Christian County Illinois Economic Development Corporation

Taylorville Community School District #3

Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 is 272 square miles in size making it one of the largest school districts in Illinois (17th). Although the district is distinctly rural with nearly 90% of the land area in agricultural production it is also heavily influenced by two metropolitan areas, Springfield and Decatur.

The district houses 2,682 students in five buildings. Students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 (834) attend Taylorville High School; Students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 (749) attend Taylorville Junior High School; Students in grades K, 1, and 2 (429) attend North Elementary School; Students in grades Pre K, 3 and 4 attend Memorial Elementary School; Students in Pre K K, 1, 2, 3 and 4 (263) residing in the Stonington boundary will attend Stonington Elementary.

Pana Community School District

Pana Community School District No. 8 includes two elementary schools, a middle school, a junior high school, and a high school. Washington Elementary School houses an Early Childhood Special Ed. program, a pre-k program as well as kindergarten and first grade. Lincoln Elementary School houses second grade, third grade, and fourth grade. Jefferson Middle School, located in Tower Hill houses fifth and sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grade students attend Pana Jr. High.  Ninth grade, tenth grade, eleventh grade and twelfth grade students attend Pana High School. There is also a Pana Learning Center, an alternative school for students to earn a GED. Lake Land College Western Center satellite campus is also located in Pana. There are four private schools in the area.

Lake Land College

Lake Land CollegeLake Land College is proud to partner with the Pana School District to offer educational opportunities to Christian County residents and businesses. At the Lake Land College Western Region Center, located at 600 E. First St. in Pana,
students can take general education, computer and technical/vocational courses. The 6,000-square-foot center hosts a nursing program and shares space with Pana Adult Education.

A community resource area is available to residents who need access to a computer. Community organizations and businesses are welcome to use the Western Region Center for meetings or training opportunities. Lake Land College officials are also active in community organizations and serve on the Christian County Economic Development Corporation. Lake Land partners with businesses throughout the district to offer customized training through the Center for Business and Industry.

Lake Land College is a community college that serves 20,000 students a year. Located in Mattoon, the college offers transfer degrees and technical degrees and certificates. With tuition at about one-quarter of the state universities, the college is an excellent value for those who wish to upgrade skills for promotion, begin a bachelor’s degree or retrain for a new career. The college is recognized nationally for its outstanding academic quality, renewable energy program and its dedication to one-on-one interaction and service to students. 

To learn more about the Western Region Center call 217-562-5000 or to enroll at Lake Land call 217-234-5434. 
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Lincoln Land Community College

Lincoln Land Community CollegeLincoln Land Community College in Taylorville features a state-of-the-art teaching facility which opened in March, 2011 with science and nursing labs, contemporary classrooms and a comfortable student gathering space. Also on site is a welding bay for metal arc, oxyacetylene, MIG, TIG, pipe and aluminum welding, along with welding fabrication and entry level welding certification through the American Welding Society. A construction bay houses carpentry, basic plumbing, residential wiring and basic masonry classes.

Other course offerings include business, computer applications, office management, criminal justice, law enforcement, certified nursing assistant, life and physical science classes, along with developmental math, reading and English. Each semester 400-450 students enroll in more than 150 different classes during the morning, afternoon and evening.  

Area high school students can get a jump start on their college career through LLCC-Taylorville with dual credit classes and the dual enrollment programs HEAT (Higher Education Academic Transfer) and PACT (Professional Accelerated Career Training).

LLCC’s Springfield campus is conveniently located 30 miles from Taylorville and is a key player in the economic development of its 15-county district. The college is a major contributor to the overall economic stability and prosperity of the district through partnerships with other organizations and businesses, and directly through workforce preparation of its residents. In addition, it is the venue of choice for continuing professional development, as well as customized training and solutions for business and industry, and lifelong self-development opportunities for the district.

 LLCC’s state-of-the art Workforce Careers Center on the Springfield campus opened its doors in 2012.  It includes a mechatronics lab which can be used for hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical systems, AC/DC, motor control, industrial wiring, power distribution, programmable logic controllers, process operations, robotics and more.  The Lab-Volt instructional system integrates the latest technological advances with sound pedagogical practice, offering comprehensive, multimedia-rich, e-learning, blended learning and custom learning solutions, as well as extensive, cutting-edge, hands-on and simulation training curriculum.

The LLCC Workforce Careers Center is also home to the Green Construction Academy and the Renewable Energy Academy.  Forklift and OSHA 30 Training and certification are also available.

LLCC in Springfield can provide customized training for business and industry to assist with job growth, technology investment and productivity enhancement.  Customized training is designed to make a difference in your bottom line, whether your organization is creating jobs, investing in new machinery and equipment, or streamlining processes for efficiency.

LLCC in Taylorville and Springfield are eager to partner with prospective and current area employers.  Please contact Dee Krueger, Assistant Director, LLCC-Taylorville to discuss your needs.  Dee can be contacted at 1.800.572.5448 or 217.287.7081 and via email at