Lincoln Land Community College

Location- Springfield, IL

Degrees Offered - GED, Certificates, Associate degrees, Transfer options

Student Population - 15,000

Student-to-Teacher ratio - 19:1

Tuition - approximately $3,600 per academic year

Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) is dedicated to providing district residents with quality educational programs and services that are accessible, affordable, and responsive to individual and community needs. It is the largest community college district in Illinois in terms of land mass, its district comprising all or parts of 15 counties in central Illinois and covering 4,115 square miles. The main campus is in Springfield, and Outreach Centers are located in Jacksonville, Beardstown, Taylorville, and Litchfield. The student body is in proportion of 39 percent over the age of 25 and in proportion of 19 percent minority.

The training programs that are part of the Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy Consortium at Lincoln Land Community College, specifically for Agricultural Watershed Technicians as well as pertaining to Turf Management, Landscape Design, and Horticulture, prepare individuals for entry to mid-level positions and provide professional development in the bioeconomy sector.

Lincoln Land Community College leverages community resources including the Lake Springfield Watershed, a designated priority watershed which serves as a student learning laboratory and an outdoor practicum location. In such environments, students have opportunities to understand and put to work conservation practices related to the diagnosis and remediation of nutrient and soil sediment losses and of aquatic issues as well as production agriculture best practices for example the cost and benefit analysis of quality soils and nutrient retention.

Skills learned in the LLCC’s programs are transferable across the bioeconomy sector and related industries.