Lake Land Magazine Fall 2022

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THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF LAKE LAND COLLEGE

EXPANDING CAREER OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS

NEW LAKE LAND - KUBOTA PARTNERSHIP

ALUMNUS' CAREER TAKES FLIGHT AS MEDIVAC PARAMEDIC

INSPIRING CURRENT LAKERS TO FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS

PAYING IT FORWARD

HOW ONE ALUMNA IS HELPING OTHERS

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT CAMPUS

FALL 2022


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GET SOCIAL WITH LAKE LAND COLLEGE! VISIT US AT LAKELANDCOLLEGE.EDU. LAKE LAND COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Mike Sullivan, Chair, Mattoon Gary Cadwell, Vice Chair, Mode Tom Wright, Secretary, Dieterich Kevin Curtis, Trustee, Mattoon Doris Reynolds, Trustee, Mattoon Dave Storm, Trustee, Effingham Denise Walk, Trustee, Teutopolis Maggie Kelly, Student Trustee, Strasburg

LAKE LAND COLLEGE CABINET

Josh Bullock, President Jean Anne Highland, Chief of Staff Valerie Lynch, Vice President for Student Services Greg Nuxoll, Vice President for Business Services Ikemefuna Nwosu, Vice President for Academic Services

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STAFF

Editor: Kelly Allee Graphic Designer: Megan Nelson Writer: Mercury Bowen

ON THE COVER: Jack Welsh, Gays, IL

Current Diesel & Ag Power Technology Student


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CABINET REPORT: STRATEGIC PLAN 2023-2027

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ALUMNUS' CAREER TAKES FLIGHT AS MEDIVAC PARAMEDIC

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EXPANDING CAREER OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS: NEW LAKE LAND - KUBOTA PARTNERSHIP

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INSPIRING CURRENT LAKERS TO FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS

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PAYING IT FORWARD HOW ONE ALUMNA IS HELPING OTHERS

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LAKE LAND COLLEGE AREAS OF STUDY

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UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT CAMPUS

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LAKE LAND COLLEGE MISSION STATEMENT Lake Land College creates and continuously improves an affordable, accessible and effective learning environment for the lifelong educational needs of the diverse communities we serve. We fulfill this mission through: University transfer education General education Technical & career education Workforce development Community & continuing education Intellectual & cultural programs Support Services

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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY Lake Land College is committed to maintaining a working and learning environment that promotes equal opportunity and affirmative action and that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. It is the policy of Lake Land College not to engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital or civil union status, veteran status, sexual orientation or any basis of discrimination precluded by applicable federal and state statutes. This policy applies to admission and access to and participation, treatment and employment in the College’s programs, activities, and services. The following campus office is assigned the responsibility for ensuring compliance with this policy as well as federal and state statutes and regulations concerning affirmative action and equal access: Office of the Director of Human Resources, 217-234-5210 / Human Resources Office. Complaint forms and procedures for filing can be obtained through Counseling Services or Human Resources. In addition, these offices will maintain current copies of appropriate laws, regulations, and policies.

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DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION Lake Land College is committed to developing and maintaining an environment for students, employees and college community that embraces and actively supports diversity, equity and inclusion. We aspire to be an institution where the quality of education and work environment are enhanced and enriched by an inclusive campus community that encourages multiple perspectives and the free exchange of ideas. THE LAKE LAND COLLEGE MAGAZINE is published for the residents of Lake Land College District #517 by Marketing & Public Relations at Lake Land College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon, IL 61938. For inquiries, contact Marketing & Public Relations at 217-234-5215. Views and opinions expressed by individuals in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of Lake Land College.

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STRATEGIC PLAN FOCUS AREAS & GOAL STATEMENTS FOCUS AREA 1

Student Equity & Success - Teaching & Learning GOAL STATEMENTS A. Provide effective and innovative instruction for traditional and non-traditional students. B. Offer programs, multiple modalities and flexible schedules that meet student and community demand for a 21ST century workforce.

FOCUS AREA 2

Student Equity & Success – Processes & Student Support GOAL STATEMENTS A. Improve retention, persistence and completion. B. Close equity gaps and support student access and affordability.

