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Degree Completion Day

Come learn about the other end of registration and how to get there

Are you just getting started at Parkland working toward a degree? Degree Completion Day might be an easy way to make your schedule for the whole two years through student planning.

Maybe your mom or dad has some credits from Parkland but never completed a degree. You could both come to Degree Completion Day, Wednesday Oct. 3 from 9:30 to 1:30 in the U building and find out what’s needed to finish.

Perhaps you’re just “this close" to a certificate. Counselors will be available to check your success. Financial Aid will be there to let you know if you might qualify for a Pell Grant. If you think you will finish in fall or spring, we will have Graduation Petitions for you to submit to Admissions, and you can find out what the commencement ceremony is all about. In addition, we'll have refreshments and a raffle with WPCD-FM live streaming!

Come on over to the Student Union and learn about the other end of registration. See you there.

[Dennis Kaczor, Counseling Services]

 

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 23-29, helps bring attention to the more than 36 million adults in the United States who cannot read, write, or perform simple math calculations.

Parkland College Adult Education provides free basic literacy, English as a second language, and high school equivalency instruction to local adults and out-of-school youth. We support and encourage many students throughout the year who each have unique and compelling stories. Jacob Bernard is one example of whom we serve.

Jacob attended public school through the second grade. His mother then opted to meet his education needs with a homeschooling approach called the Unschooling Method. This method promotes non-structured, child-led learning with no set curriculum or schedule. Jacobs’s talents and interests guided his education toward film, photography, and video production. This approach did not require him to advance in mathematics beyond his second-grade instruction.

As a young man, Jacob recognized the need for some of the basic elements that were lacking in his education and determined that he would earn his GED. He began this pursuit in the fall of 2017, immersing himself in the learning materials his instructors taught and attended individual tutoring sessions. He passed all of his GED tests on his first attempt and earned his certificate on April 20, 2018.

Jacob currently works part time at Urbana Public Television (UPT) as a camera operator. He also works to create promotional videos for a company called MUTI, where he is responsible for production, coordination, scheduling, and shooting. Additionally, Jacob has done some work for WCIA as a freelance, camera operator. Finally, Jacob plans to continue his post-secondary education at Parkland College in the spring.

Parkland College Adult Education allowed Jacob the resources and tools to accomplish his goals, gain confidence and pursue his passion at a higher level. Literacy impacts every area of a person’s life. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Parkland College Adult Education, please contact our office at (217) 351-2580 or adulteducation@parkland.edu. 

#AEFLWeek #AdultEDU

The College Central Network (CCN) Online Job Board

Check out this FREE online job search tool at CollegeCentral.com/parkland

Are you looking for full-time, part-time, or paid internship opportunities both in the Champaign area and out of town when school is not in session? Are you a current Parkland student, alumni, or community member of District 505?

Then the College Central Network is a perfect place to start your search!

CCN is a FREE online job search tool that allows you to search for positions by area.  If other search engines you may already be using do that as well, then why try CCN?

  1.  Employers contacting Parkland College with openings post their positions on this site—they are looking for Parkland students and alumni!

  2. NO ads

  3. Extra checks in place to help prevent fraudulent job positings

  4. FREE to students, alumni, and community members

  5. Career advice documents and podcasts available for free download

  6. Access to hundreds of career-related articles

  7. Ability to upload your resume to CCN (after review and approval from Career Services)

  8. Many positions posted are directly related to Parkland program offerings

To register, simply go to:  collegecentral.com/parkland

For assistance with resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, and job search strategies, please contact Career Services at careerservices@parkland.edu or 217/351-2219.

Suicide Prevention Activities, Events for Fall

September is designated nationally as Suicide Prevention Month

Fall can be a difficult time of year for many, especially for those who experience anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other conditions. To assist the campus and community, Parkland College's Counseling Services unit will host the following suicide prevention-related events and activities this fall, beginning in September, designated nationally as Suicide Prevention Month.
 
The public is invited to participate in these events taking place on campus and within the community:

The 22 Challenge
Thursday, Sept. 20
11 a.m. | Student Union
Come support our veterans and get your fitness on, as we join together to bring awareness to the importance of suicide prevention in our veteran population. 

Out of the Darkness: Community Walk to Fight Suicide
Saturday, Sept. 22
11 a.m. | Crystal Lake Park
To join Parkland College's team, "Parkland Friends," to donate to support effort, or for more information, please contact Counselor Dennis Cockrum at dcockrum@parkland.edu or 217/369-2190.

National Depression Screening Day
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Noon–1 p.m. | Room U140
Free session includes video, follow-up panel discussion, and free confidential screenings.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Saturday, Nov. 17 | Room U140
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., program starts at 9 a.m.
A gathering of those affected by suicide loss in an effort to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. 

Fracking First Topic of Kaler Science Talks for Fall

UI engineering professor to discuss benefits of hydraulic fracturing process

The hot-button topic of fracking for oil and gas heads the list of James B. Kaler Science Lectures this fall at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College.

University of Illinois engineering professor Dr. David N. Ruzic will present "The Truth (and Huge Benefit) Behind Fracking and Pipelines," Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 at the door with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge. 

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for gas and oil, and building pipelines to deliver that gas and oil to where it is needed, has led to energy independence for North America and heralded a huge economic boom for the U.S. Yet the average citizen, and especially one who is young, typically holds a negative impression of these two technologies.

Ruzic will explain what fracking and pipelines are, how they are used, why they are beneficial compared to the alternatives, and why common misconceptions persist about the process.

Ruzic is the Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as director of the Center for Plasma Material Interactions. A UIUC faculty member for the last 34 years, he is a Fellow in three different societies and leads an active research group of over 40 people. The university has awarded him the Campus-wide Teaching Award, the College-wide Teaching Award, and several departmental teaching awards. One of his introductory courses on Energy was made into a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) in Coursera and is available for free on the “Go Illinois” website. Ruzic earned his PhD from Princeton University in 1984.
   
Following Ruzic’s talk, the Staerkel Planetarium will present its newest fulldome feature, “Experience the Aurora,” followed by its "Pink Floyd’s 'The Wall'" show. Tickets for regular programs range from $5 to $6 per person. For a full show schedule, visit the planetarium website or call 217/351-2446. 

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