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MATTOON (JG-TC) -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees voted Monday evening to accept the donation of two robots from the former General Electric Mattoon Lamp Plant.

Lake Land plans to incorporate the robots into its student training programs. One of the robots is a 2008 model valued at $10,000 and the other is a 1997 model valued at $1,850. The lamp plant used a variety of Lake Land workforce training programs over the years prior to GE Lighting closing this facility on Aug. 11.

In other matters, the board renewed the college’s worker’s compensation policy with the Illinois Public Risk Fund for 2018. Bryan Gleckler, vice president for business services, has reported that the renewal rate reflects a 7.28 percent increase in premium costs to the college as compared to the expiring rate. He has said if the expiring rate was adjusted to the college's current payroll levels, the increase is only 2.16 percent.

Other board actions included:

-- Appointing Beulah Uphoff to the full-time, tenure-track position of basic nurse assistant instructor, effective Jan. 5.

-- Purchasing a med dispense machine for $31,116 from Pocket Nurse Enterprises for the Allied Health Division.

-- Hiring Dean Drainage for $18,350 to install a 30-foot tile pattern on 11 acres in the college’s land lab.

-- Abating real estate taxes related to an enterprise zone extension for Fayette County.

-- Approving the creation of a Collegiate Farm Bureau club.

-- Accepting a $14,000 Growing Agricultural Science Teachers Grant from the Illinois State Board of Education.



Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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