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Preparing for the automation of the future

Posted on October 19, 2021

October 2021 Editorial

Earlier this month hundreds of area high school students witnessed the impressive automation and robotics of area businesses as part of the national Manufacturing Month celebration. These Manufacturing Day events are critical to helping young people realize that careers in manufacturing, especially those of the future, involve a high level of skill and knowledge.

As Lake Land College prepares for its next strategic plan, it is taking into consideration the significant impact automation technologies and intelligent machines will have on the U.S. labor market. According to The Future of Work in America: People and Places, Today and Tomorrow, in the next decade, these changes will put many jobs that are automatable at risk. While less than 5% of jobs can be automated entirely, more than half of jobs can have up to 30% of their activities automated using current technologies. As jobs move forward, how work is organized and the mix of jobs will change based on available technology. As a result, businesses, educators and workers will have to adjust to jobs that require higher cognitive and technological skills.

These changes will cause gaps in employment especially in rural America, where The Future of Work in America authors speculate more than 25% of workers could be displaced. Areas less affected by automation are more likely to have diversified economies and workers with higher educational attainment. The occupational categories impacted the most by automation include some of the largest occupational categories, such as office support, food service, production work, customer service and retail sales. Many businesses important to our local economy fall into these categories.

While some occupations will lose jobs, other occupations such as healthcare, STEM occupations, creative fields and business services, will see strong growth. Certain occupations may see both displacement and growth, as the automation of some tasks will result in the shifting of more non-automatable tasks to current workers.

According to the Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the skills needed for an automation economy are different than the skills accentuated by higher education in the past. The prioritized top ten skills needed by employers are: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, judgment and decision making, service orientation, negotiation and cognitive flexibility.

Ultimately, the increasing reliance on automation in occupations leads to higher salaries, however, these higher salaries can only be acquired with advanced education and skills. This means that workers with only high school diplomas are the most likely to be displaced by automation and technology. In the Lake Land College district, only about 17.8% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, which is almost half of the statistic for all Illinois residents at 34.7%. However, on average, the number of people with an associate degree in Lake Land’s district are at the same level or higher than Illinois or the nation at 8.5%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Automation, the skills needed to succeed in the workplace and educational attainment are just a few of the topics College staff researched for the recently published Trend Analysis in preparation for developing the 2023-2026 Lake Land College Strategic Plan. Please be a part of our strategic planning process by taking a five-minute survey to help us in the process of identifying the goals and objectives for our next strategic plan.

I invite you to review the information presented in the Trend Analysis or quick-facts Executive Summary to consider how we can work together to serve the next generation of students, residents and businesses in our communities.

Dr. Josh Bullock

Lake Land College President

Lake Land College introduces new medical assistant completion program

Posted on September 30, 2021

Lake Land College recently introduced a medical assistant completion program for those who have a Certified Medical Assistant certificate from somewhere other than Lake Land College and would like to earn an associate degree as a medical assistant.

“This is a great opportunity for people already working in this field to advance their careers,” Medical Assistant Program Instructor and Director of the Medical Assistant Program Molly Yeske said.

The program offers students the opportunity to earn an associate degree as a medical assistant based upon qualifications they have already earned elsewhere. As a current student in the program, Rhonda Lambes said she was extremely grateful for the opportunity to further her professional training.

“I knew right away that this scenario was about as perfect as it gets,” Lambes said. “I knew I had to do this for myself.”

Another student, Jami Duffy, said she decided to enroll in the program for her own personal gain as well as to inspire her employees. Duffy recently took on an administrative position in her workplace, and she said she felt compelled to lead her employees by example.

“It says a lot about someone’s dedication to their employer and employment when they are willing to invest in their education,” Duffy said.

Not only are graduates of the program more likely to have a broader range of employment opportunities, they can also become more well-versed and marketable with their abilities and even earn pay or position raises in some situations.

For more information about how to get involved in the program, contact Yeske at 217-234-5055 or myeske@lakelandcollege.edu.

 

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Your input is valuable in our next strategic plan

Posted on September 28, 2021

How can Lake Land College serve you? That question serves as the foundation for a year-long process the Lake Land College Strategic Planning Committee announced in early September.

To kick off the process, the committee published a comprehensive Trend Analysis Report that provides key takeaways from research on state, national and global trends affecting higher education as well as demographic data for the Lake Land College district and the diverse communities it serves. The report and Executive Summary are published on the college’s website at lakelandcollege.edu/creating-our-future.

