NORMAL — At a late fall induction ceremony at Lincoln Colleges Normal’s campus, 28 of the college’s top undergraduate students were inducted into Alpha Beta Epsilon, LCN’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society.
Area inductees included Ashley Baker of Wenona, Heather Bishop of Wyanet, Ratha Chum of Ottawa, Jennifer Forristall of Princeton, Luisa Gomez of Bloomington, Patrick Guzzo of Spring Valley, Brian Johnson of Ottawa, and Patricia Rush of Spring Valley.
The LCN chapter has been active since 2008 when it was accepted by the national honor society. The college’s Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) program, offered at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, gives students an opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree in an accelerated format at IVCC.
ABE students typically take one course at a time, meeting one evening per week for a five-week period. By using this format, the ABE program – designed for working students – allows students to complete 27 credit hours each year toward their bachelor’s degree.
“The ABE is perfect for people who want to earn their bachelor’s right here at home,” said ABE site coordinator Kris Paul. “The program continues to grow, and we now have students from more than 18 area companies completing their degree while working full-time.”
LCN bachelor’s offered at IVCC include business management, criminal justice, health services administration and liberal arts. The program also offers two bachelor’s degrees for students who have previously obtained an Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Those degrees are a Bachelor of Applied Management in Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership.