Coaches in the Commons

LLCC student success coaches will be in A. Lincoln Commons today, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help students navigate booking an appointment or to learn more about drop-in hours for their assigned coach. Encourage students to stop by!

Easy way all faculty and staff can support students

LLCC’s Strategic Goal #1 is to “increase our students’ persistence and completion rates and resolve barriers to enrollment.” A way each of us can support this strategic goal is to refer students to their assigned success coach. The assigned success coach can be viewed in the student’s LoggerCentral account as well as on the faculty class roster on LoggerCentral (click View Profile). The success coach will talk with their student and discuss how we can help them reach their goals. Success coaches can help identify resources/assistance for food, transportation, housing, laptops, hotspots, etc. Success coaches are available by appointment and drop-in.

Want to learn more? Reach out to one of our success coaches.

LLCC to host transfer fairs March 29 & 30

The LLCC Office of Student Success will be hosting the State University Transfer Day (SUTD) on Wednesday, March 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Private Illinois Colleges and Universities (PICU) Transfer Fair on Thursday, March 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in A. Lincoln Commons. The events are being held for current students looking to transfer after graduation to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. They can meet with representatives from four-year institutions and gather information to help them select a school. Please encourage your students in transfer majors to attend these events.

SUTD attendees

Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Illinois Springfield, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Western Illinois University.

PICU attendees

Aurora University, Columbia College – Chicago, Eureka College, Greenville University, Illinois College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lakeview College of Nursing, McKendree University, Methodist College, Millikin University, Monmouth College, National Louis University, Quincy University, Rockford University, St. Francis Medical Center – Nursing.

Also participating March 30: Fontbonne University, Grand Canyon University, Webster University.

House liaison to assist undocumented students

LLCC Student Success hopes you are off to a great start this spring semester. We wanted to take the opportunity to remind staff and faculty about resources on campus, as well as off, for students in need.

In fall of 2022 the Higher ED Dream Resource legislation was passed, requiring all Illinois colleges and universities to have a dedicated house liaison to assist undocumented students and their families to navigate admissions, the financial aid process and to find mental health support. If you have a student that needs information or support, please encourage them to contact Claire Heffron-McKinney.

Claire can be reached at or 217-786-2591 or by text 217-292-2088. Student Success is now located on the second floor of Millennium Center.

Thank you for all you do for LLCC students!

Student mental health and wellness resources

We know the transition to college can be stressful and overwhelming for students. LLCC Student Success reminds faculty and staff that we partner with Talkspace, a tele mental health provider, that offers free mental health services for currently enrolled students. Students can access information in Canvas about how to use Talkspace, or reach out to their assigned success coach for instructions on how to use the service.

Nationally, the 988 number went into effect in July 2022. If you, a family member, a friend, co-worker or student is experiencing a mental health crisis, you/they can call 988 for help:

More information about student mental health and wellness can be found our our student well-being webpage. Please reach out to Student Success if you need more information about how to support students; thank you for all you do!

Student resource information: Homelessness

LLCC Student Success hopes you are off to a great start this spring semester. We wanted to take the opportunity to remind staff and faculty about resources on campus as well as off, for students in need. As of fall 22, the state of Illinois requires all colleges and universities to have a dedicated staff member to serve as a house liaison to students experiencing homelessness. Claire Heffron-McKinney, student success coach, is the liaison at LLCC. We encourage you to refer students to meet with Claire if they are experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness. Claire can be reached at or 217-786-2591 or by text 217-292-2088. Student Success is now located on the second floor of Millennium Center.

Please visit our webpage for more information:

Welcome Dr. Amanda Turner

Dr. Amanda TurnerDr. Amanda Turner joined LLCC Feb. 1 as director, student success. She previously worked at Pensacola State College and has several years of experience in enrollment management and student services. She is looking forward to the opportunity to focus on coaching and student support to help students achieve success. Amanda is a first-generation college student who has completed undergraduate work at Vanderbilt University, an M.S.W. and Ph.D. at Florida State University and a master’s degree in psychology from Capella University. She can be reached by phone at 217-786-4912 or by email.

Welcome Amanda!

Meet and greet in Student Services

Please join the LLCC Student Services team today, Feb. 1, from 8:30-10 a.m. on the second floor of the Millennium Center for a meet and greet. We are welcoming Dr. Amanda Turner, director, student success and Kristin Booher, director, student engagement.

There will be light refreshments provided, and faculty and staff can visit as their schedule allows.