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Parkland Science Scholars to Hold Informational Webinars

Parkland to Hold Informational Webinars for New Science Program

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Parkland College will be hosting two informational webinars for the new Parkland Science Scholars program.

Students, parents, and community members who are interested in the program are invited to join Dr C. Britt Carlson on Zoom for a more in-depth explanation about Parkland Science Scholars, general information about applying to Parkland, and frequently asked questions.

There will be two webinars; the same information will be covered in both sessions.

Students and parents are asked to register at the above links for their preferred session. Instructors, counselors, and other community members can use this link to join the session without registration.

Parkland Science Scholars is a new program designed to support low-income students working toward their degrees in science. Students are awarded $2,450 per semester in financial support, for a total of four semesters, and are individually mentored by Parkland faculty.

Other support structures include peer and UIUC-graduate student mentoring, summer research opportunities, leadership opportunities in Parkland clubs, and recognition by the Parkland Board of Trustees following completion of the program.

Applications are being accepted now. For more information about Parkland Science Scholars, please visit or contact Dr. Carlson at

Parkland Science Scholars is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Parkland College Student Artists Chosen for Statewide Exhibit

Parkland artists in 2021 Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition

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Several Parkland College Art students were accepted into the 2021 Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition. 

The works were on display in a Virtual Online Gallery hosted by Governors State University, March 1–April 30. Participating Parkland students are:

  • Julian Akinsanya, Urbana

  • Katy Geurts, Loda

  • Alex Harmon, Champaign

  • Grant Siegmund, Saint Joseph

  • Sharon Wenda, Urbana 

This annual juried exhibition celebrates the creative work of young artists. More than $1,000 in awards, including a $400 Best in Show Award, were presented during a virtual reception and online awards ceremony held on March 6.

Construction Closures at Parkland College Underway

Summer Construction to Improve Campus Accessibility

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Some Parkland College walking paths and entry doors will soon close for a new state-funded construction project that will improve accessibility on the campus's north side.

The $1.8 million summerlong project to upgrade Parkland's north service drive has begun this month and should extend into the first week of August, according to college President Dr. Tom Ramage. More than three quarters of the work is being funded by the Illinois Capital Development Board.

Project improvements (within the shaded area on linked map) will include:

  • new pavement for the service drive's lane and parking areas 
  • replacement of two sets of stairs on the L wing, converting one set to a ramp
  • adding eight additional spaces for patient parking at the north end of the Parkland Dental Hygiene Clinic, including an accessibility space
  • improved utility and drainage work

"We look forward to upgrading the ADA compliant entrance to our Dental Hygiene Clinic, improving efficiencies for our service vehicles, and offering ease of access with a ramp at the L4 entrance," Ramage said. "The benefits will be well worth the temporary inconvenience, and we thank the campus community for its patience while we make these improvements."

Parkland will close access to the L wing's two west entry doors, L3 and L4, during construction, rerouting visitors who might approach the building from the M parking lots. Students, staff, and dental clinic patients can still access the building from its east entry doors, L1 (accessible) and L5, or approach the wing after entering through connected buildings.

To visit the Parkland Dental Clinic during the construction period, patients may park at the smaller, guest parking lot located adjacent to the U wing on the east side of campus. 

Registration Now Open for Summer, Fall 2021 Classes

Summer and fall registration now open for all students

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Open registration for Parkland College Fall Semester 2021 starts April 5. See a full listing of available courses at

Fall semester classes begin the week of August 23 (for full 16-week and first 8-week sessions) and later with expanded in-person course offerings following guidance of the Restore Illinois plan.

See the College Calendar for dates and deadlines, drop/withdrawal steps, tuition and fee information, and more. Students may need to meet with an academic advisor before registering. Academic advisors are available remotely, by emailing For a listing of registration steps, please visit

Register by August 22 for classes that begin August 23, by September 12 for classes that begin September 13, and by October 17 for classes that begin October 18. 


Parkland's Child Development Center Receives Gold Circle of Quality

Shows continuous quality improvement commitment to children in Champaign

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Parkland College's Child Development Center received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state's new quality recognition and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

"Every early learning and development provider who participates in ExceleRate Illinois makes quality a priority," said Cynthia L. Tate Ph.D., Executive Director, Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development. "The higher the designation, the higher the program's demonstrated quality and comprehensiveness in meeting children's early learning needs."

"We are proud to receive the Gold Circle of Quality," said Adrienne Shockley, director of the Child Development Center. "Providing quality in early learning and development will help our children in Champaign be better prepared for success in school and in life."

ExceleRate Illinois helps families make more informed choices about their children's early learning. It establishes standards to help infants, toddlers, and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally. Additionally, it provides a framework for early learning and development professionals to identify opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Research in science and brain development shows that children who are more meaningfully engaged in early learning experiences from infancy through the first five years of life are more likely to be successful in school and in life. With the right engagement, children can form a healthy foundation of neural pathways in the brain, which impact their ability to think, react, process, and grow.

ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes Licensed Child Care Centers, Licensed Family Child Care, Preschool for All and Center-Based Prevention Initiative Programs, Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.

For more information or to find a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency in your area, visit

ExceleRate Illinois is administered through INCCRRA under the joint direction of the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois State Board of Education.

For more information about Parkland's Child Development Center, visit