Appointment Scheduling

 

Meeting with an Academic Success Advisor

Academic advising is most effective when students and advisors have time to set goals and work together to plan for success. Therefore, we encourage students to plan ahead and schedule advising appointments. Please see the below menu to make your appointment.

Walk-In Wednesday: Can't wait for an appointment? Advisors are available for walk-in meetings on Wednesdays. Walk-ins are first-come, first-served, and may be subject to wait times. If you are not able to come in-person, please call Advising Services at 217/351-2219 to inquire about a virtual option.

 

New Parkland Students

If you are a new degree-seeking student at Parkland, you must complete the admissions process before scheduling your first advising appointment. Review the New Student Checklist to make sure you are ready. Two steps on the Checklist that MUST be completed prior to your advising appointment are placement tests and orientation.

Placements (or transfer credits) determine the level of classes you are eligible to take for reading, English, and math. Before making an academic advising appointment, please confirm with the Assessment Center that your placements are in place for reading, writing, and math. You can reach the Assessment Center at 217/351-2432 or assessmentcenter@parkland.edu.

Parkland’s new student orientation is convenient and quick. It can be completed online in about 45 minutes. At the end of orientation you will be directed to links to schedule your new student advising appointment.

If your placements are complete, please see the information below to assist you in making an advising appointment. You must have placements in place before you can complete advising and registration. Your advising appointment may be canceled if placements are not complete. 

 

Current Parkland Students 

If you are an active Parkland student enrolled for the current semester, you have a designated academic success advisor assigned to you! Make sure to stay in regular contact with your advisor, and meet with them as needed to plan for registration, graduation, and more. To look up your designated advisor follow these steps:

  • Log into Self Service and select Student Planning
  • Click on Tile #1: "Go to My Progress"
  • Your major, program code, and advisor will be listed

Need help? Contact our office for assistance.

 

What to know before you schedule

Students should meet with an academic success advisor who specializes in their academic area or special population (ex: Parkland Student Athletes or students admitted to the Parkland Pathway program). You will be asked to identify your academic Area of Interest when you schedule your appointment. To determine which area your program of study falls in, and to help you prepare for your advising meeting, please review the following information.

Before you schedule: Know your program of study

You should always meet with an advisor who specializes in your program of study. If you don't know your program, follow these steps to look it up: 

  1. Log into Parkland Self-Service
  2. Click on Student Planning
  3. Click on tile #1 - Go to My Progress

Your program of study will be listed in the "At a Glance" profile. If you already have an advisor assigned to you, their name will be listed here as well. Use this information to identify which academic area of interest (AOI) your program fits into. 

If you're not sure which AOI your program falls under, review the degree options listed in each AOI description. If you are in a general studies degree, or are not degree-seeking, select the academic area that most closely matches your academic, transfer, or career goal.

Remember: You must have placements completed before scheduling an academic advising appointment.

Types of advising appointments

There are five main appointments types offered with advisors:

1. New, Degree-Seeking Student – select this appointment if you are

    • a first-time college student, or
    • a transfer student new to Parkland College, or
    • a student who took college courses while in high school.


2. Continuing Student – select this appointment if you currently taking courses at Parkland.

3. Returning Student – select this appointment if you have previously attended Parkland but have been gone for more than one semester.

4. Parkland Pathway student – select this appointment ONLY IF you have already been accepted into the Parkland Pathway to Illinois program and have completed your Pathway orientation. Parkland Pathway to Illinois is a selective-admission and dual-enrollment program. Students not enrolled in the Parkland Pathway to Illinois Program but who are planning on applying for transfer to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, please select an advising appointment by Area of Interest.

5. Parkland Student Athletes - please schedule an advising appointment with Coach John Bowler. You can contact the athletics office by calling 217/351-2226.


For appointment types 1-4, you can designate on the information when you make the appointment if you would like to meet virtually through Microsoft Teams or in-person on campus in U267. 


Remember: You must have placements completed before scheduling an academic advising appointment.

Need help determining your area of interest?

Not sure what Area of Interest (AOI) your major or program falls under? Choose the AOI closest to your major or program.

Can’t decide on your major or career goals?

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                    • discover your career path,
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                    • learn what type of work environment that will foster your success.

Click the image above to get started! Use your Parkland email address to create an account.

To review your results, schedule an appointment with Brennon Hightower, career counselor.


