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One Laker Nation Alumni Trip to Garden Glow at St. Louis Botanical Garden

Posted on November 5, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018    Cost: $50

The Lake Land College Alumni Association is hosting a holiday bus trip. Alumni and friends are invited to kick off the season with a trip to the amazing Garden Glow light walk at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

The trip will depart from campus near the Field House at 1:45 p.m. and from the Kluthe Center in Effingham at 2:15 p.m. Following the garden walk, the bus will drive to The Hill, where participants can select to dine at the restaurant of their choice. The trip cost is $50 which includes entrance to Garden Glow. Dinner is the responsibility of each individual. Expected return to the Kluthe Center is 10:30 p.m. and to campus is 11 p.m. A limited number of seats are available and reservations must be made by Oct. 27. The trip is open to Laker Alumni, Lake Land employees and guests.

“The alumni board is excited to offer this new opportunity for alumni to stay connected to their alma mater. We look forward to a fun event kicking off the holiday season,” Dave Cox, director of alumni relations and annual giving, said.

Register online at lakelandcollege.edu/alumni.

Lake Land College Instructor Mike Rudibaugh Receives Prestigious Award

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Lake Land College Geography/Earth Science Instructor Mike Rudibaugh, Charleston, has received a prestigious achievement award from the Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) for his groundbreaking work in geographic information systems (GIS).

Rudibaugh will receive the 2018 Hilton Distinguished Collaboration Award during an awards banquet on October 23 in Naperville. This award is presented to an individual who has provided extraordinary service to the GIS community in the advancement of coordination between GIS professionals.

Organizations in virtually every field are using GIS to make maps that communicate, perform analysis, share information and solve complex problems around the world according to esri.com.

In announcing the award, the ILGISA said about Rudibaugh: “His enthusiasm is contagious, he is a true champion of GIS in the state of Illinois and beyond. Such is evidenced by his deep involvement with the National Science Foundation and numerous grant awards through the years promoting GIS education across the nation’s community college system through the GeoTech Center.”

Rudibaugh said his success is not all his own but is shared with industry partners (i.e., EJ Water, Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative and Coles County Regional Planning) and his instructors, specifically his recently passed mentor at Eastern Illinois University, Dr. Alan Baharlou.

“This is like a lifetime achievement award however, it’s really as much about the partners we have at Lake Land College to make it happen,” Rudibaugh said. “The credit extends to partners such as Eastern Illinois University and industries we have partnered with to promote GIS across the state of Illinois.”

The ILGISA announcement states Rudibaugh has made significant contributions to promote cooperation within the GIS community and the people the organization serves as illustrated by his extensive involvement in numerous multidisciplinary GIS projects. He has taught GIS for more than 20 years in Illinois and in addition to his teaching loads he currently serves as an external NSF grant evaluator at SCATE, Inc. In this organization, his work includes monitoring and working with teams to develop grant objectives, outcomes and site visits for GIS projects/programs at Lake Land, Kaskaskia and Parkland colleges in Illinois. His previous work as a grant director for Kaskaskia College involved the direction and management of project budgeting, curriculum coordination, STEM teacher training and overall project management for the southern Illinois region. This project evolved into establishing an introductory GIS class to count as general education for all colleges and universities in Illinois. He is also a past ILGISA Board Member.

Lake Land College Math and Science Division Chair/Biological Sciences Instructor Ikemefuna “Ike” Nwosu, said “Mike has accomplished a lot of groundbreaking work with GIS collaboration cutting across industries as well as different departments on campus. I have had the privilege of a front row seat to some of his collaborative projects and I sincerely believe his work is truly deserving of this recognition.”

Co-educational committee member of ILGISA and director of the GIS Center at Western Illinois University Chad Sperry said that Rudibaugh was dedicated to making GIS more accessible to students and professionals alike.  “Mike works hard with interns to get them relevant experience and placed in the job market,” said Sperry. Sperry also mentioned how instrumental Rudibaugh was in establishing regional meetings to bring ILGISA content to members that weren’t as able to travel to the annual spring meeting.

