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Prospective students invited to Laker Visit Day

Posted on November 6, 2017

Visit Lake Land College and find out all the college offers at Laker Visit Day. The event will be held Friday, Dec. 1 in the Luther Student Center starting at 9 a.m. and will run until noon.

The event is for potential students who are interested in learning more about Lake Land College. Parents/guardians and spouses are welcome to come along and attend the Parent and Spouse Session.

Representatives from Admissions & Records, Financial Aid & Veteran Services, Counseling Services, Career Services and Student Life will provide information and answer questions. The event includes campus tours and informational sessions by Lake Land College Student Ambassadors. Participants will also meet with faculty members in their academic area of interest to learn more about program offerings at Lake Land.

“Laker Visit Day is a great way for prospective students and parents to talk to faculty and staff about academic options and programs of study, to talk to current students about student life and to learn about financial aid options and opportunities,” said Lisa Shumard-Shelton, director of new student admissions.

Additional Laker Visit Days are scheduled for Feb. 9, March 23 and June 21.

Register online at lakelandcollege.edu/visit or call 217-234-5254.

 

 

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Lake Land College Community Choir celebrates 20 years

Posted on November 3, 2017

Lake Land Community Choir

For nearly two decades, students and community members have been joining voices in the Lake Land College Community Choir.

What started out as a small ensemble designed to enhance fine art opportunities for students has flourished into a well-established choir. People of all ages from surrounding communities come together to share their love of music.

“It’s all about the love of singing. And, of course, the great direction by Nancy Caldwell,” Terry Ramsey, Mattoon, choir member since 1999, said.

Dr. Caldwell created the choir in 1998 shortly after she was hired as a full-time music instructor. Originally proposed as a show choir, Caldwell figured a choir open to community members would be the best option.

“I believed a choir made up of community members who would return each semester might provide some structure to the group, and students could participate according to their level of interest,” she added.

Her belief was substantiated, as the choir prepares for its 20th concert Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Lake Land College Theater. Both membership and concerts are free and open to the public.

The 20th anniversary brings to mind all those who have come and gone throughout the years and especially those who return each year.

In addition to its annual fall and spring concerts, the choir is known to take its show on the road. Mattoon’s Cross County Mall, Brookstone Estates and the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home have all enjoyed personal concerts. Choir member Valerie Probst fondly remembers singing at the Doudna Fine Arts Center with the Eastern Illinois University Choir and Orchestra, along with the Charleston High School Choir and two professional singers.

“It was a wonderful experience to sing, feel and hear the combination of choirs with an orchestra,” Probst said.

In the beginning, the choir started out rather small, with just 25 members.  The members represented all areas of the district, ranging from Mattoon, Charleston, Neoga, Gays, Tuscola and Casey, just to name a few.  Ages varied vastly as well, from 18 to 80-years-old.

The wide range of communities and ages represented hasn’t changed over the years, but the number of members has doubled in time. Many regulars have been members for 10 years or more.

“Students do have the option of taking the choir as a class and earning credits,” Caldwell said. However, the choir is largely populated by community members interested in singing and wanting to be a part of something.

Caldwell also emphasized that people with no previous choir experience are welcome to join. There are no auditions and no one is put on the spot. A passion for singing is all that is required.

Caldwell herself reflected fondly over the past 20 years. Some of her favorite memories include having her daughter playing bells and snare drum with the choir in the fall of 2009. She also recalls a time when an international student from the Philippines sang with the choir. Since the student was fluent in Spanish, the choir performed a set of three Christmas songs in Spanish.

Some of her favorite songs through the years have been a rock ‘n’ roll arrangement of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and a Quaker text aptly titled “How Can I Keep from Singing.” Songs from “The Music Man” and patriotic songs are also choir favorites.

“Most of the songs are familiar, but the arrangements are always fresh and new. That is what keeps the choir so fun and light-hearted,” Ramsey said.

Guest musicians often join the choir. Flute, drums, guitar, French horn and piano soloists have all been featured in various concerts throughout the years. One consistent spark to the singing group has been a featured pianist. Ann Roedl, Effingham, played with the choir for nearly 9 years. Dr. Mirta Donnelley, Altamont, now plays with the group. These accompaniments keep the performances fresh and exciting, Caldwell said.

Many Lake Land faculty and staff have enjoyed being a part of the community choir over 20 years. Lake Land’s Emergency Services Programs Coordinator Jasmine Ballard joined the choir with a friend when she was a student.

“We both loved to sing, and it was nice to feel like you belonged somewhere. Working towards a common goal was constructive for me as a student,” she said.

Members emphasize the pride they feel after a performance, when all the hard work pays off.

“Nancy makes it all possible. Her expertise is what makes the group so special,” several members have said.

“None of this would be possible without the dedication of the members. They are what makes the group so special,” Caldwell said. After 20 years, both teacher and members deserve to sing some praise.

