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ECCA Students Commit to Parkland College at Signing Day Event

ECCA Signing Day Celebrates High School Seniors Enrolling at Parkland

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Parkland College celebrated the continuation of Early College and Career Academy students' academic careers with a special signing day event on May 3.

The ECCA Senior Signing Day recognized high school seniors who have earned dual credit through the Early College and Career Academy and have chosen to continue their education in a career training program at Parkland this fall. Students and their parents were invited to the college campus to take photos, declare their enrollment, and celebrate their accomplishments.

18 seniors from eight local high schools signed letters of intent to enroll in Parkland College associate's and certificate programs such as automotive technology, criminal justice, industrial technology, motorsport technology, nursing, occupational therapy, computer science, and more. Schools represented were Unity, Gibson City Melvin Sibley, Champaign Central, Mahomet-Seymour, Monticello, St. Joseph-Ogden, Fisher, and Centennial.

ECCA Director Nick Elder has seen the students through from high school to college. "We are thrilled that these students have chosen to re-enroll at Parkland College to continue their post-secondary education," he said.

"All high school students who participate in ECCA benefit from their experience, but it is especially satisfying to see these students return to advance their education and graduate from a certificate or degree program at Parkland. By re-enrolling at Parkland, these students have taken the first step to make that goal a reality."

The Early College and Career Academy is a joint effort of Education for Employment System #330 and Parkland College to provide high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn dual credit in nine different Parkland College program areas. Over 1000 students have participated in the program since its inception in the 2015-2016 school year. Learn more at or contact Director Nick Elder.

Registration Open Now for Summer, Fall 2022 at Parkland College

Parkland College Summer/Fall 2022 Registration Now Open

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Registration for Parkland College's Summer Session 2022 and Fall Semester 2022 is open now. See a full listing of available courses at

Registration for Summer Session 2022 opened March 21 for continuing students, and today, March 28, for new students. Register by May 15 for classes that start May 16; by June 5 for classes that start June 6; and by July 4 for classes that start July 5.

Registration for Fall Semester 2022 for continuing students opens today, March 28; registration for new students opens April 4, with classes beginning the week of August 22 (for full 16-week and first 8-week sessions) and later.

Parkland College offers over 120 degree and career programs to choose from in online, in-person, and hybrid formats. Students make the most of their time at Parkland through flexible class scheduling, transferable credits, and tuition assistance programs.

See the College Calendar for dates and deadlines, drop/withdrawal steps, tuition and fee information, and more. Students may need to meet with an academic advisor before registering. Academic advisors are available remotely, by emailing For a listing of registration steps, please visit

Parkland Preview to Help High School Students Explore Career Interests

Parkland to Host Parkland Preview Open House on March 25

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Parkland College's "Parkland Preview" event for high school seniors will be returning on Friday, March 25 from 12 to 2 p.m. 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. 23 different Parkland programs and departments will be present at the event, including nursing, dental hygiene, surgical technology, arts and sciences, aviation, agriculture, business/computer science and technologies, and more.

Breakout sessions highlighting financial aid, scholarships, and the Parkland experience from a student's perspective will round out the event agenda. Staff from academic departments, specialized programs, student-focused offices, and health professions will be available to answer questions.

During the event, students will have the option to take a tour of campus, talk with an admissions advisor, or make further appointments with student service offices.
Registration is open now at or by calling 217/351-2482.

Registration for Parkland Late-Start Classes Underway

Sign up for 13-Week, Full-Credit Classes

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Although Parkland College's full-semester classes are now in session, another range of classes is available to students who still wish to enroll.

Registration is now open for Parkland's Late-Start Class session, which begins the week of January 31.

Residents can earn full-semester college credit in just 13 weeks, in classes taught at a slightly more accelerated pace than full-semester classes. Students can select from transferable, virtual, and in-person courses in math, biology, education, English, foreign languages, astronomy, and many other subjects, plus career-specialty classes in aviation, agriculture, health professions, computer science, and more. 

Registration for the 13-week session ends January 30. To get started at Parkland College, visit or contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or

Spring 2022 Enrollment Blitz Happening Now

Spring 2022 Enrollment Blitz Starts Today

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Parkland College is helping residents sign up for Spring 2022 classes both at the campus and virtually through a one-stop enrollment services event.

During Spring Enrollment Blitz, new and returning students can receive help from the college's Student Services offices, including Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and Veteran Services, Assessment Center, and Academic Adising.

Campus offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and staff will also be available to help virtually on Zoom. Zoom will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 3, 10, 17, and 30; December 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15; and January 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

Since Parkland College's spring semester classes begin January 10, Enrollment Blitz is especially useful for those who have yet to complete all the steps in their enrollment. This event will help students prepare for a great new semester by completing an admissions application, filling out financial aid information, and registering for classes.

For more information on Spring 2022 Enrollment Blitz, go to, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or email