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Degree Completion Day Set for Oct. 6 and Oct. 8

Degree Completion Day, Oct. 6 (In-Person) and Oct. 8 (Virtual)

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Parkland College students and area residents who have not completed their Parkland College degree and/or certificate are invited to a special event in October.
 
Degree Completion Day will be held virtually and in-person this year to accommodate COVID-19 safety guidelines. Join academic advisors on campus Wednesday, October 6 from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in the U Wing near the Bookstore, or virtually on Friday, October 8 from 10–11 a.m. on Facebook Live.

During this event, past and current students who want to finish their Parkland College credentials will be able to chat with an academic advisor to:

  • learn how to track their progress toward a degree or certificate
  • determine which courses are needed to complete their credential
  • see which universities guarantee junior-level transfer status with a completed Associate in Arts degree
  • complete a Petition to Graduate form, if applicable (due Nov. 5)

For more information on Degree Completion Day, please contact the Office of Admissions at 217/351-2482 or admissions@parkland.edu

Fall 2021 Enrollment Blitz

Get registered for fall 2021 classes at Fall 2021 Enrollment Blitz

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Parkland College is helping residents sign up for Fall 2021 classes both at the campus and virtually through a one-stop enrollment services event.

WHAT:   Fall 2021 Enrollment Blitz
WHO:    The public; Parkland College Student Services representatives
WHEN:   Mon–Fri, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., August 11–20; 10 a.m.–2 p.m., August 21
WHERE: Parkland College Student Union (second level) and via Zoom

DETAILS: Fall 2021 Enrollment Blitz will run Monday–Friday, August 11 through August 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., both on-campus and virtually on Zoom. Students can visit the offices listed below on campus during these hours. Zoom hours are the same as in-person hours. Since Parkland College's fall semester classes begin Monday, August 23, the event is especially useful for those who have steps yet to complete in their enrollment.

During 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 Counseling Services. Additionally, the Parkland College Bookstore and the cashier's office will be open; the library will be open Mon-Fri, but closed Saturday.

Enrollment Blitz 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 Fall 2021 Enrollment Blitz, go to parkland.edu/register, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or email admissions@parkland.edu

Parkland College to Return to In-Person Instruction for Fall 2021

Parkland College to offer in-person classes this fall

Parkland College will return to in-person instruction for the fall semester and invites students and the community back to campus.

As part of the statewide reopening of the economy, Parkland College will once again offer a full range of in-person course options for the Fall 2021 semester.

Other modes of instruction, such as hybrid, flexible, and fully online, will still be available for those who prefer virtual learning.

As outlined by the State of Illinois' Phase 5 guidelines, masks will not be required on campus for fully vaccinated individuals. Vaccinations will not be required for attendance.

Support structures that helped facilitate online learning will still be in place for returning students, such as loanable technology and additional funding opportunities. Student service offices, such as Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Cashier's office, will be returning to their normal (pre-pandemic) hours.

New academic support hub. Additionally, Parkland will be launching its new Learning Commons in July. This physical and virtual hub for learning will unify multiple student support departments to create a space for students to connect with faculty, tutors, and peers. With its base location in the Parkland Library, the new Learning Commons will provide access to print and electronic information resources, academic support services, and instructional technology.

Late-Summer classes start July 6! Sign up by July 5 at parkland.edu/register.

Registration Now Open for Summer, Fall 2021 Classes

Summer and fall registration now open for all students

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Open registration for Parkland College Fall Semester 2021 starts April 5. 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 with expanded in-person course offerings following guidance of the Restore Illinois plan.

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 counselingservices@parkland.edu. For a listing of registration steps, please visit parkland.edu/register.

Register by August 22 for classes that begin August 23, by September 12 for classes that begin September 13, and by October 17 for classes that begin October 18. 

 

GEER Up Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2021

Parkland Program Offers Free Classes to Area High Schoolers

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Parkland College's GEER Up program is returning this summer to help eligible area high school students transition to college with free credit-earning classes and is accepting applications.

Funded by the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund announced last year, GEER Up will serve an additional 50 students this summer, according to Lisa Lyne, program manager for Early College Services.

"We've been pleased with the success of the program so far," said Lyne. "It's important to us that our area students have the opportunity to prepare for college, no matter where they go."

GEER Up assists high school students interested in dual enrollment classes at Parkland College and who are facing increased financial hardship. The program provides eligible students up to $2,500 in assistance for tuition, fees, books, and technology in an award package determined by the student's chosen program of study.

While the program aims to expand access to dual enrollment classes for District 505's low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation high school students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkland College's efforts to serve these populations doesn't stop there.

"GEER Up ensures that our students are able to access and find success in Parkland career programs," said Lyne. "A major goal of the program is to help these students transition smoothly to higher education through academic support, access to academic advising, and financial literacy coaching."

The program requires that students take First Year Experience 101, which helps them with self-assessment, goal-setting, educational and career planning, time management, interpersonal communication, and personal development. In addition, students receive support from faculty mentors, and can choose to take additional coursework to earn credits.

Parkland College is currently accepting applications for the GEER Up program.

Summer Session 2021 begins on May 17. All high school students may apply, including 2021 high school graduates. Applications are available and submitted at parkland.edu/GEERUp. Academic advising is available to students upon application.

For more information, please visit parkland.edu/GEERUp or contact the Early College Office at earlycollege@parkland.edu or 217/353-2663.

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