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Parkland Grad Wins Massage Envy Regional Award

Sasha Smith Therapist of Year for St. Louis Region

A Parkland College Massage Therapy program graduate has won the Massage Therapist of the Year Award for Massage Envy's 16-location St. Louis Region.

Sasha Smith, Class of 2016, is an employee at the Massage Envy at 1213 Savoy Plaza Lane, Suite D, in Savoy. Massage Envy's Therapist of the Year Award program winners are service providers who stand out among their peers and whose performance metric and member, guest, and peer feedback illustrate an exceptional commitment to fulfilling the Massage Envy brand promise of helping people feel their best.  

With the regional win, Smith, who has been named Therapist of the Year at the Savoy location for the past two years, qualified and attended the Massage Envy corporate franchise meeting in Orlando this spring, where she received additional training in massage modalities. She was one of only 53 licensed massage therapists (out of 25,000 nationwide) to receive the honor.

Parkland College's Massage Therapy program prepares students to take the National Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam, administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. Full- or part-time study is available. Students learn in labs, classrooms, and a variety of off-campus settings. After passing MBLEX, students are eligible to apply for a state license as a massage therapist. Parkland's graduates are also automatically eligible to join the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) as professional members.

Several area high school seniors earned recognition or declared their fall college choice during the first-ever Career and Technical Education Signing Day at Parkland College last week.

At the April 25th event in the Student Union, students earning dual credit through the Early College and Career Academy announced their intention to pursue a career training program at Parkland this fall, with the goal of entering certain career and technical education fields. Families were on hand to watch their students sign on to their chosen program at the event, organized to resemble signing days for athletic programs.
 

A joint effort of Education for Employment System #330 and Parkland College, the ECCA allows high school juniors and seniors to earn dual credit in eight different Parkland College program areas. Over 400 students have participated in the ECCA since its inception in the 2015-2016 school year. First- and second-year ECCA students from the following high schools received Signing Day recognition:

Earning Parkland’s Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate this spring:
Champaign Centennial: Parth Abani, Fernando Pascual, and Nelson Luyando
Champaign Central: Ivan Talbot and Andrew Musquez
Heritage: Dylan Dohme
Mahomet-Seymour: Wyatt Heimann
Tuscola: Peyton Hastings and Noah Woods
Tolono Unity: Ethan Warren and Nathan Gonzalez

Earning Parkland's Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate this spring:
Champaign Centennial: Addison Archer, Julia Davis, Ava Kneller, Nicole Martinez, and Nyesha Sullivan
Champaign Central: Jennifer Mata-Villa
Fisher: Makenzie Dow
Mahomet-Seymour: Trinity Reeves
Paxton Buckley Loda: Faith Johnson
Rantoul Township: Anna Smith, Janet Vazquez, and Yuleydi Vazquez-Valle
St. Joseph-Ogden: Heidi Novak and Abigail Dunham
Tolono Unity: Mikayla Brennan and Rianna Scroggins
Urbana: Asia Wallace
Villa Grove: Brianna Dale
Note: Completing the certificate program qualifies these students to take the Illinois Department of Public Health CNA licensing exam.

Continuing their Parkland College CTE programs in fall 2019:
Champaign Centennial: Zachary Olaivar and Javandre'a Johnson, Industrial Technology
Tolono Unity: Peyton Reed and Chayton Townsend, Automotive Technology
Urbana: Caitlyn Galla and Jeremy Machorro, Automotive Technology
Rantoul Township: Kendrick Newlin, Computer Science
Mahomet-Seymour: Hannah Kroll, Criminal Psychology
Monticello: Halle Hayes, Occupational Therapy Assisting
Paxton Buckley Loda: Brayden Geyer, Industrial Technology
Tuscola: Gabriella Gunther, Emergency Medical Services

More information on the Early College and Career Academy is available at parkland.edu/ecca.

[Images: ECCA Automotive and CNA students at CTE Signing Day.]

Dental Hygiene Director to Receive Innovation Award

Peg Boyce to be honored during 14th annual event, at Parkland College

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A Parkland College faculty member will receive countywide honor for her community service next month.

Peg Boyce, director of the Dental Hygiene program, has won the 2019 Innovation in Engagement Award-Parkland College, the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. announced Tuesday. This award recognizes an individual or group at Parkland College who has strongly supported the college’s community engagement mission.

She will receive her honor during the 14th Annual Innovation Celebration to be held Friday, March 29, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Parkland College's Student Union, 2400 W. Bradley Avenue, Champaign. The  Innovation Celebration is hosted by the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and community sponsors.

Boyce has served as an associate professor at Parkland since 2007. For years, she has helped Parkland College Dental Hygiene students host numerous free dental clinics in the Champaign County area, in conjunction with the Illini Dental Society and Smile Healthy. These include the "Day of Healthy Smiles" adult clinic, the "Give Kids a Smile Day" clinic for area children, and Latino Screening Days (coordinated with Parkland's Club Latino student group and area organizations). She has also taken her students abroad into countries with developing economies to offer traveling dental-care clinics.

The Innovation Celebration recognizes community individuals, organizations, and corporations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University of Illinois' economic development mission, and the growth of entrepreneurial talent and energy in our community. This event serves as a benchmark of success for the nominees and those selected to receive this prestigious award. Learn more at http://innovationcelebration.com/.

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation and Parkland College will join community, regional and state partners to celebrate February as Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, which recognizes the value and accomplishments of career and technical education programs in the U.S. 

Throughout the month of February, area entities will participate in this national celebration, created by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE), chiefly by disseminating information on CTE programs and opportunities in and around Champaign County through the social media campaign, #CTEinIL

#CTEinIL is designed to promote CTE programs and career opportunities in Champaign County and throughout the state of Illinois. Participating organizations, schools, and employers will use the #CTEinIL hashtag throughout the month of February to build awareness about their own initiatives, while also helping to tell the story of CTE opportunities within the state.  

Participating organizations include: 

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce
Champaign County Economic Development Corporation
Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
Champaign Unit 4 School District
Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation
Early College & Career Academy
Education for Employment System #330
ICATT Apprenticeship Program
Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
IMEC
Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District #3
Parkland College
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 149
Rantoul Township High School
Urbana School District #116 

What is CTE? Career and technical education, or CTE, is education that directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE covers many different fields, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, hospitality and management and many more. 

CTE encompasses many different types of education, from classroom learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities outside the classroom. 

For more details on CTE Month®, as well as partnering companies and organizations celebrating #CTEinIL, visit champaigncountyedc.org/cteinil.  

"Give Kids a Smile" Dental Day, Feb. 16

Come in for free exams, cleanings, fluoride, for children ages 1–17

Parkland College's Dental Hygiene Clinic will host a free "Give Kids a Smile Day" dental clinic for youths ages 1–17 Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room L148.

Treatment provided will consist of dental exams and cleanings, fluoride treatments, and educational activities for children. No appointment is needed.

"Give Kids a Smile Day" is sponsored by the Illini District Dental Society in partnership with the Parkland College's Dental Hygiene program and the SmileHealthy Dental program through Promise Healthcare.

Individuals interested in this special event may contact Peg Boyce at 217/351-2386 or pboyce@parkland.edu for more information. 

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