The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) students have finished pouring concrete for a new section of sidewalk east of Menard Hall. The existing sidewalk was cracked and in need of repair. HCCTP teaches the basics of construction through hands-on training. So students laid out a new plan for that section of sidewalk, removed the old concrete with jack hammers and moved the sidewalk over so it lined up with the east door of Menard Hall. Students were assisted by the Cement Masons Local 18.
Thank you so much for allowing CRAIG to visit our Pre-K program to help celebrate Week of the Young Child. He always does a fantastic job explaining what a truck driver does. I love seeing our children’s faces light up when they sit in the seat of the BIG truck.
Ball-Chatham Pre-K Parent Coordinator
Faculty, staff, and students can now register for a raised bed in the LLCC Community Garden. As a garden participant you will manage your own space to grow the fruits or vegetables of your choice all season long. A $20 garden allows you to choose one or two raised beds, depending on the amount of space you are willing to manage. Raised beds are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis until filled. First-time gardeners are welcome!
There are many documented benefits of gardening – it is cheaper to grow your own food; you can reduce stress through gardening activities and connecting with the soil; and you can eat a healthier, more delicious diet by incorporating whole foods that you grow yourself.
The LLCC Community Garden is located behind the Workforce Careers Center and Montgomery Hall.
Contact Marnie Record at 786-4993 for more information about the LLCC Community Garden and to inquire about garden space availability.
Monday, Jan. 23: Last chance to take a survey about the LLCC farm stand! The Workforce Development department is looking for your feedback to develop our gardening plan for growing produce that will be available at a campus farm stand beginning late spring. Share your interest in purchasing LLCC grown food and flowers through this 3-5 minute survey: https://lincolnland.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_237rel9qMlTzSsJ. Your answers will determine what the campus farm stand will have available, where it will be located, and what time and day the farm stand will be held. We greatly appreciate your time in responding to the survey!
LLCC is now home to two donated honey bee hives! The LLCC Sustainability Committee was approached in the spring about placing bee hives on the campus. Beekeeper Dr. Stu Jacobson worked with committee member Steve Handy and workforce specialist Marnie Record to make sure the bees found a location identified as a good place for the bees as well as a safe place for those on campus. The bees are located on the southeast end of campus along the tree line. Signs will be posted near the hive area to alert people of the location. Most recently, community education students in Bee Series: Fall Management, were able to have a live demonstration at the site. In the future, credit classes will be able to incorporate the bee hives into their academic learning and Community Learning will be able to expand their class offerings. If you would like to read about all the benefits of bees, check out Jessica Tucker’s article on One Green Planet titled: How Bees Benefit Other Living Things. The college will surely benefit from bees in ways described in the article which include:
- Benefits to our prairies and flower bearing plants – the perfect relationship in nature; bees need flowers and flowers need bees!
- Agriculture – did you know pollination of agricultural crops are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat!
- Providing food – who doesn’t like honey!
- Acting as environmental indicators –the decline of bees is an indicator that something is amiss in our environment – perhaps the effects of pesticides!
For more information contact Julie Rourke, chair, Sustainability Committee.
LLCC’s Workforce Development department is launching two Agricultural Watershed Management certificate programs this fall for farm owners, farm operators and agricultural service providers, as well as traditional agriculture and environmental science students.
The new courses are being offered at the LLCC-Springfield campus beginning Aug. 22. Additional courses will begin Oct. 18, Jan.10 and March 14.
“Agricultural nutrient loss reduction and sediment retention are very valuable in today’s farming economy, resulting in a higher net income for the producer while increasing land values to the owner,” said David Bowman, workforce coordinator and developer of the Agricultural Watershed certificate program curriculum. “This pioneering new program is a cross between hands-on laboratory practice and online learning for emerging agricultural watershed management technologies, and aligns within stated goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Our program expects to contribute to the reduction of nutrient and soil sediment losses for Lake Springfield with its watershed, an EPA-designated “priority watershed,” and around the state, while building Illinois’ bioeconomy.” Continue reading
Biology students conduct research in new structure built by construction trades students
(Click HERE for a short video of the ribbon cuttig ceremony and demonstration.)
Lincoln Land Community College cut the ribbon yesterday on a new structure that will house the college’s bird banding research program. In cooperation with the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, LLCC biology students participate in the capture, banding and release of birds, recording information which is added to a massive data pool on bird migration patterns.
The 36’ by 24’ building with a porch and overhang was built by LLCC construction trades students, a program funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Cutting the ribbon were LLCC Trustee and Board Secretary Dennis Shackelford, LLCC Biology Professor Tony Rothering, Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders (LLABB) President Vern Kleen, and LLCC bird banding student Lizzie Roehrs.
Professor Rothering and Mr. Kleen began the program in fall of 2012 on the northeast edge of the LLCC campus and to date, approximately 11,000 birds representing 113 species have been banded. LLABB members, school groups and organizations also participate in banding activities. Until the new structure was built, all bird banding took place outside and was cancelled during inclement weather. Banders can now do research inside when needed during the fall and spring banding seasons.
Speaking at the ribbon cutting, Rothering thanked the LLCC Board of Trustees, college administrators, LLABB and the construction trades program for support on the project. He noted the significance of the collected data on international weather and climate change research.
“The LLCC bird banding station provides students with a practical scientific experience outside of the classroom,” said Rothering. “Our hands-on approach allows students to appreciate the biological importance of studying bird population and migration patterns and how they relate to the greater ecological world.”
Marnie Record, workforce specialist, Value Added Local Foods Program, recently participated in the Tri-State Local Food Summit held at John Wood Community College in Quincy. A variety of food service managers, parents, farm to school program administrators, and community members from Illinois, Iowa and Missouri attended the day of education to learn more about various aspects of growing and using local foods.
Marnie spoke at the conference about farm to school programming in the states of Illinois and Iowa and gave an overview of how the program works to include education, procurement, and school gardens. Attendees learned how to start and improve farm to school programs and get involved with farm to school work in their respective communities. Marnie also spoke on a panel about “what is local” that discussed various definitions and implications of local food.
Judy Jozaitis, Ed.D., vice president, workforce development and community education, presented twice at the Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dec. 8. The first presentation was “The CDL, A Pathway to Success.” The second presentation was “Workforce Inclusion and Diversity Partnerships, Ticket to the Middle Class: Overcoming Barriers, Including Former Incarceration.”
The LLCC garden farm stand is open Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and is featuring spinach, cilantro, scallions, carrots, mesclun mix and kale grown on campus. Some quantities are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.