The Illinois GIS Association is the only statewide organization of GIS/geospatial professionals in Illinois. Rudibaugh is the education committee chair for ILGISA.

ILGISA advances the understanding, communication, and effectiveness of geospatial technology in Illinois. ILGISA connects more than 500 members working in local, regional, state and federal government, higher educational institutions and private industries. ILGISA programs include an annual conference, regional meetings, training events and webinars that address the ever-evolving geospatial technologies, applications and standards.

Lake Land College offers a certificate in Geospatial Technology through the Math and Science Division. The certificate can be earned simultaneously with several other majors on campus. The courses provide training in a valuable, marketable skill. According to bls.gov, jobs as surveying and mapping technicians are expected to grow nationally by 11 percent through 2026.

New Plastics Manufacturing Program offered in Paris

Posted on November 2, 2018

Lake Land College is offering a new plastics manufacturing program this spring to meet a high demand for employees in this region.

The evening courses will be held exclusively in Paris at the VoTech Center, the old high school. Students will be able to work with injection and extrusion molding processes and equipment coupled with basic maintenance and automation skills used for several positions in plastics manufacturing.

Six North American Lighting employees completed the pilot class in the spring and have since received upgrades in their employment. The program is intended to promote current employees in the plastics field and provide new students with a job soon after completing the program.

Area companies such as North American Lighting and Libman Co. have already dedicated resources and funds to get the program started.

“NAL was actually the first business we were working with that gave us the idea. They donated two 90-ton injection molded presses, and a dye, that allowed us to get started,” Vice President for Workforce Solutions/Community Education Jim Hull said. “Libman has been very supportive, providing both a monetary gift and dyes.”

National and worldwide corporations NAL, Libman, Flex-N-Gate in Danville, and Plastipak in Champaign, all require plastic manufacturing technicians. Each business has expressed interest in the program and has offered to provide employees for an advisory committee to help the program grow, Hull added.

“You don’t think of everything that is involved in making those bristles. That plastic was once about 90 feet long and then it is stretched down to the size of a toothbrush bristle. They’re making bristles to clean the airport runway or even the brushes on the Mars rover,” Hull said.

“Flex-N-Gate in Danville is going to be doubling the square footage of its facility within the coming year, Libman is adding a new corporate office. Plastics is huge and it’s not going away anytime soon.”

To learn more about the new plastics program contact Michael Beavers, division chair of technology, at 217-234-5341 or mbeavers@lakelandcollege.edu. To enroll in the courses, visit lakelandcollege.edu and select the “Enroll Now” button.


Lake Land College Seeks Award Nominations

Posted on October 30, 2018

Lake Land College is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Service Award to be announced in spring 2019.

The Distinguished Service Award and the Alumnus Achievement Award will be presented at the college’s 2019 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. 14, and are available on the college’s website at lakelandcollege.edu/alumni or by contacting Seirra Laughhunn, administrative assistant to the president’s office, at 217-234-5222 or slaughhunn42647@lakelandcollege.edu. Submissions can be submitted to Laughhunn over email or in person.

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 winners are Robert Luther (2018), 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), Roger Dettro (2001), 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), George Mitchell (1992), Melvin Lockard (1991), Lowell Samuel (1990), Eugene Bauer (1989), 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 Cari Rincker (2018), 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), Harry Carter (2002), James Zimmer (2001), Carolyn Kolling (2000), Dianne Harless Schultz (1999), Richard Smith (1998), 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), 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), Bill Hollada (2017), Kathleen Doehring (2018), Tom Kerkhoff (2018), and Ben Ragle (2018).

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

For any questions regarding the awards, contact Laughhunn.


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


Lake Land College Hosts Dual Credit Information Nights

Posted on October 29, 2018

Help your high school student get a jump start on earning college credits with Lake Land College’s Dual Credit Program.

This fall, the Lake Land College Dual Credit program will host various parent and student information nights throughout the college district. The information nights are open to parents and students who are high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

“Sometimes college can be intimidating, costly or overwhelming, but for high school students throughout the Lake Land College district, they can get a taste of college without ever leaving their high school classrooms,” said Lisa Shumard-Shelton, director of dual credit and honors experience.

