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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. 

Parkland Announces New Scholarship Management System

Parkland launches Scholarship Manager

Parkland College will be launching a new online scholarship program that will allow students to apply faster, easier, and to more scholarships, with just one application.

Scholarship Manager works by a having each student fill out a single application ("Parkland College Scholarship Application"), which will match them with scholarships they are eligible for through the Parkland College Foundation. This way, students can avoid having to fill out multiple applications and will have access to more aid opportunities. The program also contains an online letter of recommendation feature to allow for easier management of scholarship materials as well as online notification and distribution of awards. Supplemental essays will also be handled through the system. 

To take advantage of the new system, visit parkland.edu/ParklandScholarships. Students must fill out the Parkland College Scholarship Application to be matched with scholarships. Scholarship applications are taken twice a year, once per semester. Applicants will be asked to provide two letters of recommendation and an essay. Once the Parkland College Scholarship Application is submitted, the Parkland College Foundation committee will appoint the scholarships and notify the winners.

Applications for fall 2020 scholarships are due May 6, 2020. Applications for spring 2021 scholarships are due October 30, 2020.
 

Students will be notified if scholarships require additional information. For need-based scholarships, they must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. All applicants must be admitted Parkland students to apply for scholarships. Visit parkland.edu/applynow to apply.  

For questions or more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 217/351-2222 or finaid@parkland.edu.

Registration Now Open For Fall 2020 Semester

Fall classes start the week of August 23

Open registration for Parkland College Fall Semester 2020 starts April 6. See a full listing of available courses at parkland.edu/findaclass

Fall semester classes begin the week of August 23 (for full 16-week and first 8-week sessions) and later. We anticipate the return of in-person instruction by this time. 

See the Registration Guide for dates and deadlines, drop/withdrawal steps, tuition and fee information, and more. Students may need to meet with an academic advisor before registering. Due to the current coronavirus crisis, academic advisors are available remotely, by emailing counselingservices@parkland.edu. For a listing of registration steps, please visit parkland.edu/register.

Register by August 23 for classes that begin August 24, by September 13 for classes that begin September 14, and by October 18 for classes that begin October 19. 

Summer Session 2020 Registration Underway

Open registration for Summer 2020 starts March 30, new online classes begin May 18

Open registration for Parkland College's Summer Session 2020 starts March 30, with a new set of classes beginning online Monday, May 18. 

Since the college continues to practice social distancing in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all summer 2020 classes will remain in the current online format. 

Parkland College is ready to assist and support students who may need help accessing and navigating online education. A call center for questions is available at 217/351-2200, and faculty will connect with students before classes begin, providing detailed instructions for using the Cobra Learning classroom environment.

Register by May 17 for the session that starts May 18, by June 14 for classes that begin June 15 and by July 12 for classes that begin July 13. 

Visit parkland.edu/findaclass for a list of specific courses and the Registration Guides page for dates, deadlines, and other important information.

Parkland Preview to Help Students Explore Career Interests

March 27 event includes free career assessments, breakout sessions, tour

Parkland College is calling all high school seniors! Join us for a special "Parkland Preview" event on Friday, March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 pm in the Student Union. 

The Parkland Preview allows prospective and admitted students to explore their major with the instructors and staff of Parkland's transfer and career programs. Free career assessments will be offered during the event to help students who are undecided about their major identify their strengths.

Breakout sessions highlighting financial aid, scholarships, and the Parkland experience from a student's perspective will round out the available opportunities. Near the close of the Parkland Preview, students will have the option to take a tour of campus, talk with an admissions advisor, or make further appointments with career counseling.
 
Students may register for this event at parkland.edu/previewrsvp or by calling 217/351-2482.

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