In the words of recent graduates … #ILoveLLCC. I am a proud Lincoln Land Community College Alumna. What does that mean? To some, like me, LLCC is a stepping stone to a four-year university and to others, a path leading directly into the workforce. It also means that I am part of an institution that is an integral part of the community, a stable educational force and a model of initiative.
Back in the late 1960s, I was very excited when it was announced that we would have a community college in Springfield. I was one of LLCC’s first students when classes began in the fall of 1968. As a young mom working full-time, I attended classes part-time and finished my associate degree in May of 1973. It would be several years before I could return to college to complete my bachelor’s degree at Sangamon State University (now UIS), but all of my LLCC classes transferred seamlessly. I completed my bachelor’s degree in 1990 and master’s degree in 1994. I went on to enjoy a 20-year career in public accounting, becoming at partner at Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP.
So, now it is my turn to give back to LLCC. A few years ago, I was asked to serve on the LLCC Foundation Board of Directors. I was happy to say “yes” because I believe in LLCC’s mission and want every student to have the opportunity to attend. The LLCC Foundation helps to provide those opportunities through the support of generous community friends.
I am honored this year to serve as the chair of the LLCC Foundation Board. As Foundation chair, I have the opportunity to see first-hand the quality education provided by outstanding professors who are nominated for our Pearson Master Teacher award. I also learn of the challenges, obstacles and dreams of students who apply for the many scholarships offered by the Foundation. It is very rewarding to know that our work is helping those students achieve their educational goals.
Community colleges, and LLCC in particular, emphasize teaching and learning, as evidenced by positive comments from graduates and their satisfied employers. Community colleges also build the fabric of their communities through job training and convenient, affordable programs for lifelong learning.
For nearly 50 years, LLCC has provided students opportunities for academic and athletic achievement, as well as leadership through various clubs and organizations. Each year, LLCC graduates continue to great success – some to further their education and others to do important work in our community. I am honored to be part of an educational institution in which the faculty, staff, board of trustees and Foundation board members are so sincerely committed to providing excellence in education.
I am always amazed at the number of people who have a relationship with the college. I meet them on a regular basis. Whether you have taken one or a number of classes, graduated from LLCC, employ an alum, or your children attend LLCC, you too should be proud to be part of the influential and far-reaching Lincoln Land community.