LLCC launches LateStart classes and hotline for students seeking options during pandemic

Moving Forward! Start later and finish faster with LateStart Classes! 12-week courses begin Sept. 21. 8-week courses begin Oct. 19.LLCC is launching a series of LateStart classes along with a hotline to assist students looking for options this fall in light of COVID-19.

Recognizing that some four-year college and university students may be staying home because their schools have cancelled in-person classes, and other students may have missed LLCC’s fall registration deadlines due to challenges brought on by the pandemic, LLCC will offer a full array of LateStart classes. Twelve-week transfer and career/tech courses will begin Sept. 21, and eight-week transfer and career/tech courses will begin Oct. 19. All of the courses can be completed by the end of the fall semester in mid-December.

A hotline has been set up at 217-394-5580 (text), 217-786-2227 (phone) and latestart@llcc.edu (email) for students to discuss their options. Students contacting the hotline can communicate with specialists about the enrollment process, payment options and financial aid. A list of available LateStart classes and more information are available at www.llcc.edu/latestart.

“LLCC is here to help any student who could benefit from these classes that start later and finish faster than the regular semester classes,” said Dr. Vern Lindquist, vice president of academic services. “That includes not only current college students whose situations have changed, but those who want to add an additional class to their schedule, adults looking for a career change and even homeschooled high school students.

“By offering these LateStart classes, we want to help students stay safe, save money and stay on track with their educational goals.”

Each LateStart class will be offered in one of LLCC’s current formats:

  • Online – with no set meeting times
  • Remote – online via Zoom or other technology with set meeting times
  • Face-to-face – traditional in-classroom or lab learning
  • Flex – a combination of online, remote and face-to-face

LLCC cuts online fees in half for fall

LLCC has reduced the online class fee by half for the fall 2020 semester.

“Cutting the online fee by 50% can save students hundreds of dollars in these uncertain financial times,” said Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., LLCC president. “As always, we will provide our students with a quality, affordable education this fall.”

Hundreds of additional online classes have been added to the fall schedule. Students taking online classes will pay LLCC’s low tuition and fees plus the half-price online fee of $19.87 per credit hour.

LLCC online classes allow students to access all course content from their homes with no set meeting times. LLCC has offered online classes for 23 years and was named a top online community college in Illinois by the 2020 Guide to Online Schools.

LLCC is also offering face-to-face, remote and flex classes this fall, which carry no online fees. Remote classes are delivered via Zoom or other technology and meet at set times. Flex classes are a combination of face-to-face, online and remote learning.

Accounts for students who have already paid the full online fee for fall will be readjusted. Current students can check their account information online via Logger Central. New students are invited to visit www.llcc.edu/getting-started to view enrollment steps. Financial aid is still available to those who qualify.

FSI 2020 free online conference May 20

The 2020 Faculty Summer Institute has been canceled, but in its place will be a one day online conference titled “Strengthening Student Experiences during COVID-19.” Registration for the FSI 2020 online event is free. After registering, you will be emailed a link to access the conference. If you previously registered for the face-to-face conference, you will need to register again.

The event will be offered through Zoom on the morning of Wednesday, May 20. You can attend one, two or all three sessions listed below. Each session will include time for discussions in Zoom breakout “rooms.”

  • 9 a.m. | Shared Experiences and Lessons Learned
    Facilitator: Robert Paul Malchow, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 10 a.m. | Approaches that Support Student Equity and Accessibility
    Facilitators: Barbara Hancin-Bhatt, Associate Dean, and Murillo Soranso, Assistant Dean, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 11 a.m. | Supporting and Enhancing Student Learning in the Coming Months
    Facilitator: Justin Hodgson, Indiana University Bloomington

Note: The conference will not be recorded (neither video nor audio).

More information is available at https://emails.illinois.edu/newsletter/6587869.html.

LLCC offering online paralegal certificate course

LLCC is offering a new, online paralegal certificate course in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies. The nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers.

“Now is the time to advance your career, change careers or enhance your job skills,” says Paula Luebbert, assistant vice president, corporate/government training and economic development. “LLCC is excited about this new opportunity for potential students, which will allow them to meet their career goals.”

Training includes instruction on how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. There are no prerequisites for the course.

Anyone interested in the program, is invited to a free, 45-minute informational webinar on Wednesday, April 29, at noon. Learn more and register at www.llcc.edu/paralegal-online-certificate.