The Lake Land College Dual Credit program offers eligible high school juniors and seniors the chance to enroll in college-level courses while earning both high school and college credit, tuition free. Courses are taught by a high school teacher who is qualified to instruct college-level classes during the regular high school day at the high school’s facilities.

During the information nights, parents and students will learn about opportunities at district high schools, types of courses offered, transfer information and costs associated with dual credit classes.

The information nights will be held during the following times:

  • Monday, Oct. 29 at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Webb Hall, room 081 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Kluthe Center, room 120, 1204 Network Centre Blvd., Effingham, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Eastern Region Center, room 102, 224 S. Sixth Street, Marshall from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

To enroll in dual credit courses, students must be juniors or seniors and initially have a high school grade point average equivalent of a C to enroll.  Once a student has taken at least one dual credit course, he/she must maintain a Lake Land College grade point average of 2.0 to continue enrollment. Students must meet all prerequisites and requirements as any other student taking classes on the Lake Land College campus would.

High schools participating in the Dual Credit program through Lake Land College include Altamont High School, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School, Beecher City Jr-Sr High School, Brownstown High School, Casey-Westfield High School, Charleston High School, Cowden-Herrick High School, Cumberland High School, Dieterich Jr/Sr High School, Effingham High School, Kansas High School, Marshall High School, Martinsville High School, Mattoon High School, Neoga Sr High School, Oakland High School, Okaw Valley High School, Pana Sr High School, Paris Cooperative High School, Ramsey High School, St. Elmo Sr. High School, Shelbyville High School, Shiloh High School, St. Anthony High School, Stewardson-Strasburg High School, Sullivan High School, Teutopolis High School and Windsor Jr & Sr High School.

To learn more about dual credit opportunities through Lake Land College contact Shumard-Shelton at 217-234-5044 or lshumard-shelton@lakelandcollege.edu.




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.


Free Dental Cleanings for Veterans in November

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The Lake Land College Dental Hygiene program is offering free dental cleanings and x-rays to veterans through the month of November for Veterans Appreciation Month.

Clinic hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1-5 p.m., and Wednesday from 12-4 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. The clinic is located in the Northwest Building, room 116 on the Lake Land College campus, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon. Appointments for free cleanings and x-rays for veterans will be scheduled from Nov. 1-30.

Call 217-234-5249 to schedule an appointment.



Lake Land College Alumni Honored

Posted on October 3, 2018

Lake Land College Alumni will induct five new members into the Distinguished Alumni Society and Laker Athletics will honor one new member to the Athletics Hall of Fame during the Laker Homecoming weekend Sept. 28-29.

The Distinguished Alumni Society (DAS) Class of 2018 inductees are Paul Crutcher, Greenwood, South Carolina, formerly of Mattoon; JC (James) Fultz, Decatur, formerly of Bethany; Donna Homann, Mattoon; Dave Pruemer, Teutopolis; and Gary Sullivan, Fairview, Pennsylvania, formerly of Effingham.

The Distinguished Alumni Society recognizes alumni who have utilized the Lake Land experience to make an imprint on their profession or community.

“We’re extremely proud of the newest members of the Distinguished Alumni Society. They exemplify the values we all share at Lake Land College. Not only are they accomplished in their careers, they are very dedicated to giving back to their communities and improving the world around them,” said Dave Cox, director of alumni relations and annual giving.

The newest member of the Lake Land College Athletics Hall of Fame is Tina Stovall, Charleston, formerly of Lovington. The Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes athletes, coaches and friends who have excelled in their careers or brought recognition and support to the program.

The honors will take place during the Alumni Recognition Brunch on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Mattoon Golf & Country Club. Mitchell Shaw, Lake Land College student athletic council chair, will give the welcome at the brunch. The banquet is just one of the many events scheduled during the college’s Laker Homecoming.


