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Parkland College to Reopen Select Campus Offices

Parkland will open student-service offices on campus

Parkland College will open select student-service focused offices on campus on a limited basis beginning Monday, July 13.

The Admissions office, Financial Aid office, and the Cashier’s office will open to prospective and current students from 7:30 a.m.—5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for in-person appointment and drop-in hours. 

The community is encouraged to continue to reach out to Parkland via telephone and email for requests which do not need to be completed in-person during this time. For questions regarding fall registration, please call the Admissions department at 217/351-2482, email them at, or visit

Besides these office reopenings, campus remains closed to the general public, and the college will be closed on Fridays until August 7. 

Parkland College Student Abigail Burnett Wins NJCAA Lea Plarski Award

Parkland College Women's Volleyball player Abigail Burnett has been selected as the winner of the annual award.

Parkland College Women's Volleyball player Abigail Burnett has been selected as the 2020 NJCAA Lea Plarski Award winner.

The prestigious national award is presented annually to a student athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship, leadership, community service, academic excellence, and athletic ability. 

A former varsity standout at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, Burnett joined the Cobras in 2018 and began collecting an impressive set of stats in her two-year career. The sophomore opposite hitter ranked in the top-30 nationally in four categories: 8th in attack percentage (.396), 24th in kills (443), 26th in total blocks (124), and 28th in total points (506.5). In the final three matches of the national tournament, she amassed 40 kills and 11 blocks, with a .351 attack percentage. Burnett ranked third on the Cobras in eight categories: kills, kills per set, total attacks, attack percentage, block assists, total blocks, points, and points per set.

The Parkland Radiology student has been named to the 2019 NJCAA DII All-American First Team, the AVCA Two-Year College All-American Third Team, the Region 24 All-Region First Team, and the M-WAC All-Conference Team. She was able to balance academics, athletics, and community service obligations and maintain a 3.7 during the season and achieve an overall 3.5 cumulative GPA. She is the daughter of Chad and Brandi Burnett of St. Joseph.

Cobras Volleyball Assistant Coach Heather Fletcher was asked to write a testimonial about Burnett for the award and describes her as an individual of high character and an invaluable team leader for the Cobras.

"Abi’s leadership carried over from the court to the classroom and then most importantly, in our community," Fletcher explained. "She facilitated practices and scrimmages with the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation (CUSR) athletes. She was always the first person to volunteer to work with those who needed help or encouragement to play. She has the ability to connect with everyone she meets and make each person feel valued. Burnett also volunteers with Canteen Runs in her hometown, which provide needed supplies to the homeless community in the Champaign-Urbana area."

Created in 1995, the Plarski Award is named after past NJCAA President Lea Plarski, former director of athletics at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. In 1975, Plarski was instrumental in establishing the Women's Division of the NJCAA, the first national collegiate athletic organization to develop such a structure. 

The NJCAA held a ceremony via Zoom to present the award to Burnett with her fellow volleyball teammates. The public may view the presentation here

Parkland College Announces Update on Fall 2020 Instruction

Update on Fall 2020 Instruction

Parkland College recently announced campus measures for the fall 2020 semester that will ensure safer instruction in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.  

On Tuesday, Parkland's Academic Services department informed students that the college's fall plan is contingent upon the district progressing to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan and is thus subject to change. Students can nonetheless expect a high quality of instruction and connection with faculty this fall.

The campus's measures include the following changes: 

  • Instruction will include both online and on-campus options, with on-campus courses delivered as hybrid courses. While course sections will run as currently scheduled, students with campus-based courses will attend some meetings on the campus and complete some coursework online. If a course is listed as on-campus, there will be an on-campus component at the time scheduled.

  • Social distancing and safety guidelines will be enacted. Students may be divided into small groups for on-campus meetings to allow for social distancing. Courses with larger enrollment may require staggered scheduling for on-campus meetings.

  • Many on-campus class meetings will end Nov. 20. To minimize the number of on-campus meetings after the Thanksgiving break, many of Parkland College's transfer classes will end their on-campus instructional component by Nov. 20, with the online component continuing through the end of the semester. Career classes that require in-person labs may continue on-campus meetings through the semester's end.

  • Communication with faculty will be key. Faculty will be in touch with students prior to the start of the semester to let them know which of the scheduled days they should attend. 

The college will be in timely communication with the campus community regarding any developments that will impact instruction.
Registration for Parkland College fall courses is underway; students can review step-by-step directions on how to register. 

Spring 2020 Dean's List Announced

Students named to Spring 2020 Dean's List

To honor their outstanding scholastic achievement, approximately 1138 students have been named to the Parkland College Dean's List for Spring 2020. To make the list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grade scale for the semester in which they are being honored. Students who earn less than 12 hours in that semester can make the dean's list by achieving a 3.5 cumulative GPA for 12 or more hours during an academic year. Dean’s List eligible courses are 100 level courses or higher, i.e. ENG 101. 

To view the full dean's list, visit

Message from the President, 6/2/2020

Reflection on current events


Please see Dr. Ramage's message to the Parkland College community regarding recent events.




We find ourselves at a distinct turning point in history. While we have been navigating unprecedented circumstances in the preceding months due to a public health crisis, we are also experiencing a crisis of perhaps greater magnitude that is resulting in deep pain for many in our community. This crisis is one of deeply engrained racial injustice. While it has been sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis it points to a longstanding history of inequity that has impacted our communities of color for generations.


As we reflect upon the protests and uprising across the country and in our community, we want to re-affirm the commitment of Parkland College to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all. As an open access institution, our very mission aims to create opportunities for all who wish to pursue them and remove barriers to higher education that have contributed to these longstanding inequities.


Parkland’s strategic plan lays out a vision for our students to become critical thinkers who can provide not only skills, but leadership in our diverse society. Our classrooms, whether physical or virtual, are spaces where the free exchange of ideas fosters deeper understanding and creativity.


We are hopeful that later this summer or fall that we will not only return to campus but can do so with a renewed appreciation and commitment to one another.


Dr. Ramage