At its July board meeting, the Lake Land College Board of Trustees approved a partnership between the college,Coles County and the Coles County Council on Aging which enables the college to now offer courses focusing on medium and heavy duty truck repair and maintenance.
The college has created courses in truck repair and maintenance, but has only been able to offer them in a limited capacity due to a lack in consistent instructional space. However during the Fall 2014 semester, Coles County Council on Aging and Dial-A-Ride approached the college, asking to partner in order to enhance Dial-A-Ride’s bus maintenance and repair.
According to Jim Hull, vice president for educational services, that discussion led to the idea that if the college could utilize part of a new bus garage located near the Life Span Center, then Dial-A-Ride would provide buses for students to work on.
Through this partnership, the college will have access to use shop space, a maintenance bay and a classroom located at the Dial-A-Ride headquarters.