Lake Land College Pilots "Work and Learn" Program

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Published on July 13 2012 6:52 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

This fall, Lake Land College will pilot its new Work and Learn Program (WLP) which aims to provide work experience and financial support for adults who are unemployed or underemployed to Lake Land in order to earn a career certificate or associate degree.

"This program will assist those adults who want to come back to school but find it difficult to do so because of financial restraints," said Tina Stovall, vice president for student services.

"Essentially, the student will take classes at the college and earn a tuition waiver by working 10 hours a week for one of our campus departments."

While in this program, students will also participate in an ongoing mentor relationship and will receive additional support which will help facilitate their academic success, career development and credentials.

Throughout the pilot year, the college will track enrollment and success of the students in order to assess the program's impact.  Students who are accepted into WLP will work 10 hours per week in a designated WLP position on campus and in turn, receive a full tuition waiver to attend Lake Land full-time. Up to 20 WLP positions will be developed in the program's pilot year and students enrolled in the program will gain transferrable employment knowledge and skills.

Requirements for WLP students are as follows: the student must reside in the Lake Land College district; be 24 years of age or older; have earned a high school diploma or GED; previously earned no more than 11 hours of college credit after high school; and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Foundation Scholarship Application for the year of intended enrollment.

"Essentially what we're developing is a support group for these students to be successful," said Stovall. "It's not just a scholarship."

To apply for this opportunity, applicants must complete the application and submit it to the Lake Land College Foundation Office along with the Lake Land College Intent to Enroll form which can be found online at www.lakeland.cc.il.us/appintro.cfm. Students will be required to complete the FAFSA prior to beginning the work assignment.

Students needing assistance applying for this program should contact Nikki Lamb at 217-234-5232, or stop by Counseling or Career Services in the Luther Student Center on campus. For any other inquiries or more information, please contact Lamb.