The College Central Network (CCN) Online Job Board

Check out this FREE online job search tool at CollegeCentral.com/parkland

Are you looking for full-time, part-time, or paid internship opportunities both in the Champaign area and out of town when school is not in session? Are you a current Parkland student, alumni, or community member of District 505?

Then the College Central Network is a perfect place to start your search!

CCN is a FREE online job search tool that allows you to search for positions by area.  If other search engines you may already be using do that as well, then why try CCN?

  1.  Employers contacting Parkland College with openings post their positions on this site—they are looking for Parkland students and alumni!

  2. NO ads

  3. Extra checks in place to help prevent fraudulent job positings

  4. FREE to students, alumni, and community members

  5. Career advice documents and podcasts available for free download

  6. Access to hundreds of career-related articles

  7. Ability to upload your resume to CCN (after review and approval from Career Services)

  8. Many positions posted are directly related to Parkland program offerings

To register, simply go to:  collegecentral.com/parkland

For assistance with resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, and job search strategies, please contact Career Services at careerservices@parkland.edu or 217/351-2219.

Suicide Prevention Activities, Events for Fall

September is designated nationally as Suicide Prevention Month

Fall can be a difficult time of year for many, especially for those who experience anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other conditions. To assist the campus and community, Parkland College's Counseling Services unit will host the following suicide prevention-related events and activities this fall, beginning in September, designated nationally as Suicide Prevention Month.
 
The public is invited to participate in these events taking place on campus and within the community:

The 22 Challenge
Thursday, Sept. 20
11 a.m. | Student Union
Come support our veterans and get your fitness on, as we join together to bring awareness to the importance of suicide prevention in our veteran population. 

Out of the Darkness: Community Walk to Fight Suicide
Saturday, Sept. 22
11 a.m. | Crystal Lake Park
To join Parkland College's team, "Parkland Friends," to donate to support effort, or for more information, please contact Counselor Dennis Cockrum at dcockrum@parkland.edu or 217/369-2190.

National Depression Screening Day
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Noon–1 p.m. | Room U140
Free session includes video, follow-up panel discussion, and free confidential screenings.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Saturday, Nov. 17 | Room U140
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., program starts at 9 a.m.
A gathering of those affected by suicide loss in an effort to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. 

Fracking First Topic of Kaler Science Talks for Fall

UI engineering professor to discuss benefits of hydraulic fracturing process

The hot-button topic of fracking for oil and gas heads the list of James B. Kaler Science Lectures this fall at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College.

University of Illinois engineering professor Dr. David N. Ruzic will present "The Truth (and Huge Benefit) Behind Fracking and Pipelines," Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 at the door with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge. 

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for gas and oil, and building pipelines to deliver that gas and oil to where it is needed, has led to energy independence for North America and heralded a huge economic boom for the U.S. Yet the average citizen, and especially one who is young, typically holds a negative impression of these two technologies.

Ruzic will explain what fracking and pipelines are, how they are used, why they are beneficial compared to the alternatives, and why common misconceptions persist about the process.

Ruzic is the Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as director of the Center for Plasma Material Interactions. A UIUC faculty member for the last 34 years, he is a Fellow in three different societies and leads an active research group of over 40 people. The university has awarded him the Campus-wide Teaching Award, the College-wide Teaching Award, and several departmental teaching awards. One of his introductory courses on Energy was made into a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) in Coursera and is available for free on the “Go Illinois” website. Ruzic earned his PhD from Princeton University in 1984.
   
Following Ruzic’s talk, the Staerkel Planetarium will present its newest fulldome feature, “Experience the Aurora,” followed by its "Pink Floyd’s 'The Wall'" show. Tickets for regular programs range from $5 to $6 per person. For a full show schedule, visit the planetarium website or call 217/351-2446. 

Degree Completion Day Set for Oct. 3

Get advice, info on finishing your degree or certificate

Area residents who have not yet completed their Parkland College degrees or certificates are invited to figure out what courses they need to finish them, during a special event Wednesday, Oct. 3.
 
Degree Completion Day will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Parkland's Student Union. Past and current students who want to finish their Parkland College credentials will be able to:

  • receive academic advising

  • confirm their degree program

  • learn how to track their progress toward a degree or certificate

  • see which universities guarantee junior-level transfer status with a completed Parkland credential

  • complete a Petition to Graduate form, if applicable

The event, which includes giveaways and refreshments, will be live-streamed from WPCD FM.
 
For more information on Degree Completion Day, please contact the Office of Admissions at 217/351-2482 or admissions@parkland.edu

Language Class to Transition Immigrants into Health Careers

New ECNA students to grasp nuances in patient symptom descriptions, medical language

Patients often say they have to go to the toilet using terms a nonnative English-speaking caregiver might not recognize. But locally, one Parkland College professor is helping new English learners grasp the nuances of medical language in a free class debuting this fall.
 
"An 85-year-old may say one thing for urination; a five-year-old will say another," explained Christina Havenland, who leads the new English for Certified Nursing Assistants class being offered through Parkland's Adult Education department. "A tough old military vet may use another, less polite, word, while a church secretary may have yet another very euphemistic word! An immigrant CNA needs to know the whole range of language they would encounter on the job."
 
Language comprehension is even more crucial when discussing symptoms, added Havenland, a Humanities associate professor who teaches reading. For example, nearly 80 phrases can be used to describe pain, phrases one might find on the McGill University Pain Questionnaire.
 
"If a patient says she feels a 'nagging tenderness,' a medical professional without sufficient language training could misunderstand either the relatively rare word "nagging," or could misunderstand "tenderness" as being a positive emotion instead of a type of physical soreness," she said.
 
Funded through a federal English language education grant and the Illinois Community College Board, the ECNA course has been designed to smooth the path for English language learners desiring to enter the healthcare profession. Enrollees receive 96 hours of training in the culture and language skills they need for success in Parkland's regular Certified Nursing Assistant course. Once they attain their industry-recognized credential, students can then work in the community as a CNA while pursuing other careers.
 
Havenland said the program also helps combat the nationwide shortage of certified nursing assistants by allowing immigrants to more quickly practice medical skills they may already have acquired in their home countries.
 
"Some of these adult learners are already professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries," she said. "Completing the regular CNA course serves as an entry point for them to pursue more advanced nursing credentials offered by Parkland, such as our Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) and Registered Nursing (RN) degrees."
 
For more information on the ECNA program, contact Parkland College Adult Education at 217/351-2580.
 
In Fiscal Year 2019 (FY '19), approximately 40% ($161,595) of the total cost of the Parkland College Adult Education and Family Literacy Program is provided through federal funds under Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

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