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Q&A with Katelyn Badger

Adult contemporary students tell their stories

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Katelyn Badger’s story is typical of most Adult Contemporary students who choose to come back and finish their degree, in the sense that it’s completely unique. Every student has their own story to tell, and I am happy to share a little bit of Katelyn’s. I had the pleasure of working with her when she was president of the Adult Student Club, which I sponsor, and I found her to be smart, motivated, and charming—a complete delight to be around. As for her, she enjoyed her time at Parkland so much that she has endeavored to begin her career here as a fiscal program assistant. She recently took a few minutes to answer some questions about her journey. 

 

Q: What was your favorite part of being an Adult and Returning Student Services student?

A: My favorite part was being able to help start the Adult Student Club which unfortunately was short-lived. I wish that it could have been able to sustain but there just wasn’t a lot of interest. Another thing was collaborating with other students like me who have quit and come back so many times to try and finish my degree. (I changed my degree 6 times.)

 

Q: Where did you go to high school?

A: I went to Mahomet-Seymour schools.

 

Q: What was the final factor in your decision to come to Parkland and finish your degree?

A: My mom and I were getting our degrees together and taking classes together. We were having fun with challenging each other on who was going to get the better grade and she ended up passing away in 2012, one semester before she was going to graduate with her associate’s. I ended up quitting school and worked a full-time job. When that job was starting to drain me even further emotionally, my husband and I decided for me to quit the job and go back to school full-time. I chose to do my associate’s in accounting and finally after 10 years of going to school and quitting, I achieved getting my associate’s degree.

 

Q: How did your Parkland education help you earn your current position?

A: With getting my associate’s in accounting, I was able to get a job in Adult Education here at Parkland as a fiscal program assistant. I absolutely love my job, love my boss, and everyone I work with. I love being able to be in a position that helps students with their goals of getting their GED or learning English as a second language. 

 

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is considering a return to school?

A: I would tell them, never give up. Keep that goal in your mind and reach for it. Have a support person to help you through. My husband was my biggest supporter in getting my degree. Teachers, advisors, and counselors are there for you. Find a mentor, find a peer that helps you when you don’t understand homework. There are so many people and resources at Parkland that will help you achieve your goals in getting your degree and getting a better paying job.

 

I did it, a long time ago. Katelyn did it recently. You can do it too. You can reach your academic goals right here at Parkland, and we at Adult and Returning Student Services are here to help you get started.

 

Call 217/351-2482, email me, or visit room U214 to learn more.

 

-Tony Hooker, ahooker@parkland.edu

 Adult and Returning Student Services Advisor

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.

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