In the news

Nancy Sweet, dean, Workforce Institute, and Aiden Tierney, welding instructor, participated in this NPR Illinois Community Voices interview about the Workforce Institute and need for workers in the trades.

Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy, wrote the essay, “Agriculture – Are you ready to make a difference in the world?” for Gold Nugget Publications’ Fall Farm Update.

Sean Keeley, former culinary specialist, wrote this week’s Epicuriosity 101 column on the last Chaine des Rotisseurs dinner.

Words to the Wise Wednesday from Student Success

“What” do we do? LLCC Student Success has undergone significant changes over the past few years, so it is the office’s goal that colleagues across campus get to better know the who, what, when, where and why of Student SuccessOver the next few months, we will be bringing you “Words to the Wise Wednesdays.” This week, the focus is on “what” and the introduction of the Appreciative Framework and how we approach our work.

May 2019 sparked the beginning of the change from transactional to relational, reactive to proactive, and from process-centered to student-centered. We focused on the Appreciative Advising Model:

Disarm: Creating a welcoming space and building rapport.

Discover: Engaging our students by asking questions that will help us determine their strengths and abilities.

Dream: Encourage our students to discuss their hopes and dreams for the future.

Design: Create an educational plan that will align with their hopes and dreams and the steps required to make it a reality.

Deliver: With the encouragement and support of their success coach, the student initiates the work required to complete the plan.

Don’t Settle: The student and their coach set goals that are beyond the normal comfort zone.

The staff titles were changed from advisor/counselor to student success coach to more accurately reflect our new philosophical foundation in working with students.  Likewise, the Advising and Counseling office was changed to Student Success. We have certainly grown a great deal over the past two years, and we look forward to continue to improve and deepen our understanding of the appreciative framework.

Furthermore, when we transitioned to Student Success, we redid our office mission statement to more accurately reflect our new approach. The mission of the LLCC Student Success office is to develop supportive relationships with students in which they take ownership of their education and learn the tools needed to make informed and meaningful decisions about their educational goals.

To learn more about the model and approach, you can visit To learn more about appreciative education, you can visit

As we continue to navigate this process, we will share additional information on “what” we do and how we can work collaboratively to support our students.

Student Success

Still time to register for the NISOD Fall Virtual Conference

NISOD Fall Virtual Conference October 20-22, 2021Academic Services has purchased an institutional license for NISOD’s Fall Virtual Conference to be held Oct. 20-22, 2021. The institutional registration allows all LLCC employees to register at no cost for this event.

Registering for the conference will provide access to 65 live sessions, three keynote sessions, over 40 on-demand sessions and countless opportunities to connect with colleagues throughout the event. In addition, you will have access for 12 months to watch sessions you may have missed during the live event.

All you need to do to participate without cost is register here using your college email address. 

Opening today! Celebrate LLCC talent at the “On My Own Time” exhibit

On My Own TimeAll are invited to view LLCC’s “On My Own Time” exhibit, which opens today! The exhibit runs today, Tuesday, Oct. 12, through Thursday, Oct. 28. The exhibit is located at the main level of Sangamon Hall in the display niche in the hallway across from the library entrance. The exhibit features 13 pieces of artwork from LLCC faculty and staff.

Don’t forget to vote for the LLCC’s People’s Choice Award! The artist of the favorite piece at LLCC will receive a $100 Visa gift card courtesy of the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum.

ARTS Springfield Area Arts Council

OMOT is a program of the Springfield Area Arts Council offering individuals the opportunity to display original art created outside the office.

Monday Morning Mentor Program

Each week, Academic Innovation and eLearning is sending out a link to a different Monday Morning Mentor program by MAGNA Publications. Each topic is presented by respected academic peers and covers timely and relevant topics in only 20 minutes — brief enough to fit busy schedules, but long enough to deliver valuable, actionable content.

This week’s topic:
How Can I Teach Soft Skills to Better Prepare Students for the Workplace?
Presentation date: Oct. 11, 2021 and on-demand for one week

Link to the Presentation:
From this link, you can view the featured 20-Minute Mentor and access the transcript, handouts, and supplemental material. These materials are only available for the week of the presentation.

NOTE: You will need to enter a password in order to view the program. See Monday’s email from Becky Parton for the password, or contact

Access to the programs in the Monday Morning Mentor series is restricted to members of the subscribing institution. Any unauthorized use or access, including sharing access with faculty and staff not affiliated with the subscribing institution, is prohibited.

Bistro To Go open today

Bistro To Go in the Workforce Careers Center
Bistro Verde, LLCC’s student-run café, is open during the fall 2021 semester as Bistro To Go. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 18 (except for Nov. 2). You are invited to enjoy takeout soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods, coffees and drinks prepared by LLCC culinary arts, baking and pastry, and hospitality students. View the fall 2021 menu!

Lunch orders may be placed online at (credit card) or in person (cash or credit card).

Today is Campus Visit Day!

Campus Visit Day. Monday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m.
Please help us welcome prospective students and their families to campus today for Campus Visit Day! Two sessions are scheduled: 10 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m. Exhibits open at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please feel free to talk to any visitors you encounter about the advantages of enrolling at LLCC, and let them know we’re ready to help them achieve their educational goals!

Cybersecurity: Here’s your sign

Be suspicious. Hackers use fake messages to make you download dangerous attachments or give out important data. Always ask yourself: Could this be a trick? Download here. Free. The Road to Cybersecurity. LLCC Lincoln Land Community College. Infosec.  The Road to Cybersecurity is lined with signs that indicate whether an email or web page is safe or a security threat.

Here’s the catch. Cybercriminals are smart and do their best to hide their tracks. That’s why it’s important to be suspicious.

Don’t be afraid to question the legitimacy of an email and if something looks suspicious — report it!

Read about the race against ransomware.

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LLCC Police Department launches Facebook page

With a fast-paced and technology-efficient world, law enforcement agencies have an obvious responsibility to create and maintain a social media presence. The LLCC Police Department (LLCCPD) has recently launched a Facebook page. According to Chief Russell, “Facebook is a great tool to provide a forum for people to ask questions and for the police department to share tips. Especially during COVID-19, it is important to build positive relationships and a sense of community by engaging with each other through social media.” LLCCPD can establish a credible presence on social media that opens a new door of communication with the general public.  Community Service Officer Brendan Lee expressed, “Facebook can also help spread information quickly and with minimal effort which in the end could protect and benefit the college campus community.”

What can you see on the Facebook page?  LLCPD will provide informational updates to utilize the opportunity to engage their community. With the use of appropriate humor, posts will be friendly and tongue-in-cheek to humanize the LLCCPD. As a result, Officer Cleo Moore states, “The success or failure of community policing hinges our LLCC Police Department’s ability to humanize both the law enforcement profession and the people we serve.”

Disclaimer: The posting of requests for police assistance, regardless if it is of an emergency or non-emergency nature, is discouraged and will not guarantee a response by the LLCCPD or any emergency service provider. In case of an emergency, or if police assistance is needed, please dial 911.

Police Emergency Numbers

Police Non-Emergency Numbers