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Employer Campus Visit Day, Nov. 14

South Lounge, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Students, please come dressed as you are to the next Employer Campus Visit Day, Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the South Lounge.  Individaul students AND classes are encouraged to attend! Why dress casual?

This is not a job fair! It's a chance to practice professional communication skills and learn about career tracks within specific companies/industries. The event is limited to 10 employers; they may have current openings, but they will also be available to answer questions you may have about their company/industry.

 

Why should you be interested?  

You can practice professional communication skills, learn about career tracks within specific companies/industries, and apply for part-time or full-time job openings.

How do you approach an employer?

First, consider your body language. Take a deep breath, try to relax, and smile! A  positive attitude goes a long way.

How do I start the conversation?

Sample questions you may want to ask are:

  • What entry level positions in (enter your career field) are available in your company and what kinds of people are you looking for to fill them?
  • What types of people do well within your organization?
  • What are the key skills you are looking for in new hires?
  • What degrees or programs of study are most desirable within your company?
  • What types of experiences are most valuable to you when hiring (leadership, research, volunteering, etc)?
  • What part-time or internship opportunities does your company/organization offer?

Career Services provides individual career appointments as well as classroom presentations on a variety of job related topics. To inquire further, please email careerservices@parkland.edu or visit our website

Celebrate Respiratory Care Week!

Learn about one of the best kept secrets in healthcare

Your breathing matters, today and every day! The American Association for Respiratory Care and thousands of respiratory therapists across the nation who care for patients and their families are celebrating and recognizing the role of the respiratory therapist during Respiratory Care Week, October 21–27.  Happy #RCWEEK18!

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When we think of healthcare, we think of doctors and nurses. Anyone who has had routine dental care might also include the dental hygienist. As a profession, respiratory care remains one of the best kept secrets in healthcare. Why?

Breathing is so fundamental, we often take it for granted, that's why. However, for the patient with a chronic lung condition such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, or pulmonary fibrosis, breathing requires conscious effort and often dictates the day's activities. In fact, most of the students coming into Parkland College's Respiratory Care program either needed a respiratory therapist, or met a respiratory therapist through a family member who needed a respiratory therapist!

The Parkland College Respiratory Care program prepares future respiratory therapists to provide patient assessment, diagnostic testing, a variety of respiratory treatments, patient education, and life support with mechanical ventilation for patients of all ages. Where will our graduates work? Everywhere.Parkland College Respiratory Care Program

The respiratory therapist is at the bedside in the emergency department, in the critical care units, on the medical and surgical units, in the home, and in the physician's office. The respiratory therapist will care for patients of all ages, from the neonate born too soon to the oldest of the old. The care they provide may be life-sustaining or may provide symptom relief and comfort.

Respiratory care doesn't have to remain a secret.

Employment opportunities for respiratory therapists remain excellent both locally and nationally.  For more information, please contact Respiratory Care Program Director Midge Seim, RRT-NPS (mseim@parkland.edu).  We would love to share the secret of the possibilities in respiratory care.

[Above: Carle/Uof I medical student listens while a Parkland Respiratory student explains the variety of metered dose and dry powder inhalers for respiratory care.]

Parkland Scholarships: Apply Now

Apply for $100,000+ in spring semester scholarships through Nov. 15

The Parkland College Foundation is now offering scholarships for the spring 2019 semester. More than 90 scholarships, totaling more than $100,000, are available! Individual amounts can range from $100 to $3,000.

The primary application period is October 15–November 15, 2018 (and March 15–April 15, 2019 for the fall 2019 semester), but Parkland posts scholarships throughout the academic year. The funds are there, just waiting for the right student to apply. Will it be you? Check out the tips for success below:

Searching Our Scholarships

Log in to your Parkland College student portal account and either select the "100-dollar bill" icon or select "Scholarship Search" under the Student Services tab. You will find a listing of all currently available scholarships; Parkland Foundation scholarship information will be posted along with scholarships provided by external organizations. You can also customize your search by selecting "Eligible Scholarships" from the drop down menu, based on the scholarship criteria you indicate.

Getting Help with Your Application

  • Most scholarship applications require you to write an essay, but don’t be intimidated! The Center for Academic Success at Parkland College in Room D120 includes a Writing Lab that is open and available to all students. Stop by CAS for free help from English instructors with any writing project you might have. For more information, visit D120 or log in to the student portal and select "Tutoring & Learning Assistance" under the Student Services tab.

  • Most scholarships also require at least one letter of recommendation. These should be from someone who knows you well, but not a friend or family member. Think of people who know your academic history, your work ethic, and your involvement in school and the community.  Give people plenty of time to write the letter for you.

Expand Your Search!

The student portal is not the only place you can find scholarships for the upcoming semester; high school guidance counselors are a great resource for finding local scholarships. Additionally, many employers offer scholarships to their employees and the family members of their employees. Be sure to check with any civic, community, religious, or professional organizations of which you or your parents are members. 