Lake Land College judging team excels at national contest

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Lake Land College judging team excels at national contest.

Lake Land College was the 7th High Team in the nation and highest team from Illinois at the recent national American Royal Junior College Livestock Judging Contest. There were over 20 schools and 150 students from across the United States competing.

Gage Hank, Aledo, Ill., placed high individual overall, second high individual in swine, 11th high individual in beef cattle and 11th high individual in reasons.

Austin Walker, Grand Ridge, Ill., placed high individual in beef cattle.

Pictured front row, left to right: Gage Hank, Aledo, Ill.; Jeremiah Cupps, Rabbit Hash, Ky; Emily Ivey, Loudon, Tenn.; Zackery Schumaker, Sweet Springs, W. Va.; Austin Walter, Grand Ridge, Ill. Back row, left to right: Jordan Rauch, agriculture instructor and judging team coach; Logan Hebert, Baldwin, La.; Leslie Walker, Danvers, Ill.; Kollin Johnson, Quincy, Minn.

Lake Land College seeks award nominations

Posted on November 1, 2017

Lake Land College is accepting nominations for several awards to be announced in spring 2018.

The Distinguished Service Award and the Alumnus Achievement Award will be presented at the college’s 2018 Commencement ceremony and the Retiree Wall of Fame recipients will be announced during a ceremony on campus in the spring.

All nomination forms must be received by Dec. 15 and are available on the college’s website at lakelandcollege.edu/alumni.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual whose exemplary service and contributions have benefited Lake Land College or its affiliated organizations.  Current paid members of the faculty and staff and current members of the board of trustees are not eligible for this award.

Past Distinguished Service Award recipients are Scott Lensink (2017), James Shaffer (2016), Robert Pancoast (2015), Max Jaeger (2014), Annette Lynch (2013), Gerald Forsythe (2012), John Livesay (2011), Rick Manuell (2010), Preston Smith (2009), Bob Willenborg (2008), Don Portugal (2007), Dwight Schilling (2006), Anne Bacon, (2005), Susan Leach (2004),  Anne Kabbes (2003), James Allee (2002), Dr. Roger Dettro (2001), Dr. Peter M. Bonutti (2000), Charles Adams (1999), Michael Yager (1998), James Bennett (1997), Tom Reedy (1996), R. Dale Adams (1995), Jack Schultz (1994), Consuello Luttrell (1993), Dr. George Mitchell (1992), Melvin Lockard (1991), Lowell Samuel (1990), Eugene Bauer (1989), Dr. William Podesta (1988), Jack Oberhill (1987), Floyd Curl (1985), Robert Johnson (1984), Virgil and Charlene Roberts (1983), Eddie Collings (1982) and William B. Hills (1981).

The Alumnus Achievement Award is presented to a Lake Land College graduate who has attained outstanding success and distinction in his or her field of endeavor.  The nominee must hold a degree or certificate from Lake Land and be active in the endeavor for which the degree or certificate is intended.

Past Alumnus Achievement Award recipients are Diane Sterchi (2017), Kenin Smith (2016), Chad Moutray (2015), Greg Conrad (2014), Rex Morgan (2013), Larry Blackerby (2011), Monte Reel (2010), Tom Wright (2009), David Storm (2008), Scott Frailey (2007), Zack Taylor (2006), Larry Lilly (2005), Greg Grunloh (2004), Michael Searles (2003), Dr. Harry Carter (2002), James Zimmer (2001), Carolyn Kolling (2000), Dianne Harless Schultz (1999), Richard Smith (1998), Dr. James Winfield (1997), Randall Miller (1996), Gina Spinner (1995), Patricia McNutt (1994), Lt. Daniel Wise (1993), Tom Cox (1992), Larry Wilson (1991), Edward Ward (1990), Dr. Kris Koontz (1989), Gail Darling (1988), John Livesay (1987), Dennis Charney (1986), Michael V. Neal (1985), Carol Spannagel (1984), Thomas Stoutenborough (1983), Eric Randal Heiple (1982) and Richard West (1981).

The Retiree Wall of Fame Awards are presented to retired faculty or staff who made significant contributions to the college and/or who have made contributions through their profession or community at the local, state, regional, or national level that reflect positively on Lake Land College. The nominee must have been employed at Lake Land College for a minimum of 15 years and must have been separated from his or her SURS-eligible position for a minimum of five years. Present paid members of the faculty and staff and current members of the board of trustees are not eligible for these awards.

