EFFINGHAM, IL -(Effingham Radio)- This morning, Vision 2020 held their community celebration of excellence breakfast at the Carriage House Event Center in Altamont.
During the event, Lake Land College President, along with the Effingham Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of the new Effingham Regional Career Academy, and Rural Development & Technology Center
Both will be located at the Lake Land College Kluthe Center.
Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Norma Lansing shared in depth detail of the new center listen below:
Event host, Jerry Tckachuk, shared details of the new center as well as information on Vision 2020, and Project 2030.
Listen to his comments below:
UPDATE: Lake Land College shares more details regarding the funding of the new centers
MATTOON, IL – Lake Land College President Josh Bullock announced Wednesday that the college’s new master building plan includes funding for construction of the Rural Development Technology Center in Effingham.
The new construction is expected to begin in 2022 and will be adjacent to the Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology.
The center will house the Effingham Regional Career Academy as well as additional classroom and lab space.
The goal is to have 150 area students participating in the academy within the first year and provide a space for the partnered programs such as welding and manufacturing skills now held at area high schools.
The center will offer opportunities for high school students, in addition to adult students, to gain in-demand workforce skills.
“The goal is to make sure that opportunities are available to students, regardless of what school district they reside in.”
“We plan to meet the needs of our students, community members and district employers,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said.
The center will focus on providing educational opportunities to train for careers in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, technology and transportation.
Through decades of conservative fiscal management the college will be able to implement these new construction plans without raising property taxes.
“The Lake Land College Board of Trustees is committed to our communities,” Bullock said.
“It’s important that we provide opportunities for students to train for life sustaining careers within their hometowns.”
For more information about the Effingham Regional Career Academy, visit effinghamregionalcareeracademy.com.
For more information about Lake Land College, visit lakelandcollege.edu.