March 22, 2018 will go down as a college-changing day at Lincoln Land Community College. LLCC officials announced an $18-million gift to the school’s agriculture program on Thursday morning.
Bill Harmon is the Agriculture Program Coordinator at LLCC. He says the monetary and land donation will provide future ag students with research opportunities that will be hard to find anywhere else.
Morrisonville native and Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Wayne Rosenthal is also the vice-chair of the Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees. He says this gives local youth looking to go into agriculture a chance to get the best quality ag education and stay close to home.
Harmon has been at LLCC for 21 years. He says it’s still hard to believe the size of the gift and how big of an impact it can have on the future of the college.
The college currently has 160 agriculture students enrolled, and the goal is to double that number in the next three years. LLCC is also looking to partner with local businesses and organizations to help expand the program’s education opportunities while also serving the community.