LLCC establishes Open Door – Workforce Equity Initiative with $1 million grant

Open Door - Workforce Equity Initiative press conferenceLLCC announced yesterday that it has been awarded a $1 million grant to establish the Open Door – Workforce Equity Initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to provide minority and low income individuals with career training that will lead to employment ocally in less than a year. Eligible students can begin these programs at LLCC in January 2020.

Dr. Charlotte Warren“Fifty-two years ago, our college was founded to address our community’s needs around education, employment and economic development. LLCC’s mission, values and goals are inclusive and reflect our desire to provide all of our constituency with opportunities and supports for success,” said LLCC President Charlotte Warren, Ph.D. “The Open Door – Equity Workforce Initiative is an exciting opportunity to continue our mission.”

Michael PhelonThe initiative is designed to improve workforce equity and provide short-term training opportunities to address identified workforce gaps. LLCC will provide training opportunities in central sterile service technician, certified medical assistant, CNA to certified medical assistant, dental assistant, electrocardiogram (ECG) technician, emergency medical technician (EMT) basic, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy technician, truck driver training, auto technology and welding.

“Program participants will receive free tuition, a stipend, transportation assistance, child care assistance, and other supports to accelerate the time for the participants to enter and succeed in postsecondary education/training programs that lead to employment in high skilled, high wage and in-demand occupations,” explained Michael Phelon, director, Open Door program.

Information sessions for individuals interested in participating will be scheduled in the near future. For more information on the Open Door – Workforce Equity Initiative, visit www.llcc.edu/open-door-wei.

Congratulations, Michael Phelon!

Michael Phelon, coordinator, Open Door Mentorship Program, was among the honorees at the Illinois State Capitol Feb. 8 during Michael Phelon 1Michael Phelonspecial Black History Month Celebration. Michael was honored for “Outstanding Commitment to Community Service.” The award was presented by Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs. Members of the Open Door program also attended. Special guest at the celebration was celebrated athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Writers Workshop and Community Concert tomorrow

LLCC’s Open Door program is collaborating with the state’s historic sites in Springfield and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site to present a writing workshop for student artists and a special community concert at the Springfield campus Dec. 15.

The “I Am America” Writers Workshop will take place in the R. H. Stephens Room from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.  The workshop is designed for poets, singer-songwriters spoken word artists and authors. Participants will discuss topics such as songwriting, writer’s block, starting your book, and creating a song demo.  Registration is required to participate in the workshop by contacting Michael Phelon in the Open Door Mentorship Program at Michael.phelon@llc.edu or 217-786-3689.

Music and Conversation will kickoff with an artist reception at 5:30 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons.  The main event, a concert and thoughtful conversation inspired by some of Antonio Neal’s latest songs, starts at 6 p.m. Read more…

Open Door collaborates with Springfield historic sites to host writing workshop and concert.

LLCC’s Open Door program is collaborating with the state’s historic sites in Springfield and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site to present a writing workshop for student artists and a special community concert at the Springfield campus Dec. 15.

The “I Am America” Writers Workshop will take place in the R. H. Stephens Room from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.  The workshop is designed for poets, singer-songwriters spoken word artists and authors. Participants will discuss topics such as songwriting, writer’s block, starting your book, and creating a song demo.  Registration is required to participate in the workshop by contacting Michael Phelon in the Open Door Mentorship Program at Michael.phelon@llc.edu or 217-786-3689.

Music and Conversation will kickoff with an artist reception at 5:30 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons.  The main event, a concert and thoughtful conversation inspired by some of Antonio Neal’s latest songs, starts at 6 p.m. Read more…