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High school and home school students and their families can learn more about an early college program that could reduce the time it takes to earn an associate's degree or bachelor's degree after high school. 

An informational session on the Early Transfer Academy (ETA) has been set for Monday, Jan. 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room U140 of Parkland College's Student Union. Early Transfer AcademyCollege faculty and administrators will be on hand to discuss the academy, its benefits to students, and the eligibility requirements for participation. 

As participants in the ETA, high school juniors and seniors will enroll in early-morning classes at Parkland College that meet the State of Illinois' General Education Core Curriculum. The GECC "package" of courses will then transfer as lower-division, general education requirements at public colleges and universities across the state. This could mean a significant savings in college costs as well as a greater chance at college success because of experiences gained on Parkland's campus. 
 
"I was really excited about getting my college credit done as soon as possible," said one current ETA student. "I just really want to get on with my career."

All families are welcome to attend the information session; however, parents of current sophomore- and junior-level students will have particular interest in attending, as these students will be the participants in the ETA.

Register to attend the information session at parkland.edu/ETAinfosession.

For more information on Parkland College's Early Transfer Academy, please visit parkland.edu/ETA. For questions, contact the Parkland College Early College Services office at 217/353-2663.

Ready for a bachelor's or master's degree? Use your Parkland credits! The following colleges will have representatives on hand this spring in the Student Union (unless otherwise noted) to discuss four-year degrees and transfer options.

Eastern Illinois University
College Center, X wing lounge
Thursday, March 14
Monday, April 8
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Ryan Howard

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Wednesday, March 27
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Sioban Lombardi

Private Illinois Colleges, Universities Fair
Wednesday, April 10
10:30 am–1:30 pm

University of Missouri-St. Louis
Monday, April 15
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Zakery Tierney

University of Illinois Springfield
Monday, April 15
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Miranda Swope

Aurora University
Tuesday, April 16
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Barbara McCarthy

Concert Band, Orchestra to Perform Joint Winter Concert

"Home Again for the Holidays" to feature classic winter favorites, Dec. 9, theatre

Parkland College's concert band and orchestra will perform a joint winter concert titled "Home Again for the Holidays." 
 
Their concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. in Parkland’s Harold and Jean Miner Theatre; this event is free and open to the public. 
 
The Parkland Concert Band, directed by Larry Stoner, will perform "Alleluia! Laudamus Te" by Alfred Reed, "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by JS Bach/transcribed by Mark Hindsley, "And Heaven and Nature Ring!" arranged by Patrick Roszell, and "Christmas Legends" by Gary Gilroy.
 
Rodney Mueller directs the orchestra, which will perform the 4th movement of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Op 17, "Little Russian;" Wassail Dances based on the traditional wassail songs of, respectively, Somerset, Yorkshire, and Gloucestershire by Philip Lane; and "Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night)" by Adolphe Adam.

For more information on Parkland College music performances, visit parkland.edu/musicensembles

Open Auditions for Two Spring Theatre Productions Dec. 1

Prepare to audition for classic plays "Come Blow Your Horn", "Young Frankenstein"

Parkland Theatre will hold auditions for spring productions Saturday, Dec. 1 at the theatre.
 
"Come Blow Your Horn" by Neil Simon

Auditions for the play "Come Blow Your Horn" by Neil Simon will take place 9 a.m. to noon. Auditionees should register for an audition slot at parkland.edu/auditions. Callbacks will be Sunday, Dec. 2; time to be determined.
 
Director Melissa Goldman is casting 7 actors ages 16 and over.

Performances will run in Parkland Theatre’s Second Stage February 7–17.
 
"Young Frankenstein" by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan

Director Chelsea Collier Zych  is casting a diverse group of 25+ actors, ages 12 and older for Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein." Auditionees should register for an audition slot at parkland.edu/auditions.
 
Actors will perform a 32-bar cut from a song in the style of Young Frankenstein (but please, no songs from the show.) Actors will also read from sides which can be found at parkland.edu/auditions; this includes ensemble roles in the musical.
 
Performances for "Young Frankenstein" will be held in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre April 4–21.
 

All members of the community as well as Parkland and U of I students are invited to audition; Parkland Theatre encourages diversity. Those with additional questions should email hlayman@parkland.edu.

High school and home school students and their families can learn more about an early college program that could reduce the time it takes to earn an associate's degree or bachelor's degree after high school. 

An informational session on the Early Transfer Academy (ETA) has been set for Monday, Dec. 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Parkland College's Student Union, Room U140. College faculty and administrators will be on hand to discuss the academy, its benefits to students, and the eligibility requirements for participation. 

As participants in the Early Transfer Academy (ETA), high school juniors and seniors will enroll in early-morning classes at Parkland College that meet the State of Illinois' General Education Core Curriculum. The GECC "package" of courses will then transfer as lower-division, general education requirements at public colleges and universities across the state. This could mean a significant savings in college costs as well as a greater chance at college success because of experiences gained on Parkland's campus. 
 
"I was really excited about getting my college credit done as soon as possible," said one current ETA student. "I just really want to get on with my career."

All families are welcome to attend the information session; however, parents of current sophomore- and junior-level students will have particular interest in attending, as these students will be the participants in the ETA.

Register to attend the information session at parkland.edu/ETAinfosession.

For more information on Parkland College's Early Transfer Academy, please visit parkland.edu/ETA. For questions, contact the Parkland College Early College Services office at 217/353-2663.

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