In the news

Barb Eades, assistant director, LLCC Foundation, and Sean Keeley, culinary specialist, were interviewed Sept. 17 on Sports Radio 1450 AM Springfield about the Foundation’s partnership with LLCC Culinary and Hospitality Arts to offer a five-course gourmet dinner kit pickup on Friday Oct. 1, 3-6 p.m. The “Around the World” themed menu will feature cuisine from a variety of regions and gives culinary students a first-hand opportunity to prepare and serve the meal which can then be finished with a little preparation at home.

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Sheridan Lane, director, culinary program and operations, was interviewed by WICS at the opening of Bistro To Go yesterday, Sept. 14. Bistro To Go, run by students, is serving sandwiches, soups, salads, drinks and desserts each Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 18 (except Nov. 2). See the menu at and order online at

Sean Keeley, culinary specialist, is the author of today’s Epicuriosity 101 column in the State Journal-Register, “African and Middle Eastern cuisine.”

LLCC awarded USDOT Truck Driver Training Grant

Semi with trailer that says: Workforce Institute at Lincoln Land Community College. Get in. Get trained. Get a job. U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has awarded an FY 2021 Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant to LLCC in the amount of $92,820. This follows a 2020 grant award.

The grant will be used to enroll at least 28 veterans in LLCC’s Truck Driver Training program that results in graduates earning a Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Interested veterans should call LLCC’s Truck Driver Training program at 217-786-2565 to learn more.

“Given the demand for truck drivers it’s great to see these federal dollars being invested to train veterans who served our country for good paying jobs,” said U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis. “The CDL program at Lincoln Land Community College demonstrates the important role community colleges play in developing a skilled workforce to move our economy forward. As the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, I continue to advocate for solutions that bolster career and technical education.”

“We are thrilled to again be the recipient of this Truck Driver Training grant to provide free career preparation for our veterans,” said Ken Elmore, chair of the LLCC Board of Trustees. “The great need for trained truck drivers was highlighted even more during the pandemic, and good jobs await our graduates with average starting salaries of $50,000-$70,000. This grant is especially timely and gratifying since it pairs our deserving veterans with jobs in a very high-need industry. ”

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Leslie Ross, faculty librarian/professor, was interviewed by WICS Sept. 9 regarding the new poster exhibition in the library, “September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World.” The exhibition was developed by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and also features related original graphic artwork by LLCC students.

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LLCC. Illinois Rural Electric Apprenticeship Program (IREAP). Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives.Nancy Sweet, dean, Workforce Institute, was interviewed by WICS at the AIEC Lineman Safety Rodeo on campus Sept. 8. She spoke about LLCC electrical distribution lineman program and the Workforce Careers Expo held in association with it. Students from the Capital Area Career Center were invited to campus to see the rodeo and attend various interactive sessions with faculty and employers in the Workforce Careers Center.

Students in LLCC distribution lineman programDr. Charlotte Warren speaking at Lineman RodeoCACC students observing welding in labCACC students in HVACR labTom Spears talking to students in construction labBrian Earley talking to students in auto tech lab

In the news

Jolene Lamb, coordinator, LLCC Culinary Institute, wrote today’s Epicuriosity 101 column in the State Journal-Register, “Freezer meals for easy dinner.”

Sheridan Lane, director, culinary program and operations, was interviewed by the State Journal-Register regarding the opening of Bistro-To-Go Sept. 14.

In the news

Dee Krueger, director, LLCC-Taylorville, was interviewed Thursday, Aug. 26 on the WTIM Morning Talkshow. She discussed 12-week and eight-week course options, the vaccination clinic at LLCC-Taylorville and customized training opportunities for businesses.

LLCC provides customized training for Litchfield manufacturer

LLCC provided Excel training for Litchfield manufacturer Dometic on July 19-20 and Aug. 3-4 at LLCC-Litchfield. The college provided classroom space, an expert instructor and instruction tailored to Dometic’s needs and employee goals.

Mandy Jewell, director of human resources, Dometic, and Jessie Blackburn, director, LLCC-Litchfield“It is part of our mission at LLCC-Litchfield to increase access to educational and career training opportunities in our communities. In this instance, we connected local needs with the customized business training programs that LLCC offers,” explained Jessie Blackburn, director, LLCC-Litchfield. “We are excited to partner with Dometic and welcome the opportunity to provide similar services and programs to other businesses and industries in our community.”

“We plan on doing additional sessions and appreciate how we were able to work closely with the instructor to focus on particular skills and functions,” said Mandy Jewell, director of human resources at Dometic.

LLCC offers a variety of training opportunities for businesses. Topics covered include Microsoft applications, such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, as well as customer service and leadership.