As a community college, Lake Land serves all or parts of 15 counties and 31 school districts as district #517. It is the second largest geographical district in the state and is about the same size as the state of Connecticut.

Led by Lake Land College Chief of Staff Jean Anne Grunloh, the strategic planning committee’s work in fiscal year 2022 will set the stage for the next four-year planning cycle, fiscal years 2023-2026. The college’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

“Lake Land College is excited to plan for the future and create a strategic plan that serves our next generation of students,” Grunloh said. “To accomplish this, we will be implementing a process that is deliberately inclusive of our internal and external stakeholders including community members, students and staff.”

Lake Land is inviting all community members, students and staff to complete a brief five-minute survey to assist in the process of identifying the goals and objectives for the next strategic plan. The five-minute survey is available at lakelandcollege.edu under the About Us menu/About Us Links/Strategic Plan.

“Our goal is to develop an innovative and adaptive strategic plan that addresses local, state, national and global trends impacting higher education and positions Lake Land to meet the student and workforce needs in a post-pandemic environment,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said. “To accomplish this goal, we need to hear from community members, business leaders, alumni, current students and future Lakers.”

To learn more visit lakelandcollege.edu and look for the About Us menu and then Office of the President/Strategic Plan.

 

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Lake Land College to host virtual nursing information sessions

Posted on September 22, 2021

Lake Land College will be hosting virtual nursing information sessions on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. as well as Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. Attendees will learn why Lake Land’s Nursing programs are ranked third in the state, as well as the various options for a nursing career.

The informational sessions are customized to meet the interests of those considering a career in healthcare to those who have been working in the nursing field for years and would like to advance in their careers.

Those who attend the first session will hear from nursing faculty members on the admissions process and learn why Nursing Explorer ranked Lake Land College’s nursing programs third in the state. This event is intended for prospective students and will take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 7.

The second session will be a chance for high school students who have applied through the Partnership for College and Career Success program to hear from Lake Land College nursing faculty members on the admissions process for the Associate Degree Nurse program. Students eligible for the program have received invitation letters for the event and are encouraged to attend. This event will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7.

By attending the second session, current licensed practical nurses (LPN) can hear from nursing faculty members on the admissions process for the Associate Degree Nurse program. This PN to ADN Admissions Process session will take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14.

To register for one of the sessions or to learn more, visit lakelandcollege.edu/visit.

 

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Lake Land College to host first annual Math & Science Open House

Posted on September 8, 2021

Lake Land College math and science faculty will host the first annual Math & Science Open House from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 24. The event allows high school juniors and seniors to learn more and ask questions about Lake Land math and science academic programs such as chemistry, biology, physics, math and engineering.

Tours of facilities and labs will allow those interested to see and experience the state-of-the-art technology and equipment available to students in these programs. As part of the biology lab tour, participants will also have the opportunity to view a cadaver.

“We are fortunate to have labs furnished with up-to-date equipment that go a long way in preparing our students to be successful when they graduate or transfer,” Division Chair of Math & Science/Biological Science Instructor Ikemefuna Nwosu said. “Our hope is that when students and their parents or guardians visit the open house, they can get a hands-on perspective of the quality education they will receive at Lake Land College.”

The event will consist of three sessions based on different aspects of the math and science programs at Lake Land. The first session will include information about geographic information systems (GIS). GIS links data and descriptions to specific locations, allowing users to connect patterns and context within that data.

The second session will include information about biological science, and the third session will involve physical science. As part of these sessions, faculty will be presenting hands-on demonstrations showcasing equipment, animal specimens, cadavers and laboratory experiments that are part of the Laker experience that provides students an advantage when transitioning to the workforce or to four-year universities.

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

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Lake Land College to host Laker Visit Day

Posted on September 3, 2021

Lake Land College will host Laker Visit Day from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 11 in the Luther Student Center, giving potential students the opportunity to learn about The Laker Advantage and how it can guide them on the path to success.

Attendees will tour campus with a student ambassador, who will share information from a student perspective. Participants will also meet with faculty to learn more about specific programs.

Representatives from many services, including Counseling Services, Career Services, Student Accommodations & Mental Health Initiatives, TRIO Student Support Services, Health Services and more will be available to provide information and answer attendees’ questions.