FOCUS AREA 3

Institutional & Employee Excellence GOAL STATEMENTS A. Invest strategically in personnel, facilities, technology and equipment. B. Support and engage employees through enhanced communication and inclusive practices.

FOCUS AREA 4

Partnerships to Enhance Student Success GOAL STATEMENTS A. Advance relationships among education, community and workforce partners to support job readiness, local industry and workforce development. B. Strengthen and continually support transfer options and career pathways. View the entire Strategic Planning brochure at lakelandcollege.edu/ AboutUs/StrategicPlan or scan this QR code.

IN FALL 2021, the college launched a Strategic Planning process that was deliberately inclusive of the college’s internal and external stakeholders.

The new plan creates a roadmap to navigate the rapidly changing landscape of higher education and positions Lake Land College as a leader in providing relevant, quality training and education that meets the needs of students and businesses through flexible, just-in-time programming.

The college began the process by publishing a Trend Analysis “Thank you to our community "THE NEW PLAN Report, which provides a partners, staff and students CREATES A ROADMAP who completed the survey and summary of key research on state, national and TO NAVIGATE THE participated in one or more focus global trends affecting RAPIDLY CHANGING group sessions!” Chief Of Staff higher education, and an Jean Anne Highland said. LANDSCAPE OF overview of the college’s HIGHER EDUCATION district demographics. The AND... MEETS THE The Strategic Plan also reinforces Trend Analysis Report was the college’s commitment to NEEDS OF STUDENTS then used as the basis for its mission of creating and conducting a uniform survey AND BUSINESSES." continuously improving an and focus group sessions affordable, accessible and with internal and external -BULLOCK effective learning environment stakeholders, resulting in for the lifelong educational needs of the more than 1,200 stakeholders providing diverse communities we serve. valuable feedback, including students, employees, K-12 leaders, and community, We thank you for your support and hope business and industry partners. you will take advantage of opportunities to be involved in the Lake Land College The Strategic Plan Survey Report and the Strategic Plan as we move forward with Focus Group Summary Analysis, along new partnerships and opportunities that with the Trend Analysis Report, provided positively impact the individuals in our an environmental scan that the college communities. leadership meticulously analyzed to create the FY 2023-2027 Strategic Plan.

UPDATES FROM THE PRESIDENT

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CABINET REPORT:

STRATEGIC PLAN 2023-2027

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ALUMNUS' CAREER TAKES FLIGHT

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JUST YEARS AFTER GRADUATING from the Emergency Medical Services

Holdrieth said. “Several of my mentors came from Lake Land’s program and are also partners in flight with me now.” Holdrieth went on to praise the education he received at Lake Land, and credited the program’s structure with helping to provide him a solid foundation for his career.

program at Lake Land College, Arrow Ambulance Service paramedic, Ryan “I recommend to all of the students that I Holdrieth has reached his career goal. He teach who want to move to the paramedic is now saving lives and level to come to Lake Land’s transporting patients as a program,” Holdrieth said. "LAKE LAND’S PROGRAM flight paramedic. Holdrieth said it was the strong reputation of Lake Land’s EMS program that led him to the college in the first place. “There is so much to learn and so much to do,” Holdrieth said. “I fell in love with the medicine and the challenge. There’s always something you can do to become better or improve upon.

IS STRESSFUL, BUT SO IS THE JOB. THE INSTRUCTORS USE THE STRESS AS A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT TO HONE YOUR SKILLS IN AN EFFORT TO BETTER PREPARE THE STUDENT FOR THE REALITY OF THE CAREER."

“Lake Land’s program is stressful, but so is the job. The instructors use the stress as a surgical instrument to hone your skills in an effort to better prepare the student for the reality of the career. That, among many other things they do, makes it incredibly difficult to not be successful once you’ve transitioned to a functioning medic in the field.”

-HOLDRIETH

“This program has a pretty strong reputation for producing medics of a high enough educational caliber to be applicable to becoming a flight paramedic,”

To learn more about how you can enroll, visit the Lake Land College EMS program page at lakelandcollege.edu. Look for the Academics Menu and select Academic Areas of Study, then Health & Public Services or scan here.

