As a reminder, there is still time to sign up for the wellness screening/flu shot clinic on Monday, Oct. 4. There is another clinic scheduled for Oct. 21 as well. These clinics are open to all benefit-eligible employees and their spouses. Benefit-eligible employees who complete the wellness screening, including the online health risk assessment, will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Full details of this event are provided in the guide emailed by HR.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence is defined as the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other. (from https://ncadv.org/learn-more)
Abusers use these tactics and more in a systematic pattern to exert control and power over their intimate partner or family member. Domestic violence affects people from all walks of life, regardless of gender, orientation, socioeconomic status, age, race or nationality. We all have a part in stopping it. The first step is recognizing what domestic violence is and saying something if you see it happening.
During the month of October, there will be many virtual events, as well as news stories and social media events to increase awareness. We encourage you to get involved and learn more.
Thank you for all you do for our students!
– LLCC Student Success staff
Below are links with more information to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2021:
If you or someone you know needs help, please use the following numbers:
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Sojourn Shelter and Services
Lincoln Land Community College — confidential advisor
LLCC Title IX Coordinator
Contact: Leslie Johnson, AVP Student Success, 217-786-2848
Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Resource Information
LaCrea Lott, a recent Workforce Equity Initiative graduate of the CNA to Medical Assistant bridge program at LLCC-Medical District, is quoted in this story from Capitol News Illinois on the economic impact of community colleges in the state. Lott was a speaker at the Sept. 29 press conference announcing the new economic impact study.
Quiznos is closed today, Oct. 1, for Institutional Improvement Day/Campus Assessment Day. It will re-open Monday, Oct. 4.
See which faculty and staff have birthdays in October.
|9-10 a.m.||Welcome and Keynote – Dr. Tia Brown McNair
Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, D.C. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact practices and student success. She is the lead author of “From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education” (January 2020) and “Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success” (July 2016).
In-person attendance is strongly encouraged, but a remote option will be available via a LincIn announcement Oct. 1.
|10:30 a.m. to noon||Assessment Fair
Join your colleagues to discuss their improvement efforts (Poster Descriptions/Table Map). Faculty and staff will share their operational improvements, metrics or learning outcome work.
|A. Lincoln Commons|
|Noon to 1 p.m.||Lunch on your own||NA|
|1-4 p.m.||Assessment Workshop
Departments work on their own to report on analysis of last cycle’s data, plans to move forward with action based on assessment, etc. Consider reporting your afternoon work via our Try It, Track It tool, found on the IRE SharePoint site.
|Department specific locations – contact your supervisor.|
A new report was issued by the Illinois Community College Board at a press conference yesterday that shares how Illinois’ 48 community colleges boost local Illinois economies and are important sources of revenue and employment for the communities and regions they serve.
LaCrea Lott, LLCC graduate, and Candace Silas, director, Open Door – Workforce Equity Initiative, attended the press conference. LaCrea spoke on her experience in the CNA to Medical Assistant Bridge and Workforce Equity Initiative programs and how the college and these programs impacted her life.
“It is clear that community colleges remain a solid return on investment for local communities and the students that use them. Our system plays a vital role in meeting the needs of Illinois’ workforce by providing quality training and education and gives students a greater opportunity to earn higher wages in countless industries throughout the state,” said ICCB executive director, Dr. Brian Durham.
The report evaluates Illinois’ community college system on its ability to meet the needs of business and industry, equity, student outcomes, students’ return on investment, and the system’s overall economic impact to local economies and job growth. The report also examines statewide trends including employment, population, race and ethnicity changes, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Community colleges remain a valuable resource for students of all walks of life. We are committed to creating an equitable path to economic mobility no matter who you are or where you live through the Illinois community college system,” said Dr. Lazaro Lopez, ICCB Board Chair.
The study found that more than 84 percent of students who earn a long-term certificate or associate degree in applied science programs are employed in solid paying career jobs within a year of graduation.
Investing in an Illinois community college long-term certificate or associate in applied science degree yields an average annual rate of return of nearly 27 percent, with an average wage increase of nearly 40 percent one year after graduation.
Annual earnings are even greater in specific areas of study. For students graduating with Long-Term Certificates in Architecture and Construction programs, the average annual earning five years after graduating is $60,552, while manufacturing program graduates earn $54,378 in the same timeframe.
The study also looked at Illinois community colleges’ impact on local economies. The total economic output of Illinois community colleges on the statewide economy in fiscal year 2020 is estimated at $3.5 billion and 43,316 jobs.
The Illinois Community College System and ICCB are committed to creating, supporting and expanding workforce training opportunities equitably in high-need communities. In 2019, Illinois started the Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) program, a grant program designed to increase workforce opportunities for African Americans which are severely underrepresented among Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Over the last two years, the WEI program has granted nearly $40 million to address education and unemployment gaps in the African American and other minority communities throughout Illinois.
When examining earnings one year prior to completion compared to three years after completion, African American student earnings increased 47 percent while Latinx students increased their earnings by 57 percent.
To review the full study, please visit https://bit.ly/iccbEIS.
Key or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding Service award nominations are open through Tuesday, Oct. 5. Nominate a deserving colleague by filling out the online submission form. (Please use a Chrome or Firefox browser when completing this form.) The awards will be announced Friday, Oct. 15.
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!
LLCC Academic Innovation and eLearning is hosting the workshop “Using Turnitin in Canvas” today, Sept. 30, from 3-4 p.m. via Zoom. The presenter is Chris Vescovi, Solutions Consultant, Turnitin. Registration is required. Register for “Using Turnitin in Canvas.” Current online faculty participating in the Online Proficiency Program can receive one point for successful completion of this workshop.
Turnitin is a plagiarism detection and deterrent application, available to instructors within Canvas Assignments. When students post written work to an Assignment setup with Turnitin, the tool generates a Similarity Report which instructors can use to identify possible plagiarism. This workshop will explain Turnitin’s capabilities, how to read the similarity reports, and provide instructions on setting up Turnitin assignments within Canvas.
The Academic Innovation & eLearning professional development workshop schedule for the fall 2021 semester can be found on the AIeL Portal Page. The portal page contains detailed descriptions of each session. Many of the sessions listed are being presented by members of the LLCC Faculty-to-Faculty Support Team.
Sessions this semester will continue to be available online and live via Zoom, as well as sessions that offer both an in-person and virtual participation option. Additionally, Canvas programing will be available through workshops, Canvas open labs (F2F and Virtual) and the Canvas Training Portal.
Today is the deadline to submit your entry forms and fees to participate in LLCC’s On My Own Time (OMOT) exhibit. Please submit forms and fees to one of the LLCC coordinators (Misty or Lindee).
LLCC’s in-house exhibit will be featured on the LLCC-Springfield campus Oct. 12-28. The artist of the favorite piece at LLCC will win the LLCC People’s Choice Award and receive a $100 Visa gift card courtesy of the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum.
Thanks for your participation!