A History of Service
Parkland College is a fully accredited, public community college established to serve the needs of District 505, the third largest community college district in Illinois. Parkland has delivered vocational-technical and academic instruction to more than 280,000 people since its classes began in 1967. Our college has become a center for educational opportunity and community enrichment in east central Illinois and has earned a national reputation for its excellent academic standards, innovative programs, and quality instruction.
Campus and Facilities
Built on 255 acres of landscaped grounds in Champaign, Illinois, Parkland is centrally located and accessible to all 54 communities in the district. Our beautiful, quiet campus is situated near the intersection of interstate highways 57, 72, and 74 and is just a seven- to 10-minute drive from the University of Illinois campus. It takes about 2 1/2 hours to reach Parkland from downtown Chicago and Indianapolis, and three hours from St. Louis.
Our facilities include more than 85 classrooms, 60 specialized labs, a library collection of over 120,000 volumes, an FM radio station, an educational TV station, an experimental agricultural land laboratory, an art gallery, and excellent physical education and recreation facilities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center. Our cultural center contains a 320-seat performing arts theater and a 50-foot dome planetarium, the second largest in Illinois. Parkland also has a child development center to serve the needs of faculty, staff, students, and families in our community.
Our students appreciate the safety of the Parkland campus, the access to plenty of free parking, and the convenience of our food-service operations. Parkland's Public Safety officers are state-licensed emergency medical technicians who can respond to on-campus police, medical, and safety emergencies in less than two minutes. When classes are in session, students select from a variety of food choices at our on-campus café.
Caring, Competent Faculty
At Parkland College, student development is our primary concern. Classes are small and are taught by highly qualified, experienced instructors who bring their professional expertise, varied life experiences and backgrounds, as well as the latest teaching concepts into the classroom. Our nonteaching faculty include more than a dozen full-time counselors and librarians. Parkland offers distance education on a variety of subjects through online courses, most of them taught by full-time faculty.
Degree programs and academic services
Parkland maintains 120+ degree and certificate programs designed for career and job placement or for transfer to programs at four-year institutions. The college confers the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Engineering Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in General Studies degrees in an array of traditional and nontraditional disciplines. See our catalog for degree/course descriptions.
We also provide numerous academic support services and resources, including our award-winning library and Center for Academic Services (CAS) which includes Peer Tutoring, the Writing Lab, Math Faculty Tutoring, and the Academic Development Lab. CAS offers modularized versions of pre-college mathematics, reading, and writing classes, as well as study skills tutorials to support students in their course work.
Diverse Student Body
Parkland College enrolls approximately 20,000 students annually. Our campus is a melting pot of student life, with cultures as diverse as the communities we serve, students ranging in age from 16 to 86, and a growing international student presence. About 75 percent our students live and work within District 505.
Parkland's adult and continuing education program offers credit and noncredit courses that meet the needs of special populations within our district, such as GED-seekers, teachers, businesspersons, retirees, and K-12 students. Many residents will take a course here for personal development, career enhancement, or just plain fun.