AARP Smart Driver Safety Course @ LifeSpan Center
Feb 26 @ 8:30 am
Create Your Own… @ LifeSpan Center
Mar 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Prospective students invited to Laker Visit Day @ Lake Land College
Mar 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Visit Lake Land College and find out all the college offers at Laker Visit Day. The event will be held Friday, March 22 in the Field House starting at 9 a.m. and will run until noon.

The event is for potential students who are interested in learning more about Lake Land College. Prospective students are provided with the opportunity to tour campus, visit a class, meet current students and talk with faculty. Parents/guardians and spouses are welcome to attend and learn more about the college during a parent and spouse session.

The event will feature informational sessions by current Lake Land College Student Ambassadors and college staff. Representatives from Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, Counseling Services, Career Services, Student Life and other departments will provide information and be available to answer questions. Students will also meet with faculty members in their academic area of interest.


“Laker Visit Day is a great way for prospective students and parents to talk to faculty and staff about academic options and majors, to talk to current students about their experiences at the college and to learn about various services and opportunities we offer,” Michelle Zumbahlen, coordinator for strategic student communication and initiatives, said.


On Laker Visit Day, guests will tour the beautiful campus with Student Ambassadors; comfortable shoes are recommended. To get to the Field House take Entrance 1 from Route 45, proceed straight after the curve and park in Lot A. The Field House will be on west side of Parking Lot A and has a white, circular roof. Enter the lobby from the south side of the building.


Student Ambassadors will greet guests and help with directions. In case of inclement weather on the day of the event, please check the college’s homepage at lakelandcollege.edu for closures.


For more information, or to reserve a space for Laker Visit Day, register online at lakelandcollege.edu/visit or call 217-234-5377.

Lake Land College’s IT Club to assist Tech Savvy Saturday
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Charleston LifeSpan Center will host Tech Savvy Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Students from the Lake Land College IT Club will assist with technology devices including how to use email, app functions and social media. This event is open to the public and to all ages.

“Seniors in a digital world can be easily overwhelmed by all the new technology. Simple training in using computers, tablets and smart phones can help seniors to stay connected with their families, friends and communities. This is especially important for seniors who wish to live independently,” LifeSpan Center Program/Public Relations Director Chris Garver said.

Participants are encouraged to bring devices from home such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop in order to follow along with the group or for one-on-one assistance with one of the students.

The LifeSpan Center is hosting a second Tech Savvy Saturday in partnership with the Lake Land College IT Club on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tech Savvy Saturday is sponsored by AARP. For more information and to pre-register, call the LifeSpan Center at 217-639-5150.

Lake Land College’s Community Choir to hold Spring Concert @ Lake Land College Theater.
Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm

The Lake Land College Community Choir invites the community to attend its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 in the Lake Land College Theater.

The program for this concert will lift your spirits and take you away!  Three choral works on the theme of flight include “High Flight” by David Brunner, music set to a well-known poem by Royal Canadian Air Force pilot John Magee.  Magee writes about the unimaginable delight of soaring through the sky and piloting a small plane, and Brunner’s music wheels and soars as well.

A second group of songs is more “grounded,” including the Beatles’ classic “The Long and Winding Road,” and “Seven Bridges Highway,” by the Eagles, as well as Nat King Cole’s classic “Route 66.”  American folk songs such as “Old Dan Tucker” and “The Crawdad Song” round out the program, along with contemporary sacred songs by Craig Courtney.

A reception will follow in Laker Point.

Under the direction of Nancy Caldwell, music instructor, the Community Choir is a choir of mixed voices including students from the college as well as members of surrounding communities including Arthur, Arcola, Effingham, Charleston, Mattoon, Neoga and Sigel. Randy Imig of St. Elmo accompanies the choir. The Community Choir was formed in January of 1998 and performs two concerts annually.

The concert is free and open to the public.

High School Technology Programs Informational Meeting @ Lake Land College West Building, Farm Credit Services room
Mar 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois Education for Employment (EIEFES) will cohost an informational session for high school administrators, parents and students interested in automotive technology and design and draft programming classes on Wednesday, March 27 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the West Building, Farm Credit Services room.

The early bird automotive technology, welding and design and drafting classes are available to all high school students through the college’s Dual Credit program. The classes are held on campus in the mornings from 7 – 9 a.m. starting this fall.

The informational session will provide students and parents/guardians with an overview of the Technology Division at Lake Land College including introductions to program options and majors. A campus tour will also be provided along with light refreshments.

All interested students, parents and high school administrators are welcome to attend.

RSVP by March 20 to the Director of Dual Credit and Honors Experience Lisa Shumard-Shelton at lshumard-shelton@lakelandcollege.edu or at 217-234-5044. An RSVP is not required to attend, but preferred.

For more information about the Technology Division visit lakelandcollege.edu/academic-divisions/technology-division/

BODYPUMP Luau @ Mattoon Area Family YMCA
Mar 30 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Say “aloha” to fun, fitness and freebies! Join us for this special offering of our popular BODYPUMP class that uses high repetitions to burn fat, gain strength and quickly produce lean body muscle conditioning. Play games, win prizes and workout all at the same time. All of our BODYPUMP instructors will present motivating music and engaging choreography in the new tracks for the BODYPUMP 109 release. For more information, please visit www.mattoonymca.org.
Age: 14 and older                                                                                               
Program Date/Time: Saturday, March 30, 2019; 4:30-5:30 pm                            Fee: $3/member; $6/non-member
Lake Land College Grant Writing Course @ Workforce Development Center, room 105
Apr 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lake Land College is offering a Grant Writing 101 course that will cover all aspects of the grant writing process.


The course will be a practical and humor-filled approach to grant writing and will explain how to begin composing grants of all sizes. Participants can expect to learn proposal design, the funder search and more. The class will work through various grant documents and will have time to ask as many questions as needed. By the end of the course, participants will have a much better idea of whether grants are a good fit for their school, nonprofit or agency.


The class will be taught by Fielding Jezreel who has worked in the grants field since 2013 and has raised more than $15 million for nonprofits.


The Grant Writing 101 course will meet on Monday, April 8, 2019 from 9 a.m. – noon.


Class will be held at the Workforce Development Center, room 105 located at 305 Richmond Ave. East, Mattoon. The cost is $99.


Register at lakelandcollege.edu/learn.


For more information, contact Professional Development Support Jackie Wake at jwake@lakelandcollege.edu or at 217-234-5087.

Lunch and Learn @ Mattoon Public Library
Apr 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Joint Business After Hours @ Carle Mattoon on Hurst
Apr 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm