Education

Lincoln Land Community College – Dual Credit

Type of service: Education

What they do: Dual Credit (college while in high school), First Semester Experience

Who is eligible? High School Students. Take a placement test and/or are academically eligible.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Ask your high school guidance counselor.

Address: 32 S. Central Park, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone number: 217-243-6699
Contact person: Keri Mason
Email: Keri.Mason@llcc.edu

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Lincoln’s Challenge Academy

Type of service: Education and training

What they do: Two-phase (17 month) program to help youth finish school, gain life skills and make a plan for their future

Who is eligible? Ages 16-18, Illinois resident, drug-free (at the start of the class), no pending court cases or adult felonies

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call for information or visit website.

Address: 205 Dodge Ave., Rantoul (Regional Office is 100 N. 11th St., Springfield IL 62703)
Phone: 217-528-7875 (Springfield office)

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Four Rivers Early Childhood Special Education

Type of service: Early Childhood Clinic

What they do: The Early Childhood Clinic is committed to finding, assessing, and providing a full range of services to children with disabilities from ages 3-5 so that children in need will have the opportunity to benefit from the intervention and grow to their full potential. Services to children are individualized. The clinic communicates and cooperates with parents, school and agency personnel and others involved with the child.

Who is eligible? Children ages 3-5 years old who reside within the Four Rivers 19 school districts

Referral needed? Yes

Best way to access services: Call office.

Address: 936 W. Michigan Ave., Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone number: 217-245-7174

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Lincoln Land Community College – Youth Programs

Type of service: Education

What they do: College for Kids, ACT/Prep, Youth Culinary Classes

Who is eligible? Depends on the program/class

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Apply online for preferred program, or call the office

Address: 32 S. Central Park, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone number: 217-786-4905
Contact person: Jessica Ingold
Email: Jessica.Ingold@llcc.edu

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Lincoln Land Community College – Adult Education

Type of service: Adult Education

What they do: GED Prep, Adult Basic Education, ESL, Adult Career Pathways, Literacy Tutoring, Citizenship Preparation

Who is eligible? Open to all.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call Pat Gallagher (See contact info below)

Address: 32 S. Central Park, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone number: 217-786-2359
Contact person: Pat Gallagher
Email: Pat.Gallagher@llcc.edu

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Lincoln Land Community College – Community Education

Type of service: Education

What they do: Wide variety of classes ranging from general interests to academic, do not lead to degree or certificate

Who is eligible? High School Students. Open to all

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Must fill out free “Community Education Worksheet” on the website

Address: 32 S. Central Park, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone number: 217-243-6699
Contact person: Denese Udey
Email: denese.udey@llcc.edu

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Lincoln Land Community College – Degree Programs

Type of service: Post-Secondary Education

What they do: Associate’s Degree of Art and Science

Who is eligible? Open to all. Anyone residing in district gets a reduced “in-district” rate. Anyone can take classes. Must have a high school diploma or GED to qualify for financial aid.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Must fill out free “Admission Worksheet” on the website.

Address: 32 S. Central Park, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone number: 217-243-6699
Contact person: Keri Mason
Email: Keri.Mason@llcc.edu

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​Job Corps

Type of service: Education and Career Training

What they do: Job training, academic completion

Who is eligible? Youth ages 16-24, legal US resident, or lawfully admitted permanent resident alien, refugee, asylee, or parolee, meets low income criteria, needs technical training or assistance to finish school or find a job, parent/guardian consent (if minor), does not have behavioral problems, not on court supervision (probation), free from illegal drug use

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: call and speak to an operator or fill out this application to get started.

Phone number: 800-733-JOBS

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Early Years

Type of service: Supportive Services and Home Visit Program

What they do: Parent Education, Parent Support, Prenatal and birth support (doula), Developmental Screenings

Who is eligible? Must reside within district 117. Parent education and family recoursed for parents of children ages 0-3. Prenatal support/doula for expecting parents. Free! Program prioritizes “at-risk” children and families.

Referral needed? Not required but they are accepted

Best way to access services: Call office or walk in.

Address: 516 Jordan.  Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone: 217-243-2876

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Four Rivers Special Education District

Type of service: Audiology

What they do: The Four Rivers Special Education District contracts with IL School for the Deaf for audiology. ISD maintains a fully-equipped audiologic suite and employs a state licensed audiologist. Children who are referred by parent or school district personnel are seen at this facility on an appointment basis. Services include measurement of hearing levels, middle ear function assessments (tympanometry), hearing aid checks, and referrals for specialized hearing aid needs. Consultations with special or regular education teachers occur on a case-by-case basis.

Who is eligible? The program serves children ages 3 to 22 years of age residing in the Four Rivers cooperative area.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call office.

Address: 936 W. Michigan Ave., Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone number: 217-245-7174

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Career Training

Boy Scouts – Explorer Post

Type of service: Career Training

What they do: Fire/EMS/Enginerring (Springfield),

Who is eligible? Boys and girls: 14 – 21 years old, $36/year

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call James Grable and he will connect you with the right unit or program.

Hours of operation: varies
Phone number: 217-529-2727
Contact person: James Grable
Email: james.grable@scouting.org

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Jacksonville DREAM Center Foundation

Type of service: Drop-in Center

What they do: provide space for youth and families to drop and learn something. Homework help, activities (fine arts, performing arts, computers, life skills all happen here, depending on the day!)

Who is eligible? Open to all junior high, high school, and post secondary youth. You can even bring your friends or family with you!

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Email or call with questions

Address: 210 W. College, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Most afternoons and evenings from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Call or email ahead of time to get matched with someone.
Phone Number: 217-473-1303
Email: jacksonvilledreamcenter@gmail.com

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Lincoln Land Community College – Career Training

Type of service: Career Training

What they do: Certified Nurse’ Assistant, LPN (in Jacksonville). Other programs in Springfield.

Who is eligible? Nurse’ Assistant – pass reading placement test, ACT of 22 or greater, able to pass background check, TB test; LPN – pass English placement test

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Must fill out free “Admission Worksheet” on the website.

Address: 32 S. Central Park, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone number: 217-243-6699
Contact person: Keri Mason
Email: Keri.Mason@llcc.edu

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

MCS Community Services (Morgan/Cass/Scott)

Type of service: Utility assistance

What they do: Weatherization, Energy Assistance

Who is eligible? Open to those who meet income or other program guidelines. See website for details.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call, walk-in, or visit www.abe.illinois.gov to apply for assistance.

Address: 345 West State St, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Phone number: 217-243-9404

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Jacksonville Promise

Type of service: Financial Aid (up to $1250 per semester for 3 semesters.)

What they do: Give financial aid to Jacksonville students who attend a local college.

Who is eligible? High school seniors (public, private or home schooled) who live in the 117 boundaries and plan to attend LLCC or IC.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, as long as funding is available.  Additionally, students who graduated from a local high school are eligible up to 6 years after graduation.  (Students who take a gap year/s, serve in the military, or work instead of going directly to college.)

Referral? No

Best way to access services: email or text with questions, or find application on website and mail it in.

Address: P.O. Box 334, Jacksonville, IL 62650
Hours of operation: 24/7
Phone number: 217-670-9371 (call or text)
Email: jacksonvillepromise@gmail.com  or sheafflynne@gmail.com

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