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Several area high school seniors earned recognition or declared their fall college choice during the first-ever Career and Technical Education Signing Day at Parkland College last week.

At the April 25th event in the Student Union, students earning dual credit through the Early College and Career Academy announced their intention to pursue a career training program at Parkland this fall, with the goal of entering certain career and technical education fields. Families were on hand to watch their students sign on to their chosen program at the event, organized to resemble signing days for athletic programs.

A joint effort of Education for Employment System #330 and Parkland College, the ECCA allows high school juniors and seniors to earn dual credit in eight different Parkland College program areas. Over 400 students have participated in the ECCA since its inception in the 2015-2016 school year. First- and second-year ECCA students from the following high schools received Signing Day recognition:

Earning Parkland’s Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate this spring:
Champaign Centennial: Parth Abani, Fernando Pascual, and Nelson Luyando
Champaign Central: Ivan Talbot and Andrew Musquez
Heritage: Dylan Dohme
Mahomet-Seymour: Wyatt Heimann
Tuscola: Peyton Hastings and Noah Woods
Tolono Unity: Ethan Warren and Nathan Gonzalez

Earning Parkland's Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate this spring:
Champaign Centennial: Addison Archer, Julia Davis, Ava Kneller, Nicole Martinez, and Nyesha Sullivan
Champaign Central: Jennifer Mata-Villa
Fisher: Makenzie Dow
Mahomet-Seymour: Trinity Reeves
Paxton Buckley Loda: Faith Johnson
Rantoul Township: Anna Smith, Janet Vazquez, and Yuleydi Vazquez-Valle
St. Joseph-Ogden: Heidi Novak and Abigail Dunham
Tolono Unity: Mikayla Brennan and Rianna Scroggins
Urbana: Asia Wallace
Villa Grove: Brianna Dale
Note: Completing the certificate program qualifies these students to take the Illinois Department of Public Health CNA licensing exam.

Continuing their Parkland College CTE programs in fall 2019:
Champaign Centennial: Zachary Olaivar and Javandre'a Johnson, Industrial Technology
Tolono Unity: Peyton Reed and Chayton Townsend, Automotive Technology
Urbana: Caitlyn Galla and Jeremy Machorro, Automotive Technology
Rantoul Township: Kendrick Newlin, Computer Science
Mahomet-Seymour: Hannah Kroll, Criminal Psychology
Monticello: Halle Hayes, Occupational Therapy Assisting
Paxton Buckley Loda: Brayden Geyer, Industrial Technology
Tuscola: Gabriella Gunther, Emergency Medical Services

More information on the Early College and Career Academy is available at

[Images: ECCA Automotive and CNA students at CTE Signing Day.]

Parkland Motorsports Car Show, May 4

Classic/late-model custom vehicles displayed; includes engine challenge, autocross races

The Parkland College Motorsports program is gearing up for the 21st annual Car Show happening Saturday, May 4 in Parkland College's M parking lots.

Classic and late-model custom cars, trucks, and other vehicles will be on display at this free public event, sponsored by the Parkland Motorsports Club. Community residents are invited to display their own vehicles at the car show. Car show judging begins at noon, with judging classes grouped according to age of the car owner (26 and over or 25 and under). Student-choice and participant-vote awards will be announced beginning at 3 p.m. Advance registration is $10 if received by April 26 and is available at Registration after April 26 and on the day of the show is $15. Registration fees benefit the club's activities.

Other events rounding out the Car Show festivities will include an engine challenge; a swap meet from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the M2 parking lot (pre-registered vendors only); an autocross racing event in the M6 parking lot at 10:30 a.m. (registration from 8 to 9:30 a.m.); and a music festival.

Engine Challenge. Parkland is hosting the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge for the third year as part of the annual car show. Area residents are encouraged to come out and watch regional teams of high school students disassemble and rebuild an entire small-block Chevrolet engine to factory specifications. Teams achieving a time of 34 minutes or less qualify for the national championship at SEMA in Las Vegas. The competition will take place in the Parkhill Applied Technology Center (T building) throughout the day.