Schedule your advising appointment

Students should meet with an advisor who specializes in their academic area, according to the degree or certificate they are pursuing. Select the Area of Interest (AOI) below that most closely matches your academic goal.

 

Advising Areas of Interest

Applied Technology, Aviation, & Agriculture Majors include: Agriculture, Automotive, Horticulture, Aviation, Construction Mgt, HVAC, Electronic Control Sys, Industrial Tech, Welding, Case New Holland, Diesel Power, Ford ASSET, Land Surveying

See table for a list of programs and who the assigned advisor and/or program director is for that program.


1. New/Returning Students typically meet with an Academic Success Advisor for advising first and then meet with the appropriate Program Director for future semester planning. 

There are five programs that new/returning students work directly with the Program Director and not an Academic Success Advisor: Advanced Applicator Technician, Case New Holland Service Technician, Diesel Power Equipment Technology, Ford ASSET, and Land Surveying. 


2. Continuing Students – Please see the table below. 

Students interested in graduating from Parkland and transferring to a four-year institution should meet with the appropriate Academic Success Advisor (ASA) for their major.

Students not interested in transfer should reach out to program directors for degree-specific information and assistance. Email the program director directly to schedule an academic advising appointment. 

If you are assigned to an advisor in another AOI and you are thinking of changing your major to something in this AOI, please schedule the appointment with the new/returning student advising contact. Be sure to put in the appointment notes what you are looking at changing your major to. 


3. Parkland Pathway students – see information under Advising for Parkland Pathway. Parkland Pathway is a selective-admission and dual-enrollment program. Students not enrolled in the Parkland Pathway program but who are planning on applying for transfer should not choose this appointment type.


4. Parkland Student Athletes - please schedule an advising appointment with Coach John Bowler.


For new/returning student appointments, you will be asked to indicate whether you would like to meet virtually through Microsoft Teams or in-person on campus in U267.


Remember: You must have placements completed before scheduling an academic advising appointment.

Program

New/Returning Student Advising

Continuing Student Advising

Agriculture, AS (transfer)

Myriah Benner-Coogan

Advanced Applicator Technician, AAS

Ag Retail Operations Certificate

Charlie Mitsdarfer

Agricultural Business: Management, AAS

Agricultural Business: Management, CER

Myriah Benner-Coogan

Charlie Mitsdarfer

or

Myriah Benner-Coogan

Precision Ag Technology, AAS

Precision Ag Technology, CER

Myriah Benner-Coogan

Charlie Mitsdarfer

or

Myriah Benner-Coogan

Geographic Information System, CER

Myriah Benner-Coogan

Charlie Mitsdarfer

or

Myriah Benner-Coogan

Horticulture: Landscape &
Urban Horticulture, AAS and CER

Myriah Benner-Coogan

Charlie Mitsdarfer

or

Myriah Benner-Coogan

Aviation, AS

Private Pilot, CER

Instrument Rating, CER

Commercial Pilot, CER

Unmanned Aircraft Systems, CER

Myriah Benner-Coogan

Auto Maintenance & Light Repair

Auto Technician

Automotive Technology

Molly Murphy

Tanino Minneci

Adam Karch

Basic Construction Skills

Building Construction & Repair

Carpentry

Construction Management

HVAC

HVAC Installation Service Technician

Molly Murphy

Tanino Minneci

Todd Horton

Electrical Power

Electronic Control Systems

Electronic Controls

Molly Murphy

Tanino Minneci

Dan Meccoli

Industrial Machining

Industrial Maintenance Technology

Industrial Technology

Machinery Maintenance

Computer-Aided Drafting

Molly Murphy


Tanino Minneci

John Dahlman

Industrial Welding

Molly Murphy

Tanino Minneci

Bill Wirth

Case New Holland Service Technician

Steve Hancock

Diesel Power Equipment Technology

Steve Hancock

Ford ASSET

David Charney

Land Surveying

Kory Allred

Business & Computer Science Technologies Majors Include: Accounting, Business, Computer Science & Information Systems, Business Administrative Technology, Data Systems & Development, Network Administration & Support, Digital Media

Majors Include: 

  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Accounting
  • Business Management and Business Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Administrative Technology
  • Data Systems & Development
  • Network Administration & Support
  • Digital Media

 

Advising Team:
 
Larry Taylor
Steve Wilson


Appointment Types:

1. New, Degree-Seeking Student – select this appointment if you are

    • a first-time college student, or
    • a transfer student new to Parkland College, or
    • a student who took college courses while in high school.


