In the news

David Pietrzak, program director, aviation, was interviewed by the State Journal-Register about the aviation program’s new teaching tool: a Learjet 24B. Aviation students were reassembling the corporate jet, which was donated by Bob Brandis of Brandis Aviation in Taylorville.

Sheridan Lane, interim director, culinary program and operations, is the author of today’s Epicuriosity 101 column in the State Journal-Register, “Traditions or Traditional Now.”

In the community

Patrick Moore, director, concurrent enrollment and Kyla Kruse, assistant director, public relations, will be participating in Leadership Springfield, sponsored by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Springfield is a 14-week series of half-day programs, beginning Sept. 5, during which participants gain leadership skills and in-depth exposure to critical issues affecting the Springfield area. Outside of the regular program sessions, participants will also be challenged to exercise creativity and problem-solving skills by working as teams on projects for the benefit of area not-for-profit organizations.

Dave Pietrzak, program director, aviation, served as one of the four evaluators of the simulated aircraft disaster drill Aug. 26 at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, involving more than 30 local, state, federal and private agencies. Dave was asked to lend his expertise to critique the exercise and participated in a post-drill debriefing as well. LLCC aviation students assisted behind the scenes. Dave took these photos.

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Aviation program’s new sign

Dave Pietrzak, Arnold Tullis, Todd Cole, Rick Stillman and Christina Courier in front of new sign at aviation centerLLCC aviation program staff are happy with their new sign, designed by Greg Walbert, graphic design manager, at the Levi, Ray and Shoup, Inc. Aviation Center, located at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. The previous sign was destroyed in a spring windstorm. Classes in the program started last week, and the next cohort will begin in January. Shown here are: Dave Pietrzak, program director; Arnold Tullis, aviation mechanics training specialist; Todd Cole, contracted instructor; Rick Stillman, contracted instructor; and Christina Courier, program assistant.