversaries, and constantly reminded of why we are part of a unified community college movement,” said ICCTA Past President Jon Looney in presenting the Advocacy Award. “We look forward to continuing our work together in the future.”