50th Anniversary Timeline
-Referendum passes in February establishing Lincoln Land district.
-Dr. Robert L. Poorman selected first president Oct. 1; takes office Dec. 1.
-Classes begin Sept. 23 at temporary campus on southern edge of Springfield.
-LLCC Board of Trustees approves a $5.9 million construction bond issue referendum; voters later approve it by a three-to-one margin.
-Springfield school district joins the LLCC district.
-Land for permanent campus on Shepherd Road approved by Illinois Junior College Board.
-Ground broken in June to begin construction of Phase I of permanent campus.
-Phase II construction of permanent campus approved by Illinois Junior College Board.
-149 students are first to graduate from LLCC.
-More than 4,600 students enroll for fall quarter.
-College moves into Phase I of permanent campus on Shepherd Road; classes also still held at temporary campus.
-Phase II construction begins.
-LLCC accredited by North Central Association of Colleges.
-Thirteen additional high school districts join the LLCC district.
-College increases number of off-campus centers, now located in 27 district communities.
-College completes move to main campus at 5250 Shepherd Rd.
-Mason Hall, the college’s horticulture center, opens; considered first permanent structure in Midwest to utilize solar and wind energy.
-Other energy conservation projects begin, estimated to save district taxpayers more than $8 million over the next 20 years.
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-LLCC continues energy conservation programs.
-LLCC receives a national award from the Academy of Educational Development recognizing its comprehensive energy program.
-U.S. President Jimmy Carter visits the LLCC campus to make a major campaign speech concerning energy.
-LLCC establishes an association with the Institute of International Education, beginning a tradition of international educators visiting campus.
-LLCC begins offering telecourses and classes at Graham Correctional Center.
-LLCC begins offering programs in fire science technology, security and loss prevention, respiratory therapy and microcomputer certification.
-Malaysia establishes a community college modeled after LLCC.
-Contacts initiated between LLCC and Capital Area Vocational Center to expand opportunities for LLCC students.
-LLCC establishes an honors program and a marine biology course incorporating summer fieldwork in Jamaica.
-LLCC establishes the Capital Area Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
-LLCC introduces a pilot program for state workers, the Child Development Center at the Illinois Department of Revenue.
-A summer-study anthropology program is established in Utah sponsored by LLCC and the U.S. Forest Service.
-Dr. Poorman retires after serving as LLCC’s president for over 20 years.
-LLCC ranks second in grade point averages at Illinois senior institutions.
-LLCC’s district increases in size with annexation of four school districts.
-LLCC opens service centers in Hillsboro, Litchfield, Jacksonville, Taylorville and the eastside of Springfield.
-LLCC Child Development Center dedicated.
-LLCC baseball team wins NJCAA World Series tournament.
-LLCC baseball coach Claude Kracik honored as Coach of the Year by NJCAA Division II and by Hillerich and Bradsby Louisville Slugger Company.
-Ben Vereen, actor and Broadway entertainer, performs on campus.
-First Lady Hillary Clinton visits LLCC’s Child Development Center as part of the celebration of Community College Month and Week of the Young Child.
-Dedication of the new Southern Region Education Center facility in Litchfield.
-Bobby Seale, co-founder and former chair of Black Panthers, speaks at LLCC for African-American History Month.
-Holocaust survivor on Schindler’s list, Zev Kedem, speaks as part of Community College Month.
-Toronto and Shepherd Roads where Lincoln Land realigned, changing the drive into the main campus.
-LLCC Fitness Center opens.
-Grand opening of Capital City Center on West Mason, downtown Springfield.
-LLCC joins 13 other institutions of higher learning in the Illinois Virtual Campus.
-Al Gore, U.S. vice president and presidential candidate, visits LLCC.
-Grand opening of Hamilton Outdoor Learning Area.
-LLCC Loggers baseball team wins second NJCAA Division II World Series tournament.
-Dedication of Millennium Center, and the Southern Region Education Center Arts and Technology Center.
-Completion of Sangamon Hall labs renovation and Workforce Development Resource Center.
-Opening of the Community Technology Center at Springfield Learning Center.
-Open house for newly renovated facility at Western Region Education Center – Beardstown.
-Ag department selected for national award by the National Association of Agricultural Educators and Postsecondary All-Star Team Award.
-Dedication of the Denis C. Beveridge Math Center in the Learning Lab.
-LLCC’s automotive technology program certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
-LLCC hosts American Solar Challenge (collegiate, solar vehicle cross-country race).
-U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama visits LLCC.
-Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum opening and dedication.
-John Pizzarelli Trio and Nancy Wilson, jazz musicians, perform at SummerFun event.
-1st Multi-Cultural Fest held.
-Rededication of James S. Murray Art Gallery.
-LLCC East Springfield Learning Center opens at 1507 E. Cook St.
