Lake Land College to Offer Free Dual Credit Classes to ERCA Students

Mattoon, IL-(Radio Effingham)- Lake Land College will offer select dual-credit courses at no cost to Effingham Regional Career Academy (ERCA) students for the fall 2024 and spring 2025 semesters.

This fall, several select Lake Land College dual credit courses will be offered free of charge. All of these classes will be taught by Lake Land College instructors at the Kluthe Center through ERCA. The courses offer students the opportunity to explore careers in high-demand fields such as commercial driver’s license (CDL), agriculture, healthcare, networking, and geospatial technology (GIS).

Courses available for the Fall 2024 semester are:

Course Course Title Credit hours
AGR-046 Introduction to Agricultural Professions 1
AHE-051 Careers in Health Sciences 3
AHE-060 Fundamentals of Nursing 6
CDL-043 CDL Theory 3.5
CDL-090 CDL Career 3
CIS-071 Introduction to Networking 2
SOS-100 Maps and spatial analysis 3

Class schedules for Spring 2025 are currently being developed and classes will be announced soon.

All fall 2024 and spring 2025 classes are available to students from 14 schools in the ERCA: Altamont High School, Beecher City High School, Brownstown High School, Cowden-Herrick High School, Cumberland High School, Dieterich High School, Effingham High School, Neoga High School, Newton (Jasper County) High School, North Clay (Louisville) High School, St. Anthony High School, St. Elmo High School, Stewardson-Strasburg High School and Teutopolis High School. Students must be sophomores or juniors at the start of the 2024-2025 school year to be eligible.

To take advantage of this opportunity, interested students should contact their high school guidance counselor. To learn more about available courses and to register, contact Jerome Tkachuk, director of Effingham Education and Regional Extension Centers, at 217-540-3500 or [email protected].

To learn more about the many additional opportunities to earn college credit at Lake Land College, contact Tessa Wiles, Director of Credit and Honors Experience, at 217-234-5044 or [email protected].

Lake Land College District 517, located in Mattoon, Illinois, serves the second largest community college district in the state, with a total population of 189,869. The Lake Land College District includes all or parts of 15 counties and 31 public school districts in rural east-central Illinois. The counties served by Lake Land College are: Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie, and Shelby.