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Parkland Admissions to Host Academic Showcase Webinars

Parkland College Admissions Virtual Academic Showcase

In lieu of its annual Fall Open House, Parkland College will offer prospective students and their families a showcase of its career and academic programs in a virtual format.

Five hourlong “Academic Showcase” online virtual tours will take place from Oct. 23 to Nov. 13, livestreamed on the Parkland College Facebook page. The college’s Admissions and Records office is hosting the series.

Families and students can register for the virtual tours at The tour schedule includes:

Health Professions Showcase
Friday, Oct. 23
1–2:30 p.m.
Programs highlighted include Nursing Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services, Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, Massage Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Nursing (ADN), Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology, Veterinary Technology, and Radiologic Technology. Prospective students can explore the school’s popular health career programs as well as other topics such as dates, deadlines, requirements, and selective admissions steps. Virtual tour attendees are encouraged to bring their questions.
Applied Technologies Showcase
Thursday, Oct. 29
Noon–1 p.m.
Parkland’s Applied Technologies division will feature programs including Automotive, Agriculture, and Welding. These in-demand fields offer multiple options for hands-on careers.
Arts and Sciences Showcase
Friday, Nov. 6
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Arts and Sciences faculty will cover Parkland degrees available in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts. They will also discuss the transferability of Parkland classes as well as the ever-popular Parkland Pathway to Illinois program.
Business Showcase
Friday, Nov. 13
10–11 a.m.
Business programs, from Entrepreneurship to Management to Administrative Technology, will be the focus of this virtual tour. Faculty will discuss how busy adults and traditional-aged students can benefit from these flexible certificate and degree programs and online options.
Computer Science Showcase
Friday, Nov. 13
1:30–2:30 p.m.
Computer Science will round out the series, featuring short-term career degree and certificate programs in Networking, Programming, Digital Media, Web Development, and more. Parkland offers credentials to get residents returning to the workforce faster in these in-demand fields.

For more information, please contact or call Admissions at 217/351-2482. 

Project READ to Resume In-Person Tutoring at Parkland College

In-person tutoring to resume on campus in the Center for Community Engagement (C-134)

Parkland College announced today that the Adult Education program Project READ will resume in-person tutoring on campus in the Center for Community Engagement (C-134) on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm, and at the Champaign Public Library from 9:30-11:30am on Fridays. 

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is operational with select programming appropriate for a COVID-19 safety guidelines. Project READ will offer services such as: socially-distanced in-person tutoring; online tutoring support (bring your own device); learner intake and assessment; individual consultations; and practice with remote learning, such as logging-in. Tutors and their learners will be provided educational materials to take home for online tutoring or in-person tutoring at a public location. 

Project READ offers free, learner-centered ESL, Literacy, and Math tutoring services to adult learners who seek to improve their basic reading, writing, math, and English skills. Nearly one in five Illinois residents struggle with these skills—help support and improve quality of life for the hundreds of adult learners Project READ services each year by joining the community of volunteers that make this program possible.

Project READ is currently training new tutors online and facilitating online tutoring instruction. Become a tutor today! Must be 17 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have knowledge of basic math, reading, and English. Visit to get started.

For more information on free tutoring, becoming a tutor, or any other questions, please contact a Project READ team member at or call 217/353-2662. You can also connect with Project READ on Facebook here.

Gallery to Host Virtual Solo Painting Exhibit by Jave Yoshimoto

Giertz Gallery Virtual Solo Painting Exhibit

Giertz Gallery at Parkland College will host "Calamitous Microcosm," an online exhibit of works by Nebraskan faculty artist Jave Yoshimoto, Oct. 19 through Nov. 14.  The exhibit will be available at the Giertz Gallery Facebook page.

The exhibit features a virtual Gallery Talk by Yoshimoto on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. through Zoom. The exhibit and talk are free online public programs; please visit Giertz Gallery's website to register for the talk (here) and receive a Zoom link.

Born in Japan to Chinese parents and raised in the US, Jave Yoshimoto weaves current events and social issues in his artwork, which explores the convergence of tradition and contemporary society. His gouache paintings infuse traditional Japanese prints with depictions of recent disasters. Using a graphic style resembling manga, his stunning, colorful images poignantly illustrate natural and humanmade destruction and the emotion often associated with media coverage of such global concerns. Yoshimoto often embeds Godzilla into his work, which he sees as himself, powerlessly witnessing the unfolding disaster and helpless to assist.

