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Parkland Marks National Nontraditional Student, Distance Learning Week

Departments recognize online, nontraditional students week of Nov. 4

In two separate national observances that run the week of Nov. 4, Parkland College will recognize its nontraditional adult student and online student learners.

National Nontraditional Student Week, Nov. 4–10. According to the Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE), a nontraditional student is one who: likely lives independently of parental financial assistance; may have one or more dependents; may be a single caregiver; may not have a traditional high school diploma; may have delayed postsecondary enrollment; may be attending school part time; or may be employed full time. Nontrads comprise the fastest-growing segment of college enrollees, according to the Dept. of Education. At Parkland College, nearly 35 percent of all enrolled students are over the age of 21.

To celebrate this group, Parkland College's Adult Re-Entry Services, in conjunction with Eastern Illinois University and other academic partners, will be celebrating Nontraditional Student Week from Nov. 4 to Nov. 7. Planned activities include a presentation with EIU's Bachelor of General Studies program on how to advance from an Associate in General Studies degree to the BGS degree; a "nontraditional-friendly" transfer fair; refreshment opportunities; and more.

For more information on nontraditional students and campus events for Nontraditional Student Week, please contact Anthony Hooker, admissions advisor, at 217/351-2462 or

National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), Nov. 4–8. The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, higher education, corporate and military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.

Parkland College's Professional Development and Instructional Technology department (PDIT) is taking the opportunity to promote its online classes and programs during this week. PDIT lists the top reasons to take online classes, available through the following blog post on the college's website:

For more information on distance learning and online classes at Parkland College, please contact Lori Wendt, learning management system specialist for PDIT, at 217/353-2012 or

Parkland College Fall Open House, November 1

Explore majors, tour campus, speak with campus representatives

Parkland College will hold its annual Fall Open House, including all of its Health Professions programs, Friday, Nov. 1 from noon to 2 p.m. starting in the campus's Student Union.

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 Parkland's majors, student life, and support services. Breakout presentations on financial aid and the Pathway to Illinois program will also take place during the event.

Popular demonstration labs and exhibits at the open house will include:

For those interested in criminal justice or forensic science, the Forensic Science Lab in Room X104 will be open for public viewing from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The science behind criminal investigation is more challenging and satisfying than popular media portray. Students can view the tools of the trade, and an instructor will be on hand to talk about the chemistry of it all.

A solo art exhibition, "Jessica Gondek: Enterprising Machines" will be open in Parkland's Giertz Gallery from noon to 2 pm.

A hands-on drone session from 12:30 to 2 pm, a collision repair lab from noon to 1 p.m. and a motorsport lab from 1 to 2 p.m. will allow visitors a great chance to check out these Parkland technical training options in greater detail.

An accompanying Health Professions Open House will take place in two locations. Department programs including Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology, and Veterinary Technology will be featured in the main campus's L wing. Respiratory Care faculty will also demonstrate their equipment, with a chance for guests to try it out. The department's Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Nursing Assistant, Occupational Therapy, and Practical Nursing programs will be featured at Parkland's H wing, located in the Parkland on Mattis complex at 1309 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign. Events at the H wing will include demonstrations of the birthing simulator at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

For more information about the open house, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or

Registration for Spring Classes

Current-student registration starts Oct. 28; sign up early for best course selection

Parkland College will open registration for Spring 2020 classes Monday, Oct. 28 for current students and Monday, Nov. 4 for all new students. Students should register on their first available date to secure a preferred course schedule.

Parkland College is a nationally recognized trainer for career programs in precision agriculture, surgical technology, land surveying, Google IT, and many more. With its mission is to engage the community in learning, the school offers open access to affordable instruction in more than 130 AA and AS transfer-degree, applied science-degree, and certificate options. Over 7,000 students, including international students from 40+ countries, study at Parkland's campus in Champaign.
Spring classes begin the week of Jan. 13. Those interested in taking college courses for the first time may apply to Parkland in several ways. Visit for more information on how to apply. Registration for full-term and 8-week spring classes will continue through Jan. 12. For more information on registration steps, call the Office of Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or email

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.