Through a newly available Affirm financing option, students are able to spread the cost of their tuition and books over monthly installments to make this opportunity more financially viable and achievable for aspiring professionals. Tuition is $1,595 per person and does not include textbooks or Westlaw access. To learn more about payment options, visit www.legalstudies.com/affirm.

The Center for Legal Studies provides flexible legal training in conjunction with nearly 160 accredited U.S. colleges and universities to offer virtual legal career training.

LLCC to begin diagnostic medical sonography certificate program this fall

Diagnostic Medical SonographyLLCC will begin offering a diagnostic medical sonography certificate program in fall 2020. The program prepares students to work in the field of ultrasound technology. “We are pleased to offer a diagnostic medical sonography program at LLCC,” says Dr. Cynthia Maskey, dean, LLCC Health Professions. “It provides a good opportunity, especially for current health care professionals, to move into this specialty field which is highly in demand.”

The program provides instruction, training and clinical experience to prepare students to secure their American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography credentials and entry-level work in the abdomen and obstetrics/gynecology specialty areas. Vascular instruction is also included in the coursework.

Eight students will be admitted for the fall 2020 semester. The college plans to increase student enrollment each fall semester.

Applicants must currently have a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree in an allied health program that is patient-care related and required clinical education. If the bachelor’s degree is not in a health-related field of study, the applicant will need to complete a certified nursing assistant (CNA or BNA) program prior to submitting an application.

Four college-level requisites must be met prior to beginning the core diagnostic medical sonography curriculum: an algebra, statistics or higher mathematics course; general college-level physics and/or radiographic physics; communication skills (including English, speech or composition); and human anatomy and physiology.

Registration for fall semester courses opens April 16. To learn more, visit www.llcc.edu/DMS or call 217-786-2408.

 

Online instruction during the regular summer session

Out of concern for the safety of students and faculty, LLCC will offer only online instruction during the regular summer session. We will use Mod 6 (the second half of the summer session) to offer face-to-face lab sections of selected science and other courses. As usual, deans will be in contact with faculty concerning changes to the schedule.

Keeping connected with students

Kim Young's remote office

Facebook group post: “One of my daughters was tasked with drawing a snapshot of her new day as a result of our current upheavals. I pass that challenge along to you all. Share a snapshot of your new day. Here’s mine!”

Looking for ideas on how to keep connected with your students? Kimberly Young, program assistant, health professions, is finding fun ways to keep nursing students connected during this time of remote learning. Each day she sends a fun “Keeping Connected” post to the nursing student Facebook group. For instance, in honor of the Year of the Nurse, Kim sent them a link to a virtual tour of the greats in nursing history.  In addition, she has started a remote office challenge asking them to share a picture of their new day, and she shared a picture of her remote office accommodations.

Share your ideas with colleagues by submitting them through the online LincIn form (also in top menu bar above), or email kyla.kruse@llcc.edu or lynn.whalen@llcc.edu.

Academic Calendar Workgroup requests feedback by March 6

The Academic Calendar Workgroup is requesting feedback on proposed academic calendars for the next five years. These calendars represent the following academic years: 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024, 2024-2025 and 2025-2026. The workgroup would like your feedback by the end of the day on Friday, March 6. Your responses can be sent to any of the workgroup members listed below. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Lucinda Caughey – Lucinda.Caughey@llcc.edu
Becky Croteau – Rebecca.Croteau@llcc.edu
Andrew Harmon – Andrew.Harmon@llcc.edu
Shanda Byer – Shanda.Byer@llcc.edu
Amy Williams – Amy.Williams@llcc.edu

Academic Calendar Workgroup requests feedback by March 6

The Academic Calendar Workgroup is requesting feedback on proposed academic calendars for the next five years. These calendars represent the following academic years: 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024, 2024-2025 and 2025-2026. The workgroup would like your feedback by the end of the day on Friday, March 6. Your responses can be sent to any of the workgroup members listed below. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Lucinda CaugheyLucinda.Caughey@llcc.edu
Becky CroteauRebecca.Croteau@llcc.edu
Andrew HarmonAndrew.Harmon@llcc.edu
Shanda Byer – Shanda.Byer@llcc.edu
Amy Williams – Amy.Williams@llcc.edu