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Opportunity for Lake Land College students to qualify for financial assistance

Posted on June 24, 2019

On Wednesday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Lake Land College Kluthe Center in Effingham will host a C.E.F.S. Sign-up Day for financial assistance for Lake Land College students enrolled in Workforce Ready programs.

Students who are unsure if their program is approved through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) are encouraged to visit with a representative at the event to see if they qualify.

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. The major must be approved by WIOA as an Occupational Skills Training program.

“The financial assistance may include tuition, uniforms, tools, transportation, child care and more. This assistance would be in addition to any federal funding a student may already be receiving or any other financial aid,” said Karen Kull, director of the Kluthe Center.

A C.E.F.S. representative will meet with students in a one-on-one, brief meeting to determine eligibility and verify the student is enrolled in a WIOA approved program. Appointments are on a walk-in basis anytime from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Representatives from the Perkins program and TRiO Student Support Services will be available to meet with students to see if they qualify for financial support or free services from these programs. For students interested in joining Lake Land College who have not already done so, a Lake Land College academic counselor and a financial aid advisor will be available for advisement.

Lake Land students who are unable to attend this day can contact the Effingham C.E.F.S. offices at 217-342-2102, 217-240-3078 and 217-240-3079 or contact the Mattoon C.E.F.S. office by calling 217-235-2222 (extensions 8212 or 8282). Students must be registered for the fall semester at Lake Land College to receive benefits before the semester begins. Students who register after the semester begins will have to wait until the next semester to receive any benefits.

For more information on the C.E.F.S. event and the Kluthe Center, contact Kull at 217-540-3500 or email

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

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