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National Distance Learning Week: Online Classes, Anyone?

Top reasons you should take an online class; celebrate NDLW Nov. 4–8!

Usually, when you see this headline, you expect to see reasons like "it's more convenient" or "lower costs" or "a more comfortable learning environment." And while all of these are true, here are three other reasons that you should take an online course.

1.  Technology education: "Most, if not all students will be working with “others" sometime in their future careers. To be successful, the use of technology is very important. Taking online courses now at Parkland College will help prepare you to communicate with others using today’s technology, including virtual meetings and collaborating with emails and other social media devices. I highly recommend all my students take at least one online class before you leave Parkland." 

                                                               — Mark Kesler, Parkland business and management instructor.

2.  Cultural diversity. Online courses can be taken by students anywhere in the world. By enrolling in an online course, you get the chance to meet students from other countries. Students benefit mutually from learning about each others' cultures as well as educational and life experiences. Often, you can get a "study abroad" experience without leaving the comfort of your own home.

3.  Career Skill-building. Taking an online class takes discipline, punctuality, and self-motivation; all excellent skills to have in the workforce. Online courses create a solid foundation as you prepare for your next step, whether it's transferring to a four-year institution or starting your career.

So, while online courses are recommended for their quality instruction, transferability, and affordability; they offer so much more than just that for students. Online courses can provide a broad experience that can shape the future of your employment and life goals.

What are you waiting for?  Go ahead...sign up for an online class today! 

***National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is Nov. 4–8! Three cheers for online learning!***

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[Lori Wendt is a learning management system specialist for Professional Development and Instructional Technology at Parkland College.]

 

Illinois Regional College Fair, Sept. 18

High school, transfer students can meet with 70+ US educational institutions

Area students and their parents will have a unique opportunity to explore a wide variety of higher education options at the 2019 Illinois Regional College Fair, Wednesday, September 18, 6–8 p.m. at Parkland College's Donald C. Dodds, Jr. Athletic Center.  

The event is free and open to the public.
 
Designed for high school students and community college transfer students; the ICRF introduces students and their parents to representatives from more than 70 educational institutions from across the country. Participants will receive important information about education planning, visit displays from various colleges and universities, and be able to speak one-on-one with representatives from many institutions. In addition, they will have an opportunity to discuss financial aid and career choices.
 
The Illinois Regional College Fair is sponsored by the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling, along with Parkland College. For more information, students may contact their high school guidance counselors, view www.parkland.edu/regionalCollegeFair or call 217/353-2636.

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.]

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