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Lake Land College and North American Lighting partner to provide students with a fast-track to guaranteed employment

Lake Land College and North American Lighting partner to provide students with a fast-track to guaranteed employment

Lake Land College and North American Lighting (NAL) have partnered to create the NAL Fast-Track Tech Program, an eight-week training course that guarantees employment at NAL upon completion of the program. 

The first session of the training is scheduled to begin Oct. 7 and will be held at the Lake Land College Eastern Region Center in Marshall, Ill.  Classes will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. 

“There is a manufacturing boom throughout our region and the college, together with North American Lighting and area legislators, has developed this program in order to respond to this immediate need quickly and effectively,” explained Jim Hull, vice president for academic services at the college. 

The program will provide students with a variety of industrial technology skills including shop safety, applied mathematics, and robotics and automation control. Additionally, the 16 credit hours earned upon completion of the program count toward an associate degree from Lake Land College. To that end, NAL will offer educational benefits to employees who choose to complete the associate degree program. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person,” said Steve Duval, corporate general manager at NAL. “By successfully completing an eight-week concentrated training program at Lake Land, the student will receive a paid position with NAL plus an additional nine weeks of training in the facility. Furthermore, they can continue their education with tuition assistance from NAL. In return, these students will not only have a full-time paid position with insurance and retirement benefits, but they will also have a skill they can build upon and use for a lifetime.”

The organizations are grateful to Illinois Congressman John Shimkus for initiating the partnership. 

“I am very interested in working with community colleges and local industries to find solutions for improving workforce development,” said Shimkus. “This is the key to recruiting, securing and retaining industry in Illinois.”

Upon completion of the LLC program, students will enter into a nine-week paid training program at NAL. Entry-level employees earn between $16-18 an hour, plus benefits, depending on skill level. NAL currently has technician positions available at all of three Illinois manufacturing facilities in Flora, Salem and Paris.

All interested applicants must have their high school diploma or GED and apply to the program. A background check and drug screening are required for all applicants. 

The cost of the program is $1,724.80, but it is eligible for financial aid. Interested students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA at www.FAFSA.gov as soon as possible to learn if they qualify for financial aid. Additional course fees could apply.

Lake Land College also offers a FACTS payment plan for students, which allows them to spread their tuition payments out over the course of the program as opposed to paying the bill in full at one time. The FACTS payment plan offers flexible, monthly payment plans with no interest. 

For more information about the program, or to apply, contact Becky Earp, administrative assistant for academic services at (217) 234-5220. 

 

 



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