Music Festival. New this year, Parkland's Perimeter Road Sound Recordings will hold its first annual Perimeter Road Music Festival, on the same day as the car show. The free-admission, all-ages show will feature a lineup of bands from Champaign-Urbana, food trucks, and information from Parkland College student clubs and organizations. The festival will take place from 1 to 6:30 p.m. in the school's B1 parking lot. A list of bands and more information is available at the festival web page.

For additional information, or to register a vehicle for the cars show, visit   

Welding Lab Designated an Accredited Test Facility

One of four Ill. community colleges accredited as test site by American Welding Society

Parkland College Industrial Technology's welding lab has been recognized as an Accredited Test Facility by the American Welding Society, one of only four community colleges in Illinois to hold the designation. 

Through a rigorous documentation and site inspection process, the AWS provides ATF accreditation for facilities, personnel, and equipment to test and qualify welders. For more information, visit

Test Scheduling. Tests for Certified Welder (CW) may now be scheduled by appointment with Parkland College Community Education at 217/351-2235. The industrial welding facility is located inside the Parkhill Applied Technology Center on the west side of Parkland’s campus. Original construction of the building occurred in 2013, at which time the welding lab was built to AWS specifications. 

Welding Courses. Enrollment in Parkland College Welding courses has increased each semester, resulting in waitlisted advanced courses in fall 2018 and spring 2019. Registration for summer classes begins April 1, and classes start May 20. Registration for fall classes begins April 8. Due to the popularity of the program, interested students are encouraged to visit to begin the new student enrollment process as soon as possible. 

Welding Summer Camp. The Industrial Technology program began a Summer Technology Camp in 2017 in partnership with Community Education and the Early College and Career Academy to assist area youth in career exploration. Three Machining and Welding Summer Camps are planned for 2019 and are expected to fill quickly as they have in previous years. Each two-week camp for ages 14-18, covers the same material, is project-based, and provides hands-on experience with industry equipment. Registration will begin Monday, Feb. 18 at

New Dual Credit Opportunity, Summer Camp in Collision Repair

ECCA juniors can earn 20 credit hours toward a Collision Repair certificate or AAS degree

High school students interested in collision repair have two new opportunities for training at Parkland College. 

Officials from Education for Employment System #330 and Parkland College have decided to offer Collision Repair as part of the Early College and Career Academy, a dual credit program for high school juniors and seniors, starting in the fall. Teens can get a preview of this program by attending the new Collision Repair Summer Technology Camp offered by Parkland College Community Education this June. 

A joint effort of EFE #330 and Parkland College, the ECCA provides high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn dual credit in eight different Parkland College program areas. Over 300 students have participated in the program since its inception in the 2015-2016 school year. More information is available at

Students who begin the ECCA Collision Repair option as juniors can expect to earn 20 credit hours toward a Collision Repair certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree. The program features an overview of the collision repair industry with an emphasis on the repair process. Topics cover cost estimating and measurement systems, straightening unibody systems, restoring corrosion protection, outer panel protection, dent repair, door skins, quarter panels, and removing and installing fenders, doors, and decklids. Safety principles and practices within a collision repair shop setting will be strongly emphasized, with half of the instructional time spent in a lab environment to reinforce classroom material.

Interested students should contact their high school guidance counselor for information on enrolling in the classes. ECCA students must maintain a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The high school must grant permission for students to participate and may have their own program prerequisites. 

Collision Repair Summer Technology Camp enrollment will open Monday, Feb. 18. The camp, for students ages 14 to 18, will run June 24-27, 9 am-noon. To register, visit


"Love Your Soils" Day Feb. 14

Hear from area ag leaders on importance of soil health, water conservation, more

Parkland's Agriculture Program and Ag Club are sponsoring the first "Love Your Soils" Day at the Tony Noel Agriculture Technology Applications Center, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, 8:15 a.m. to noon

The event is designed to educate current agriculture students, their parents, and the general public on the importance of soils. Guest speakers include leaders in the Illinois ag industry. Certified crop adviser CEUs are available. This free event is open to the public. Lunch, provided by Parkland Ag Club, is available during the event at no cost through RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 12, to or 217/351-2481.