2. Continuing Student – Continuing students should reach out to program directors for degree-specific information and assistance. Email the program director directly to schedule an academic advising appointment. 

You may also meet with your academic success advisor:

  • Larry Taylor 
  • Steve Wilson
  • If you are assigned to an advisor in another AOI and you are thinking of changing your major to something in this AOI, click here to schedule a general advising appointment. Be sure to put in the appointment information what you are interested in changing your major to. 


3. Returning Student – select this appointment if you have previously attended Parkland but have been gone for more than one semester.

4. Parkland Pathway students – see information under Advising for Parkland Pathway. Parkland Pathway is a selective-admission and dual-enrollment program. Students not enrolled in the Parkland Pathway program but who are planning on applying for transfer should not choose this appointment type.
 
5. Parkland Student Athletes - please schedule an advising appointment with Coach John Bowler.


For new/returning student appointments, you will be asked to indicate whether you would like to meet virtually through Microsoft Teams or in-person on campus in U-267.


Remember: You must have placements completed before scheduling an academic advising appointment.


Program Directors:

Accounting (AAS and CER) – Judy Smith

Business – Kelly Barbour-Conerty

  • Management (AAS)
  • Marketing (AAS)
  • Entrepreneurship (CER)


Business Administrative Technology – Ann Blackman

  • Business Administrative Technology (AAS)
  • Application Specialist (CER)
  • Bookkeeping Office Assistant (CER)
  • Customer Service (CER)
  • Office Assistant (CER)
  • Office Specialist (CER)


Data Systems & Development – Ken Urban

  • Data Systems & Development (AAS)
  • Database Foundation (CER)
  • General Programming (CER)
  • Mobile Development (CER)
  • Web Development (CER)


Network Administration & Support – Marc Schudel

  • Network Administration & Support (AAS)
  • Google IT (CER)
  • Cisco Networking (CER)
  • Computer Foundations (CER)
  • Linux Admin (CER)
  • Microsoft Admin (CER)


Digital Media – David Bock or Derek Dallas

  • Digital Media (AAS)
  • 3D Computer Animation Software (CER)
  • 3D Software Development (CER)
  • Web Programming (CER)


 
Students currently enrolled in Hospitality Programs Food Service Asst, Foodservice Sanitation Certificate, Culinary Arts Mgt, Food Service, Hotel/Motel Mgt, Restaurant Mgt, or Resort/Casino Mgt, please contact Jeff Kilar.


Fine & Applied Arts Majors Include: Art & Design, Art Edu, Broadcast Technology, Communication, Entertainment Technology, Media Arts & Production, Music Edu, Music Foundations, Music Performance, Photography, Theatre

Majors Include:

  • Art and Design
  • Art Education
  • Communication
  • Entertainment Technology
  • Media Arts & Production
  • Media Production
  • Music Education
  • Music Foundations
  • Music Performance
  • Photography
  • Theatre Arts

 
Advising Team:


Appointments:

1. New, Degree-Seeking Student – select this appointment if you are

    • a first-time college student, or
    • a transfer student new to Parkland College, or
    • a student who took college courses while in high school.


2. Continuing Students should reach out to the appropriate Faculty Advisor for degree-specific information and assistance - a list of all Faculty Advisors is below. Email the Faculty Advisor directly to schedule an academic advising appointment. 

You may also meet with your assigned Academic Success Advisor for non-registration needs:

    • Molly Murphy
    • Tanino Minneci
    • Daniel Driscoll
    • Megan Wallenius
    • If you are assigned to an advisor in another AOI and you are thinking of changing your major to something in this AOI, click here to schedule a general advising appointment. Be sure to put in the appointment information what you are interested in changing your major to. 


3. Returning Student – select this appointment if you have previously attended Parkland but have been gone for more than one semester.

4. Parkland Pathway students – see information under Advising for Parkland Pathway. Parkland Pathway is a selective-admission and dual-enrollment program. Students not enrolled in the Parkland Pathway program but who are planning on applying for transfer should not choose this appointment type.

