Lake Land College receives $75,000 grant benefitting agricultural education program

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MATTOON, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Lake Land College Foundation, along with the college’s agriculture division, announced Wednesday they received a $75,000 grant from Compeer Financial, making them one of six Illinois community colleges to receive such a grant.

Compeer Financial’s donor advised fund, The Agriculture and Rural Initiative, is granting $825,000 to community and technical colleges across the cooperative’s 144-county territory, and Lake Land is one of only 14 total colleges selected to receive part of this.

“We are very excited for this opportunity and thankful for the support from Compeer Financial,” Division Chair of Agriculture and Lake Land Agriculture Instructor Ryan Orrick said. “We are really looking forward to seeing how this will impact our students, division and the college.”

Colleges were selected for grant money based on agricultural education offerings, agriculture workforce development and geographic impact.

“The opportunities Lake Land College offers to ag students are priceless,” Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist for Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, said. “Getting students and youth interested in agriculture careers and helping to develop that workforce is what we strive to do, and Lake Land provides valuable, hands-on experience in many of those areas.”

The initiative was initially introduced by the Compeer Financial Board of Directors in 2019 in an attempt to invest in programs and projects directly addressing farmers’ needs as well as other issues in the agricultural field.

“Community and Technical colleges provide one-of-a-kind educational opportunities, which are focused on the needs and careers in those communities,” Compeer Financial Director Greg Nelsona said. “These grants are part of Compeer’s commitment to champion rural, by supporting our clients and communities, creating sustainable and long-term success in the industry.”

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