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First Year Communities
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Academic Support Groups for First-Year Parkland College Students
Everyone needs a place to belong and grow strong academically.
Parkland offers "First Year Communities," support groups for freshmen with similar goals. Students in each community:
  • take the same courses linked together as ONE course: ENG 099 (writing) and CCS 099 (reading)
  • have readings/activities (integrated in the linked course) that focus on business, health professions, and other program course content
  • save tuition dollars by taking the linked course
  • study together
  • have fun together at Parkland-sponsored social activities like movie nights and barbeques
  • receive extra help with studies/career guidance from teachers and advisors
To join one of the following communities, contact Pam Lau at 217/373-3709 or plau@parkland.edu.

Business Student First Year Community
Readings focus on course content from BUS 101, Introduction to Business. Another course, PSY 109 (Education, Career and Life Planning), will also be modified to support your business career pursuits.

Criminal Justice Student First Year Community
Readings focus on course content from CJS 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice. PSY 109 (Education, Career and Life Planning) will be modified to support your criminal justice career pursuits.

Health Professions First Year Community
Linked course work focuses on health-preparatory science topics. Course assignments prepare you for future required courses such as BIO 121 and CHEM 106. You’ll take this linked course in Parkland’s H wing, home of its popular Health Professions programs. Note: Students joining this community are strongly encouraged to register for PSY 109 in the fall.

Together We Achieve: A First Year Community
Together We Achieve (TWA) is a First Year Community designed to address the needs and interests of African-American male first-year students at Parkland College. TWA provides support in reading and writing and centers on Dr. Willie Fowler’s dynamic American Government class. You’ll support and be supported by students like you in your courses and enjoy opportunities to participate in cookouts, movie nights, and lunches. Peer mentoring and lots of academic support are built into this unique learning opportunity.
Friendship • Support • Teamwork • Goals = Success and your degree.
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