A parent/guardian session will be offered as well to provide information relevant to potential parents or guardians of future Lakers.

“This is a great opportunity for people to get to know the campus and learn about all the great things Lake Land has to offer,“ Michelle Zumbahlen, coordinator for strategic student communication & initiatives, said. “I highly encourage anyone considering attending to come to this event”

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

 

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Lake Land College announces summer graduates

Posted on September 2, 2021

Lake Land College is proud to announce the 2021 summer graduates. The following students completed their degrees and certificates this summer:

First Name Last Name City Degree Academic Program Title
Chase Austin Altamont Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Jayme Campe Altamont Certificate Medical Assistant
Jordan Flach Altamont Associate in Science Chemistry
Maelee Phillips Altamont Certificate Practical Nursing
Joanna Schultz Altamont Associate in Arts Other Major
Brittany Siebert Altamont Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Grace Simmons Altamont Certificate Esthetics
Hayden Voelker Altamont Associate in Arts Business
Marissa Graven Arcola Certificate Medical Assistant
Marissa Graven Arcola Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Pascha Shire Ashmore Certificate Practical Nursing
Sarah Perkins Athens Certificate Practical Nursing
Taylor Warne Aurora Associate in Arts Business
Sarah Ronnebaum Batesville Associate in Arts Agriculture Transfer
Alisha Jewell Beecher City Certificate Medical Assistant
Alisha Jewell Beecher City Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Jessica Prichard Beecher City Associate in Applied Science Accounting
Ashley Rhodes Beecher City Certificate Cosmetology
Jessica Drake Bethany Certificate Practical Nursing
Shelby Harding Bethany Certificate Practical Nursing
Destiny Underwood Bethany Certificate Practical Nursing
Faith Williams Bingham Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Business and Supply
Tiffany King Brazil Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Elissa Baron Brownstown Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Jayln Chrysler Casey Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Thomas Eichinger Casey Associate in Applied Science IT-Programming
Molly McDonald Casey Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Riley Peters Centralia Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Mariah Chino Champaign Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work
Kinda Ake Charleston Associate in Arts Business
Peyton Anderson Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Natalie Banc Charleston Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Spencer Barringer Charleston Certificate Auto Mechanic I
Spencer Barringer Charleston Associate in Applied Science Automotive Technology
Ian Centers Charleston Associate in Science Pre-Engineering
Caden Daugherty Charleston Associate in Arts Business
Efehan Efe Charleston Associate in Science Pre-Engineering
Kristen Herendeen Charleston Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Lisa Livvix Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Kaylee Maroon Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Samantha Orr Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Leah Piescinski Charleston Associate in Applied Science Broadcast Communication
Brooke Porter Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Tessa Richard Charleston Associate in Liberal Studies
Heidi Richardson Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Paige Shirley Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Brittney Shuemaker Charleston Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Katherine Stine Charleston Certificate Medical Assistant
Nicole Thomas Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Mara Thurman Charleston Certificate Esthetics
Taneesha Waggoner Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Morgan Combs Crossville Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Brooke Valles Crown Point Associate in Arts Pre-Nursing: BSN Transfer
Kaitlyn Bloemer Dieterich Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Leah Brummer Dieterich Certificate Cosmetology
Mariah Kitterman Dieterich Certificate Practical Nursing
Amy Anzio Edgewood Certificate Practical Nursing
Montana Tonn Edgewood Associate in Arts Agriculture Transfer
Breanna Alexander Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Bianca Alwali Effingham Associate in Liberal Studies
Mackenzie Blackerby Effingham Certificate Entrepreneurship
Holly Bloemker Effingham Associate in Science Pre-Medicine
Logan Borries Effingham Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Carsyn Bushue Effingham Associate in Arts Business
Deborah Fowler Effingham Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Jessica Golden Effingham Associate in Arts Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Kaitlyn Hall Effingham Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Caralee Hayes Effingham Associate in Arts Business