5. Parkland Student Athletes - please schedule an advising appointment with Coach John Bowler.


For new/returning student appointments, you will be asked toindicate whether you would like to meet virtually through Microsoft Teams orin-person on campus in U267.


Remember: You must have placements completed before scheduling an academic advising appointment.


Faculty Advisors:


Art & Design – Denise Seif and Matthew Watt

    • Art & Design (AFA)
    • Art Education (AFA)

Communication (AA) – Kendra McClure


Communication (AAS and CER) – Adam Porter

    • Broadcast Technology (AAS)
    • Media Arts & Production (AAS)
    • Media Production (CER)

Photography (AAS) – Peg Shaw


Music – Julie Weishar

    • Music Education (AFA)
    • Music Foundations (AA)
    • Music Performance (AFA)

Theatre – Julie Weishar

    • Theatre Arts (AA)
    • Entertainment Technology (AAS and CER)

 

Health Professions/Pre-Health Professions For students with the goal of getting into a selective admissions health profession program at Parkland
Students with the goal of getting into one of these programs at Parkland:

Dental Hygiene, AAS
Emergency Medical Services, AAS & CER (EMT, Adv EMT, Paramedic/Firefighter)
Massage Therapy, AAS & CER

Medical Assisting, CER
Nursing Assistant, CER (CNA)
Nursing, LPN, RN/ADN, LPN to RN bridge, & Paramedic to ADN bridge
Occupational Therapy Assistant, AAS
Radiologic Technology, AAS
Respiratory Care, AAS
Sterile Processing Technician, CER
Surgical Technology, AAS 
Veterinary Technology, AAS

 

If your goal is to transfer to a four-year institution and not earn a CER or AAS degree from Parkland, please see the STEM Area of Interest. Examples: pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-pharmacy, etc. 


Advising Team:
 
Karen Morgan
Molly Murphy
Tanino Minneci

Lorraine Munoz

 
Appointment Types:

1. New, Degree-Seeking Student – select this appointment if you are

    • a first-time college student, or
    • a transfer student new to Parkland College, or
    • a student who took college courses while in high school.

2. Continuing Students who are currently taking courses and have not been admitted into a Health Professions program should meet with their assigned Academic Success Advisor: 
    • Molly Murphy
    • Karen Morgan
    • Tanino Minneci
    • Lorraine Munoz
    • If you are assigned to an advisor in another AOI and you are thinking of changing your major to something in this AOI, click here to schedule a general advising appointment. Be sure to put in the appointment information what you are interested in changing your major to. 

3. Returning Student – select this appointment if you have previously attended Parkland but have been gone for more than one semester.

4. Parkland Student Athletes - please schedule an advising appointment with Coach John Bowler.


For appointment types 1-3, you will be asked to indicate whether you would like to meet virtually through Microsoft Teams or in-person on campus in U-267.


Remember: You must have placements completed before scheduling an academic advising appointment.



Students who have been admitted into a selective-admissions Health Professions program will meet with their faculty advisor.


Students currently enrolled in Dietetic Technician, Dietary Manager, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Dysrhythmia (EKG) Certification, or Fire Service Technology AAS and CER, please contact Kim Pankau.

Humanities & Social Sciences Majors Include: Criminal Justice, Education, English, History, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology
Majors Include:
 
  • Associate in Arts, General Transfer
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • English
  • History
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
 
Advising Team:

 


Appointment Types:

1. New, Degree-Seeking Student – select this appointment if you are

    • a first-time college student, or
    • a transfer student new to Parkland College, or
    • a student who took college courses while in high school.


2. Continuing Students should see their assigned Academic Success Advisor. 


3. Returning Student – select this appointment if you have previously attended Parkland but have been gone for more than a semester.

4. Parkland Pathway students – see information underAdvising for Parkland Pathway. Parkland Pathway is a selective-admission anddual-enrollment program. Students not enrolled in the Parkland Pathway programbut who are planning on applying for transfer should not choose thisappointment type.

5. Parkland Student Athletes - please schedule an advising appointment with Coach John Bowler.


For appointment types 1-4, you will be asked to indicate whether you would like to meet virtually through Microsoft Teams or in-person on campus in U-267.


Remember: You must have placements completed before scheduling an academic advising appointment.

