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LLCC Child Development Center recognized among top in nation

Program earns national NAEYC accreditation

The Lincoln Land Community College Child Development Center, located on the LLCC-Springfield campus, has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children. The accreditation is the gold standard for early childhood programs across the country.

Less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition. NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous process that uses a set of 10 research-based standards. In the 30 years since the accreditation was established, it has become a recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education.

LLCC has long held the NAEYC accreditation, having first earned it in 1987. The LLCC Child Development Center serves families of students, as well as families within the larger community. It offers full-time or part-time care of children from 15 months to kindergarten entry.

“Achieving NAEYC accreditation really demonstrates the commitment of our staff to meeting the needs of the children and families that we serve and validates our desire to provide a model of best practice in early childhood education for our community,” says Laurie Rhodes, director of the LLCC Child Development Center.

To earn NAEYC accreditation, the LLCC Child Development Center went through an extensive self-study and assessment process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the 10 program standards and the hundreds of corresponding criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

“NAEYC-accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of early learning program accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC accreditation makes the LLCC Child Development Center an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”

To learn more about the LLCC Child Development Center, visit www.llcc.edu/child-development-center or call 217.786.2450.

LLCC’s oldest living alumna honored for dedication to lifelong learning

At 103 years old, Mary Alkire, of Jacksonville, Ill., is Lincoln Land Community College’s oldest living alumna and a testament to the fact that one is never too old to learn, take classes or receive a degree. While it has been about 20 years since she took a class at LLCC, she recently received her graduation diploma from LLCC and a bouquet of flowers from the Alumni Association to commemorate the event.

It seems Alkire has a knack for research and learning. She was a genealogist for Alkire Genealogical Research and a past president and life member of the Jacksonville Area Genealogical and Historical Society.

Alkire started taking courses at LLCC during the spring semester of 1977 when she was 63 years old. Over the following 19 years, she took a variety of courses covering such topics as real estate, farm management, communication, psychology and computers.

To receive a diploma, students must file an application for graduation. In her pursuit of lifelong learning, Alkire had amassed more than 60 credit hours, which is enough to earn an associate degree in general education with an emphasis in liberal arts. However, during her time at LLCC, Alkire had not filed an application for graduation.

“When reviewing alumni lists, we discovered that Mrs. Alkire had earned enough credits to have received her diploma. We were impressed by her desire to continue her education over the years and wanted to honor and recognize her work and passion for lifelong learning,” says Joanie Rogers, office coordinator, LLCC Alumni Services.

LLCC offers select agriculture watershed management courses at no cost this fall

Lincoln Land Community College is offering select courses in agricultural watershed management and horticulture at no cost this fall. Registration is currently open.

The free course offerings are in eight-week modules with evening hours. Courses include Landscape Lake Ecology and Agricultural Watershed Management, which begin the week of Aug. 21, and Landscape Lake Sampling and Conservation Practice Systems I, which start the week of Oct. 16. The availability of these courses at no cost is made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training grant.

“This opportunity provides students the chance to explore these fields and even get a head start on a certificate in agricultural watershed management or landscape design/turf management for free,” explains David Bowman, program coordinator, LLCC Workforce Development. “It’s also great professional development for those already working in the agriculture industry.”

A 2+2 agreement established with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville allows students completing the agricultural watershed management and horticulture programs at LLCC to transfer to SIUE to earn a bachelor’s degree in integrative studies.

“As we go further into the 21st century, agriculture is going to be asked to do more and more with a growing population and expanding markets,” adds Bowman. “These courses prepare those who take them to enhance agricultural productivity and efficiency while helping manage water performance. It is also important for plant production, input efficiency and soil health on farms as well as in urban/suburban settings.”

For more information about the new agriculture watershed management and horticulture courses at LLCC, visit www.llcc.edu/watershed-management and www.llcc.edu/horticulture, or contact Bowman at 217.786.2317. To register for Springfield classes, call 217.786.2292.

LLCC's 50th anniversary celebrated in city holiday ornament

The 2017 City of Springfield official holiday ornament benefitting St. Joseph’s Home will feature Lincoln Land Community College, in honor of our 50th anniversary. The ornament was designed by Greg Walbert, graphic design manager, Public Relations and  Marketing.

The ornament is now available in the LLCC Bookstore for $25.  The Bookstore's phone number is 217.786.2300 or to order yours online, click here.

Two of LLCC's own publish books

John Jamison, adjunct instructor in Adult Education and Literacy, has published his first novel called “Disruption.” The story is a suspense-thriller, based on a terrorist attack on the Mississippi River. John is originally from Beardstown, where he grew up in a family of riverboat captains, giving him a unique perspective to create the story. More information can be found at: https://jbjamison.com/.

Jim Dietz, head volleyball coach, has written his second book on coaching, “Like Heck She Isn’t a Volleyball Player: 27 Essays to Make Coaches Think.”

LLCC observes summer hours of operation

Through August 6, Lincoln Land Community College's Springfield campus and outlying locations are closed Friday through Sunday, in addition to Memorial Day, May 29 and Independence Day, July 4.  Specific summer hours of operation for various offices are as follows:

• LLCC administrative offices – Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• LLCC Library ­– Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 15-June 4; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. from June 5-July 30 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from July 31-Aug. 6

• LLCC Admission/Registration, Advising/Counseling, Financial Aid offices and LLCC bookstore – Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• LLCC Testing Center – go to http://www.llcc.edu/placement-testing/ for summer testing schedule

• LLCC education service areas (Beardstown, Jacksonville, Hillsboro, Litchfield, Taylorville) – Monday through Thursday, call for hours of operation.

• LLCC-Capital City Training Center, 130 W. Mason St., will maintain its regular hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Illinois Small Business Development Center at LLCC, Montgomery Hall, LLCC-Springfield will maintain regular office hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Regular hours resume Monday, Aug. 7. For more information, contact the LLCC Public Relations and Marketing Office at 786.2577 or 800.727.4161, extension 62577.

Registration is currently underway for summer classes, which begin June 5, and fall semester classes, which begin Aug. 19. For registration information, call 786.2292 or 1.800.727.4161, extension 62292, or visit the Lincoln Land Community College website at www.llcc.edu.

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