Jared Hoene Effingham Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Molly Hougham Effingham Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work
Ardyn Huss Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Emma Huss Effingham Certificate Esthetics
Will Kabbes Effingham Associate in Arts Business
Jackson Matteson Effingham Associate in Arts Business
Brayton Poland Effingham Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Fidencio Sanchez-Hernandez Effingham Certificate Auto Mechanic I
Fidencio Sanchez-Hernandez Effingham Associate in Applied Science Automotive Technology
Katrina Summers Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Alex Thoele Effingham Associate in Engineering Science Associate In Engineering Science
Fatima Viramontes Farina Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Fatima Viramontes Farina Associate in Liberal Studies
Sayne Schultz Findlay Associate in Arts Business
Rachel Miller Gays Certificate Cosmetology
Dayton Mitchell Greenup Associate in Arts Business
Shelby Napier Greenup Certificate Medical Assistant
Shelby Napier Greenup Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Alexander Talley Greenup Associate in Arts Business
Paige Bartimus Hammond Certificate Medical Assistant
Christian Kapongo Houston Associate in Science Pre-Engineering
Shelby Thomason Humboldt Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Heather Thomas Jacksonville Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Catherine Hammond Kansas Associate in Applied Science IT-Programming
Mason York Kansas Certificate Auto Mechanic I
Mason York Kansas Associate in Applied Science Automotive Technology
Isaiah Hart Lake Zurich Associate in Arts Undecided
Layla Bennett Linden Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Production and Management
Kenzie Robertson Louisville Certificate Practical Nursing
Sabrina Bettinger Lovington Associate in Arts Special Education
Daniel Reedy Lovington Associate in Arts Agriculture Transfer
Sarah Larson Marshall Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Hadyn Maloney Marshall Certificate Esthetics
Brandon Ramsey Marshall Associate in Liberal Studies
Brandon Ramsey Marshall Certificate Entrepreneurship
Brittney Owen Martinsville Certificate Medical Assistant
Brittney Owen Martinsville Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Anna Hakman Mason Associate in Arts Business
Nathan Lohman Mason Associate in Arts Business
Logan Pontious Mason Certificate Desktop Publishing
Logan Pontious Mason Associate in Applied Science IT-Graphic Design
Taylor Beals Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
Sylvester Boler Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Kristina Brunson Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Raeann Bryan Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Haley Dick Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Brianna Donnell Mattoon Associate in Arts Special Education
Richard Donovan Mattoon Associate in Applied Science IT-Network Administration
Kyah Eastin Mattoon Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work
Madison Evans Mattoon Certificate Esthetics
Patty Gaona Mattoon Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Kylie Goostree Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Alexander Hall Mattoon Certificate Renewable Energy Technician
Alexander Hall Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Renewable Energy
Alexander Hall Mattoon Certificate Sustainable Energy
Alexander Hall Mattoon Certificate Programmable Logic Controllers
Alyssa Harris Mattoon Certificate Management
Katlyn Haydon Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Tiffany Hoenes Mattoon Associate in Arts Undecided
Jocelyn Hooper Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Kollyn Humes Mattoon Certificate Auto Mechanic I
Kollyn Humes Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Automotive Technology
Bethany Jones Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Joshua Kiest Mattoon Associate in Applied Science IT-Network Administration
Brieanna Laidley Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Gunner Laughhunn Mattoon Associate in Science Pre-Engineering
Tessa Leady Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Tessa Leady Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Katy Lee Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Shaunteje McDaniel Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Gavin Miller Mattoon Certificate Basic Welding
Gavin Miller Mattoon Certificate CNC Operator
Haleigh Miller Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
Macayle Miller Mattoon Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Melissa Moreno Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Amber Newell Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Amber Newell Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Louis Niemeyer Mattoon Certificate Business Development
Louis Niemeyer Mattoon Certificate Professional Sales
Louis Niemeyer Mattoon Certificate Marketing
Louis Niemeyer Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Marketing
Louis Niemeyer Mattoon Certificate Entrepreneurship
