Lincoln Land Community College Foundation: Your Gift. Their Reward.

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.

Farm Credit Illinois donates $5,000 for LLCC ag program

Farm Credit Illinois recently presented a $5,000 check to the Lincoln Land Community College Foundation for use by the college’s agriculture program. The funds will be used to support student scholarships and several events hosted by the LLCC Ag Club including the fall Ag Career Expo and spring Farmers’ Share Luncheon.

Ryan Buckles, Farm Credit Illinois vice president of lending, and Shari Edwards, senior sales and service specialist, presented the check during the LLCC Ag Club’s end-of-semester cookout and awards event. Accepting the donation were Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy and Ag Club advisor, and April Leinburger, Ag Club president.

“Farm Credit Illinois is proud to support outstanding collegiate agriculture programs such as the one at LLCC,” said Buckles. “This program is preparing the next generation of leaders in the agriculture industry. As alumni, Shari and I hold a special place in our hearts for the LLCC ag program and know first-hand the excellent education students receive here.”

LLCC offers associate degree programs in agriculture, agri-business management and precision agronomy/fertilizer, as well as certificate programs in fertilizer and agriculture watershed management. The Ag Club sponsors award-winning livestock judging, equine specialist, soils specialist and college bowl teams.

Farm Credit Illinois provides farm families and the rural marketplace with constructive credit, related services and expertise with the core purpose of Helping Farm Families Succeed.

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.

National Science Foundation awards LLCC $199,999 grant to develop cybersecurity program

The National Science Foundation has awarded an Advanced Technical Education grant of $199,999 to Lincoln Land Community College. The three-year grant begins in June and will support the development of a competency-based certificate program in cybersecurity. 

The project is under the direction of Dr. Wendy Howerter, associate vice president of academic innovation and effectiveness, and professors of computer networking Frank Marsaglia and Jeff Mehan.

LLCC is developing the competency-based certificate program in cybersecurity with implementation planned for fall 2018. The new competency-based certificate will provide academic credit based on students’ knowledge and mastery of skills, rather than time spent in the classroom and credit hours earned. In addition, LLCC currently offers instruction in cybersecurity as one of seven tracks leading to an associate of applied science degree in computer information systems.

“As individuals continue to do more and more online and we give up privacy for convenience, we are at greater risk of identity theft and cyberattacks,” said Professor Marsaglia. “The demand for employees trained in cybersecurity is growing quickly. This competency-based program will allow students to potentially earn a certificate and find employment in less time, based on their prior knowledge and abilities.”

“The competency-based program is also an opportunity for those individuals already employed in the field,” said Dr. Howerter. “I believe the flexible format will appeal to working students since the mastery of competencies will be learned and demonstrated in an online and virtual environment. This program will bring the security skills of employees to a level needed to support systems in today’s digital world.”

In 2015, LLCC was one of six colleges and universities nationwide chosen to participate in a competency-based training program called “Jumpstart,” funded by the Lumina Foundation. The college began work on developing a competency-based program in cybersecurity, and the new NSF grant will continue that effort.

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