SCAN TO WATCH HOLDRIETH'S FULL INTERVIEW.

EMS PROGRAM DEBUTS NEW AMBULANCE SIMULATOR

As part of the EMS and Paramedic programs at Lake Land, students are now able to experience the functions and operation of an ambulance within the classroom with the Ambulance Simulator. “All the students who use it love it,” EMS Instructor Jeremy Gracey said of the simulator. “It adds a lot of realism to the coursework and lets us get the students into a real ambulance setting rather quickly.” EMS student Jacob Beam also expressed enthusiasm for the experience the simulator offers. “It’s set up just like a real ambulance, so it makes so much more sense to just do a process rather than it being hypothetical,” Beam said. “Lake Land has one of the best EMS and Paramedic programs in the area, so for anyone even slightly interested, I’d say absolutely give it a shot.” LAKE LAND COLLEGE s 217-234-5253

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STUDENTS IN THE DIESEL & AG POWER TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM at Lake Land College now have the option to RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY KICKS OFF NEW PARTNERSHIP To celebrate Lake Land College’s new partnership, representatives from Kubota and the National Coalition of Certification Centers participated in a ribbon-cutting event Tuesday, October 4. Pictured are Manager of Educational Partnerships for Kubota Jeff Wagley, Vice President for Business Services Greg Nuxoll, Ag Power Technology Instructor Woody Reinhart, Kubota Corporate Leadership Midwest Division Matt Dugan, Division Chair Agriculture/Agriculture Instructor Ryan Orrick, Vice President for Academic Services Ike Nwosu and Lake Land College President Josh Bullock.

SCAN TO HEAR FROM CURRENT STUDENTS WHO ARE ENROLLED IN THE DIESEL & AG POWER TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM.

earn up to eight Kubota Tech Certifications via Kubota equipment and principles incorporated into the existing Diesel & Ag Power courses.

certifications through the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3). The student will also have completed the Kubota Registered Level Technician, the first step in eventually becoming a Kubota Master Technician. NC3 is a value-driven organization and the future model for Career and Technical Education, creating highly-skilled, job-ready professionals through a growing network of educational partners and global industry leaders.

Through Kubota, technicians will have the opportunity to work with sponsoring dealerships and participate in internship programs. Technicians "THIS PARTNERSHIP working at a Kubota dealership are GIVES STUDENTS provided guidance from experienced THE OPPORTUNITY Kubota technicians learning how TO HAVE HANDS-ON to repair equipment correctly and efficiently.

"Kubota is excited to partner with Lake Land College. Over the last 40 years, Lake Land College has built a reputation for producing the industries finest diesel technicians in the region. EXPERIENCE WITH The relationships Lake Land College has established with KUBOTA EQUIPMENT... Graduates of the program will also have the opportunity for careers as AND PROVIDE local equipment dealers Kubota technicians in dealerships has allowed internship INTERNSHIP around the country. The program programs to thrive, setting OPPORTUNITIES." provides job placement, excellent up graduates for a successful earning potential, great benefits and future as a diesel technician. the opportunity to work as a Kubota -REINHART Having the Kubota Tech technician. program at Lake Land College will provide our dealers with a Graduates will be using their newly acquired tremendous resource for hiring early career knowledge and skills to provide Kubota diesel technicians.”Jeff Wagley, manager of dealers and Kubota customers value. The educational partnerships for Kubota, said. Kubota Tech program empowers technicians to be the best in the industry. As participants in the program, students will train on a range of diesel and ag power To learn more about how you can enroll, visit equipment brands, including Kubota, to the Lake Land College Diesel & Ag Power develop the skills and techniques they will Technology program page at need to provide multifaceted employment lakelandcollege.edu. Look for opportunities to employers such as Kubota. the Academics Menu and select Academic Areas of Study, then After the students have successfully Agriculture or scan here. completed the courses, they will have earned eight industry recognized portable, stackable

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TYRONE DENNIS,

Laker Nation Class of 1999, returned to Lake Land as a guest speaker, sharing what he has learned during his path from student athlete to retired police officer and gang expert.

a space in which police officers, citizens, city officials, those who have had prior run-ins with law enforcement and others can gather and discuss how to improve citizen and police relations.

