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High school juniors and seniors earn credits that count toward high school diploma and college, all while gaining skills in Parkland College degree programs:

Automotive Technology

Students gain the skills needed to inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks with internal combustion engines. Successfully completing five Academy classes over two years earns the Parkland College Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate.

Computer Networking

Students earn Parkland certificates and prepare to take industry certification exams after successfully completing this two-year program. Year One teaches personal computer maintenance and basic skills with operating systems, software, networking, programming, and logic. Year Two expands skills as students study Linux user commands, local area networks, wide area networks, the Internet, and more.

Criminal Justice

Students learn how criminal justice procedures and agencies have developed over time, along with their philosophy and constitutional aspects. Students survey the juvenile delinquency and U.S. correctional systems to discover other important aspects of criminal law.

Health Professions

Personal abilities and interest are matched to a tentative career choice in the health field. Next, communication skills are developed using health professions terminology and gain an understanding of health care law.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse, students learn how to care for patients in a long-term care facility, hospital, or assisted living facility, or in the home. Successfully completing the four Academy courses prepares students for the Illinois Nurse Assistants Certification exam.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Through Emergency Medical Technician training, students are prepared to provide pre-hospital assessment and care for those with medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Successfully completing the four Academy courses prepares students for the Illinois EMT-Basic license exam.


In Parkland’s the state-of-the-art Parkhill Applied Technology Center, students learn AutoCAD software, basic machining processes and machine tool equipment, and computer numeric control (CNC) and CNC programming. The Academy’s second year courses trains students in welding, hydraulics/pneumatics, mechanical assembly, and computer-aided machine design.

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