-Dick Gregory, human rights activist and social commentator, speaks at LLCC.
-Dr. Charlotte Warren becomes the college’s first female president in May.
-College finalizes new strategic plan and aligns budget process to plan.
-LLCC begins observance in fall 2006 of 40th anniversary of the college with theme “Legacy, Learning, Leading”
-“Honoring our Founders” celebration in February marks the 40th anniversary of the referendum passage that established the LLCC district.
-LLCC launches HIRE Education pre-apprenticeship program in partnership with local labor unions, to prepare underserved populations for careers in the trades.
-World War I symposium and trench exhibit led by Chris McDonald, Ph.D., professor of political science, draw many community members and student groups to campus.
-LLCC selected as an iTunes U school by Apple Corporation, enhancing online education.
-LLCC nursing program and Memorial Health System form partnership to increase number of RNs.
-LLCC virtual Green Center established.
-Rapid Response Team formed to assist displaced workers.
-First official steps taken by Board of Trustees to begin construction program of new workforce center, connecting link student center, classroom facility at LLCC-Taylorville and facility upgrades at LLCC-Jacksonville. Board pledges the construction will cause no increase in the LLCC district tax rate.
-Major renovation of college’s multi-level library completed.
-Eight new online degree programs and 15 new online certificate programs approved by Higher Learning Commission.
-Ground broken Sept. 23, 2009 for new “connecting link” student center between Menard and Sangamon Halls.
-Ground broken Dec. 2, 2009 for new classroom facility at LLCC-Taylorville.
-LLCC revives Homecoming celebration, first since 1971.
-Ground broken April 1, 2010 for college’s largest construction project since campus was built, the Workforce Careers Center.
-LLCC named one of the “Best Places to Work” in Central Illinois.
-Community garden planted as LLCC increases participation and leadership in Local Foods Initiative.
-New A. Lincoln Commons student center opens March 22, 2011, connecting Menard and Sangamon Halls and becoming the new “front door” of campus.
-New Taylorville Classroom Building opens March 23, 2011, next to original building at that location, and housing science and nursing labs, student gathering spaces and classrooms.
-LLCC-Jacksonville renovation is completed, adding a science lab, multipurpose classroom spaces, bookstore and reception area.
-New 80,000 square foot Workforce Careers Center opens Jan. 4, 2012 on campus, housing programs including culinary, auto technology, HVAC, welding, truck driver training and renewable energies.
-Montgomery Hall renovated to provide a suite of classrooms and simulated operating room for the new Surgical Technology program and CNA program.
-Culinary Institute opens to train professionals in the food industry and allow community members to learn cooking and baking skills.
-College establishes new prairie areas on campus.
-LLCC becomes only community college in state to establish a bird banding station on campus, allowing students to participate in a massive scientific data collection process on birds and migration patterns.
-LLCC biology students on a study abroad trip to Belize discover a genus of grasshopper previously unrecorded in that country.
-LLCC receives federal grant through the Earn and Learn Manufacturing Career Lattice Program, to establish manufacturing certification programs, and another grant providing for new certificates in Value Added Food and Green Facilities Management.
-LLCC Foundation embarks on campaign called “Grow Beyond” to build the college’s endowment fund.
-Higher Learning Commission reaffirms the accreditation of LLCC through 2022.
-Bistro Verde, a restaurant operated by culinary students, opens in the Workforce Careers Center.
-Criminal justice program opens “Crime House,” built by LLCC construction students, for hands-on, mock crime scene investigations.
-LLCC-Taylorville original building reopens after $1.9 million renovation.
-LLCC one of six colleges and universities in U.S. chosen to participate in a competency based education (CBE) training program funded by the Lumina Foundation. LLCC will develop a CBE program in cybersecurity.
-LLCC awarded $1.1 million grant to establish TRIO Student Support Services, a federally-funded program providing targeted academic support for first-generation college students.
-HSHS St. John’s Foundation donates state-of-the-art indoor ambulance simulator for the LLCC EMS program.
-Dick Levi donates $850,000 for construction of the new Levi, Ray and Shoup, Inc. Aviation Center at LLCC, to be built adjacent to the current LLCC aviation center at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.
-Ribbon cutting held for new Bird Banding Station on LLCC campus, built by LLCC construction trades students.
-LLCC launches new agricultural watershed management certificate programs as part of the Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy Consortium.
-LLCC receives grant from Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Q5 Initiative for new Open Door program, offering community mentorships and internships for African-American men attending LLCC.
-LLCC celebrates golden anniversary with Founders’ Day event, observances at Outreach Centers, 50 Acts of Service, commemorative book and ornament, history exhibit
-National Science Foundation awards LLCC grant for competency-based cybersecurity program
-LLCC nationally recognized for sustainability by American Association of Community Colleges