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Rendering of Perfect Pitch Rooms
Nov 24th, 2020
Lincoln Trail
Perfect Pitch Looks to Raise Money to Enhance Theater Renaissance Project
As Lincoln Trail College’s Theater Renaissance project gets underway, a new committee is working to enhance the project. Perfect Pitch is working to add state-of-the-art sound isolation practice rooms to the project. The practice rooms are already in the plans for the new building, but these practice rooms would enhance them by adding the sound dampening technology. It would allow students to practice and take lessons without the sounds of other students interfering. 
Woman helping man in retail clothing store
Nov 23rd, 2020
Lincoln Trail
LTC Launches Customer Service Management Microcertificate
Lincoln Trail College will begin offering a new microcertificate that will help train people to better serve customers in January of 2021. The new Customer Service Management program is available online and is open to LTC students and members of the community. Customer Service Management focuses on customer service theories, communication, problem-solving, and resolving complaints among other topics. The idea behind the certificate is to give students the skills they need to provide quality customer service.
Photo of Nursing Student Listening to a Heart Beat
Nov 17th, 2020
Olney Central
OCC Nursing Program Application Deadline February 16
Olney Central College is currently accepting applications for Fall 2021 entry into the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges/OCC Nursing Program. Applicants must attend one of four informational meetings scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, Wednesday, Jan. 27, Thursday, Feb. 4 and Tuesday, Feb. 9. The meetings will be held in Wattleworth Hall Room 217.   Prospective students, who have already submitted their applications, should have received a letter regarding the mandatory meetings. Applicants who have not should contact Nursing Advisor Linda Horn.
Photo of Dr. Paul Davidson
Nov 17th, 2020
Olney Central
OCC Grad Dr. Paul Davidson Opens New Opportunities for UIUC Students
As an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Dr. Paul Davidson is engaging students in projects that take them from Urbana-Champaign to the coast of South Africa, where the lessons gained in the classroom are put into practice.
Photo of Michael Conn
Nov 17th, 2020
Olney Central
Michael Conn Appointed to Illinois Arts Council
Olney Central College Dean of Instruction Michael Conn has been appointed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to serve a four-year term on the Illinois Arts Council. “I am happy to be involved in the administration of the arts community on a larger, statewide scale,” Conn said. “It is an interesting opportunity and it is good to have representation from our area. I hope to provide a voice for Southern Illinois to the current state of arts in Illinois and add value to this long-standing council.”
Best Degree Badge
Oct 28th, 2020
Olney Central
Medical Office Assistant Ranked Among Top Online Programs
Olney Central College’s Medical Office Assistant Program has been recognized as one of the country’s top online degrees. The health-career website BestHealthDegrees.com ranked OCC No. 9 in its List of the Best Online Medical Assistant Associate’s Programs for 2020. “We are excited to hear that our program has been chosen for this award,” said Instructor Shasta Bennett. “It is always an honor when the hard work of our faculty and students is recognized.”
Photo of Unmanned Aerial Technology Classroom
Oct 28th, 2020
Olney Central
Unmanned Aerial Technology Classroom Ready for Fall
Olney Central College’s Unmanned Aerial Technology Program is ready to welcome students with the completion of its classroom at the West Richland Center in Noble. Renovations to the former high school science room began last fall and include the installation of new flooring, ceiling tiles, LED lighting and countertops. Modern instructional equipment along with tables and chairs specifically designed to meet program needs complete the facility.
Photo of New Welding Booths and Equipment
Oct 21st, 2020
Olney Central
Lab & Classroom Renovations Complete for New Welding Associate's Degree
Olney Central College is ready for the startup of its new Welding and Fabrication Associate’s Degree next fall with the completion of a new state-of-the-art lab and classroom at the West Richland Center in Noble. The renovations are part of a Title III Grant initiative, which includes revamping OCC’s welding program to establish an Associate in Applied Science Degree. Work on the former high school welding shop began in June and wrapped up in August.
Group of students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa
Oct 16th, 2020
Lincoln Trail
LTC Inducts New Members Into Honor Society
Lincoln Trail College’s Alpha Iota Epsilon Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society inducted its newest members at a ceremony on October 15. Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. An invitation for membership is extended to full-time students achieving at least a 3.5 grade point average. 
Photo of Mary Correll
Oct 15th, 2020
Olney Central
OCC Grad Named Nurse of the Year
Olney Central College alumnus Mary Correll, of Wakefield, was recently named a Nurse of the Year by Deaconess Health System, receiving the Florence Nightingale Award for Deaconess Midtown Hospital. As stated in the award, “Florence Nightingale set the example of compassion, commitment to patient care and diligent hospital administration. This award is given in recognition of meritorious service of the nursing profession and is characterized by devotion, sincerity, dedication and compassion.“