Tina Stovall, One Laker Nation Class of 1984

Stovall leads a comprehensive student services program that includes Athletics and 12 other departments. She is a devoted Laker, cheering for athletes both in competition and in the classroom. She champions the Laker spirit and is well known for joining in the Laker Loyalty fight song at the end of each game.

Stovall served as an academic counselor and director of counseling at Lake Land College from 1987 to 2000 and returned in 2006 as the vice president for student services. She has an associate degree from Lake Land, a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Eastern Illinois University and a doctorate in community college leadership from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Stovall was recently recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Lake Land College’s history, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Education and Professional Studies at Eastern Illinois University and was honored as a Hall of Fame alum of Lovington High School.


Paul Crutcher, One Laker Nation Class of 2016

Crutcher is the general manager/instructor for XLR Radio at Lander University. He has an associate degree in radio and television broadcasting from Lake Land College, a bachelor’s degree in mass communication/media studies and a master’s of education, teaching and learning in instructional technology from Lander University.

Paul attended Lake Land in the 1980s and reconnected with Lake Land in 2016 to complete his degree by requesting an audit. It was very important to him to graduate from Lake Land College.

Crutcher founded Lander University’s radio station in 2009 and now oversees 100 plus students who work at the radio station, some of whom have gone on to work at big-name radio stations such as “Radio Disney” and “iHeartCountry.” Crutcher also started a yearly film festival that has gained local prominence.

Brooke Taylor, a former student of Crutcher’s who now works at “Big 95.5” in Chicago, said, “If it weren’t for Paul, I’d have never even started radio. … I’m so thankful for someone who is so passionate about radio, to have been able to learn from him at such an impressionable time in my life.”

Crutcher said that two faculty members who made a difference in his educational career and got him excited to learn were Lake Land College’s Ken Beno and Mike Bradd. “Ken set up the partnership with Mattoon High School allowing us the initial opportunity to experience a live air shift (when I was still a sophomore in high school).  Mike Bradd became the general manager the year I enrolled and he is a consummate professional and one of the best news writers/broadcasters and play-by-play announcers that I have ever been able to be around,” Crutcher said.

“I cannot overstate the importance of having hands on experience like running air shifts, writing and recording news, and broadcasting Laker basketball and baseball games,” Crutcher said. “I believe the broadcasting program at Lake Land is tried and tested, is unique for a school of that size, and is a model that can be followed for others who want to be successful in setting up a college media program.”

JC (James) Fultz, One Laker Nation Class of 2002

Fultz is chief meteorologist at WAND-TV. He has completed coursework at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, has an associate degree in earth science from Lake Land College, a bachelor’s in communication studies and minor in broadcast meteorology from Eastern Illinois University, and has earned a Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

The past several years Fultz has been named the number one TV personality by the Herald & Review, and has earned numerous state and local broadcast awards during his 16 years on air.

At all of his colleges, J.C. took part in radio and television “on air” activities. At EIU, he was the chief forecaster for Newswatch. At SIU he was chief forecaster for the River Region Evening Edition newscasts. Fultz attributes Lake Land College with allowing him to start working with broadcasts right away. “I was able to jump right in and was active at WLKL doing the AM Smash morning show,” Fultz said.

While Fultz attended Lake Land College several years ago, he returned in 2002 to take online classes and complete an associate degree. JC started out part-time and worked his way up to Chief Meteorologist.

“You really got to know your instructors on a personal level. I had friends who went on to major universities and they never saw their instructors in their general education classes.”

Mike Rudibaugh was one Lake Land College faculty member who got Fultz interested in meteorology and passionate about teaching it to others. “We would meet in his office and talk weather. In the classroom he brought his passion for science and I really enjoyed,” Fultz said. “He made things interesting and science fun and that is something I still like to do today when I go visit classrooms and talk to kids about weather and science. When I see the light go off inside their head before I leave I know I have done my job.”

With the nearly unpredictable weather patterns of the Midwest, Fultz still enjoys forecasting and takes pride in providing as accurate reports as possible. “I will spend several hours looking through the models and trying to figure out what the next several days has in store,” Fultz said. “I am a local central Illinois kid and being able to broadcast and forecast in my home is something that I enjoy!”

