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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.

Parkland College Midterm Classes Available for Full Credit

Spring semester midterm courses begin on Monday, March 9

A variety of spring-semester midterm courses at Parkland College will begin on Monday, March 9. All courses provide full college credit for successful completion within an eight-week period.

Subject areas include art, music, biology, communications, computer science, health careers, kinesiology, theatre, welding, and more.

The deadline to register is Sunday, March 8. For more information on midterm classes at Parkland, call 217/351-2482 or visit parkland.edu/findaclass. Those interested in applying to Parkland College may visit parkland.edu/apply for more information.

Trustees Vote For Tuition Freeze, Debt Forgiveness Plan

Trustees approve Cobra Comeback program, freeze tuition rates

 

Parkland College plans to keep next year's base tuition rates at the same level as 2019-2020 and will offer encumbered students up to $2,000 of debt forgiveness through a new initiative. 

Parkland in-district rates will remain at $148.50 per credit hour (all Tier One courses) for the 2020-2021 academic year, the Parkland College Board of Trustees announced at its regular meeting Wednesday. Parkland President Tom Ramage made the recommendation not to increase tuition rates based on a careful analysis of projected revenues and expenditures.

State decreases in funding over the past several years had put increasing pressure on student tuition to make up the difference, concerning the Board. Administrators say recent measures put in place to reduce costs make it possible to hold the tuition rate steady for the coming academic year.

Along with freezing tuition rates for next year, the Board of Trustees has approved a new debt forgiveness program, called Cobra Comeback, which will allow returning students a chance to restart their education at Parkland by removing financial holds preventing registration. For each course in which these returning students earn a C or higher, the cost of current tuition per credit hour will be removed from their past-due balance, according to Dean of Enrollment Management Kristin Smigielski. Eligibility for the Cobra Comeback program also includes:

  • good academic standing 

  • debt of no more than $2,000

  • non-enrollment at Parkland during the past academic year

"With Cobra Comeback, Parkland College continues its mission to engage the community in learning by ensuring that all students have a second chance at completing an academic credential," Smigielski said. "We want to provide maximum access to the training and transfer programs available here, to enrich the lives of students and their families."

Potential program participants must complete an eligibility form. Find it and more information about the program at parkland.edu/cobracomeback

In other business, the Board also approved:

  • the extension of the Lease Agreement with the State of Illinois CMS (IDES and IDHS) to extend the term through February 28, 2025.

  • the purchase of 4,000 ALEKS PPL testing units from McGraw-Hill, $60,000. 

  • the following personnel appointments:

    • Lauren Craig, Purchasing Agent, Business Office

    • Elizabeth Horne, Assistant Teacher, Child Development Center

    • Barry Pelmore, Custodian, Physical Plant

    • Kennedy Potempa, Assistant, Accessibility Services

    • Molly Rittenhouse, CTE Perkins program manager, Career and Technical Education

    • Kenyatta Ruff, Custodian, Physical Plant

 

 

Parkland Pathway to Illinois Program Information Event Feb. 22

High school students invited to Parkland Pathway to Illinois Program Information Event, Feb. 22

High school students can learn more about a Parkland College program guaranteeing them admission in selected colleges at the University of Illinois while saving money on tuition.

The Parkland Pathway to Illinois Program Information Event will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Parkland College Student Union. Prospective students and their parents are welcome to attend. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Representatives from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Parkland College will answer questions about the Parkland Pathway to Illinois program, including eligibility, housing options, financial aid, admissions, and other topics.

For qualifying Illinois high school graduates who begin college at Parkland and are interested in transferring to the University of Illinois, the program is an opportunity to gain guaranteed admission to certain University of Illinois programs. While preparing to transfer, participating students will be able to integrate their time as full-time Parkland students with resources and classes at Illinois. Pathway students typically complete the program in two years, but AP credit and college credit earned in high school may affect program length.

To RSVP for this event, please go to parkland.edu/pathwayRSVP.

For more information about the program, please visit parkland.edu/pathway, contact Student Services Advisor Mary Kay Smith at 217/351-2509, or email admissions@parkland.edu.

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