Join LLCC in supporting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Walk to End Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's AssociationJoin Lincoln Land Community College in supporting the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. This is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Team Captains Laurie Clemons, student success coach, and Leslie Johnson, AVP, student success, would love for you to participate in one or more of the following ways:

  • Join our team and walk in person tomorrow, Oct. 1, 2022, at Southwind Park.
  • Join our team and participate virtually.
  • Donate money to the LLCC team or to a team member’s fundraising goal.

You can join the team or donate by going to

New information regarding confidential advisors at LLCC

LLCC works to maintain a learning environment that is free from sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking (sexual violence). Recognizing that sexual violence jeopardizes the physical and emotional welfare of the college’s students, diminishes individual dignity and interferes with educational, social and employment opportunities, LLCC supports survivors of sexual violence regardless of when or where the violence occurred.

Sexual violence survivors may want to talk with a confidential advisor before making a decision about reporting the violence to the college. Effective Oct. 1, 2022, LLCC has entered into an agreement with Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault (PCASA) to serve as its confidential advisors. Students may contact PCASA 24-hours a day by calling 217-753-8081.

Discussions between a confidential advisor and a survivor pertaining to incidents of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and/or stalking will remain confidential unless the survivor provides written consent or the report falls within certain safety-related exceptions. Prior to the survivor discussing details of the event, the confidential advisor will inform survivors about any exceptions or laws that would require them to disclose the report. LLCC highly encourages survivors, loved ones of survivors and witnesses of sexual violence to contact our confidential advisors to discuss their safety, well-being and/or options.

Information concerning the rights and options of survivors is available on the LLCC website.

If you have any questions about the process for reporting, you may contact Nikki Baker, compliance and prevention coordinator at 217-786-3426.

Helping You Know: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month was launched in October 1987 to increase awareness. It is also a great time to highlight the available resources and remind survivors they are supported.

During the next month, we will be hosting events and sharing information to help you know more about domestic violence, who it affects, opportunities to support survivors and what you can do to put a cap on it.

Week of Oct. 3 – Do You Know About Domestic Violence?

Sharing information about domestic violence and sharing a button for you to show your commitment to knowing more so you can do more.

Week of Oct. 10 – Do You Know Us?

Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Visit the Silent Witness display hosted by Sojourn, in A. Lincoln Commons. This powerful display honors those whose lives ended prematurely due to domestic violence.

Oct. 13, 9 a.m. — A. Lincoln Commons and virtually — Listen to one of our colleagues, Jolene Lamb, share her story of surviving domestic violence.

Week of Oct. 17 – Do You Know How to Support Survivors?

Join us in decorating pumpkins with messages of support to survivors. Times and locations will be announced.

We will also be accepting donations of dental hygiene supplies to support current and future survivor families at Sojourn Shelter.

Week of Oct. 24 – Do You Know How to Put a Cap on Domestic Violence?

During the week, we will remind you of the work still needed to put a cap on domestic violence. There have been many gains since that first launch of Domestic Violence Awareness Month; there is much left to do.

Remember, rights and resources for survivors of domestic violence are available on our website.

Questions concerning Domestic Violence Awareness Month may be directed to Nikki Baker, compliance and prevention coordinator at or 217-786-3426.

In the news

Dee Krueger, director, LLCC-Taylorville, was interviewed on Thursday, Sept. 29, on the WTIM Morning show. She discussed module classes, spring registration dates, Campus Visit Day and the LLCC-Taylorville FAFSA Completion Night.

LLCC awarded $5 million grant to expand emergency services, truck driver, diesel technologies and agriculture programs and facilities

Don Schaefer, executive vice president, Mid-West Truckers Association; Dan Smith, vice president of product support, Roland Machinery Co.; Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., president, LLCC; Ken Elmore, chair, LLCC Board of Trustees; and Christopher McDowell, M.D., associate professor and chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, SIU School of MedicinePhoto: Speaking at a press conference today about LLCC’s $5 million training grant were L-R: Don Schaefer, executive vice president, Mid-West Truckers Association; Dan Smith, vice president of product support, Roland Machinery Co.; Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., president, LLCC; Ken Elmore, chair, LLCC Board of Trustees; and Christopher McDowell, M.D., associate professor and chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, SIU School of Medicine.

Responding to an urgent community need for more paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), truck drivers, diesel mechanics and agriculture specialists, LLCC will renovate and expand its training facilities with the help of a $5 million federal grant.

The expanded facilities will allow student capacity in these programs to grow and remain on the cutting edge of curriculum, producing trained workers ready to fill local, in-demand jobs.