Donna Homann, One Laker Nation Class of 1984

Homann is the business owner of multiple establishments including Side Door Beauty Salon, Wig & Gift Boutique and Evergreen Home Rentals. She has a cosmetology certificate and associate of science from Lake Land College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, management and operations from Eastern Illinois University.

Homann began her career as a Charleston police officer before she was diagnosed with systemic lupus. As a single mom suddenly on disability, Homann rose above her circumstances to provide first-hand care and advocacy for others’ quality of life. Homann’s full-service salon, The Side Door, specializes in working with area cancer patients and providing wigs and breast prosthetics.

“Lake Land College afforded me the opportunity to attend college and graduate debt free,” Homann said. “I was so impressed with the classroom size and the ease at which they prepared me to go on to graduate from Eastern Illinois University Lumpkin School of Business.”

Homann said that two faculty members who made the most positive impact on her while at Lake Land College were Roberta Williams and Mr. Browning. “Williams was my hero in cosmetology. I watched how she handled people and her ability to deal with the public,” said Homann “Mr. Browning asked me to be a tutor because of my math skills and gave me the confidence to go on to EIU.”

Dave Pruemer, One Laker Nation Class of 1992

Pruemer is a retired head trainer of the Minnesota Twins. He received an associate degree in physical education from Lake Land College and a bachelor’s degree in education with specialization in athletic training from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale.

Beginning his career in baseball, Pruemer started as an intern for the Pittsburgh Pirates Gulf Coast League Team in 1993. He then became an Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Twins Appalachian League team in 1994 and over the next 10 years progressed through the Twins Farm System. In 2004 he was named the International League Trainer of the Year. Pruemer became an assistant trainer in the majors in 2005 and was named Head Athletic Trainer for the Twins in 2013.

Most recently Pruemer and the Twins organization hosted a national PLAY campaign to promote the importance of children living a healthy and active lifestyle.

“I’ve think I’ve known Dave my entire career,” said Joe Mauer, drafted by the Twins in 2001. “We shared a lot of laughs, and a lot of not-so-good times, too. But he’s been consistent the whole way through, every day, and you really appreciate that, especially in this sport.”

Through the years, Pruemer had become good friends with several Twins players – Jim Thome, Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, to name just a few. “If I needed something, I could contact them and they would be there for me,” Pruemer said.

“Lake Land gave me the confidence and foundation that I needed to be successful in my career path of being an athletic trainer,” Pruemer said.

Gary Sullivan, One Laker Nation Class of 1988

Sullivan is an assistant professor of the F.W. Hirt Erie Insurance Risk Management Program at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He has an associate degree from Lake Land College, a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois and a master’s of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Prior to joining Mercyhurst University, Sullivan enjoyed a 23-year career with Auto-Owners Mutual Insurance, an Erie Insurance. In his most recent position as vice-president, property & subrogation claims for Erie Insurance, he ran several successful technology innovations and projects that improve customer service and operations, as well as reduce expenses.

Sullivan is an innovation leader in the insurance industry. He was recently named “One of Fifteen People to Watch in Insurance Technology” by Insurance Networking News. He was also featured on the December 2015/January 2016 issue from the same publication. Gary has been recognized as a pioneer in exploring new technologies, processes, and systems to enhance customer experiences and is regularly requested to speak at industry events sharing his message of service and innovation.

“While attending Lake Land, I made many friends who were just as eager to learn and grow as I was,” Sullivan said. “The foundations established at Lake Land gave me the confidence and ability to succeed at the next levels academically and professionally.”

“All the faculty in the business discipline were knowledgeable and helpful. I am now in the classroom teaching the fundamentals of my profession to the next generation and I hope I exude the same enthusiasm that my instructors did at Lake Land College,” Sullivan said.

Lake Land College offers an Introduction to Concealed Carry Class

Posted on September 17, 2018

Lake Land College is offering a two-day Introduction to Concealed Carry Class at Accuracy Firearms, 1300 S. Raney St., Effingham.

