Helping students gain training and job skills

SPRINGFIELD – Shawnee Community College is expanding its trucking program, and it was a pleasure to be invited to the College’s ribbon cutting and groundbreaking event May 25 at the Metro Center in Metropolis.

This expansion will allow students to gain training and job skills that will serve them well for their futures.

Supporting students at Brownsville School

On May 25, I got to hear my favorite school fight song performed by the Brownsville School Beagles!

We had a great time at Karel Park in support of these amazing students.

Thank you to the Harrisburg Elks for all your efforts, and for the smiles you put on their faces.

I’m super proud to be an Elk.

Bingo at Brookstone

On May 27, I had a great time during bingo at Brookstone in Harrisburg, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

It was extra special for me, as I was able to visit with my favorite Brookstone resident, my mother-in-law.

Thank you to the residents for sharing a part of their day with me.

Helping others in Harrisburg

It was a wonderful morning May 24 as I attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the 4 C’s Homeless Shelter and Food Pantry.

Along with converting the old food pantry into a full homeless shelter, they are also building two tiny houses and a brand new, larger food pantry.

These new additions to Harrisburg will allow the community to better serve those who are in need.

May is National Bike Month

May is #NationalBikeMonth, which means it’s a great time to take in the many trails Southern Illinois offers!

Did you know that cycling is the official state exercise of Illinois? All the more reason to get out and enjoy a ride.

If you want to find a new bike trail, check out Enjoy Illinois website that compiles all bike trails Illinois has to offer.

Legislative Staff Intern Program offers unique experiences

The Illinois Senate Republican Caucus is seeking college graduates to apply through the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program (ILSIP) for a chance to gain a unique work experience within state government.

With the Capitol as both the workplace and classroom, ILSIP interns also earn four graduate credits from the University of Illinois Springfield. The paid internship runs for 10.5 months beginning in August, where interns work as a professional legislative staffer assisting senators with policy, communication, and outreach.

Previous ILSIP interns with the Senate Republican Caucus talk about their experience in an informative video, which also explains how to apply.

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