Illinois College and Lincoln Land Community College signed an agreement on Tuesday to make life easier for students to get a degree in education.
The deal allows elementary education majors to start at LLCC, transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree at IC in a total of four years.
According to a press release, this is the the first transfer agreement between the two institutions.
LLCC President Dr. Charlotte Warren says, “We enjoy a close proximity to Illinois College with our LLCC-Jacksonville Outreach Center, and many of our graduates throughout the years have chosen to continue their education at IC.”
Illinois College President Dr. Barbara Farley says LLCC students taking classes at IC will pay tuition at the current LLCC tuition rates.
She adds, “The preparation of elementary teachers is so critical to the well-being of our society. To give these students the opportunity to have a great education at Lincoln Land and make a seamless transfer to Illinois College will make a big difference in many of them being able to achieve their dreams.”
Projections complied by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce indicate that there will be an increase in the number of replacement teachers needed in elementary and middle grades in the LLCC district from the next five to ten years.
Both college presidents indicated this is the start of further agreements between the two insinuations.