The grant was awarded to LLCC by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

“We’re excited to announce the receipt of a large grant that will allow us to positively impact the workforce of our local communities in critical areas of need,” said Ken Elmore, chair of the LLCC Board of Trustees, at a press conference today.

LLCC President Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., announced that the funds will be used to:

  • Renovate the east wing of Logan Hall for an expanded emergency services training facility, purchase a working ambulance and state-of-the-art equipment and simulators, allowing more than 400 students to enroll each year in EMT, Advanced EMT and Paramedic training programs.
  • Expand the truck driver training lot and purchase a new tractor and trailer, allowing for an additional 90 new students for a total of 251 students annually
  • Renovate a lab in the Workforce Careers Center to house and equip a new diesel technologies program. The first class will admit 20 next fall for this two-year program, adding cohorts after that.
  • Construct a large storage facility adjacent to the truck driver training lot to house heavy equipment for agriculture and diesel technologies programs, along with the new ambulance for emergency services. As these programs grow, the college will continue to offer the latest from the industry for students.

“Every time an ambulance arrives late to a call, the urgent need for additional paramedics and EMTs becomes more apparent,” said Christopher McDowell, M.D., chair of emergency medicine at SIU School of Medicine. “Expanding LLCC’s emergency services program is critical in increasing the supply of EMS providers to serve the citizens of our communities.”

“We applaud the expansion of LLCC’s truck driver training program to address the continuing shortage of workers to fill positions in our industry,” commented Don Schaefer, executive vice president, Mid-West Truckers Association. “There are currently more than 1,700 good-paying jobs open for truck drivers in the LLCC district, and quality training is the first step toward filling them with safe and dependable drivers.”

Meanwhile, the need for mechanics to service and repair diesel engines is also acute.

“There is a significant need for diesel technicians in our field, which includes the construction, agriculture and trucking industries,” said Dan Smith, vice president of product support for Roland Machinery Co., headquartered in Springfield. “Last week there were 427 open positions within 100 miles of Springfield for diesel technicians. These are high wage positions that can also lead to career advancement in parts and service management. We’re pleased and excited that LLCC will be training new diesel technicians and look forward to hiring their graduates.”

Yesterday’s press conference took place as the future of the local workforce, over 500 area high school students, attended LLCC’s first Workforce Careers Expo, where they had the opportunity to visit local employers’ displays and learn about job opportunities in the trades.

In the News

News media covering the press conference announcing the $5 million training grant included WICS, WAND, WTAX, State Journal-Register and the City of Springfield Public Access Channel. Dr. Charlotte Warren, president, was interviewed live on WMAY radio later that afternoon.

Nancy Sweet, dean, Workforce Institute, was interviewed by WICS and the City of Springfield Public Access on the Workforce Careers Expo also held yesterday.

Photos from yesterday’s Workforce Careers Expo

Hundreds of area high school students learned about local jobs available in the trades from employers with displays at the first Workforce Careers Expo on a beautiful September day. Students also observed the annual Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives Line Workers Safety Rodeo.

Montage of high school students gathering around industrial equipment and talking to employers

Nominate a deserving colleague for KUDOS!

Lincoln Land Community College KUDOS: Key or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding ServiceKey or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding Service award nominations are open through Tuesday, Oct. 4. Nominate a deserving colleague by filling out the online submission form. (Please use a Chrome or Firefox browser when completing this form.) The KUDOS awards will be announced Friday, Oct. 14.

The KUDOS awards are an informal way to recognize the special contributions — small and large — made by faculty and staff that create the positive environment that is LLCC. Brighten someone’s day. Say, “Thank you! Great job!” by nominating that person for a KUDOS award!

Jamil Steele presents at Forum for Excellence Conference

Photo of LLCC staff at the Forum for Excellence
Marybeth Hentrich, adult education coordinator; Nancy Sweet, dean, Workforce Institute; Adam Watkins, dean, arts and communication; Brent Todd, dean, natural and agricultural sciences; Jason Dockter, associate vice president, academic services; Scott Searcy, dean, mathematics and computer science; Brandon Lewis, program navigator, Open Door Workforce Equity Initiative; Jamil Steele, director, adult education and literacy

Jamil Steele presented on “Adult Education Information Technology Pathways” at the Forum for Excellence Conference on Sept. 23, in Bloomington/Normal. The  conference theme was Cultivating Collaboration Through Conversations.

The Forum for Excellence highlights the continuing partnership of career, technical and adult education in Illinois. The Forum is sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board and hosted by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support and the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center.