Finally, you can try reputable online resources for scholarships including Fastweb, CollegeBoard, and Scholarships.com. Keep this in mind as you search: A reputable scholarship organization will not ask you to pay a fee to apply.

Happy hunting!

 

[Haiti Eastin is a financial aid advisor for Parkland College.]

"I think my niche is helping people who have been failed by our education and justice systems," Cathy Salika once wrote.

And who is Cathy Salika? She's only the inspirational Project READ literacy tutor after whom we've modeled our new Project READ Outstanding Service Award—and, naturally, the award's inaugural recipient! We will honor this Urbana resident with our award Saturday, Oct. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Parkland College Student Union, an event culminating our celebration of National Tutoring Week, and you're welcome to join us there.

The Project READ Outstanding Service Award honors an exceptional Project READ tutor whose uncommon dedication makes our community a better place, inspiring the following elements of community service:

1) striving to increase the reach of high-quality, reliable, volunteer tutoring services to the most marginalized and vulnerable adults in our community

2) demonstrating commitment, dedication, and passion for helping adults improve their abilities in reading, writing, math, or English so that they can increase their civic engagement, workforce potential, and quality of life.

We gratefully fashion this recognition after the outstanding service of Cathy, who started with Project READ in 2012. And here's why:

  • When Project READ funding was renewed after a two-year hiatus, Cathy was among the first to respond to our call for new tutors. But what we learned was that, despite the budget impasse and the resulting lack of infrastructural support, Cathy never stopped working with her Project READ learner. "No one told us to stop, and we didn't!" she said.
  • When we needed tutors who could volunteer to teach math to female inmates at the satellite jail, Cathy raised her hand, went through the security protocol, and began assisting a learner in the correctional center. She went on to tutor several inmates, men, and women, at the downtown jail and the satellite jail over the course of the grant year. In fact, she became so adept and passionate about serving learners in the correctional centers, she facilitated a special training session for Project READ tutors to learn how to volunteer in the jails, addressing what to expect of the institution and how to best help incarcerated learners develop and progress toward their goals.
  • When we initiated our Drop-in Tutoring program in February of this year, Cathy began tutoring at all of our daytime sites, expanding her service from Adult Basic Education (math and literacy) to include English for speakers of other languages. She signed up to help us run an ESL lab in Rantoul, and when that site finished its term, she continued to ask for more learners to work with. Cathy tutored more than 150 hours between February and July 2018! "The drop-in sites have been good for me as a tutor," Cathy said. "It's easier for me to ask advice of the staff."
  • Cathy facilities learning in all areas with ease, confidence, innovation, reliability—and flexibility! Sometimes we get flooded with unexpected learners at a drop-in site, and when we ask to seat someone with Cathy, she always says, "We'll make it work." We've seen her tutor math to a learner on her left who is preparing for the GED and tutor an ESL learner on her right who recognized her from a previous session and asked to continue to work with her.

Cathy Salika is truly exceptional. The staff at Project READ is fond of saying that if we had 20 Cathy Salikas, we could change the world. Her attitude and philosophy about tutoring explain why we feel this way:

"I love to watch people warm up to a subject as they master it," Cathy said. "The learners come to us with basic needs in English, reading or math. They come asking for help, which isn't always an easy thing to do, and I respect them for that. Many of them have been held back by poverty, family problems, or learning differences. Sometimes they gain better job opportunities, more independence, or more self-confidence from their efforts to learn with us. Their joy in meeting their goals and their pride of accomplishment are an inspiration to me."

Cathy's passion for uplifting our community through learner-centered, personalized Adult Education sets the bar high, and we are grateful for her tremendous contributions. If you'd also like to be an adult tutor for math, reading, or English, or need tutoring services yourself or someone you know, we invite you to join us at Project READ. Please contact our office by email at ProjectREAD@parkland.edu or by calling 217/353-2662.

Degree Completion Day

Come learn about the other end of registration and how to get there

Are you just getting started at Parkland working toward a degree? Degree Completion Day might be an easy way to make your schedule for the whole two years through student planning.

Maybe your mom or dad has some credits from Parkland but never completed a degree. You could both come to Degree Completion Day, Wednesday Oct. 3 from 9:30 to 1:30 in the U building and find out what’s needed to finish.

Perhaps you’re just “this close" to a certificate. Counselors will be available to check your success. Financial Aid will be there to let you know if you might qualify for a Pell Grant. If you think you will finish in fall or spring, we will have Graduation Petitions for you to submit to Admissions, and you can find out what the commencement ceremony is all about. In addition, we'll have refreshments and a raffle with WPCD-FM live streaming!

Come on over to the Student Union and learn about the other end of registration. See you there.

[Dennis Kaczor, Counseling Services]

 

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