Dr. Allan Levandowski
Teacher in Grayslake, Illinois
As a career program instructor who worked hard to earn an education by attending night classes, weekend classes, and classes online, I have come to realize the value of obtaining a higher education that some may not understand. These experiences have shaped my desire to address the educational issues affecting the quality of life throughout the country. I believe that higher education is best accomplished by identifying and strengthening outreach opportunities to all who seek upward mobility. This commitment has led me to respond to the educational needs of diverse student populations and unprepared, underrepresented, underserved, and underemployed students. For these reasons, I firmly believe that the path to upward mobility is best accomplished by providing all students with the necessary tools to find gainful employment and grow into tomorrow’s leaders.
After serving as an adjunct professor for five years, in 1999, I became a full-time faculty member at the College of Lake County (CLC). There I served as department chair from 2000 to 2012 for the HVAC Engineering Technology (HET) program. As chair of the HET program I have developed an ESL program, several Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) approved certificates, and worked with YouthBuild and the Urban League on grants to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented students.
However, HVAC is what I teach and not who I am. I served as assistant PI for a Photonics National Science Foundation (NSF) grant from 2010-2012. In 2012, I began working with general education faculty from across the state, the Lake County Black Chamber of Commerce, and the local WIOA board on a Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant to embed general education outcomes into career curriculum. I am currently serving as the President of the Illinois Community College Faculty Association (ICCFA). I have recently taken on the duties of Co-Chair for the College of Lake County’s Diversity Commission.
I have reviewed research grants for the NSF. My research interests include the struggles and barriers underserved and/or underrepresented students face while pursuing higher education. My dissertation for the University of Illinois concentrated on Program Evaluation and Assessment as it pertains to the Illinois Community College Board Program Review process. (