LLCC-Litchfield and LLCC-Jacksonville harnessing the power of the sun

Rooftop solar panels at LLCC-LitchfieldLLCC is working with WindSolarUSA and Senergy Electric to install rooftop solar panels at its Litchfield and Jacksonville locations. The installation at LLCC-Litchfield is nearly complete, and the project at LLCC-Jacksonville begins today, Aug. 5. The solar panels are expected to offset 95 percent of LLCC’s electrical consumption at Litchfield and 75 percent of its electrical consumption at Jacksonville.

“The benefits of investing in these alternative energy projects include energy cost savings, carbon emission reduction and support of the college’s long-standing commitment to sustainable practices,” explains Tim Ervin, LLCC director of construction and environmental health and safety.

LLCC’s solar installations are part of the Illinois Power Agency’s Adjustable Block Program, a state program providing incentives for solar photovoltaic systems. Illinois has committed to produce 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2025. The renewable energy credits provided back to the grid by the solar panels LLCC is hosting will help the state meet its renewable energy requirement.

“In addition to the energy savings, as a part of the state program, the college will see program incentive payments of more than $100,000 per site over a period of five years to help cover the cost of installation,” adds Ervin.

The installation at LLCC-Litchfield includes a 124.5 kW system with 415 modules on the south slopes of the administration as well as arts and technology buildings. Contractors will be installing a 156.4 kW system with 434 modules on the roof at LLCC-Jacksonville. The work is scheduled to be completed by mid-September.

The solar installations will have module-level monitoring, allowing for real-time observation of each solar panel’s performance for maintenance and use as an educational tool in classrooms.

Solar panel work at LLCC-Litchfield begins Monday

Starting on Monday, June 3, contractors will begin installing solar panels on the roofs at both buildings at LLCC-Litchfield. We anticipate this work will take approximately 30-45 calendar days to complete. Contractors will be sure to maintain access to both buildings at all times. Please use caution and be aware of all construction traffic and materials being lifted up on to the roof during this time period. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tim Ervin at 786-9605 or at

Food drives at LLCC-Litchfield and LLCC-Taylorville

Charity Griggs, CEFS Montgomery County Outreach Coordinator; Christine Marietta, LLCC-Litchfield Administrative Assistant; and Tisha Miller, LLCC-Taylorville and Litchfield Enrollment Coordinator

Charity Griggs, CEFS Montgomery County Outreach Coordinator; Christine Marietta, LLCC-Litchfield Administrative Assistant; and Tisha Miller, LLCC-Taylorville and Litchfield Enrollment Coordinator

LLCC-Litchfield and LLCC-Taylorville each held Thanksgiving food drives from Nov. 1-14, collecting more than 450 non-perishable food items. Items were donated to the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation in Montgomery County, the Taylorville Food Pantry and the First Presbyterian Church Deacon’s Thanksgiving Basket Program.

Classes at each outreach center competed to collect the most items for the drive and win a pizza party. At LLCC-Litchfield, Human Anatamy and Physiology II taught by Dennis Scobbie was  the class with the most donations. At LLCC-Taylorville, Public Speaking Fundamentals taught by Elizabeth Fines was the class with the most donations.

Anatomy and Physiology II class at LLCC-Litchfield

Anatomy & Physiology II class at LLCC-Litchfield

Public Speaking Fundamentals class at LLCC-Taylorville

Public Speaking Fundamentals class at LLCC-Taylorville


LLCC-Taylorville’s updated welding lab

Brief remarks were made at an open house ceremony on Wednesday for LLCC-Taylorville’s newly updated and renovated welding lab.

Wayne Rosenthal

Wayne Rosenthal, vice chair of the LLCC Board of Trustees, spoke at an open house for the updated LLCC-Taylorville welding lab

Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville, vice chair of the LLCC Board of Trustees, represents district 4 on the board, which includes Taylorville. He commented, “When you compare our facilities 10 years ago to where we are today, the changes have been phenomenal. We have a new classroom facility built in 2011, and the original building was updated in 2015. Now, with this new welding lab, all of LLCC-Taylorville is state-of-the-art.”

Marty Swan, Dennis Shackelford, Wayne Rosenthal, Justin Reichert, Dr. Charlotte Warren, Gordon Gates, Ken Elmore, Mike Hazdra and Red Tomnitz

Marty Swan, construction occupations coordinator, LLCC-Taylorville; Dennis Shackelford, chair, LLCC Board of Trustees; Wayne Rosenthal, vice chair; Justin Reichert, trustee; Dr. Charlotte Warren, president; Gordon Gates, trustee; Ken Elmore, board secretary; Mike Hazdra and Red Tomnitz, welding instructors at an open house Sept. 26 for LLCC-Taylorville’s newly updated welding lab.

