LLCC ag students receive awards at Illinois PAS conference

Lincoln Land Community College agriculture students participated in competitions at the Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS) fall conference in Peoria recently. The Illinois PAS provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation and is one of the 10 career and technical student organizations that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education as an integral part of career and technical education.  Read more…

LLCC Hybrid Nursing Student Recognition with the American Red Cross

ARC Pinning CeremonyOn Nov. 20, the ADN hybrid nursing students received their American Red Cross Student Nursing pin in recognition of 10+ hours of community service and specialized training.  This is the first time a nursing school in central Illinois has partnered with the Red Cross to complete the Red Cross Disaster Health and Sheltering training. This course introduced the nursing students to how they could help in a disaster response and involved them in a tabletop exercise facilitated by Dr. Pam Bradley, professor of nursing, and the Illinois State Lead Nurse, Elizabeth Dady.   Read more…

Jacksonville Theatre to perform for area schools

LLCC-Jacksonville Theatre hits the road Dec. 5 as instructor Ken Bradbury’s Traveling Theatre troupe begins a four-day marathon of performances in 16 area elementary schools. The play, “Make A Wish,” brings an entertaining message encouraging the thousands in their audience to treat each other with respect and love. The cast will perform on Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13.

We’re at the Festival of Trees!

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If you visit Memorial’s Festival of Trees this year, be sure to look for the tree designed and decorated by LLCC! We’d appreciate your vote for the People’s Choice award!  Click HERE to find out when the Festival is going on.

Message from Dr. Warren

As you all know, a Quality Checkup team affiliated with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) visited our campus on Nov. 6 and 7. During their visit, the team held conversations with several groups in order to affirm the accuracy of our Systems Portfolio; gauge the impact of Action Projects at LLCC; understand our commitment to continuous quality improvement; and confirm compliance with accreditation expectations. And while the Quality Checkup team does not make any official recommendation for reaffirming our accreditation, they did share their observations of LLCC during the closing sessions. The comments were favorable, and the team offered recommendations that were generally consistent with the Systems Appraisal Feedback Report. We anticipate receiving our Quality Checkup Report in January and will update everyone as additional information from the HLC is shared.

Please remember that reaffirmation of our accreditation in AQIP is not a separate, standalone procedure. Rather, it is a summative review of our work with AQIP core processes (i.e., Systems Portfolio, Action Projects, and Quality Checkup) as well as demonstrating that we meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. We anticipate that the HLC’s AQIP Review Panel will examine that larger body of evidence for LLCC in March of 2014. The Institutional Action Council (IAC) would then take action regarding our accreditation status in May of 2014.

Dr. Charlotte Warren, president



Reception highlights green partnership

A reception at Maldaner’s Restaurant in downtown Springfield Nov. 20 highlighted a partnership between Maldaner’s and LLCC. The LLCC Green Center’s Julie Rourke, director of workforce development, wrote for a grant from the Illinois Green Economy Network to provide solar panels on the rooftop of Maldaner’s. LLCC renewable energy students will use the panels for educational purposes, and Maldaner’s expects to reduce its carbon emissions by 20.1 tons per year.  Shown in the photo are Springfield Mayor Mike Houston, Julie Rourke, Mike Farmer of the City of Springfieldand Maldaner’s Chef/Owner Michael Higgins. 

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In the News

Dr. Charlotte Warren, president, and Karen Sanders, executive director, Foundation, were interviewed Nov. 19 by WTIM radio: Dr. Warren on upcoming renovations to the original LLCC-Taylorville building, and Karen on the “Grow Beyond” endowment campaign.