Nurses and front-line allied health workers; first responders – paramedics, EMTs and firemen; truck drivers. We’ve seen outpourings of gratitude for these heroes lately. And now more than ever, we need to educate our next group of these professionals – our communities need them.
Welders, electrical lineman, HVAC professionals, construction workers, auto technicians, aviation mechanics, culinary arts workers: these professions are vital to our community as well. LLCC is here to instruct and train these essential workers. Just as importantly, we train them affordably so they begin their careers without debt, earn a good living and positively impact the economic health of our communities. And with unemployment at record levels, LLCC is here to provide career training to get people back to work in professions to support themselves and their families.
Our mission is also to start students out on the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. With the uncertainty in the world now, many students and parents are looking at all of their options. If staying home and saving money seems like the best decision, it may make sense to take core, general education courses from your local community college where the cost is lower, the quality is high, and support services are readily available. We offer hundreds of online and hybrid courses and are developing many more.
Dreams of attending college or a large university far from home can still happen, but perhaps a bit later than planned. Students who attend LLCC can complete all of the requirements for the first two years of college and still transfer to their “dream school.” They can participate in many student activities, get free tutoring, mentoring and help in transferring. They can have a true college experience.
LLCC is here to educate our essential workers and welcome all students, including those who might otherwise have left home this fall. The Covid-19 pandemic caused us to go into remote operations temporarily, but know that we are in business, actively looking at ways to continually improve to meet students’ and employers’ changing needs. We’re also looking forward to the time when we can safely welcome students and community members back on campus.
We know that many lives have been disrupted by the current situation. For some students, these challenging times mean that financial support is needed to start or continue their education. The LLCC Foundation is busy working to meet those students’ needs.
May 2, 2020 would have been a day of celebration with the LLCC Foundation’s 14th annual Gala – “A Mad Hatter’s Gala.” It is the college’s signature fundraising event to raise money for the benefit of our students. Like Alice in Wonderland, we have been “curious and curiouser” about ways to safely celebrate and continue to provide support to LLCC students. We believe it is best to transform our annual Gala by inviting community partners to be part of our “Late for a Date non-event” event.
This “non-event” will raise funds in support of students during this critical time of need. We are so thankful to those community friends who have already said yes to remaining sponsors to this new “non-event.” For anyone else who would like to make a difference, go to www.llccfoundation.org/donate and be assured that your gift will directly benefit students in your communities.
Supporting our community, our students and their families is what we do every day, not only during a crisis. That’s our calling.