Vocational training

Grant to help improve vocational training at Lincoln Land Community College

SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College on Wednesday received a $5 million federal grant that will help meet urgent training needs in several trades.

The college will renovate and expand its training facilities for paramedics, emergency medical technicians, truck drivers, diesel mechanics and agricultural specialists with the help of a grant from the Economic Development Administration of the US Department of Commerce.

The expanded facilities will increase student intake capacity in these programs while producing skilled workers ready to fill in-demand jobs.

LLCC President Charlotte Warren said the funds would go into four areas.

The East Wing of Logan Hall will be renovated for an expanded Emergency Services Training Center, allowing more than 400 students to enroll in EMT, advanced EMT and paramedic training programs each year, Warren said.

The truck driver training ground will be expanded, Warren said, and a new tractor and trailer will be purchased, which will train an additional 90 students and bring the annual student capacity to 251.

A lab at the Workforce Careers Center will be renovated to house and equip a new diesel technologies program, Warren said. The first class of the two-year program will welcome 20 students in the fall.

A large storage facility adjacent to the truck driver training ground will be built to house heavy equipment for agricultural and diesel technology programs, Warren said, as well as a new ambulance for emergency services.

“We are thrilled to announce the receipt of a significant grant that will allow us to positively impact the workforce of our local communities in critical areas,” said Ken Elmore, Chairman of the Board of administration of LLCC.