Lake Land College students in the Welding Technology Program at the Sheridan Correctional Center recently partnered with the Strasburg Community Action Network (SCAN) to make 10 Christmas Shooting Stars for the Village of Strasburg.
“This project provided valuable training hours for the welding students,” explained Jennifer Billingsley, dean of the Lake Land College correctional programs. “The students crafted the project from beginning to end, first creating blueprints for the customer and then building the product, using their welding skills. Projects like this give students in the correctional centers a sense of pride because they are making a positive contribution to a community in need.”
According to Karen Kull, Strasburg resident and SCAN member, the shooting stars crafted by the students will light up the streets and the faces of the citizens of the Village of Strasburg.
“We will display the shooting stars throughout the village and they will be a beautiful addition to the streets during the winter season,” said Kull. “The partnership between Lake Land College, the Illinois Department of Corrections and SCAN has created a project that the welding students and the citizens of the Village of Strasburg can enjoy for years to come.”
“This project enriches the lives of our students demonstrating that when they make smart decisions and work toward an education, they improve their own lives and enrich the lives of others in their communities” said Peggy Blair, associate dean of educational programs at Sheridan. “I also received positive feedback from the members of Village of Strasburg board who were enthusiastic, compassionate, and delighted to interact with our students as they expressed their gratitude to be included in this project. This project exemplifies the values of Lake Land College and was an enriching experience for all involved.”
SCAN is a volunteer organization whose goal is to promote economic development for low income citizens for the Village of Strasburg.