The Parkland College Blog

CTE Career Exploration Night, Sept. 5

High school, Parkland students can chat with employers, get info on hands-on tech careers

Parkland College will host a night for students to explore hands-on technical careers Sept. 5.

Career Exploration Night, sponsored by the school's Career and Technical Education division, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Parkhill Applied Technology Center on the main campus.

High school students and their families as well as current 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, and electronics programs will be discussed. Participants can chat with employers about internship opportunities and career tracks in their industries.

To RSVP for this event, visit

Greenhouse Plant Sale, May 8–11

Take home vegetable, annual, succulent, and tropical plants; make great gifts

Parkland College invites the public to its annual spring Greenhouse Plant Sale, May 8–11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours until 6 p.m. on May 9 and 10.

This 12th annual event will include vegetable, annual, succulent, and tropical plants. Plants can make great Mother's Day gifts or make a home more inviting.

Parkland College's greenhouse is located on the west side of the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Applications Center, on the west side of campus.

Cash or checks only, please. For more information, contact Theresa Meers at

Parkland Motorsports Car Show, May 5, Celebrates 20 Years

Classic, late-model custom cars, trucks, other vehicles on display at free public event

The Motorsport program is gearing up for the 20th Annual Parkland Car Show happening Saturday, May 5 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 Motorsport Club. Car show judging begins at noon. Student-choice and participant-vote awards will be announced beginning at 3 p.m.
Community residents are invited to display their own vehicles at the car show. Advance registration is $10 if received by April 27 and is available at Registration after April 27 and on the day of the show is $15. Registration fees benefit the club's activities.

Changes to voting implemented in 2017 will continue this year. Jon Ross, automotive program director and car show organizer, explained the reason for the changes.

"There's a national shortage of trained automotive technicians and auto enthusiasts," Ross said. "We've taken half the awards available and devoted them to vehicle owners age 25 and under. The goal is to promote interest among high school and college-aged folks. We hope to see this next generation out here with their vehicles, sharing their work and passion for the automotive industry."
Parkland is hosting the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge for the second 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 Chevy small block 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 throughout the day.
For additional information or to register a vehicle, visit