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Candace Silas, program navigator, Open Door – Workforce Equity Initiative, was interviewed on WTAX and WLDS radio stations Feb. 17 about the 20 openings in the initiative. Students are being sought to fill spots in truck driver training, CNA, EMT and central sterile service technician. Free tuition, a stipend, child care and transportation costs are included.  Interested students should email or or visit The initiative aims to increase workplace equity and is open to low income and minority students.

Travis McCullough, president of the LLCC Black Student Union, was interviewed Feb. 17 by the State Journal Register on the importance of first time voters taking part in the upcoming elections. The BSU is sponsoring a voter registration drive Feb. 24.

LLCC seeks 20 additional students for free career training program

LLCC is seeking 20 additional students for its Open Door Workforce Equity Initiative program, which provides free career training in highly skilled, in-demand occupations.

The purpose of the initiative is to provide minority and low income individuals with short-term career training that will lead to employment locally in less than a year. The effort aims to improve workforce equity and address identified workforce gaps in local communities.

“Currently, we have openings for 20 individuals to be spread among our truck driver training, emergency medical technician (EMT), central sterile service technician, and nurse assistant (CNA) programs,” said Michael Phelon, director of the Open Door program. “Participants will receive free tuition, a stipend, transportation assistance, child care assistance and other supports so they can train for employment in these occupations.”

More information and an application to join the program are available at or by contacting Phelon at or Candace Silas, program navigator, at

LLCC is one of 15 community colleges that are part of the $18.7 million Workforce Equity Initiative through the Illinois Community College Board.

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LLCC student Travis McCullough, president of the LLCC Black Student Union, was interviewed by WICS TV news Feb. 7 regarding the HIV/AIDS awareness and testing event in A. Lincoln Commons as part of the African-American History Month observance.

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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.

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Asia Jackson, program assistant, LLCC Student Life, was interviewed by WICS TV yesterday, Feb. 3, on African American History Month events at LLCC. The State Journal-Register also photographed the first event in the series, Rosevelt Pratt with the African Drum and Dance Ensemble and LLCC student Gerald Cole Jr. of Torch_Nation