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2020 ICCTA Paul Simon Student Essay Contest! Win $250 to be used toward tuition at Parkland or academic expenses.



1. All currently enrolled full-time and part-time Illinois community college students are eligible to participate.

2. Entries must be typed (500 words or less) and address the theme

“How My Community College has Changed My Life.”

3. An official entry form must accompany each essay (see below).

4. Essays must be received in Parkland’s Student Life Office, U-111, by 5pm, Friday, March 6, 2020.

5. The ICCTA Public Relations Committee will choose the statewide winning essay on the basis of writing

style, grammar and punctuation, clarity of expression, and relevancy to the theme.

6. Essays will be returned by ICCTA upon written request. 


At the local level: $250.00 stipend to be applied to tuition or academic expenses at Parkland College in the

fall of 2020 to the Parkland student whose essay is selected to be sent to the State ICCTA Contest.

At the state level: The Parkland College recipient will be submitted to the state contest One winner will be

selected from the state contest to receive a $500.00 cash stipend for academic expenses for the fall 2020

semester; special recognition at the ICCTA's June 2020 award banquet in Springfield.

For more information, call Tracy Kleparski (217) 351-2206.

Get Involved

Sometimes, your best growth in college comes outside the classroom. It's time to get involved! The Parkland College Office of Student Life will help you boost your résumé with volunteer and leadership opportunities. Our 30+ campus clubs and organizations offer you numerous opportunities to become acquainted with other students, develop leadership skills, and work with those who share similar interests. Clubs range from honorary to career-focused to multicultural to special-interest groups. You can join an existing organization, re-establish a inactive club, or even form a new club.

In addition, Student Life sponsors numerous campus events and collaborates with other college departments to offer a variety of programs for students:

  • Social
    Welcome Week activities, concerts, entertainers
  • Educational
    Sexual responsibility, motivational speakers, study skills 
  • Developmental
    Leadership workshops, service-learning opportunities

Student Life will also help you with the little (and not so little) details, too, like getting a student ID, finding a place to live, and preparing for commencement.