“I really want to stress to these students that you can do anything you put your mind to,” Dennis said. “No matter what your background is or where "LAKE LAND you came from, you can be HELPED LAY THE “Life is nothing but a successful.” FOUNDATION FOR dream,” Dennis said. “The ME TO TAKE MY decisions you make, the As a graduate of the path that you take, that’s all Criminal Justice program at CAREER TO WHERE up to you.” Lake Land, Dennis initially IT WENT." came to Lake Land to play Dennis went on to share basketball, not knowing that it was his criminal -DENNIS that his time at the college justice instructor, Ken would significantly alter his Greider, who talked to him about life’s trajectory. possibly pursuing a career in the FBI, Having spent 16 and a half years working as a police officer in Atlanta, Georgia specializing in gangs and guns, Dennis retired as Atlanta Police Department’s most decorated officer. He is now the director of school safety for Rockwood School District in St. Louis County as well as runs his own consulting business as a gang expert specializing in gang investigations. Dennis also launched and actively participates in Clippers and Cops,

which Dennis said was something that had never occurred to him.

“The reason I love being at Lake Land and telling my story is because everything that I’ve been able to accomplish started at Lake Land,” Dennis said. “Lake Land helped lay the foundation for me to take my career to where it went.” To learn more about how you can enroll, visit the Lake Land College Criminal Justice program page at lakelandcollege.edu. Look for the Academics Menu and select Academic Areas of Study, then Health & Public Services or scan here. Dennis (#11) and his fellow 1998-1999 Lakers Men's Basketball team members.

LAKER ATHLETICS IS A WINNING TRADITION

Laker athletes are renowned for their excellence both in the classroom as well as in competition. In the past decade, Laker Athletics has achieved the following honors:

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ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS

TEAM GPAS ABOVE 3.0

ALL-REGION PLAYERS ALLCONFERENCE PLAYERS

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

REGION CHAMPIONSHIPS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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INDIVIDUAL ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETES ATHLETES WITH 3.0 GPA OR HIGHER

ALL-REGION TOURNAMENT PLAYERS NJCAA ALL-AMERICANS

NATIONAL TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

COACHES OF THE YEAR

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START YOUR EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY TODAY WITH LAKE LAND COLLEGE Whether you attended college before or thought it wasn't for you, we know everyone's journey is different. Our goal is to provide a seamless transition for you no matter where you are in your unique path. YOU MAY BE: Enrolling as a first time student or first generation college student; Finishing a certificate or degree because you now have time; Looking to “skill up” for your job or seeking a promotion by finishing or starting a degree or certificate; Wanting to take a few courses and then transfer on to get a bachelor’s degree; or Utilizing tuition reimbursement from your employer to further your education. Small class sizes allow you to collaborate, be creative and learn from others. Hands-on learning labs give you the opportunity for real-world training for the workforce. If your goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree, academic counselors are available to help you through the process of transferring to a university. We will help you reach your goals! If you're ready to start your journey, reach out today! CONTACT Brittany Aiken Community Outreach Coordinator baitken4566@lakelandcollege.edu 217-234-5429

CASSANDRA EILERS SAW A NEED for mental health professionals when she

chose to pursue a career in this field. Today she has earned her Licensed Social Work certification and is a therapist for Memorial Behavioral Health in Taylorville.

“I didn’t fully realize until I saw that multiple instructors had nominated me for Nontraditional Student of the Year, that I had so many people supporting me and backing me up,” Eilers said. “I fully support anyone going to Lake Land because it is super clear to me how much they want you to do well.” Eilers also had some words of wisdom to pass along regarding her college experience.