William Rasmussen Mattoon Associate in Arts Business
Ashley Smith Mattoon Certificate Desktop Publishing
Ashley Smith Mattoon Associate in Applied Science IT-Graphic Design
Rebecca Smith Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Talitha Spitz Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Psychology
Jocelynne Stapleton Mattoon Certificate Medical Coding Specialist
Jocelynne Stapleton Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Medical Coding and Health Information
Nicole Starwalt Mattoon Certificate Medical Coding Specialist
Kaitlin Stoeckel Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Peyton Trier Mattoon Associate in Arts Other Major
Benjamin Winograd Mattoon Associate in Science Bioscience Non-Teaching
Jasmine Zermeno Mattoon Associate in Liberal Studies Associate In Liberal Studies
Alyssa Cole Mode Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Olivia Kanizer Montrose Certificate Practical Nursing
Grace Honeyman Mount Auburn Associate in Arts Agriculture Transfer
Reece Ballinger Neoga Associate in Arts English
Chase Lanham Neoga Associate in Arts Physical Education
Amanda Phillips Neoga Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Sociology
Angela Goebel Newton Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Lori Hunt Oakland Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Morgan Whann Otwell Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Ashley Bartels Pana Associate in Arts Business
Anna Gould Pana Associate in Arts Communication Studies
Chaney Niehart Pana Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Business and Supply
Taryn Fuller Paris Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work
Pilar Guerrero Paris Certificate Esthetics
Chayse Martin Paris Associate in Arts Agriculture Transfer
Hannah Seaton Ramsey Associate in Applied Science Early Childhood Care and Education
Taran Duckworth Saint Elmo Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Jade Fancher Saint Peter Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Psychology
Adam Schroeder Saint Peter Associate in Arts English
Christopher Bullock Shelbyville Associate in Arts Business
Elizabeth Carlson Shelbyville Certificate Practical Nursing
Kaylee Davis Shelbyville Certificate Esthetics
Ashley Kite Shelbyville Certificate Professional Sales
Ashley Kite Shelbyville Certificate Marketing
Ashley Kite Shelbyville Certificate Business Development
Ashley Kite Shelbyville Associate in Applied Science Management
Ashley Kite Shelbyville Certificate Management
Bridgette Lockhart Shelbyville Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Criminal Justice
Raye Mays Shelbyville Certificate Practical Nursing
Dean Walters Shelbyville Associate in Arts Liberal Arts
Kelsey Hankins Shumway Certificate Practical Nursing
Nicholas Miller Shumway Associate in Arts History
Emma Fearday Sigel Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Megan Krampe Sigel Associate in Arts Business
Jocelyn Schultz Stewardson Associate in Arts Business
Hayleigh Duncan Strasburg Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Calla Roney Strasburg Certificate Practical Nursing
Madison Atchison Sullivan Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Alison Beard Sullivan Certificate Practical Nursing
Hutson Dickens Sullivan Associate in Arts Business
Kayla Dowds Sullivan Associate in Arts Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Kayla Dowds Sullivan Associate in Science Pre-Medicine
Sharon Hayse Sullivan Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Kaitlynn McClure Sullivan Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Mindy McPheeters Sullivan Certificate Auto Mechanic I
Mindy McPheeters Sullivan Associate in Applied Science Automotive Technology
Addison Orris Sullivan Associate in Applied Science Early Childhood Care and Education
Josie Orris Sullivan Associate in Arts Communication Studies
Nij Patel Sullivan Associate in Arts Business
Trenton Polley Sullivan Associate in Arts Business
Haley Rose Sullivan Certificate Practical Nursing
Maelona Sims Sullivan Certificate Medical Assistant
Maelona Sims Sullivan Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Michelle Williams Sullivan Certificate Medical Assistant
Sarah Keith Terre Haute Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Kathryn Sapp Terre Haute Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Criminal Justice
Benjamin Kitten Teutopolis Associate in Science Pre-Medicine
Audrey Kreke Teutopolis Associate in Arts Early Childhood Education
Sayde Levandoske Teutopolis Certificate Massage Therapy
Shannon Thoele Teutopolis Certificate Cosmetology
Caleb Wendt Teutopolis Associate in Arts Business
Emily Carlen Toledo Associate in Arts Mathematics
Austin Kline Toledo Certificate Practical Nursing
Bradley Rickett Tower Hill Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Psychology
Tiffanie Edwards Tuscola Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Ryan Salmon Tuscola Certificate IT-Computer Game Development
Joel Stinson Urbana Associate in Liberal Studies
Erin Gahimer Vermilion Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Jenna Wojcik Watson Certificate Medical Assistant
     

