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Ty Rybarczyk Named NJCAA All-American

Cobra freshman's 0.96 ERA ranked fourth in NJCAA

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Parkland College Baseball'sTy Rybarczyk was named a 2019 Second-Team All-American June 11 by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The freshman right-handed pitcher led the Parkland pitching staff  this year with an 8-1 record and a 0.96 ERA that broke the school record and ranked fourth nationally.
Based on a seven-inning and 35-inning minimum, Rybarczyk posted the lowest earned-run average in Parkland baseball history with a 0.75 ERA. Breaking Bo Weir's 2012 record of 0.82, Rybarczyk only allowed six earned runs over 56 innings pitched. In nine starts this season, the first-year Cobra tossed five complete games including three shutouts, which ranked eighth and second in Division II.
The Region 24 Pitcher of the Year,  Rybarczyk led the region in ERA (0.96) and wins (8). In 47 regular season innings against Region 24 opponents, he allowed three earned runs (0.57 ERA) with 40 strikeouts to just seven walks. Despite taking his lone loss of the season in the Region 24 Tournament, Rybarczyk threw his first collegiate nine-inning complete game. Striking out 11 Lincoln Land batters, he shutout the Loggers over the final eight innings while allowing just four hits.

Rybarczyk was one of three players from Region 24 selected, joined by fellow Second Team selection Vinnie Massaglia (OF, Illinois Central) and Third Team honoree Spencer Walker (P, Lincoln Land).

[Article by Chad Beyler]


Register for Parkland College Summer Classes

Go ahead, get ahead this summer!

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Move closer to an academic degree or certificate this summer! Open registration for Parkland College summer courses begins Monday, April 2; continuing students may register now. Timetables for summer and fall semesters are available at the campus and on the Web.
Want full college credit in just a few weeks? Three- to 12-week courses are available, with instruction start dates of May 21, June 18, and July 16. Get intensive college credits in a variety of subject areas, including accounting, computers, English, biology, chemistry, music, public speaking, automotive, math, Spanish, and much more. View pp. 1–3 of our Summer 2018 class schedule for a list of specific courses grouped by start and end date. 

Year-Round Pell Grants Available for Summer

Third disbursement may be available; contact Financial Aid office to apply

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Parkland College students eligible for the Pell Grant may be able to receive a third disbursement of the award, based on a recent Department of Education announcement.

Students who already received a full Pell Grant during the fall and spring semesters may now qualify for "Year-round Pell" and thus receive a full Pell Grant during the summer semester as well, the DOE reported.

Year-round Pell allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year, so that they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise. With careful planning, Pell Grant recipients may take advantage of this new regulation to earn their degree faster.

According to the new regulation, any Pell Grant received over the summer will be included in determining the student's Pell Grant lifetime limit.

To be eligible for the additional Pell Grant funds, a student:

• must be otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grant funds for the payment period
• must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) during the summer term
• must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress

Students who have been awarded Pell Grants for the 2017‐2018 academic year are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid office at 217/351-2222 or for assistance with summer 2018 financial planning.

Living Tree Ceremony

Honor someone you love with a living gift

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The Parkland College Foundation will host its annual Living Tree program on Arbor Day, Friday, April 27. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Child Development Center on the Parkland campus.
Several trees will be planted in Parkland's Memorial Grove, along with small plaques bearing honorees' names, to memorialize loved ones or bestow special honors.
The foundation is asking residents to honor the memory of loved ones with this "living gift." Contributions of $500 or more to the Parkland College Foundation will be used to purchase a tree with a small plaque of remembrance. For more information on purchasing a tree to honor a loved one, contact the Foundation by April 6, at 217/351-2464 or