Lincoln Land Community College affects us all, and every day. Its graduates include a mayor, the Congressman of the Illinois Senate, business leaders, and countless health care providers, including the nursing students who have cared for my elderly parents.
New constructions and innovative programs mark accomplishment, but real success is found in the thousands of men and women who use their LLCC education to improve the lives of themselves, their families and the communities that we. call home.
As I leave college as the oldest administrator in the college, his future could not be more secure. For more than 50 years, the only constant has been that the college has always looked to the future, to anticipate changes and meet challenges.
For example, LLCC was forward thinking when I started my tenure on the board in the late 1990s, when engineering students designed and built a solar car that gained national notoriety. Around the same time, the college added a Truck Driver Training Program to meet the high demand in the industry, and which continues to grow to this day. When the economic downtown began in 2008-2009, the college prepared for the resulting increase in enrollment and control its finances. When the pandemic struck, college leaders ensured that LLCC still provided the education and services that students of all ages needed more than ever, while keeping the campus community safe.
Over the years, outstanding and longtime faculty like Dr. John Roberts have touched the lives of thousands of students, inspiring them to learn and succeed. Many times, LLCC alumni have told me that no matter where they transferred to, their best college professors are at LLCC.
Another comment often heard is how the college grew. New buildings on the main Springfield campus, including the Workforce Careers Center; at the airport and in the medical district; Expanding to Jacksonville, Beardstown, Taylorville and Litchfield, LLCC serves its communities with state-of-the-art facilities. For nearly a quarter of a century, LLCC has been a leader in online education, which continues its upward trend. LLCC also continues to develop its relationships with businesses and employers in the region to meet their continuing needs for a skilled workforce.
LLCC is staffed with an exceptional teaching staff and dedicated mentorship. All believe in the college’s mission – to provide education that is affordable and accessible to all – and are honored to achieve it.
My service to several Board Chairs, most recently Ken Elmore, and with other Trustees, President Charlotte Warren, as well as the faculty and staff of LLCC in advancing the mission of our college, has been a privilege that I will always cherish.
LLCC is a gem in our community for both personal development and the economic vitality of the region. I will continue to support LLCC as a citizen of District 526 and recommend it to anyone looking for a better life through learning. I only expect great things from LLCC in the future.
Craig Findley recently retired from the Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees after 23 years of service. He is the oldest administrator in the college, with three terms as president and two terms each as vice-president and secretary of the board.
This article originally appeared in the State Journal-Register: Lincoln Land Community College Still Moving Forward