“I wanted to be the person for "I FULLY SUPPORT someone else that I needed ANYONE GOING TO when I was going through LAKE LAND BECAUSE my mental health struggles,” Eilers said. “I saw that there IT IS SUPER CLEAR TO is an intense need in this field ME HOW MUCH THEY as well, so I wanted to pursue WANT YOU TO DO a career helping people this WELL." way.”

“You can go to school without knowing what you want to be when you grow up, because school is there to help you learn,” Eilers said. “During my first speech, I got up there and ugly cried. I now seek out speaking engagements. If I can do that, then you can achieve your goals and more.”

Eilers returned to Lake Land -EILERS To learn more about how you can College after being laid enroll, visit the Lake Land College Social off from her job. Though she had taken Work program page at lakelandcollege.edu. classes a few times before, this time Eilers Look for the Academics Menu was determined to make the best of her and select Academic Areas of educational journey. Study, then Humanities and Social Sciences or scan here. “I like to call it a series of unfortunate events that ended up being fortunate for me,” Eilers said. “I had been to college before and not done very well, but I decided this time I would take part in everything I could.” Eilers did indeed take part in many different clubs and groups including being president of the Human Services Club, participating in TRIO, being a Student Ambassador and more. She was also awarded the Non-traditional Student of the Year award (right) as well as the Social Services Student award.

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Eilers (far left) with fellow nominees for Non-traditional Student of the Year in 2016.


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AREAS OF STUDY AGRICULTURE Agriculture Transfer Agriculture Business Agriculture Production & Management Crop Production Diesel & Ag Power Technology Horticulture John Deere Tech Livestock Production Pre-Veterinary Medicine ARCHITECTURAL & CONSTRUCTION Building Construction Technology CET/Advanced Technical Studies Civil Engineering Technology Computer Aided Design Geospatial Technology HVAC+R Residential Wiring Surveying with GIS BUSINESS Business Management Accounting Business Electronic Marketing Entrepreneurship Management Marketing Professional Sales Business Office Professionals Court Reporting and Captioning Medical Coding & Health Information Medical Coding Specialist Medical Transcriptionist Office Assistant

Office Manager Office Receptionist Office Support Specialist

Esthetics Human Services Law Enforcement Operations

EDUCATION Business Education Child & Family Services Early Childhood Care & Education Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Health Education Mathematics Education Nanny Child Care Provider Paraprofessional Educator Physical Education Secondary EducationBiology Secondary EducationChemistry Secondary EducationPhysics Social Science Education Special Education

HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES Art Broadcast Announcing Broadcast Communication Communication Studies Criminal Justice Economics English History Liberal Studies Political Science Psychology Radio Broadcasting Sociology/Social Work TV Field-Studio Production

HEALTH & PUBLIC SERVICES Health Services Associate Degree Nurse Basic Nurse Assistant Dental Hygiene Emergency Medical Services Massage Therapy Medical Assistant Paramedical Services Physical Therapist Assistant Practical Nursing Public Services Cosmetology Cosmetology Teacher Crime Scene Technician Criminal Justice Leadership

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Computer Systems Computer Technician Desktop Publishing IT – Computer Applications Specialist IT – Computer Game Development IT – Digital Media Specialist IT – Graphic Design IT – Network Administration IT – Programming IT – Web Design MANUFACTURING Applied Engineering Technology Electronic Control Technician Electronics Engineering Technology Industrial Maintenance

Manufacturing Skills Mechanical-Electrical Technology Production Technician Programmable Logic Controllers Renewable Energy Robotic & Automated Manufacturing Sustainable Energy Welding MATH & SCIENCE Bioscience Non-Teaching Chemistry Clinical Laboratory Science Conservation Earth Science Engineering Science Environmental Science Mathematics Physics Pre-Chiropractic Pre-Dental Pre-Engineering Pre-Medicine Pre-Nursing: BSN Transfer Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy TRANSPORTATION Auto Mechanic Automotive Technology Commercial Truck Driver Training

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December 2, 2022 February 20, 2023 March 24, 2023 June 15, 2023

OPEN HOUSE EVENTS

AGRICULTURE - March 4, 2023 BROADCAST COMMUNICATION - March 24, 2023 MATH & SCIENCE - March 31, 2023

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