2024 Education Magazine

Excellence In Education Lincoln Daily News January 2024 Page 45 One Industrial Technology opportunity developed recently is an expansion of welding courses held at the Lincolnland Technical Education Center (LTEC). These courses help students develop technical skills with college credit that transfers toward a degree. Logan County students looking to earn an associate degree or certification have multiple options including attending classes in Lincoln at the Woodlawn Road campus, attending courses at the Main Campus in Normal, taking classes online, or a combination of any of the above. For those looking to stick closer to home HCC Lincoln has the “Hometown Hawks” program, which provides free student support and engagement opportunities including tutoring and counseling services, wellness events and extracurricular activities for students in our service area. Heartland Hawks Athletics Outside of the classroom Heartland Hawks athletics programs have hit new heights. Last year the Men’s Baseball Team captured an NJCAA DII National Championship. Baseball Coach Chris Razo was named NJCAA DII Coach of the Year. Coach Mary Frahm was named MWAC Coach of the Year with her Volleyball squad advancing to Nationals. Hawks Men’s Golf posted a top ten finish at the NJCAA DII Nationals. Heartland Cross Country runners competed in the National Championship Meet, and both Men’s and Women’s Soccer posted strong seasons. Heartland’s co-ed competitive video gaming team also brought home the hardware. Esports athletes Jono Edmonson (NBA 2K) and Luke Sherman (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) captured national titles. Sherman also joined Matthew “Bo” Larson and Alex Baccheschi to claim a championship in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Crew 3 v 3. Dual Credit Opportunity Last year, students took over 14 thousand credit hours in Heartland Community College dual credit courses. Schools offering HCC College NOW courses include Lincoln Community High School (LCHS), HartsburgEmden High School HEHS), Lincolnland Technical Education Center, and Olympia High School (OHS). These courses are low cost or offered free of charge. Overall, students enrolled in Heartland Community College dual credit classes at LCHS and HEHS saved over $250,000 on transferable college-level general education coursework and career-readiness training. Community Resources Educational opportunities at Heartland Community College expand beyond credit or degree-seeking programs. Heartland Community College Lincoln offers free High School Equivalency (GED) preparation courses in person format with weekday morning and evening sessions as well as online prep courses. For students of all ages looking to enrich their lives with education, the Continuing Education department offers courses including cooking, crafting, professional development and more at HCCL. {Steve Fast]