The 16-hour course will be held Saturday, Nov. 17- Sunday, Nov. 18. The class will meet from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor Dwayne Beccue has designed this class to educate the student about handguns best suited for personal defense, how to carry them safely, and how to deploy and use them efficiently in the context of a dynamic critical incident.  The class will also cover the laws pertaining to the appropriate and lawful use of carrying handguns in public.  The cost is $150 for the two-day class.

To register, go to https://www.lakelandcollege.edu/works/ind/register/all.php.  Drop date for a refund is five business days prior to the class.  For more information, contact Jackie Wake, professional development support, at 217-234-5087 or email jwake@lakelandcollege.edu.

Lake Land College Adult Education to Offer Free Food Sanitation Classes

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Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering free food sanitation classes at various locations for the first 12 applicants who register.

Those who complete the course and pass the test, which costs $36, will receive a Food Protection Manager certification, which is valid for five years.

The class locations and dates are as follows:

  • Marshall – Lake Land College Eastern Region Center, 224 S. 6th, Saturday – Oct. 20 and 27, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Pana – Lake Land College Western Region Center, 600 E 1st, Friday – Nov. 9 and 16, 5-9:30 p.m.
  • Effingham – Lake Land College Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology, 1204 Network Centre Blvd., Saturday – Nov. 10 and 17, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Mattoon – Lake Land College Workforce Development Center, 305 Richmond Ave. E., Saturday – Dec. 1 and 8, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

To enroll or to find more information, contact Adult Education at 217-238-8292 or adulteducation@lakelandcollege.edu.

Lake Land College Announces Summer Graduates

Posted on September 14, 2018

Lake Land College announces summer graduates

Lake Land College is proud to announce the 2018 summer graduates. The following students completed their degrees and certificates this summer:

