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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'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.”

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