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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 parkland.edu/getStarted or contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or admissions@parkland.edu.

Child Development Center Grant to Help Parents in Need

Childcare Grant to Provide Stipends to Student-Parents

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Thanks to a federal grant, Parkland College's Child Development Center will be able to offer childcare stipends to full- or part-time students who are also parents.

Starting today, Parkland College students can apply for and receive help through the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant, designed to support the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based childcare services.

With the grant, full-time student-parents could qualify for 100-percent tuition coverage, while part-time student-parents could receive a prorated amount of coverage based on number of credit hours per semester. The grant will also expand the Child Development Center by two additional rooms to increase capacity, broaden comprehensive support services, and raise awareness of resources to single parents and pregnant students, says Adrienne Shockley, center director.

"The goal of this project is to help Parkland students with young children take advantage of the high-quality childcare available to them on campus," Shockley said. "The more barriers we can remove for student-parents, the more likely they are to complete their college studies and obtain careers that can sustain a high-quality of life for their families."

Available, affordable, and high-quality childcare for working families has been at the forefront of Sen. Tammy Duckworth's priorities along with fellow legislators who jointly introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Small Business Child Care Investment Act earlier this year.

"Shrinking childcare options make it even harder for student parents who are trying to balance college coursework and raising children," said Duckworth. "I'm proud that this funding will help Parkland's Child Development Center significantly increase access to childcare services so that more student parents in the Champaign area can focus on getting an education that will help them provide a better future for their families."

Eligible students will:

  • have a 6-week to 5-year-old child in need of childcare and have successfully completed enrollment at PCDC
  • be currently enrolled as a Parkland student
  • maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 in subsequent semesters
  • provide documents to determine financial need, credit hours, and GPA

Childcare tuition scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority consideration for any open spots will be given to low-income student families. Tuition coverage is awarded per credit hour.

For more information, please visit parkland.edu/childdevelopmentcenter or contact the Center at 217/373-3777.

Parkland College Health Professions/General Open House, Oct 22

Explore Health Professions and general academic programs during the Fall Open House, Oct. 22

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Explore Parkland College academic programs, campus life, support services and more during the school's Health Professions/General Open House.

This event will take place Friday, Oct. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Union atrium and in the L and H buildings for its Health Professions programs. Please register here.

Designed for high school students, parents of college-bound students, and community members, the open house allows visitors to tour the campus; have their questions answered from admissions, financial aid, and counseling representatives; and explore the college.

The Health Professions portion of the open house will take place in the L wing of the main campus and at the H building located in Parkland on Mattis, 1309 N. Mattis Ave. in Champaign. The Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology, and Veterinary Technology programs will be featured in the L wing, while the Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Nursing Assistant, Occupational Therapy programs will be featured at the H building.

Please register for the open house here. For more information, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or admissions@parkland.edu.

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

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