The $275,000 welding lab project was funded through an anonymous gift combined with LLCC Foundation and college funds. “This project significantly enhances the experience of LLCC’s welding students in Taylorville and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Charlotte Warren, president of LLCC. “The project includes new welding lab equipment, new flooring and welding curtains, and energy efficient ventilation and lighting systems. Additionally, thanks to the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation and its board members, we were able to purchase a band saw. We are so excited about the opportunities that this project will create for our students. This program truly has the ability to put our community members to work!”

Marty Swan, construction occupations coordinator at LLCC-Taylorville, said the new equipment includes 12 machines that will each perform MIG, TIG and stick welding. “This is a big advantage to students and allows us to expand our enrollment. Instructors Mike Hazdra and Red Tomnitz are two of the finest welding teachers anywhere.” He added that the job market for welders is “fantastic. Our graduates can leave here and go immediately to employment.”

LLCC-Taylorville welding lab open house

LLCC-Taylorville hosted an open house yesterday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to showcase its newly updated and renovated welding lab. The project consists of new welding lab equipment, new flooring and welding curtains, and energy efficient ventilation and lighting systems. The new welding equipment includes 12 machines that will
each perform MIG (metal inert gas), TIG (tungsten inert gas)
and stick (shielded metal arc) welding. Thanks to donors, the new lab significantly enhances the experience of LLCC’s welding students in Taylorville and surrounding communities.

WeldingWelding lab equipment

Spring Regional Office of Education art show

More than 850 pieces of artwork are on display at LLCC-Jacksonville with artists that range in age from five to 18. Art teachers within the Regional Office of Education area have selected artwork created by students in prekindergarten through high school for display at LLCC-Jacksonville.

The winners of the art show were announced Friday.

2018 Spring Regional Office of Education Art Show participantsMayor Awards:  MacKenzie Kassing, St. Mary Elementary; Kallista Conway, Lincoln Elementary; Lucas May, Routt Catholic High School.

Regional Office of Education Awards: Braedyn Thomas, South; Wyatt Booth, Murrayville; Rachel Nelson, Triopia High School

Jacksonville Area Chamber Awards: Madelyn Werries, Triopia Elementary; Nikki Decker, St. Mary Elementary; Chaney Parker, Winchester High School

Lincoln Land Community College: Madison Fortado, Early Years; Willow Platt, North Elementary, Kaitland Gregory, Winchester High School.

People’s Choice: Jaycee Hunnicutt, Washington Elementary; Payton Smith, South Elementary.

LLCC-Taylorville invites public to 50th anniversary celebration April 29

LLCC-Taylorville invites the public to a free community event Saturday, April 29 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the college’s founding. The event is being held from 1-3 p.m. at LLCC-Taylorville, 800 S. Spresser and includes music, a theatrical performance, a special program, children’s activities and informational displays.

LLCC’s Stolen Moments Jazz Band will provide music through the past five decades. A short program begins at 1:15 p.m. with remarks by LLCC Trustee Wayne Rosenthal and LLCC President Charlotte Warren, Ph.D. In addition, City of Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton will present a proclamation from the city and announce a street name change from Lee Norse Drive to Lincoln Land Way. At 1:30 p.m., the LLCC Theatre Club will give a short performance.

Children’s activities include Professor Longhair’s up-close magic, experiments by the LLCC Chemistry Club, an inflatable bounce house, barrel train, duck pond and chalk the walk. Children also will be able to explore a police car, fire truck and ambulance. Parents will have the opportunity to have their children fingerprinted by the Taylorville Police Department.

Students interested in attending LLCC can talk with representatives from various departments and programs including advising, financial aid, chemistry, construction, criminal justice, emergency medical services, theater, truck driver training and welding. Representatives from the Taylorville police and fire departments, Dunn’s Ambulance Service and Taylorville Memorial Hospital also will be on hand to provide information.

LLCC’s new book “50 FORWARD!” and other 50th items will be available for purchase at the event and refreshments will be served.

In the news

Scott Stallman, Ph.D., AVP, LLCC outreach, and Tisha Miller, enrollment operations, were interviewed April 5 for an upcoming story in the Breeze-Courier newspaper regarding LLCC-Taylorville’s 50th anniversary celebration and the college’s overall observance.

LLCC-Litchfield co-sponsors Live Line event

An electrical safety program titled “Live Line” was held in the Charles M. Long Auditorium at LLCC-Litchfield on Wednesday, March 22. Approximately 115 fourth graders from Litchfield and Mt. Olive elementary schools learned about electrical safety through a live display provided by Ameren.  The event was sponsored by LLCC-Litchfield, University of Illinois Extension, Rural Electric, MJM Electric and Ameren.