Annual open enrollment process for benefit options

As a reminder, the annual open enrollment process for all benefit options is open through Thursday, June 4. Please thoroughly review the benefit guide HR emailed on April 28. It provides an overview of provided benefits, including information about the health and dental insurance premiums and coverage for the plan year beginning July 1, 2020. You may also view this short benefit summary video. Open enrollment offers the opportunity to make changes to all benefit options, including, Voluntary Life and AD& D Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Cancer and Critical Illness Benefit and Accident Benefit.

Open Enrollment Process

The open enrollment process will be conducted entirely online. Today you will receive an email with the subject line: “You need to complete your FY21 open enrollment checklist.” The email will contain a link to access your open enrollment tasks. You will use your LLCC login credentials to access the system. You will be immediately taken to the My Tasks page, which will list all of the items you must complete. If you are not immediately taken to the My Tasks page, click on the three dots in the upper left-hand corner of the page and select Employee Records. Please view each item and complete according to the instructions by no later than Thursday, June 4, 2020. To aid you in completing this process, we will be mailing a benefit statement to your home this week, which will list what your current coverage is for all options. If you have trouble with the online process, we are happy to assist you via a Microsoft Teams meeting.

Benefit Information

For plan year 2021, there are no changes to any plans with a minor exception for the High Deductible Plan. The individual deductible for the High Deductible Plan was increased from $2,750 to $2,800 in order to meet IRS guidelines for qualified high deductible plans.

View more detailed information regarding benefit options. You will find detailed information including:

  • Schedule of benefits for Open Access and High Deductible Plans
  • Schedule of benefits for vision
  • Schedule of benefits for dental
  • Non-discrimination notice for your dental benefit
  • FAQs for the High Deductible Plan and Health Savings Accounts
  • Information about Allied Benefit Systems and our network, HealthLink
  • Information about DirectPath, a health plan advocacy and healthcare cost transparency tool
  • Important notices about insurance
  • IRS documents on health savings accounts
  • Affordable Care Act Summaries of Benefits and Coverage
  • Benefit overviews for Life/AD&D, Long-Term Disability, Accident and Critical Illness and Cancer


If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to Nicole RalphKim Elder or Kirsten Taylor.

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Community Education offering 10 free online classes

LLCC Community EducationFrom now until June 30, LLCC Community Education is offering 10 FREE, self-paced online classes. Sign up for these classes at no cost … pick one or several! Then complete them at your own pace within three months. Go to and use the search term “free” to see the list of classes and sign up today. Free classes include:

  • Managing Customer Service
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
  • Personal Finance
  • Creating Webpages
  • Creating WordPress Websites
  • Individual Excellence
  • 12 Steps to a Successful Job Search
  • Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring Budget
  • Keys to Effective Communication
  • Marketing Your Business on the Internet

Ed2Go online courses are perfect for those who wish to learn a new skill or get refreshed in an existing skill. These high-quality courses are taught by industry experts and designed to quickly deliver specific skills and knowledge that help to advance personal or professional development. The online classroom is informative, convenient and highly interactive.

Is there another class that piques your interest? All registrations for online self-paced courses* made now through May 31 for LLCC’s Ed2Go online self-paced classes will be automatically 20 percent off! Just go to, add your choice of self-paced class* into your cart and the discount is already applied — no codes, no hassle. There are 300 options to choose from.

*Note: This discount only applies to single, self-paced classes, NOT to series or bundles. Click the search bar magnifying glass to filter classes, and search for self-paced.

Message from the president

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I had been working on something to send out as we “mostly” tie up this semester. But I watched our Commencement and thought — that says it all. Thanks to all of you, each and every department, that have contributed to help our students get to this point. It hasn’t been easy. In fact, it has been damn hard work. But we are mostly there. I say mostly because we still have some that are awaiting guidance to let us totally finish up. But even so, graduation night was a time to celebrate. The ceremony was great, and students, families, faculty and staff had an opportunity to “be in the moment.”

We still have a way to go. I can’t give you any answers as to the next step. That is dependent on the Governor’s guidance and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Just know that we are ready to move, even incrementally, as we are given the go-ahead. Each step will be taken with concern for the safety of all. But flexibility is still the key to our success.

As we wait for the yellow and green lights, just know that each and every one of you are appreciated. We have kept our eyes on the goal post — and that is getting our students through. We are doing everything imaginable, and I don’t use that term lightly. Your imagination, creativity and dedication made our ceremony tonight possible, and kept the hopes of those to come alive.

For those of you leaving for a summer break, know we are grateful. For those who remain, we still have work to do, but I know you are up to the challenge. I can’t yet tell you what fall will hold, and I can’t tell you when we will all be together again. But I can tell you that the graduation ceremony Friday was just one step in our moving forward to take care of students.

Thanks for just being the heart of what is — Lincoln Land Community College.

Charlotte Warren, Ph.D.

President Charlotte Warren, Ph.D. named to IBHE COVID-19 Campus Reopening Committee

Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., LLCC president, has been appointed to serve on the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) COVID-19 Campus Reopening Committee. Leaders of public and private higher education will discuss and determine how students can safely return to campus in coming months.

