CHARLESTON -- Members of the Charleston Rotary Club recently learned more about Lake Land College from Chris Strohl, the community outreach director for Lake Land.
Lake Land’s tag line is “Define success your way.” Strohl said that is how the college approaches all students, from those taking one class to those earning an associate’s.
The college has four locations: the main campus in Mattoon, Effingham’s Kluthe Center for Higher Education, and smaller regional centers in Marshall and Pana. In addition, Lake Land also operates an extensive program through the Illinois Department of Corrections, offering vocational training at 18 correctional sites.
Lake Land’s programs cover a wide range, including: hobby and self-improvement classes, technical training, high school equivalency completion, workforce development, and university transfer education for ages 18 to senior citizens.
In determining the courses and programs to offer, Lake Land relies on citizen advisory councils to help the college keep its offerings relevant and effective, as well as affordable and accessible.
Curriculum changes are also based on educational trends and licensing agencies, as approved by the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Lake Land offers more than 150 majors from which to choose.
The stated vision for Lake Land is “Engaging minds, changing lives, through the power of learning.” Strohl says they achieve this vision through the values of caring, communication, “team-ship,” innovation, and excellence. Services offered include tutoring, assessment testing, career counseling, academic counseling, computer labs and wi-fi access, and accommodations for students with special needs.
In order to keep costs down, Lake Land operates a textbook rental service. The college also offers scholarships, financial aid, and apprenticeships for high school students. Lake Land is funded through state and federal grants, tuition and fees, and property taxes. Tuition waivers for classes are given to seniors aged 65 for over. More information is available at www.lakelandcollege.edu.