Dr. Allan Levandowski
Teacher and Volunteer 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.
In 1999, I became a full-time HVAC faculty member at the College of Lake County (CLC) and served as department chair from 2000 to 2012. As chair I developed an ESL program, WIOA approved certificates, and worked with YouthBuild and the Urban League on grants to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented students. I served as assistant PI for a Laser and 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 President of the Illinois Community College Faculty Association and Co-Chair for the Diversity Commission at CLC.However, HVAC is what I teach and not who I am. Inaddition to the above, I review grants for the NSF, serve as Trustee for theBurpee Museum of Natural History, and I have recently been selected by Higher Learning Commission as a volunteer member of their Peer Corps review team toassist in their Higher Education accreditation process for higher educationinstitutions. My research interests include the struggles underserved and underrepresentedstudents face while pursuing higher education. My dissertation for theUniversity of Illinois concentrated on Program Evaluation and Assessment. (https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/49605).