Following the release of Governor JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, IBHE has convened this committee to shape guidance on how campuses across the state can open safely this fall semester amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Governor for Education Jesse Ruiz said, “I am grateful for IBHE’s leadership on this and look forward to the committee’s recommendations for the 2020-2021 academic year. As always, our priority remains protecting the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, while providing a high-quality education to prepare students for future careers.”

The University of Illinois System, with its deep scientific expertise and on-going statewide work related to COVID-19, will ensure the committee has access to the latest public health research and guidance with a lens that is uniquely focused on higher education. “Higher education leaders, faculty and staff did an amazing job of rising to meet the unprecedented challenges this pandemic posed to our students and institutions this spring,” IBHE Chair John Atkinson remarked. “Keeping our students on track to post-secondary attainment remains our primary focus and I am confident that together these leaders will help enable continued success in that effort.”

“We know there is a lot of uncertainty, but one thing that is certain is that Illinois colleges remain the best, most affordable option for many. Whether that means working online to be safe, or a socially-distanced in-person experience, our colleges and universities will be here,” said Ginger Ostro, executive director, IBHE. “As we focus on implementing the Restore Illinois plan across the state’s higher education system, the expertise of these college and university leaders will be invaluable.”

The committee includes:

  • IBHE Executive Director Ginger Ostro
  • Representatives of Illinois’ public universities
    • Northern Illinois University President Lisa Freeman
    • University of Illinois President Tim Killeen
    • Southern Illinois University President Dan Mahony
    • Chicago State University President Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott
  • Representatives of Illinois’ private colleges and universities
    • Judson University President Gene Crume
    • Loyola University President Joanne Rooney
    • Northwestern University President Morton Shapiro
    • University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer
  • Representatives of Illinois’ community colleges
    • City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado
    • Illinois Central College President Sheila Quirk-Bailey
    • Lincoln Land Community College President Charlotte Warren
    • Rend Lake College President Terry Wilkerson

Jerry Kruse, dean and provost of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will also lend public health expertise. Brian Durham, executive director of the Illinois Community College Board and David Tretter of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities will help provide expertise and advice to institutions across the broader systems.

Information for essential employees working on campus

The date of officially re-opening the campus has yet to be determined, but the number of essential employees needed on campus is increasing as we get ready for the summer term. For those coming back to campus this week, please note that a face mask or face covering will be required whenever you are in common spaces (hallways, restrooms, classrooms, etc.) or when interacting with others. Please let your supervisor know if you don’t have a face mask, and one will be provided to you. More formal protocols for returning to work are forthcoming, once a re-opening date has been determined.

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Virtual LLCC Commencement, 7:30 p.m.

2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony, Friday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. Moving Forward! Click here to view! Lincoln Land Community College.Join us this evening as we honor our graduates in the 2020 Virtual LLCC Commencement Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. The video will be available on YouTube and Facebook. The links are also available at along with more information.

“The commencement video will premiere on the date and time the live ceremony was originally scheduled, but graduates and their families can watch and enjoy it any time,” said Dr. Lesley Frederick, vice president of student services at LLCC. “Our theme for commencement this year is Moving Forward. We hope this virtual ceremony will provide a memorable celebration to commemorate the accomplishments and perseverance of our students in these unique times.”

Graduates were invited to submit photos of themselves, which will be displayed in the video as their names, degrees and certificates are read by Dr. Colin Suchland, LLCC professor of sociology.

The virtual event will also feature remarks from Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC President; Wayne Rosenthal, Chair, LLCC Board of Trustees; Travis McCullough, LLCC Student Trustee; and Thom Whalen, LLCC professor of art and recipient of the American Association of Community Colleges 2020 Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognition. The 2020 LLCC Honored Alumni Award recipient and the Outstanding Graduate will also be acknowledged. Commencement will conclude with congratulatory messages from the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff.

All candidates eligible for graduation this year are also invited to return next year to participate in the live LLCC commencement ceremony planned for May 2021.

KUDOS to these employees!

Lincoln Land Community College KUDOS: Key or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding ServiceKUDOS to the employees listed below for going above and beyond to assist others and for modeling LLCC’s core values! Each will receive a KUDOS certificate.

ADN and PCN faculty, Laura Anderson, Gary Bach, Laurel Bretz, Dr. Victor Broderick, Shanda Byer, Amy Chernowsky, Jeris Creasey, Debra Coet, Dr. Claire Gordon, Tricia Hardway, Andrew Harmon, Leah Heineman, Carrie Jacobs, Barry Lamb, Sarah Laurent, Cynthia Maskey, Andy Mitkos, Lori Large Oldenettel, Karen Sanders, Carley Young and Kimberly Young.

View the May 2020 KUDOS Award Winners PDF to read about how these faculty and staff contribute to the positive environment that is LLCC and who nominated them for this recognition.

The next KUDOS award announcement will be made during the summer session. Brighten someone’s day and say “thank you, great job!” with a KUDOS recognition. You can nominate a deserving colleague by clicking on the KUDOS Nomination tab in the upper-right corner of LincIn.