Name City Degree Acad. Program Title
Carrie Ruholl Altamont Associate in Arts Business Administration
Kaylee Shane Argenta Certificate Cosmetology
Hannah Diener Arthur Certificate Practical Nursing
Isaac Kitchen Atwood Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Business & Supply
Angelica Haslett Beecher City Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work
Kailyn Boyer Bethany Certificate Esthetics
Kristina Mounce Bloomington Associate in Applied Science Early Childhood Care and Education
Stephen Oberhill Bowling Green Associate in Applied Science Electronics Engineering Technology
Seth Powell Brownstown Certificate Entrepreneurship
Seth Powell Brownstown Certificate Electronic Marketing
Jennifer Blair Casey Associate in Arts Liberal Arts
Chelsea Clapp Casey Associate in Arts Business Administration
Madison Dane Casey Certificate Practical Nursing
Karla Drum Casey Associate in Liberal Studies Associate In Liberal Studies
Olivia Judson Casey Associate in Science Business Administration
Mickenzie Veach Casey Certificate Cosmetology
Tyler Wright Centralia Certificate Geospatial Technology
Albert Adkins Charleston Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Lori Douglas Charleston Certificate Esthetics
Ashley Funneman Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Emily Galbreath Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Chelsie Gast Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Kyle Hanks Charleston Certificate Auto Mechanic
Kyle Hanks Charleston Associate in Applied Science Automotive Technology
Hannah Jackson Charleston Associate in Arts Early Childhood Education
Kimberli Jones Charleston Associate in Liberal Studies Associate In Liberal Studies
Jared King Charleston Certificate Programmable Logic Controllers
Jared King Charleston Associate in Applied Science Mechanical-Electrical Technology
Robert Miller Charleston Associate in Science Pre-Engineering
Steven Oliver Charleston Certificate Geospatial Technology
Steven Oliver Charleston Associate in Arts Business Administration
Steven Oliver Charleston Associate in Science Earth Science
Lashawnda Poree Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Andrea Spears Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Kyle Stewart Charleston Certificate Manufacturing Skills I
Drew Stoutin Charleston Associate in Science Business Administration
Jerod Thomason Charleston Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Kelly Hargrave Clinton Certificate Management
Kelly Hargrave Clinton Certificate Professional Sales
Kelly Hargrave Clinton Certificate Marketing
Kelly Hargrave Clinton Associate in Applied Science Management
Kyle Hardiek Dieterich Associate in Science Pre-Engineering
Noah Heuerman Dieterich Associate in Applied Science Mechanical-Electrical Technology
Allie Mahaffey Dieterich Certificate Accounting
Tristan Warner Edwardsville Associate in Arts Business Administration
Keegan Avery Effingham Associate in Science Clinical Laboratory Science
Kory Avery Effingham Associate in Science Bioscience Non-Teaching
Lauren Fox Effingham Associate in Arts Art
Justine Funneman Effingham Associate in Arts Pre-Nursing
Jayson Graves Effingham Certificate Manufacturing Skills I
Megan Harris Effingham Associate in Arts Business Administration
Tanner Jones Effingham Certificate Geospatial Technology
Tanner Jones Effingham Associate in Science Earth Science
Alysha Loy Effingham Associate in Arts Art
Abby Marxman Effingham Associate in Science Pre-Nursing
Jessica Mette Effingham Associate in Arts Psychology
Faith Miller Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Brittney Reed Effingham Certificate Medical Assistant
Courtney Rieman Effingham Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Keiko Ripley Effingham Associate in Arts Pre-Nursing
Blake Schumacher Effingham Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Business & Supply
Misty Snyder Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Reanne Thies Effingham Associate in Science Pre-Nursing
Coral Thoele Effingham Certificate Accounting
Collin Wallace Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Heather Wallace Effingham Certificate Management
Heather Wallace Effingham Certificate Marketing
Heather Wallace Effingham Certificate Professional Sales
Heather Wallace Effingham Associate in Applied Science Management
Melissa Lye Findlay Certificate Medical Assistant
Paige Tippit Findlay Certificate Practical Nursing
Alyssa Willoughby Gays Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Kirby Casner Herrick Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work
Heartly Smith Herrick Certificate Accounting
Haylee Short Hillsboro Associate in Science Bioscience Non-Teaching
Kristy Warman Hindsboro Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Kelsey Slager Hopedale Associate in Arts Agriculture
Michelle Chupp Indianapolis Associate in Science Bioscience Non-Teaching
Michelle Chupp Indianapolis Associate in Liberal Studies Associate In Liberal Studies
Nathan Greuel Louisville Associate in Science Physics
Jarrett Stanfield Louisville Associate in Arts History
Jennifer Erixon Lovington Certificate Management
Kelly Schroeder Manhattan Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Olivia Reynolds Mansfield Certificate Cosmetology
Vance Oetjen Marshall Associate in Science Pre-Engineering
Adora Gowin Martinsville Associate in Arts Business Administration
Alyssa Maxey Martinsville Certificate Practical Nursing
Matthew Healy Mason Associate in Arts Business Administration
Sara Miller Mason Certificate Cosmetology
Amber Aleshire Mattoon Certificate Office Support Specialist
Lynette Bell Mattoon Certificate Medical Coding Specialist
