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SHIELD COVID-19 Testing Expands Hours at Parkland College

SHIELD COVID-19 Testing Expands Hours at Parkland College

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Starting Monday, Parkland College will expand SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing hours on campus to Mondays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Testing is open to community members, students, faculty, and staff.
The testing site will also move indoors to the Parkland College D wing, room D244, located at 2400 W. Bradley Avenue in Champaign. All individuals accessing testing will be asked to use the D1 door and designated route into and out of room D244 to ensure separation from the general campus population. Parking will be available for testing in the C4 parking lot.

Visit for more about SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing.

COVID Vaccines Available at Parkland College, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14

Parkland and Walgreens vaccination clinic, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14

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To prepare for the fall semester, Parkland College and Walgreens will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24 and Tuesday, September 14.

As part of Illinois' vaccination plan, individuals ages 12 and up are currently eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with parental consent. Eligible community members interested in being vaccinated are invited to walk-up for an appointment.

Walgreens is utilizing a tent in the M-4 parking lot to administer vaccinations. Individuals who receive their first dose here but are unable to participate in a follow-up event are still eligible to receive their second dose at any Walgreens across the nation.

Vaccinations are free, but a valid ID must be provided.

For more information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccinations, please refer to the Center for Disease Control. Find more Illinois-specific information from the Illinois Department of Public Health here.

Fall Parkland Theatre Auditions: "She Kills Monsters" by Qui Nguyen

Auditions for Fall Theatre Show On August 28

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Parkland College Theatre will hold auditions for its fall production of "She Kills Monsters" on Saturday, August 28 at the theatre. Registration will take place in the lobby.

Auditions will take place from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Attendees should dress in comfortable clothes and shoes, and be prepared for some movement and vocal warm-ups/exercises for the auditions.

Callbacks will begin at 2 p.m. with sides and scenes provided.

"She Kills Monsters" director Michael O’Brien is casting 4 males and 6–8 females for the show between the ages of 15 and 30. 

Performances for "She Kills Monsters" will run November 4–14 in Parkland Theatre’s Second Stage.

All members of the community as well as Parkland and University of Illinois students are invited to audition; Parkland Theatre encourages diversity. For more information, please visit

Parkland College Students Earn Summer Flight Credentials

Aviation Students Earn Summer 2021 Credentials

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The following students earned flight credentials from the Institute of Aviation at Parkland College during the college's summer semester.

Soloed for the First Time in a Piper Archer
Nicholas Anderson, Winthrop Harbor
Nathan Smith, Mahomet
Remy Smith, Rantoul

Earned the Private Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) Certificate
Dawson Kostenski, Decatur
Emily Plauck, DeKalb
Coalton Camden, Mt. Zion
Abel Verbeek, Crete
Evan Blakey, Findlay

Earned the Instrument Airplane Rating
Parker Allen, Galesburg
Zeth McCloud, Saint Joseph
Maximus Torres, Park Ridge
Robert Knight, Champaign
Benjamin Williams, Downs
Amara Rahman, Springfield

Earned the Commercial Pilot ASEL Certificate
John "Hans" Dee, Champaign
Andrew Laub, Oregon
Peter Herrmann, Rockford

Earned the Flight Instructor ASE Certificate
Lucas Charles, Sidney

Earned the Flight Instructor-Instrument Airplane
Dongjin Shin, Champaign
John Kolis, Springfield
Daniel Wyckoff, Buckley

Parkland College assumed ownership of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Institute of Aviation in fall 2014, leasing its aircraft and facilities at Willard Airport in Savoy to continue flight training. The College has continued the excellent instruction provided by the University's institute, which educated more than 13,000 pilots in its 70-year history. Many of its graduates are employed in the aviation industry around the world.

Along with the two-year degree in aviation, students can earn a private pilot certificate and commercial pilot ratings, including multi-engine land and flight instructor.

[photos from top: Remy Smith, Parker Allen, Amara Rahman]

Dr. Pamela Lau of Parkland College Chosen for National Presidential Fellowship for Community College Leaders

40 Aspiring Community College Presidents to Participate in 2021-2022 Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship

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The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today announced that Pamela Lau, Executive Vice President at Parkland College, is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2021-22 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, a highly selective leadership program preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success.

The Rising Presidents Fellows will embark on the 10-month fellowship beginning in November 2021. Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative, the fellows will be mentored by esteemed current and former community college presidents who have achieved exceptional outcomes for students throughout their careers, and will learn strategies to improve student outcomes in and after college, lead internal change, and create strong external partnerships with K-12 schools, four-year colleges, employers, and other partners.

"To become institutions that truly advance social mobility and talent development, community colleges must have presidents with a clear vision for equitable student success," said Monica Clark, director of leadership initiatives at the College Excellence Program. "We have selected these fellows because they share that commitment and are well-positioned to become transformational leaders."

"Dr. Lau is the right choice for this prestigious honor," said President Ramage. "No one is more prepared to rise to the challenges facing community colleges today and lead our campus into the future. I am confident that Dr. Lau will become a leader among the next generation of community college presidents. Her participation in this fellowship will result in innovative, adaptive strategies that will support the continued success of Parkland students."

The Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship responds to the growing need for a new generation of leaders well-equipped to meet the challenges of the future. Nationally, nearly 80 percent of sitting presidents plan to retire in the next decade. While the traditional pathway to the presidency has often excluded women and people of color, the incoming class of Aspen Rising Presidents Fellows is composed of 68 percent women and 70 percent people of color, and represents institutions of varying sizes and locations.

Together, the 2021-22 fellows are leaders at colleges that collectively serve more than 400,000 students. As well, 67 Rising Presidents Fellowship alumni have become presidents of community colleges that collectively serve an additional 953,000 students nationwide.

Parkland College is a fully accredited public community college serving the needs of District 505, Illinois' third largest community college district. Offering 130+ degree and certificate options for career placement or academic transfer, Parkland has provided vocational-technical skills training and traditional academic instruction to more than 350,000 people since 1967. Parkland College's mission is to cultivate inquiry, practical application of knowledge, and broad enrichment across the community to better serve the intellectual, cultural, and economic development of the district.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.