Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Food Drive and regional awards

Thanks so much to all who donated to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Food Drive. We collected $60 for the LLCC Food Pantry, along with 423 items for the First Presbyterian Church Micro-Pantry. Your donations helped us win second place in our Illinois Region food drive competition. The second place prize of $50 will be split between the LLCC Food Pantry and the First Presbyterian Church Micro-Pantry. We are thrilled to be able to provided much-needed support for these two worthy causes. We appreciate the generosity of the LLCC community.

At the Illinois Regional Convention and Honors Institute Awards Ceremony on June 5, our chapter received two regional recognition awards:

  • Outstanding Officer Team – awarded to Julia Kienzler, Megan Jamison, Sara Waller and Hyler Pence for their “above-and-beyond” efforts to keep PTK members active and engaged in 2020, despite obstacles faced due to the pandemic
  • Outstanding Honors in Action Project – for our “Embracing Inclusivity” event held on Zoom on November 23, 2020, to raise awareness of issued faced by LGBTQ youth and raise money for the Phoenix Center

Claire B. Gordon, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, Phi Theta Kappa Coordinator

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LLCC cybersecurity certificate aims to fill need in workforce

LLCC is offering a cybersecurity certificate designed for students who wish to enter the workforce as cybersecurity professionals in 18 months.

“We increasingly hear about cybersecurity attacks in the news. As the number of people and devices that are online continues to grow, so do the opportunities for cybercrimes,” explains Dr. Carmen Allen, professor of computer science. “There is a great need for professionals trained in cybersecurity to protect data, networks and programs.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security is expected to grow 31% through 2029, which places it among the fastest growing career fields nationally.

Developed through a National Science Foundation grant, most of LLCC’s cybersecurity certificate courses are in a flexible-paced, competency-based education (CBE) format, which allows students to move ahead of schedule where skills are strong.

“Each student must meet established deadlines and complete required work, but has the option to accelerate through the course and finish before the end of the standard semester,” explains Dr. Allen. “This is done through learning modules students can individually access and complete. The teacher is a subject expert and coach that guides, grades work and encourages students along the way.”

In the cybersecurity certificate program, students explore attacks against networks and computer systems along with necessary defense mechanisms, such as end user tools, tips and techniques to counter attackers. Hands-on projects, competitions and case studies are used to master the cybersecurity concepts.

Fall semester registration at LLCC is underway and open through Aug. 21. Learn more about LLCC’s cybersecurity certificate at

Complete benefits open enrollment by June 10

As a reminder, the deadline to complete open enrollment for your FY2022 benefits is this Thursday, June 10. If you have completed your open enrollment, thank you! If you have not, please do so as soon as possible.

If you would like assistance with the new benefit enrollment system, HR staff will be available to assist at an open lab on Thursday, June 10, 3-5 p.m. in Sangamon 1101. You may stop in at any time during the open lab time period for assistance.

To access the benefit enrollment system, please go to the HR Portal using the link below. You will then click on the PlanSource Benefit Enrollment Platform icon at the top of the page. You will be asked to provide your LLCC email address and email password as a means to log into the system. You will then click on the orange “Get Started” or “Continue Enrollment” button to begin. The system will walk you through each benefit, in order. Best practice is to follow the system workflow.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to Nicole Ralph or Kim Elder.

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In the community

Christine Marietta, Mercedes Jones, Jessie Blackburn and Tisha Miller at an LLCC informational table

Pictured L to R: Christine Marietta, Mercedes Jones, Jessie Blackburn and Tisha Miller

Festivities celebrating the Montgomery County Bicentennial were held Saturday, June 5, at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Butler. Jessie Blackburn, Adrienne Frazier, Mercedes Jones, Christine Marietta and Tisha Miller represented LLCC-Litchfield and hosted an informational table at the event that included a historical display of the Outreach Center.


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