 

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Lake Land College to host Career Day

Posted on August 19, 2021

Lake Land College will host its annual Career Day on Tuesday, October 5. At Career Day, nearly 1,200 high school juniors and seniors come to Lake Land to learn about a variety of careers and how to follow a path to attain those careers.

High school students throughout the district will have the opportunity to register for more than 175 different sessions in an array of fields including agriculture, health care, business, information technology, cosmetology, humanities and arts, communications, math, science, engineering, education, criminal justice, human services, psychology, sociology, political science, history, automotive, construction, technology, leadership, success in college and more.

Sessions will be either 20 or 50 minutes in length, allowing students to explore topics at a basic or in-depth level of the particular field.

“This event is a great way for high school students to explore the options available to them,” Michelle Zumbahlen, coordinator for strategic student communication & initiatives, said. “The attendees have the chance to learn and ask questions about areas of study, career paths and colleges that can help guide their decision-making process in the future.”

An Illinois Regional College Fair will also be held as a part of Career Day. Representatives from approximately 50 different colleges around the country will be on hand to speak with students about what their colleges have to offer.

The college fair will allow students to interact with many different colleges at one time, a unique opportunity that they may not experience elsewhere.

Students may attend the College Fair before or after their scheduled sessions or register to attend the College Fair as one of their sessions if they wish to have more time to explore this component of the day.

Masks covering the nose and mouth will be required for all individuals at all times while inside campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status. While outdoors, vaccinated individuals may remove their masks, while unvaccinated individuals should wear a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained.

To support compliance with indoor mask requirements, food or drink will not be allowed at college events or gatherings held on campus or in college facilities.

For more information about Career Day, visit lakelandcollege.edu/career-day or contact Zumbahlen at mzumbahlen4077@lakelandcollege.edu or 217-234-5230.

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Lake Land College receives Compeer Financial grant

Posted on August 4, 2021

The Lake Land College Foundation and Ag Division recently received a $75,000 grant from Compeer Financial. Lake Land College is one of six community colleges in Illinois receiving these grant dollars, and one of 14 community colleges overall.

Pictured are (left to right): Scholarship Coordinator Hannah Crnkovich, Executive Director for College Advancement Christina Donsbach, Lake Land College President Josh Bullock, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist for Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America Karen Schieler, Division Chair Agriculture/Agriculture Instructor Ryan Orrick, Agriculture Business Instructor Ryan Wildman and Horticulture Instructor Dyke Barkley.

“We are very excited for this opportunity and thankful for the support from Compeer Financial,” said Division Chair of Agriculture/Agriculture Instructor Ryan Orrick. “We are really looking forward to seeing how this will impact our students, division and the college.”

The Agriculture and Rural Initiative, Compeer Financial’s donor advised fund, has granted $825,000 to community and technical colleges across the cooperative’s 144-county territory.

The colleges were selected as partners based on their agricultural education offerings, agriculture workforce development and geographic impact.

“The opportunities Lake Land College offers to ag students are priceless,” Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist for Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, said. “Getting students and youth interested in agriculture careers and helping to develop that workforce is what we strive to do, and Lake Land provides valuable, hands-on experience in many of those areas.”

The Agriculture and Rural Initiative was created by the Compeer Financial Board of Directors in 2019 to make signature investments in programs and projects that directly address the needs of farmers and others who work in agriculture.

“Community and Technical colleges provide one-of-a-kind educational opportunities, which are focused on the needs and careers in those communities,” said Greg Nelsona Compeer Financial Director. “These grants are part of Compeer’s commitment to champion rural, by supporting our clients and communities, creating sustainable and long-term success in the industry.”

Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $25.4 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Lake Land College extends gratitude to Compeer Financial for providing this grant and will continue to explore the opportunities it provides to help students succeed.

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Lake Land College updates pandemic safety protocols

Posted on August 3, 2021

In accordance with new guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Lake Land College’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Team will be implementing new pandemic response safety protocols to protect the college community.

“Since announcing our return to a more traditional campus environment and in-person class offerings for the fall, the college has been closely monitoring the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant and guidelines issued by the CDC and IDPH. Knowing that a majority of the counties in our college district are at CDC’s “Substantial” or “High” risk levels for community transmission, we are taking these measures to ensure a safe and effective learning environment,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said.

Effective August 4, masks covering the nose and mouth will be required for all individuals at all times while inside campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Masks can be removed when alone in an enclosed room with the door shut or in a designated eating area on campus.

All plans for in-person services, classes, events and meetings will continue as planned, maintaining social distancing whenever feasible while indoors. For the fall semester, students can select from in-person, virtual and online courses to build a schedule that best suits their needs.

Employees, students and visitors coming to a college facility are encouraged to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to visiting campus and to refrain from visiting if feeling ill.

Pandemic safety protocols are subject to change with direction provided by the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the Governor’s Office. Lake Land College will provide updates as relevant information becomes available.

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