Three reasons to take online classes at LLCC

Dr. Carmen Allen, professor of computer science, shares three reasons to take online classes at LLCC, and Cheyenne Kesselring, recent LLCC grad, recommends, “If you’re thinking of taking online courses for college this coming semester, I 100% recommend looking no further than LLCC for your needs.”

LLCC is a leader in online education and was recently named a top school for online learning by the Guide to Online Schools in its “2020 Best Online Community College Rankings by State.”

Registration for fall classes is underway. More information on online courses is available at

In the news

Matt Vespa, professor of mathematics, interviewed with the Jacksonville Journal Courier and WLDS about the regional Academic Challenge held at LLCC on Feb. 4. Approximately 280 students from 18 area high schools participated in the event. Students competed as individuals and as teams, testing in their choice of two of these subjects – biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics.

Center for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity

LLCC received the prestigious Center for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-2Y) certificate on Nov. 20. Representing LLCC, Dr. Carmen Allen, professor of computer science, accepted the award in Phoenix, Ariz. To date, LLCC is only one of four community colleges in Illinois to receive such a  designation. It is awarded after meeting rigorous requirements set forth by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The CAE-2Y designation reflects LLCC’s commitment to educate and prepare cybersecurity professionals who reduce vulnerabilities in our national infrastructure.
Having met the criteria for measuring the depth and maturity of established programs in the field of Cyber Defense Education Lincoln Land Community College is hereby designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education for the path of Associate in Applied Science, Computer Systems-Networking Track through academic year 2023. This certificate is presented in recognition of significant contributions in support of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE): Building a Digital Nation by broadening the pool of skilled workers with cyber defense expertise capable of supporting a cyber-secure nation, and ultimately contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure. Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security and Paul M. Nakasone, General, U.S. Army, Director, NSADr. Carmen Allen accepted award.

Lucinda Caughey panelist for Oct. 16 presentation in “Finding Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts” series

Lucinda Caughey, associate professor of computer science at LLCC; Bethany Bilyeu, Psy.D., L.C.P.C., director, UIS Counseling Center; Siobhan Johnson, deputy director of human resources, Illinois Deptartment of Public Health; and Shane Overby, detective, Springfield Police Department will serve as panelists at “Pants on Fire” this Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. This panel presentation will uncover big and little lies in everyday interactions. The presentation is the second in the series “Finding Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts” hosted by LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning and the Illinois State Museum.

The moderator for all three programs will be Jim Leach, news director of News/Talk 94.7 and 970 WMAY. Registration is requested by calling 786-2432.

For more information and panelist biographies, visit