Past Wall of Fame Award recipients are Dennis Gathmann (2008), Max Jaeger (2008), Joe Albin (2008), Marilyn Gover (2008), Charles Womack (2008), Gerald Parker (2008), Thomas Reedy (2008), Bill Rich (2008), Helen Smith (2009), David Greeson (2009), Larry Gutzler (2009), Hal Kottwitz (2009), Joyce Shull (2009), Marianne Morgan (2010), Robert Orr (2010), Richard Heller (2010), Carol Sanders (2010), Jack Browning (2010), Joe Hanley (2011), William Little (2011), Mildred Flottmann (2011), Roberta Hollada (2011), Roberta Williams (2011), Charles Wieck (2012), Jalee Cox (2012), Wayne Weaver (2012), Robert Luther (2013), Marion Rohlinger (2013), James Luedke (2014), Robert Jurgens (2014), Carroll Gibbons (2014), Roy Culp (2015), Marilyn Fuqua Thompson (2015), David Stapleton (2016), Cletus Underwood (2016), Ron Sanderson (2016), Jim Dudley (2017), Curt Rincker (2017) and Bill Hollada (2017).

The Retire Wall of Fame Award recipients will receive their awards at the Employee Appreciation and Wall of Fame Ceremony.

 

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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.

Community invited to Lake Land College Pathways Holiday Auction

Posted on October 31, 2017

The community is invited to attend the 8th annual Lake Land College Pathways Holiday Auction held Nov. 29 from 7:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Northeast Building, room 114 on the Lake Land College campus.

Pathways to the Future alternative education program is a an alternative high school program serving Lake Land College’s district students between the ages of 16 to 21 who have dropped out or are at-risk of dropping out of high school.

Through the past seven years, employees have raised more than $31,379 to provide gifts and necessities to Pathways’ students during the holiday season. Many of these students come from impoverished backgrounds and homes which often lack basic necessities. Once gifts are purchased, remaining funds will be used to help cover GED exam scholarships.

Many items have been donated by local businesses, along with handmade craft items and homemade baked goods. Donated items are auctioned off during an all-day silent auction and a spirited live auction. Both donations of live and silent auction items are welcome.

For more information regarding this event, please contact English Instructor Matt Landrus at 217-234-5317 or Director of Adult and Alternative Education Dirk Muffler at 217-234-8383.

 

 

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Lake Land College offers Public Safety certificate

Posted on October 30, 2017

Lake Land College is offering a short-term Public Safety Telecommunicator certificate for people interested in the high-demand dispatching field.

Lake Land is currently enrolling students in this program available for spring 2018, which begins Jan. 8, at the Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology.

Jodi Moomaw, Effingham communications manager, assisted Lake Land College in developing the program to provide professional training for future telecommunicators, who are integral members of the emergency response team.

“Telecommunicators are no different than all other emergency responders, they just aren’t seen. They are the key connection to the person needing assistance to the police, fire and EMS responder. They must have tools and knowledge on what to ask or how to take control while gaining the information needed during all types of emergencies,” Moomaw said. “The expectation of the public when they dial 911 is they are speaking to a trained professional ready to help them in whatever way necessary.”

According to a recent survey conducted by Lake Land College, area dispatch center directors said the program would be a valuable asset to the profession.

The Lake Land College 17-credit-hour program is modeled after the Illinois Public Safety Telecommunicator Training Basic Certification Curriculum. The certificate is financial aid eligible and includes courses such as Basic Telecommunicator, Responding to Emergencies, Keyboarding, Practical Software Applications, Interpersonal Communication and Introduction to Psychology. Students will also complete an internship.

Upon successful completion, a Lake Land College graduate will be equipped with the basic skills and knowledge that will be required by public safety telecommunicator dispatch centers. The certificate can be completed in a single semester.

The benefit of offering this certification will result in a larger pool of skilled, qualified applicants to the area, Moomaw said. Many of the 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) across the nation are also looking for qualified staff, she added.

For more information, contact Academic Counselor and Coordinator of Student Accommodations Andy Gaines at 217-234-5259 or againes@lakelandcollege.edu

Find out more about this program and others by attending Explore Lake Land for adult students going on at the Kluthe Center, Nov. 28 and on campus in Mattoon, Nov. 30. New adult students who attend and register for spring classes may qualify for a tuition-free class up to three credit hours. https://www.lakelandcollege.edu/explore-lake-land/

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Lake Land College offers UAS Certification Exam Preparation Course for Drone Operators

Posted on October 27, 2017

Lake Land College is offering a 12-hour course that will prepare students for the Part 107 sUAV Commercial Certification Exam, taught by a certified flight instructor. The Federal Aviation Administration requires drone operators to complete and pass an Unmanned Aerial System aeronautical knowledge test as one of the requirements for flying commercial drones legally.

Students will receive basic ground school training, instruction and practice. The certified flight instructor will present lectures and materials explaining FAA regulations, the National Airspace System, weather, loading and performance, operations and safety procedures.

Four dates will be available: Dec. 5, 7, 12 and 14. All classes will meet from 6-9 p.m.

