Uniquely American educational institutions, community colleges are units of local government that succeed only when they respond to the needs of the communities they serve.
Every Illinois resident is served by a community college, and is represented by an elected board of trustees responsible to the citizens of its district.
These seven elected trustees and one student-selected trustee are local residents vested with the responsibility for providing excellence in education with a commitment to the economic vitality of the communities they serve. They are committed to offering affordable educational opportunities to residents that lead to new and better jobs, as well as providing a launching pad to additional higher education.
Lincoln Land Community College is the first choice of students who choose to “go near to go far.” They live at home and attend LLCC for two years, earning an associate degree that transfers to four-year colleges and universities, and saving thousands of dollars in tuition and room and board costs.
To respond to the demands of local business and industry for qualified workers, community colleges also offer skilled trades programs. Nearly a decade ago, LLCC trustees saw the need for a first-rate facility to house these programs. Tomorrow is the fourth anniversary of the opening of LLCC’s largest and most technologically advanced building, the Workforce Careers Center. If you have not seen it, we invite you to come by. From an ahead-of-its-time culinary facility with a working restaurant, to an automotive lab that is second to none, this facility provides countless opportunities to students seeking a secure career.
When healthcare employers came to LLCC several years with a need for more skilled workers in operating rooms, we developed the surgical technology training program. We recently added a shorter-term certificate program to train sterile surgical technicians. These, like all of our healthcare offerings, boast nearly 100 percent job placement.
As our world transitions into a global online community, so do the risks of identity theft and cyberattacks. We have been working with the local Illinois National Guard unit to develop a new LLCC cybersecurity curriculum to prepare workers to combat these ever-growing threats. LLCC is the only community college named as a partner in the National Guard’s cybersecurity mission based in Illinois and Wisconsin, which will serve as a model for future cyber units in additional states. Always on the cutting edge, LLCC offers cybersecurity as one of seven tracks in the Computer Information Systems associate degree programs. The college is also developing a competency based program in cybersecurity.
Community colleges serve a sector of constituents much broader than four-year colleges and universities. A toddler can begin an educational journey at the highly accredited LLCC Child Development Center; progress to the many learning opportunities in College for Kids; take LLCC dual credit classes in high school; enroll in traditional LLCC college credit classes during the day, evening, weekend or online; train for a new career in the workforce division; take a community education non-credit class on the side; then commit to staying young through senior programming offered by the Academy of Lifelong Learning,
Locally elected trustees ensure that community colleges continually update their programs and services to meet evolving educational needs. No other educational institution can match the commitment and impact of community colleges on their local communities.