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Parkland College Updates COVID-19 Safety Protocols

New COVID-19 Monitoring System at Parkland College

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Parkland College has implemented new COVID-19 safety standards and procedures this week to comply with the recent executive order from Gov. Pritzker for higher education.

In letters to the campus community late last week, Vice President for Student Services Mike Trame announced that phase one of the college's new COVID-19 Monitoring System would begin today. The system includes safety measures such as restricting access to certain entrances around campus, using entry checkers, and tracking vaccination status or weekly testing requirements through the Safer Community app.

"We are continuing to make rapid progress in rolling out the new monitoring system," Trame said, noting that the college is employing a phase-in approach. "We believe that moving through these new requirements in phases is the best way to stay in compliance with the governor's order, build new internal systems, and transition our community smoothly into these new requirements."

In phase one, the college has been gathering vaccination status information from students and employees and has begun utilizing the Safer Community app to verify compliance status. While no student, employee, or visitor is being turned away at any entrance for noncompliance in this phase, the college is restricting the number of entrances to campus in preparation for a comprehensive entry-checking system that will utilize the Safer Community app for students and employees. A map is available for reference.

Administrators say that phase two, the monitoring and facility-access restriction phase, will begin early to mid-October. Available entrances will be restricted to those who are either fully vaccinated or have had a negative COVID-19 test within the last week. Parkland College offers free SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing in room D244.

Parkland College will use the Safer Community app to monitor access to campus facilities. Door checkers posted at the available entrances will determine an individual's access to buildings by checking their app status. Visitors will still be allowed to enter the campus for limited purposes in accordance with the Executive Order.

To help answer questions about the new monitoring system, the college has created an FAQ page at parkland.edu/COVIDmonitoring.

COVID-19 Vaccines Available at Parkland College Sept. 14 (Correction)

Parkland and Walgreens Vaccination Clinic Sept. 14 (CORRECTION)

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The location for the Sept. 14 Vaccination Clinic has moved to the Parkland Gym (P Building).

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Parkland College and Walgreens will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Dodds Athletic Center (Parkland Gym, P Building) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 14.

As part of Illinois' vaccination plan, individuals ages 12 and up are currently eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with parental consent. Eligible community members interested in being vaccinated are invited to walk in for an appointment.

Individuals who receive their first dose at Parkland College but are unable to participate in a follow-up event are still eligible to receive their second dose at any Walgreens store across the nation.

Vaccinations are free, but a valid ID must be provided. Visitors may park in the M6 lot and access the north entrance to the gym to receive the vaccine.

For more information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccinations, please refer to the Center for Disease Control. Find more Illinois-specific information from the Illinois Department of Public Health here.

SHIELD COVID-19 Testing Expands Hours at Parkland College

SHIELD COVID-19 Testing Expands Hours at Parkland College

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Starting Monday, Parkland College will expand SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing hours on campus to Mondays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Testing is open to community members, students, faculty, and staff.
 
The testing site will also move indoors to the Parkland College D wing, room D244, located at 2400 W. Bradley Avenue in Champaign. All individuals accessing testing will be asked to use the D1 door and designated route into and out of room D244 to ensure separation from the general campus population. Parking will be available for testing in the C4 parking lot.

Visit osfhealthcare.org/shield for more about SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing.

COVID Vaccines Available at Parkland College, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14

Parkland and Walgreens vaccination clinic, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14

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To prepare for the fall semester, Parkland College and Walgreens will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24 and Tuesday, September 14.

As part of Illinois' vaccination plan, individuals ages 12 and up are currently eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with parental consent. Eligible community members interested in being vaccinated are invited to walk-up for an appointment.

Walgreens is utilizing a tent in the M-4 parking lot to administer vaccinations. Individuals who receive their first dose here but are unable to participate in a follow-up event are still eligible to receive their second dose at any Walgreens across the nation.

Vaccinations are free, but a valid ID must be provided.

For more information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccinations, please refer to the Center for Disease Control. Find more Illinois-specific information from the Illinois Department of Public Health here.

Dr. Pamela Lau of Parkland College Chosen for National Presidential Fellowship for Community College Leaders

40 Aspiring Community College Presidents to Participate in 2021-2022 Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship

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The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today announced that Pamela Lau, Executive Vice President at Parkland College, is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2021-22 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, a highly selective leadership program preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success.

The Rising Presidents Fellows will embark on the 10-month fellowship beginning in November 2021. Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative, the fellows will be mentored by esteemed current and former community college presidents who have achieved exceptional outcomes for students throughout their careers, and will learn strategies to improve student outcomes in and after college, lead internal change, and create strong external partnerships with K-12 schools, four-year colleges, employers, and other partners.

"To become institutions that truly advance social mobility and talent development, community colleges must have presidents with a clear vision for equitable student success," said Monica Clark, director of leadership initiatives at the College Excellence Program. "We have selected these fellows because they share that commitment and are well-positioned to become transformational leaders."

"Dr. Lau is the right choice for this prestigious honor," said President Ramage. "No one is more prepared to rise to the challenges facing community colleges today and lead our campus into the future. I am confident that Dr. Lau will become a leader among the next generation of community college presidents. Her participation in this fellowship will result in innovative, adaptive strategies that will support the continued success of Parkland students."

The Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship responds to the growing need for a new generation of leaders well-equipped to meet the challenges of the future. Nationally, nearly 80 percent of sitting presidents plan to retire in the next decade. While the traditional pathway to the presidency has often excluded women and people of color, the incoming class of Aspen Rising Presidents Fellows is composed of 68 percent women and 70 percent people of color, and represents institutions of varying sizes and locations.

Together, the 2021-22 fellows are leaders at colleges that collectively serve more than 400,000 students. As well, 67 Rising Presidents Fellowship alumni have become presidents of community colleges that collectively serve an additional 953,000 students nationwide.

Parkland College is a fully accredited public community college serving the needs of District 505, Illinois' third largest community college district. Offering 130+ degree and certificate options for career placement or academic transfer, Parkland has provided vocational-technical skills training and traditional academic instruction to more than 350,000 people since 1967. Parkland College's mission is to cultivate inquiry, practical application of knowledge, and broad enrichment across the community to better serve the intellectual, cultural, and economic development of the district.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

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