Science, Engineering, & Mathematics Majors Include: Biological Sciences, Kinesiology, Personal Fitness Training, Mathematics, Physical Science, Engineering Science
Majors Include:
 
  • Associate in Science, General Transfer
  • Biological Sciences (includes Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, etc)
  • Kinesiology & Personal Fitness Training
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science
  • Engineering Science
 

Advising Team:
 


    Appointment Types:

    1. New, Degree-Seeking Student – select this appointment if you are

      • a first-time college student, or
      • a transfer student new to Parkland College, or
      • a student who took college courses while in high school.


    2. Continuing Students should meet with their assigned Academic Success Advisor. 

      • Randy Rothwell
      • Alexus Hasler
      • If you are assigned to an advisor in another AOI and you are thinking of changing your major to something in this AOI, click here to schedule a general advising appointment.  


    3. Returning Student – select this appointment if you have previously attended Parkland but have been gone for more than a semester.

    4. Parkland Pathway students – see information underAdvising for Parkland Pathway. Parkland Pathway is a selective-admission anddual-enrollment program. Students not enrolled in the Parkland Pathway programbut who are planning on applying for transfer should not choose thisappointment type.

    5. Parkland Student Athletes - please schedule an advising appointment with Coach John Bowler.


    For appointment types 1-4, you will be asked to indicate whether you would like to meet virtually through Microsoft Teams or in-person on campus in U-267.


    Remember: You must have placements completed before scheduling an academic advising appointment.



    Advising for Parkland Pathway

    About Parkland Pathway
    Parkland Pathway to Illinois is a selective-admission and dual-enrollment program. Students are accepted to Parkland and are provisionally accepted to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Only students who have been accepted to the Parkland Pathway to Illinois program should use the links below.

    Students not enrolled in the Parkland Pathway to Illinois Program but who are planning on applying for transfer to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, please select an Area of Interest appointment above.
    College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences (ACES)
    Myriah Benner-Coogan will be your Parkland advisor.

    New students! Please watch your Parkland email for academic advising appointment information.

    Continuing students, please follow this link.
    College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS)
    Karen Morgan will be your Parkland advisor.

    Click this link to schedule an academic advising appointment.
    College of Education (EDU)
    The temporary advisor for students in this Pathway is Karen Morgan.

    Click this link to schedule an academic advising appointment.
    Grainger College of Engineering (ENG)
    Randy Rothwell will be your Parkland advisor.

    New students! Please watch your Parkland email for academic advising appointment information.

    Continuing students, please follow this link.
    College of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA)
    Molly Murphy and Tanino Minneci will be your Parkland advisors at Parkland.

    New students should make a Parkland advising appointment after they have completed their UIUC academic advising appointment.

    Follow this link to schedule an appointment.
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS)
    The temporary advisor for students in this Pathway is Alexus Hasler. Karen Morgan is also able to assist students.

    Follow this link to schedule an appointment.
    College of Media (MDIA)
    Molly Murphy and Tanino Minneci will be your Parkland advisors at Parkland.

    Follow this link to schedule an appointment.

    School of Information Sciences (SIS)
    Randy Rothwell will be your Parkland advisor.

    Follow this link to schedule an appointment.
    School of Social Work (SSW)
    Alexus Hasler will be your Parkland advisor.

    Follow this link to schedule an appointment.
    Aviation
    Please email both Myriah Benner-Coogan and Wendy Evans regarding the Aviation program.

    Follow this link to make an advising appointment with Myriah.

    Other appointment types


    UIUC concurrently enrolled students

    If you are a full-time UIUC student wanting to take a Parkland class, please follow the Concurrent Enrollment steps. This must be done every semester. Parkland Admissions will take care of the registration through this process as long as the student has met the pre-req and there are still seats available in the course(s). If you have questions about U of I concurrent enrollment, please email concurrent@parkland.edu.

    Students who are non-degree seeking

    If you are a non-degree seeking student, it is not required that you meet with an academic advisor. If you need registration assistance, please email registraion@parkland.edu. If you are a non-degree seeking student and need academic advising, please review the Areas of Interest above and determine which one best suits your goals/interests in order to make an advising appointment. 

    Students who are undecided

    If you have gotten this far on our page and have not been able to figure out who is best for you to meet with, please email academicadvising@parkland.edu and let us know what your goals are and we can help determine the best advisor to schedule an appointment. 


    Remember: You must have placements completed before scheduling an academic advising appointment.