I enrolled at Lincoln Trail College after graduating from Lawrenceville High School. At LTC, I learned everything from how to use a computer, to the basics of state and local government, to the fundamentals of economic theory. After graduating from LTC, I went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

After college, I worked for former State Rep. Chuck Hartke and the Illinois Auditor General’s Office before joining the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). I was recently named DCEO’s Southeast Region Manager, where I’m responsible for working with local leaders to coordinate economic development programs and services across a 13 county region of Southeastern Illinois.

LTC instructors gave me more than academic readiness and workplace competency - they gave me life perspective and the taught me the importance of self-motivation and maturity. Without question, I would not be where I am today without Lincoln Trail College. LTC gave me the ability to succeed and prepared me for the future.

Josh Weger
Southeast Region Manager
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Olney, IL



Cora Wegerand the Student Advantage Network REALLY helped me with school and were a BIG part and help of me get everything together that I needed to get onto the college program at Disney World. I really don't know what I would have done with out their help! They're amazing people and a great group!

Jennifer Bricker
Operations cast member Disney World
Orlando, FL



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I chose LTC because I received a Presidential Scholarship that covered the cost of my tuition, fees and books. It was so nice to not have the financial burden of having to pay for four whole years of college. I fulfilled all of my general education requirements at LTC, so once I transferred to the university I was able to concentrate on taking classes for my major. I really enjoyed being a peer counselor. I liked helping other students and assisting with campus events and I learned some valuable interpersonal skills. I was also involved in the Campus Life club. I had a lot of fun with the Bible study and get-togethers. The church I attended at that time did not have a youth group, so Campus Life made me feel like I belonged. I feel that LTC was a great place for me to start my college education.

Kim Nation
Upward Bound Academic Coordinator
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN


I chose LTC for two main reasons. First, I simply was not ready for the four-year university setting. I also wanted to save money, so when I received an academic scholarship offer I knew LTC was where I wanted to build my college foundation. LTC offered me smaller class sizes, so I was able to receive individualized assistance as well as the attention I needed to excel. Taking a majority of psychology courses, I was very impressed with the variety of topics offered. Susan Polgar supported my interest of psychology and gave me the encouragement to go after what I was most passionate about. The class times also worked well with my schedule, enabling me to continue working at Monical’s Pizza throughout my time at LTC, and thus saving even more money for my next step. I encourage current and prospective students to get involved at LTC because there are a lot of great opportunities there. Being a part of Student Senate as well as being a Peer Counselor gave me a voice and helped me realize I wanted to work with those who might not otherwise have a voice. For me, LTC was the smartest decision I made for my academic career and it holds a special place in my heart.

Shelby (Finn) Dersch, MSW
Senior Information & Referral Specialist
ElderLink St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri


I chose Lincoln Trail College because of the great location, reasonable cost, and the reputation of success of LTC alumni. I wanted to transfer to the University of Illinois and, despite popular belief, transfer students in Illinois actually outperform their counterparts that attend four-year universities directly out of high school. LTC prepared me for everything the University of Illinois threw at me.

Kyle Dishong
Financial Advisor
Prairie Rivers Company
Robinson, IL