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Spring Enrollment Blitz: Help with Registration

Sign up for classes with one-stop help: Admissions, Financial Aid, Counseling, more 

Parkland College's Student Services offices are offering the community a week of one-stop help with enrolling in spring semester classes.

Spring Enrollment Blitz 2020 runs Jan. 6–10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the second-floor "bridge" of the Student Union. Since Parkland College Spring Semester 2020 classes begin Monday, Jan. 13, the event is especially useful for those who have steps yet to complete in their enrollment. 

During Enrollment Blitz, new and returning students can receive one-stop service from the college's Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and Veteran Services, Assessment Center and Counseling Services offices. Students receive assistance with such enrollment steps as completing applications for admission or financial aid; determining course placement for English, reading and math; attending a new student orientation; and registering for courses. 

For more information on this event, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or

Parkland College to Close for Winter Break; Spring Registration Continues

Break extends Dec. 21 to Jan. 1; online registration available for current students

Parkland College will be closed Dec. 21 to Jan. 1 for the winter break. Campus offices will reopen Jan. 2 and will continue helping new and returning students register for the Spring 2020 semester, which begins Monday, Jan. 13.

From Jan. 2 to the start of the semester, Student Services offices (Admissions, Financial Aid and Veterans Services, Counseling Services, Accessibility Services, and Assessment Center) will be open during normal business hours, with extended hours available; visit for Admissions hours. The Parkland College Bookstore will also provide alternate hours, including 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 8 to 10.

Parkland College will offer its Spring 2020 Enrollment Blitz Jan. 6 to 10 on the second floor bridge of the Student Union. Here, new and returning students can receive one-stop help with enrolling in spring courses, from applying for financial aid to scheduling an orientation.

Current Parkland College students may continue registering for spring 2020 classes through WebAdvisor, at This online registration is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Sunday, Jan. 12; certain restrictions may apply.

New students can visit to apply for admission to the college and can view available spring 2020 courses at For additional assistance, visit the Admissions office in Room U214, email, or call 217/351-2482.

Parkland Marks National Nontraditional Student, Distance Learning Week

Departments recognize online, nontraditional students week of Nov. 4

In two separate national observances that run the week of Nov. 4, Parkland College will recognize its nontraditional adult student and online student learners.

National Nontraditional Student Week, Nov. 4–10. According to the Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE), a nontraditional student is one who: likely lives independently of parental financial assistance; may have one or more dependents; may be a single caregiver; may not have a traditional high school diploma; may have delayed postsecondary enrollment; may be attending school part time; or may be employed full time. Nontrads comprise the fastest-growing segment of college enrollees, according to the Dept. of Education. At Parkland College, nearly 35 percent of all enrolled students are over the age of 21.

To celebrate this group, Parkland College's Adult Re-Entry Services, in conjunction with Eastern Illinois University and other academic partners, will be celebrating Nontraditional Student Week from Nov. 4 to Nov. 7. Planned activities include a presentation with EIU's Bachelor of General Studies program on how to advance from an Associate in General Studies degree to the BGS degree; a "nontraditional-friendly" transfer fair; refreshment opportunities; and more.

For more information on nontraditional students and campus events for Nontraditional Student Week, please contact Anthony Hooker, admissions advisor, at 217/351-2462 or

National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), Nov. 4–8. The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, higher education, corporate and military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.

Parkland College's Professional Development and Instructional Technology department (PDIT) is taking the opportunity to promote its online classes and programs during this week. PDIT lists the top reasons to take online classes, available through the following blog post on the college's website:

For more information on distance learning and online classes at Parkland College, please contact Lori Wendt, learning management system specialist for PDIT, at 217/353-2012 or

Parkland College Fall Open House, November 1

Explore majors, tour campus, speak with campus representatives

Parkland College will hold its annual Fall Open House, including all of its Health Professions programs, Friday, Nov. 1 from noon to 2 p.m. starting in the campus's Student Union.

Designed for high school students, parents of college-bound students, and community members, the open house allows visitors to tour the campus; have their questions answered from admissions, financial aid, and counseling representatives; and explore Parkland's majors, student life, and support services. Breakout presentations on financial aid and the Pathway to Illinois program will also take place during the event.

Popular demonstration labs and exhibits at the open house will include:

For those interested in criminal justice or forensic science, the Forensic Science Lab in Room X104 will be open for public viewing from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The science behind criminal investigation is more challenging and satisfying than popular media portray. Students can view the tools of the trade, and an instructor will be on hand to talk about the chemistry of it all.

A solo art exhibition, "Jessica Gondek: Enterprising Machines" will be open in Parkland's Giertz Gallery from noon to 2 pm.

A hands-on drone session from 12:30 to 2 pm, a collision repair lab from noon to 1 p.m. and a motorsport lab from 1 to 2 p.m. will allow visitors a great chance to check out these Parkland technical training options in greater detail.

An accompanying Health Professions Open House will take place in two locations. Department programs including Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology, and Veterinary Technology will be featured in the main campus's L wing. Respiratory Care faculty will also demonstrate their equipment, with a chance for guests to try it out. The department's Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Nursing Assistant, Occupational Therapy, and Practical Nursing programs will be featured at Parkland's H wing, located in the Parkland on Mattis complex at 1309 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign. Events at the H wing will include demonstrations of the birthing simulator at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

For more information about the open house, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or

Registration for Spring Classes

Current-student registration starts Oct. 28; sign up early for best course selection

Parkland College will open registration for Spring 2020 classes Monday, Oct. 28 for current students and Monday, Nov. 4 for all new students. Students should register on their first available date to secure a preferred course schedule.

Parkland College is a nationally recognized trainer for career programs in precision agriculture, surgical technology, land surveying, Google IT, and many more. With its mission is to engage the community in learning, the school offers open access to affordable instruction in more than 130 AA and AS transfer-degree, applied science-degree, and certificate options. Over 7,000 students, including international students from 40+ countries, study at Parkland's campus in Champaign.
Spring classes begin the week of Jan. 13. Those interested in taking college courses for the first time may apply to Parkland in several ways. Visit for more information on how to apply. Registration for full-term and 8-week spring classes will continue through Jan. 12. For more information on registration steps, call the Office of Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or email