Classes will be held at the Workforce Development Center located at 305 Richmond Ave. East, Mattoon, IL, 61938. The cost is $499, which includes the $150 exam fee.

Register at www.lakelandcollege.edu/learn.

For more information, contact Sandy Spaulding, professional development support, at 217-234-5087 or email sspaulding@lakelandcollege.edu.

 

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Additional Financial Assistance for Lake Land College Students Available

Posted on October 19, 2017

Current Lake Land College students or new students who are going to enroll in the spring 2018 semester and are in a Workforce Ready program may be eligible to receive additional financial assistance. The assistance is available if their program is approved through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and they meet eligibility requirements for WIOA funding.

Students who did not qualify for fall funding, due to significant work hours in the summer, should reapply for spring funding.

A C.E.F.S. representative will be available to meet with students to determine if they qualify for financial assistance at the Lake Land College Kluthe Center, 1204 Network Centre Drive, Effingham, on:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For both dates, Lake Land College academic counselors will be on site to assist any new or current students with registration or program questions.

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 scholarships or financial aid, such as Pell and MAP grants, that a student may already be receiving.

Students enrolled in AAS or certificate programs, such as Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Welding and Dental Hygiene, etc. are eligible for this assistance. 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 brief private meeting to determine eligibility and verify the student is enrolled in a WIOA-approved program.

A Lake Land College financial aid advisor will also be available to answer questions about financial aid. Students will be able to find out if they are eligible for financial assistance through the Perkins Program or for free services through TRiO Student Support Services.

If Lake Land students are unable to attend either day, but would like more information, they may contact the Effingham C.E.F.S. office at 217-342-4382 and use extensions 226, 227 or 228.  The sign-up process may take 2–4 weeks and must be completed before the spring semester begins for students to be eligible.

For more information, contact Karen Kull, director of the Kluthe Center, at 217-540-3500 or kkull@lakelandcollege.edu.

 

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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.

Explore Lake Land open house for new adult students

Posted on October 17, 2017

Lake Land College is offering Explore Lake Land open house events to help new and returning students take the first step in getting started.

Explore is designed for students who have been out of school for a while or for those who are seeking to start their college education. New adult students who register for spring classes may qualify for a tuition-free class up to three credit hours.

Interested individuals have two options. The first event will take place at the Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology in Effingham on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 2-7 p.m. The second option will be held on campus in Mattoon on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 2-7 p.m. Individuals only have to attend one event and can plan to stay for about an hour.

Explore Lake Land will follow an informational fair format and will help students learn about the resources available to help them succeed.

“Lake Land College faculty and staff understand that adults have unique experiences when returning to school. These events are designed to create an environment where adults will feel welcome to explore their interests in coming to Lake Land. We are here to help individuals identify their objectives and to begin working toward their goal of taking a class or earning a degree or certificate,” said Chris Strohl, director of community outreach.

At Lake Land, adult students make up a majority of the student body.

“About 64 percent of our students are 24 and older,” Strohl added. “You are very likely to be in classes with people your own age.”

Investing in a college education at any age is economically beneficial according to a recent state study. Lake Land College graduates can expect an average 20 percent annual return on their investment in their degree. They can also expect an average immediate post-graduation wage increase of more than $6,700, according to a study conducted by the Illinois Community College Board, in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Employment Security and Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies.

New adult students who register for a spring class during one of these events may qualify for one tuition-free class up to three credit hours. New adult students are defined as those who have not attended Lake Land College within the past three years or have not recently graduated from high school and immediately attended college. The tuition waiver is good for one college credit class, up to three hours, and is for in-district residents.

Registration is not required, but is encouraged. To learn more about Explore, call Strohl at 217-234-5429 or lakelandcollege.edu/explore-lake-land/.

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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.

Prospective students invited to Laker Visit Day

Posted on October 16, 2017

Visit Lake Land College and find out all the college offers at Laker Visit Day. The event will be held Friday, Oct. 20 in the Luther Student Center starting at 9 a.m. and will run until noon.

The event is for potential students who are interested in learning more about Lake Land College. Parents/guardians and spouses are welcome to come along and attend the Parent and Spouse Session.

Representatives from Admissions & Records, Financial Aid & Veteran Services, Counseling Services, Career Services and Student Life will provide information and answer questions. The event includes campus tours and informational sessions by Lake Land College Student Ambassadors. Participants will also meet with faculty members in their academic area of interest to learn more about program offerings at Lake Land.

“Laker Visit Day is a great way for prospective students and parents to talk to faculty and staff about academic options and programs of study, to talk to current students about student life and to learn about financial aid options and opportunities,” said Lisa Shumard-Shelton, director of new student admissions.

Additional Laker Visit Days are scheduled for Dec. 1, Feb. 9, March 23 and June 21.

Register online at lakelandcollege.edu/visit or call 217-234-5254.

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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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