The Parkland College Blog

CTE Career Exploration Night, Sept. 4

Meet vo-tech industry employers, get advice on career paths, more

Parkland College will host a night for students to explore hands-on technical careers Sept. 4.

Career Exploration Night, sponsored by the school's Career and Technical Education division, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Tony Noel Agricultural Applications Center and the Parkhill Applied Technology Center on the main campus.

Current and prospective Parkland students are invited to meet employers, get expert advice on a career path, learn how to make a great first impression, and tour high-tech learning labs. Career opportunities in horticulture, automotive, collision repair, diesel power, construction management, industrial technology, land surveying and electronics will be discussed. Participants can chat with employers about internship opportunities and career tracks in their industries.

To RSVP for this event, visit

Campus Visit Day, Sept. 13

Guided tour, overview of programs, services for prospective students

Choosing a college that’s the right "fit" is a big decision. On Friday, Sept. 13, Parkland College will hold sessions that give area students a good look around the campus, to help them in their decision making.
The Campus Visit Day will include an overview of how to apply to Parkland, sign up for financial aid, and select among its many academic programs. Students will also receive a guided tour of campus. Events will begin at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. 

Parkland schedules two Campus Visit Days each fall semester; the second will occur in October.

To reserve a visit for Campus Visit Day, please go to or email For more information, call Sarah Hartman at 217/353-2002.

Enrollment Blitz 2019: Apply, Set Classes, More

Last call for fall! Get one-stop enrollment services Aug. 8–16

Parkland College will help residents sign up for fall semester classes at the campus next month through a one-stop enrollment services event.

Fall Enrollment Blitz 2019 runs from Aug. 8 through Aug. 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the second-floor bridge of the student union (U building). (NOTE: The campus is closed Aug. 9 to 11.) Since Parkland College's fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 19, 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 one-stop help from the college's Student Services offices, including Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and Veteran Services, Assessment Center, and Counseling Services. From completing an admission or financial aid application to registering for classes and a new-student orientation session, Enrollment Blitz has what all students need to prepare for a great new semester.  

For more information on Fall Enrollment Blitz 2019, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or

One-Stop Registration!

Get the courses you want when you want them

Why wait? Why procrastinate? Get registered for Parkland College's summer and fall semesters at One-Stop Registration!

One-Stop Registration Event
Wednesday, May 8
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Student Union Building

Staff from Financial Aid and Veteran Services, Counseling Services, and Admissions will be there to help you get enrolled. The key thing here is to get it done and enjoy your summer and the schedule YOU want. As time goes on, classes get full and you might not get what you want when you want it.

  • Financial Aid can tell you if you’re eligible to receive financial assistance.
  • If you’re not familiar with the Parkland College Student Planner, now’s the time to learn how to make a plan all the way to your degree.
  • Come and get a degree audit and find out just what classes you have left.
  • Will you finish coursework in December? In that case, you could fill out a Graduation Petition.

For more information, contact Counseling Services, 217/351-2219.

[Dennis Kaczor, Counseling Services]

Parkland Preview to Help Students Explore Career Interests

Event includes free career assessments, breakout sessions, tour

Parkland College is calling all high school seniors! Join us for a special "Parkland Preview" event on Friday, March 8 from noon to 2 pm in the Student Union. 

The Parkland Preview allows prospective and admitted students to explore their major with the instructors and staff of Parkland's transfer and career programs. Free career assessments will be offered during the event to help students who are undecided about their major identify their strengths.

Breakout sessions highlighting financial aid, scholarships, and the Parkland experience from a student's perspective will round out the available opportunities. Near the close of the Parkland Preview, students will have the option to take a tour of campus, talk with an admissions advisor, or make further appointments with career counseling.
Students may register for this event at or by calling 217/351-2482.