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Parkland Board Approves Tuition Freeze for 2022-2023

Board of Trustees General Meeting, February 16

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Parkland College will keep next year's base tuition rates the same as 2021-2022.

At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Board of Trustees voted to keep Parkland's in-district tuition rates at $148.50 per credit hour (all Tier One courses) through the 2022-2023 academic year, effective summer session 2022. The decision followed the annual Budget Workshop for Parkland Trustees led by Chief Financial Officer Christopher Randles.

The board also heard an enrollment update from Dean of Enrollment Management Kristin Smigielski, and approved the removal of a $10 processing fee for students applying to Health Professions programs.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • updates to Policy and Procedures Manual, Policy 8.21

  • 2022-2023 Course Fee Schedule

  • base bid plus alternate classrooms 1 through 5 from Midwest Computer Products, Inc., $416,172

  • the purchase of:

    • ALEKS PPL testing units from McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings LLC, $60,000

    • services from ThriveDX SaaS Inc., $60,000

    • base bid plus alternate classrooms 1 through 5 from Midwest Computer Products, Inc., $416,172

    • audit services of BKD CPAs & Advisors for FY2022-FY2024, $187,575

  • the filing of the following grant applications:

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Competency-Based Education Program Development

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): FY22 Transitional Instruction Innovation Grant

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Developmental Education Innovation Grant for Co-Requisite Implementation

  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Innovative Bridge and Transitions Grant

  • personnel appointments: 

    • Megan Johnson, CVT Lead Lab Asst., Health Professions

    • Nicole Olmo, Accountant, Business Office

    • Samuel Standerfer, Infrastructure Specialist, Network Support Services

Campus Closed Friday, February 18 for Inclement Weather

Campus Closure, 2/18/22

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All classes, programs, and services have been cancelled at Parkland College for Friday, February 18, and all offices will be closed. This notice includes classes at Area Learning Centers and the Child Development Center. All access roads to campus will be closed, and MTD service will be unavailable. A decision on evening performances will be made by noon on Friday, and will be posted on the college website and social media channels.

Parkland Board Hears Public Safety Update

Board of Trustees General Meeting, January 19

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Parkland College's Board of Trustees heard an update from administration and approved purchases at their regular meeting Wednesday.

Following an update from President Ramage, the board heard from Joshua Birky, president of the Parkland College Association. Afterward, Matthew Kopmann, chief of police and director of Public Safety, provided a presentation to the board regarding the college's police department.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the purchase of:
    • a used 2004 40' Timpte ag hopper trailer, $30,000
    • furniture from Krueger International, $21,925
  • the filing of the following grant applications:
    • Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA): FY22 Summer Youth Employment in The Arts Grant
  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:
    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI)
    • Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN): Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund (IEPA funding)—General Membership Award
  • personnel appointments: 
    • Anthony Silkwood, Interim Baseball Head Coach, Fitness Center and Athletic Facilities Director, Athletics
    • Jennifer Durst, Nursing Faculty, Health Professions
    • Chinyin Chou, Nursing Faculty, Health Professions
    • Peter Nelson, Flight Instructor, Aviation
 
 
 

Parkland Board Approves 2021 Tax Levy, Tax Abatement

Board of Trustees General Meeting, November 17

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At its regular meeting Wednesday, Parkland College's Board of Trustees heard updates from administration, approved a tax levy of approximately $30 million, and abated taxes for a bond issuance that is being retired with student fee revenues.

After an update from college president Tom Ramage, trustees heard from Amin Kassem, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for an update on the information technology and security at Parkland, as well as an update of the Technology Strategic Plan. Executive Director Tracy Wahlfeldt also gave an update on the activities of the Parkland College Foundation.

The board then held a public hearing on the 2021 tax levy and passed a tax levy resolution totaling $30,410,000. Chief Financial Officer Chris Randles noted that the levy may yield a slightly lower tax rate.

Additionally, trustees moved to abate the tax levied for the year 2021 on the $5.9 million of general obligation bonds it issued to help fund the College Master Plan. The series 2018C bonds are to be retired with revenues raised from a student facility fee.

In other business, trustees approved:

  the purchase of:

  • YuJa Enterprise Video Platform from YuJa, Inc, $20,000 annually from July 1, 2022—June 30, 2025
  • broadcast media system hardware and software from Midwest Computer Company, $48,071
  • full-body Phantom X-ray model bid from Supertech X-ray, $29,495
  • 36-month electricity and natural gas utility service contract with Constellation Energy
  • annual rate increase to the Child Development Center fees

  the filing of the following grant applications:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC): “Integrated Drivers of Infection Genomics for One Health” (funding via NSF Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention)
  • U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA): Build Back Better Regional Challenge—Phase 1 (Concept Proposal)
  • American Association of Community College Trustees & Education Strategy Group: Noncredit and Credit Alignment Lab (NCAL)

  the acceptance of funds from external sources:

  • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): FY22 Scaling Apprenticeship Program (supplemental)
  • Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA): General Operating Support (GOS) Grant
  • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): FY22 Career & Technical Education Perkins Postsecondary Grant
  • Illinois Community College Board: Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds (GEERF II)
  • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): FY22 Adult Education & Literacy Grant

  personnel appointments:

  • Mina Cho, Simulation Coordinator, Health Professions
  • Jason Maldonado, HR Specialist, Human Resources
  • Ellen Elghammer, Admissions Advisor, Admissions
  • Sarah Winker Uy, Admissions Advisor, Admissions
  • Cyndy White, Student Records Advisor, Admissions
  • Leeann Smith, Asst. Teacher, Child Development Center
  • Kevin Tiedemann, Financial Aid Advisor, Financial Aid

Registration Now Open for Spring 2022 Semester

Open Registration for Spring 2022 Classes Starts Today

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Open registration for Parkland College Spring Semester 2022 starts November 1. See a full listing of available courses at parkland.edu/findaclass

Spring semester classes begin the week of January 10 (for full 16-week and first 8-week sessions) and later. At Parkland, you can learn to fly a drone, network computers, build homes, save lives, and more. Or save big on tuition by transferring your Parkland credits to universities. 

Eligible students may be able to receive additional funding of up to $800 - visit parkland.edu/cares to learn more.

See the Registration Guide for dates and deadlines, drop and withdrawal steps, tuition and fee information, and more. Students may need to meet with an academic advisor before registering by emailing academicadvising@parkland.edu. For a listing of registration steps, please visit parkland.edu/register.

Register by January 9 for classes that begin January 10, by January 30 for classes that begin January 31, and by March 6 for classes that begin March 7. 

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