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Lake Land College welcomes area principals, deans and counselors to campus

Nearly 30 area high school representatives from 21 area high schools recently visited Lake Land College for the annual Principals, Deans and Counselors Meeting.

For this year’s meeting the theme was “Stepping Stones to Success” and according to Lisa Shumard-Shelton, the annual visit to campus gives the principals, deans and counselors a more in-depth look at the college. 

“We host this event each year to not only say thank you to all of the people in the high schools that we work so closely with all year long, but it gives them a chance to not only learn about new educational offerings at Lake Land, but to experience them,” said Shelton. 

This year, participants experienced a lineup of hands-on activities hosted by the Lake Land faculty and staff. For instance, participants not only toured the new Placement Testing Center located in Webb Hall, but they also took the placement test. Likewise, when visiting the Civil Engineering Technology Program, participates conducted a land surveying experiment, where they got to use the equipment and work as a team to solve a problem. 

“This year, we really tried to offer activities that would give the principals, deans and counselors more resources to better guide and advise their high school students,” said Shelton. “They learned a lot about transferability, online classes and student life, in addition to the academic programs, which focuses on giving these professionals the tools they need to help their students.” 

Additionally, participants at the annual meeting were entered into a drawing for a three-credit-hour tuition waiver. The winners of the drawing were as follows: Tara Raddatz, Effingham High School counselor; Kevin Haarman, Dieterich High School principal; Mike Catanzaro, Learna Bridges School teacher; Gail Hardiek, Brownstown High School counselor; and Eric Bruder, Okaw Valley principal. 

To learn more about the annual Principals, Deans and Counselor Meeting, or about the admissions process at Lake Land College, contact Shelton at (217) 234-5254 or




Cutline: Lake Land College Civil Engineering Technology student, Seth Flach demonstrates how to use a surveyor’s transit to area high school representatives at the recent Principal, Deans and Counselors meeting, held annually at the college. 

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