An assistant professor of art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Yoshimoto has worked as an art therapist/mental health professional in Chicago; a teacher serving diverse ethnic populations; and an artist-in-residence at artist colonies across the US.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Giertz Gallery will remain in a digital format through Spring 2021. Please watch for online exhibitions, resources, and programs from the gallery. We will continue to connect with our audiences through Facebook, Instagram, and email. Thank you for your support in these difficult times. 

[Poster Image: Jave Yoshimoto, Ephemeral Propinquity, gouache on paper, 22 x 30 inches, 2017]

Parkland Professor Wins Statewide Community College Faculty Award

Dr. Franklin Gallo Awarded 2020 "Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member"

Parkland College choral director Franklin Gallo, DMA, has been selected by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) as the 2020 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award.

Gallo was one of three recipients of the 2020 ICCTA Outstanding Faculty Awards in October. Parkland’s Faculty Professional Development Committee had selected Gallo to be Parkland’s ICCTA Outstanding Part-Time Faculty winner earlier this spring, which nominated him for statewide consideration. Gallo will be presented with this statewide award during Parkland's October 21 Board of Trustees meeting.

Gallo is the director of Parkland’s Chamber Singers, a group that has grown from six students to more than 25 in three years and includes music majors, non-majors, high school students and adult community members. Gallo described the benefits students receive from participation in the musical group.

"In classrooms where the three artistic processes—creating, performing, and responding—are central to the enacted music curriculum, students develop lifelong musical skills and understandings that foster social and cultural understandings, respect, and self-awareness,” he said.

Beyond his work with the Chamber Singers in the rehearsal studio and on stage, Gallo teaches Introduction to American Music and Music Appreciation courses. He has provided professional development for primary and secondary educators, recently presenting sessions at a state choral music conference for pre-service educators at the University of Illinois and attending an international symposium on music education.
An accomplished instructor, director, and composer, Gallo led mass choirs at Parkland’s first-ever High School Choral Festival in January 2019 and again in January 2020. He has initiated and helped to implement two innovative programs used by the college’s music department for recruitment, ongoing collaboration with local high schools, and as a charity fundraiser.

Parkland College to Release Coloring Book to Area Youth

"A Ssspecial Place for Coby" Coloring Book

Parkland College has announced that it will be releasing and distributing its first-ever coloring book, titled "A Ssspecial Place for Coby," to district-area youth starting next week.

"A Ssspecial Place for Coby" follows the lighthearted adventure of Parkland's beloved mascot, Coby the Cobra, as he visits his good friends around Parkland College and tries to decide his own perfect place to live and work. Parents will enjoy reading Coby’s story to their children, while kids will have fun coloring in the true-to-life Parkland College environments in which Coby finds himself.

The coloring book was created by the Parkland Marketing and Public Relations Department with the help of its Spring 2020 interns, Graphic Design program students Alex Lutz and Emiley Briggs. The two students illustrated the book as part of a project for their COM 292 class, Media and Arts Production. Their professor, Matthew Watt, served as a design consultant on the project along with Marketing's graphic designers, Gabrielle Rodmaker and Jake Tatar. Marketing Associate Director Ruthie Counter and her daughter, Parkland graduate Megan Counter, collaborated as writers for the story.

The idea for the coloring book was originated by Vice President for Communications and External Affairs Stephanie Stuart and Dean of Students Dr. Marietta Turner, with the goal of creating something engaging for children in the Parkland College community.

"This has been a very challenging year for families," Stuart explains. "We wanted to offer the coloring book for free as a fun learning activity that families can do together. By reading the story and coloring the pictures, kids will get to know our mascot, Coby, a little better along with all that Parkland has to offer the community. We hope that young ones in our community can find bits of themselves in that journey and the characters Coby meets along the way."

Parkland College plans to distribute courtesy copies of the coloring book to Champaign-Urbana kindergarten classes initially, with the goal of sending it to other District 505 kindergarten classes in the coming weeks. The book also will be available at both Champaign and Urbana public children's libraries, through Carle's Healthy Beginnings, and at Parkland's welcome desk starting Wednesday, October 21.

Parkland also plans to sponsor an "A Ssspecial Place for Coby" Mail-in Coloring Contest for district kindergartners later in the semester. Contest details will be available via the college's Facebook page.

A PDF from the book is available for printing at Parents also may pick up a coloring book copy at the Parkland College Welcome Desk in the Student Union (U building) during operating hours. If your district would like to receive courtesy copies of this coloring book, please contact