LLCC offering summer courses online with no online fees

LLCC has announced that summer classes will be offered online and students will pay no online fees.

“LLCC wants to support students during these uncertain times,” said Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., LLCC president. “To remove one financial barrier for students, LLCC will refund online fees for summer courses. Students will only pay our regular summer tuition and fees.”

“The LLCC Board of Trustees is in full support of this extra assistance we are offering students,” she continued. “It is vital that we keep students moving forward with transfer courses, healthcare and career programs that are so needed in our communities.”

Certain science, career and technical classes will meet online for the first half of the summer term, June 8-July 2, with lab and hands-on learning planned for the second half, July 6-30.

Students who have already paid the online fee for summer will be reimbursed. Students registering going forward will not pay the online fee. LLCC regular summer tuition is $131.50 per credit hour for in-district students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. More details are available at www.llcc.edu/tuition-and-fees.

Summer registration is currently open, and registration for fall classes begins April 16. More information on enrolling at LLCC is available at www.llcc.edu/getting-started.

With all instruction and offices currently operating remotely, LLCC has introduced a virtual tour for prospective students at www.llcc.edu/virtual-tour. Dr. Warren said plans for an alternate celebration for 2020 graduates will be announced soon.

Virtual information session for MacMurray students today, 7-8 p.m.

Mac2LLCC. Resources for MacMurray College studentsLLCC is holding the second of two virtual information sessions for MacMurray College students today, April 9, from 7-8 p.m. at https://zoom.us/j/301465826. No pre-registration is necessary.

Led by Keri Mason, director of LLCC-Jacksonville, the session will include an introduction/overview of LLCC and information on programs, degrees and certificates, costs, financial aid and scholarships. MacMurray students may ask questions and schedule appointments for individual meetings. LLCC success coaches, financial aid staff and a representative of the LLCC nursing program will also participate.

LLCC has a special webpage with information for MacMurray students at www.llcc.edu/mac2llcc. Students may also email Mac2LLCC@llcc.edu, call 217-786-9600 or text 217-387-3342 for more information.

LLCC holding virtual information sessions for MacMurray students

Mac2LLCC. Resources for MacMurray College studentsLLCC is holding two virtual information sessions for MacMurray College students today, April 8, from 2-3 p.m. at https://zoom.us/j/901051803 and Thursday, April 9, from 7-8 p.m. at https://zoom.us/j/301465826. No pre-registration is necessary.

Led by Keri Mason, director of LLCC-Jacksonville, the sessions will include an introduction/overview of LLCC and information on programs, degrees and certificates, costs, financial aid and scholarships. MacMurray students may ask questions and schedule appointments for individual meetings. LLCC success coaches, financial aid staff and a representative of the LLCC nursing program will also participate.

LLCC has a special webpage with information for MacMurray students at www.llcc.edu/mac2llcc. Students may also email Mac2LLCC@llcc.edu, call 217-786-9600 or text 217-387-3342 for more information.

Community garden

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety of faculty, staff, students and community members, LLCC will not offer a community garden (located behind the Workforce Careers Center and Montgomery Hall) this year. If you have further questions, please contact darla.cochran@llcc.edu.

Remote operations extended

LLCC will continue remote operations through at least the end of April. Identified essential personnel will continue to be able to be on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to noon. This is only for limited operations that are required to take care of business that cannot be done remotely. If there is an emergency need for you to return, and you have not been identified as an essential employee, please work through your supervisor and cabinet member to get approved and to notify police.

LLCC to hold virtual information sessions for MacMurray students 

Mac2LLCC. Resources for MacMurray College studentsLLCC will hold two virtual information sessions for MacMurray College students next week.

The virtual sessions will be held Wednesday, April 8 from 2-3 p.m. at https://zoom.us/j/901051803 and Thursday, April 9 from 7-8 p.m. at https://zoom.us/j/301465826. No pre-registration is necessary.

Led by Keri Mason, director of LLCC-Jacksonville, the sessions will include an introduction/overview of LLCC and information on programs, degrees and certificates, costs, financial aid and scholarships. MacMurray students may ask questions and schedule appointments for individual meetings. LLCC success coaches, financial aid staff and a representative of the LLCC nursing program will also participate.

LLCC is offering in-district tuition rates to MacMurray students of $131.50 per credit hour for summer term and $133.00 per credit hour for the fall semester, regardless of their home addresses. (Some LLCC programs have variable tuition rates.)

LLCC has a special webpage with information for MacMurray students at www.llcc.edu/mac2llcc. Students may also email Mac2LLCC@llcc.edu, call 217-786-9600 or text 217-387-3342 for more information.

Resources for students who need internet access

Faculty and staff — If students need internet access or do not have enough data, please share the following resources:

  • Xfinity Hotspots and Comcast: Find an Xfinity hotspot for free Wi-Fi if you don’t have it available at home. Comcast is providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge and is not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees for customers who say they can’t pay their bills. The company is also is offering Internet Essentials packages to new customers. Customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020. No long term commitment is required. — https://comca.st/2WmP8AY
  • T-Mobile: The mobile phone service provider is providing unlimited data to all current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days. It will also provide additional data to mobile hotspot users. — https://t-mo.co/2QmPd3O
  • AT&T: Like Comcast, AT&T is also providing free access to its public Wi-Fi hot spots. The company also said its consumer home internet wireline customers and fixed wireless internet customers would receive unlimited data. — https://soc.att.com/2QosvbI
  • Charter Communications: The telecommunications company is providing free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi internet for the next 60 days to households with K-12 students or college students who don’t already have a subscription. Like Comcast and AT&T, it’s also offering its Wi-Fi hot spots for free to the public. — http://bit.ly/2U0mfcp
  • Sprint: Providing unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered data plans (effective 3/18). Giving 20 GB of free mobile hotspot to customers with hotspot-capable devices (effective 3/18). Offering complimentary rates from the U.S. to CDC-defined Level 3 countries to customers with international long-distance plans (effective 3/17) — https://sprint.co/33v25dQ
  • In Cass County: Free Wi-Fi is available to use from the parking lot at LLCC-Beardstown, 109 White Pine Lane.
  • In Morgan County: Free Wi-Fi is available downtown through Jacksonville Main Street.

These and other helpful resources are available for students at www.llcc.edu/student-support-resources.

Review messages in your Junk Email folder

As a reminder, it’s a good idea to regularly review messages in your Junk Email folder in Outlook to make sure you are not missing out on important communications. Check the folder for legitimate messages that may have been classified as junk. If you find a message that isn’t junk, you can drag it back to the Inbox or other folder.

Remote working in a child care center

I just wanted to share how the LLCC Child Development Center staff has made the seemingly impossible be such a positive experience for our families.

Child Development Center staff reading to children onlineThese teachers and assistants have done such positive things to keep our children and families stay engaged virtually through the COVID-19 outbreak. They have been doing things like holding remote circle time through Zoom, uploading play lists of children’s favorite songs for families, reading stories to the children via YouTube, using Padlet to allow families to post pictures of their children for the other families to see, posting recipes and even including a daily post from our guinea pig, Patches! The ingenuity of the LLCC Child Development Center staff when presented with a challenge that they have never before experienced is to be commended!

On top of all of that, they are spending their days learning through a variety of professional development opportunities to make our center even stronger when we return.

I could not be prouder of this group and how they have created positive, virtual ways to engage our children and families!

Laurie Rhodes, director, Child Development Center