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LLCC announces $500,000+ gift from Roland Machinery Co.

Diesel tech lab and classroom named in honor of Roland family

A major gift from Roland Machinery Co. of Springfield to LLCC’s new diesel technologies program was announced at a dedication ceremony in October. The college has named the diesel technologies lab and classroom in honor of the Roland family.

“I’m happy to announce that Roland Machinery Company has committed more than $500,000 in equipment, scholarships and support for our diesel technologies program over the next five years," said Dr. Charlotte Warren, president of LLCC. “Roland has been with us from the beginning, as we explored the idea of offering the program, assisting in developing the curriculum and providing support that ensured our program would succeed."

   Matt Roland, president of Roland Machinery Co., commented, “We are proud to be a partner with LLCC in the creation of this new diesel technologies program. The highly trained young adults that graduate from this program will have great opportunities in the construction, agriculture and on-road truck industries.”

"Today, there are over 75,000 open diesel technician positions across the country, 400 of them right here in

central Illinois,” said Dan Smith, vice president/general manager, product support at Roland. He told the first class of LLCC diesel technologies students, “What you will learn here, both personally and professionally, will serve you very well for whatever life brings you.”

   Twenty students make up the inaugural class. “I am proud to be a diesel tech student here at LLCC’s Workforce Institute, and I am so appreciative to have support from local businesses like Roland,” said Erin Barrick, who will become a fourth-generation owner of her family’s trucking company. “We are grateful for the support and commitment of the Roland family who were instrumental in starting the diesel program at LLCC and providing such great resources to help our students with their education and futures,” says Jeffrey Gardner, program director, diesel technologies.

Scholarship Donor Appreciation Meet and Greet

A scholarship donor appreciation reception was held on October 30 at LLCC. Scholarship donors and their recipients were invited to a meet and greet event that featured remarks from Dean “Robbie” Robert, Jr., LLCC Foundation donor who contributed the land for LLCC’s West Lake Nature Grove and Allie Dzierwa, a 2023 New Berlin High School graduate and scholarship recipient pursuing her goal of becoming a diesel mechanic.

   “Financially, there are many additional costs to my college expenses, like tools, that add up quickly." says Dzierwa. “With your help, this scholarship has made a huge difference financially in helping me get started at LLCC to prepare for my future. I look forward to entering straight into the workforce after LLCC!  I want to work on semis, farm and construction equipment as soon as possible. Again, thank you all so much for assisting in making my career dream possible for me.”

Donor Kay Craig, students Darci Wolber, Zoe Day and Donor William

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Dean "Robbie" Robert, Jr.

Allie Dzierwa, (center) LLCC student, guest speaker and her parents,

LLCC Utilizes Handshake for Job Board

LLCC has launched Handshake as the college’s new job board. Handshake is the leading job board for colleges and universities and since many local colleges already utilize Handshake employers can connect with our students along with students from other colleges and universities utilizing the same account. On Handshake, students and recent alumni will be able to search and apply for jobs and internship interviews, connect with employers and register for job fairs and recruiting events.

            Employers looking to hire LLCC students and recent alumni can create their own Handshake profile to post jobs and internship opportunities as well as connect and communicate directly with students.  For more information, students and employers can visit

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