Jodie Carey Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Cherilyn Carlson Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Kristen Chumbley Mattoon Associate in Arts Psychology
Anna DeBuhr Mattoon Associate in Arts Agriculture
Sarita Dunne Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Psychology
Shalana Elder Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Taylor Fray Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Brylin Garren Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
Anthony Golding Mattoon Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Stephanie Gordon Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
Julie Gosnell Mattoon Certificate Medical Coding Specialist
Morgan Hampton Mattoon Associate in Arts Psychology
Dylan Harper Mattoon Associate in Applied Science IT-Network Administration
Jacqueline Hawkins Mattoon Associate in Arts Liberal Arts
Jonathan Johnson Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Scott Johnson Mattoon Certificate Manufacturing Skills I
Tashi Kuti Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Nicholas LeDoux Mattoon Certificate Manufacturing Skills I
Benjamin Mabiala Mattoon Associate in Arts Business Administration
Kristen Morlen Mattoon Certificate Accounting
Clarissa Mouley Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Kyla Ohm Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Triston Overton Mattoon Certificate Computer-Aided Drafting
John Price Mattoon Certificate Manufacturing Skills I
Rachel Renwick Mattoon Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work
Julie Rose Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Clarissa Seal Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Rebecca Smith Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Psychology
Danielle Stapleton Mattoon Certificate Welding Technology
Melinda Strawn Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Jackson Utsler Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Ag Power Technology
LesLee Watkins Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Zoe West Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
Kelly Harmon Montrose Certificate Practical Nursing
Megan Bush Neoga Certificate Practical Nursing
Hunter Krampe Neoga Associate in Arts Psychology
Josie McMahon Neoga Certificate Practical Nursing
Joshua Jefferson New Albany Associate in Arts Business Administration
Karla Madden Newman Associate in Arts Business Administration
Joseph Brooks Newton Certificate Geospatial Technology
Erica Swisher Newton Certificate Esthetics
Rayanna Mboma Normal Associate in Science Health Education
Micayla Clapp Oakland Associate in Arts Pre-Nursing
Lori Magnussen Oconee Certificate Practical Nursing
Bethany Beeson Pana Associate in Science Business Administration
Whitney Matthews Pana Certificate Practical Nursing
Whitney Matthews Pana Associate in Liberal Studies Associate In Liberal Studies
Joshua McCombe Pana Certificate IT-Computer Game Development
Aubrey Puckett Pana Associate in Science Pre-Nursing
Edith Warcup Pana Certificate Practical Nursing
Karen Cook Paris Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work
Madison Gates Paris Certificate Practical Nursing
Kamryn Kingery Paris Associate in Arts Pre-Nursing
Jenna Lawson Paris Associate in Science Pre-Physical Therapy
Darla Redman Paris Certificate Practical Nursing
Phillip Williams Rosenberg Associate in Arts Undecided
Taran Duckworth Saint Elmo Associate in Science Pre-Dental
Parker Nolan Schaumburg Associate in Arts Business Administration
Ryann Ambrose Shelbyville Associate in Arts Psychology
Megan Donnel Shelbyville Associate in Arts Early Childhood Education
Hannah Koonce Shelbyville Associate in Arts Pre-Veterinary Medicine
William Lenz Shelbyville Associate in Arts Liberal Arts
Abby Manship Shelbyville Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Production & Management
Olivia Reimer Shelbyville Associate in Science Pre-Medicine
Lisa Kaufman Shumway Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Criminal Justice
Barbara Phillips Shumway Certificate Practical Nursing
Rachel Gratz Sigel Certificate Practical Nursing
Ty Hewing Sigel Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Business & Supply
Sean Kromah Smyrna Associate in Arts Physical Education
Baylee Cohan Sullivan Certificate Esthetics
Micah Dickens Sullivan Certificate Practical Nursing
Tiffani Golden Sullivan Certificate Practical Nursing
Cadisen Nuzzo Sullivan Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Psychology
Jennifer Penberthy Sullivan Certificate Practical Nursing
Kaleb Shumard Sullivan Associate in Science Pre-Dental
Andrew Sims Sullivan Associate in Arts Speech Communication
Trina Smith-Roberts Sullivan Certificate Medical Assistant
Bailey Sparling Sullivan Associate in Arts Undecided
Bailey Sparling Sullivan Associate in Science Pre-Pharmacy
William Tate Sullivan Certificate Welding Technology
Lija Workman Sullivan Associate in Science Bioscience Non-Teaching
Hayley Zirkle Sullivan Certificate Medical Assistant
Jonathan Beck Teutopolis Associate in Arts Pre-Nursing
Jordan Wellbaum Teutopolis Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Austin Light Toledo Associate in Arts Business Administration
Chasity Moses Toledo Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Walter Robison Toledo Certificate Electronic Control Technician
Alisha Ruholl Toledo Associate in Liberal Studies Associate In Liberal Studies
Teresa Allsop Tower Hill Certificate Practical Nursing
Randa Morris Tower Hill Certificate Medical Assistant
Alicia Pritchard Urbana Certificate Practical Nursing
Brady Cappe Waterford Ontario Associate in Arts Criminal Justice