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Parkland Cobras Sports Journalist Wins National Award

Parkland Sports Information Director Joey Gruner Awarded by CoSIDA

Parkland College's sports information director Joey Gruner was recently recognized as a 2021 National Champion Sports Information Director in NJCAA Division II Men's Golf by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Gruner was awarded for his work following the Cobras Golf team throughout its championship-winning 2021 season. The combined success of all Cobras teams this spring, with four qualifying for national championship tournaments, required the Athletics department to coordinate 146 media releases over 130 days, covering about 225 separate events.

"I consider it a privilege to report on and promote the athletic programs at Parkland College," Gruner said about the honor. "This institution has an incredible staff to work alongside, and the student athletes and coaches have had an awesome spring. It was thrilling for me personally to attend the final round of the Men's Golf championship and report on the accomplishment of winning a national title. I really enjoy my role in such a successful department and institution."

Samples of Gruner's award-winning work are available at

COVID-19 Vaccinations Available at Parkland College, June 3

Parkland College and Walgreens vaccination clinic, Thursday, June 3

<p>Parkland College and Walgreens will be hosting another COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 3.<br />
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As part of Illinois&#39; 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 make an appointment using the following QR code. Walk-ups will also be accepted.<br />
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Walgreens is utilizing a tent in the M-4 parking lot <img align="right" data-file-id="3657043" height="150" src="" style="border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch;width: 150px;height: 150px;margin: 10px 0px 10px 10px;border: 0;line-height: 100%;outline: none;text-decoration: none;" width="150" />to administer vaccinations. Future vaccine clinic dates will be announced in the coming weeks. 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.<br />
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For more information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccinations, please refer to the <a href="" style="color: #228b22;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;word-wrap: break-word !important;" target="_blank">Center for Disease Control</a>. Find more Illinois-specific information from the Illinois Department of Public Health <a href="" style="color: #228b22;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;word-wrap: break-word !important;" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>


Parkland College Adds New Mental Health Certificate Program

Parkland College to add Mental Health Certificate this fall 2021

Parkland College will be adding a new Mental Health Certificate program this fall.

The new five-credit-hour certificate will train entry-level mental health and social service workers to enter full or part time mental health support professional roles. These skills include therapeutic communication and de-escalation techniques; identification of signs and symptoms of mental illness, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities; and certification in mental health first aid, among others.

The two-course program, offered by Parkland's Social Science and Human Services department, can be completed in a single semester and will benefit people working or wanting to work in social services organizations.

"After hearing from our partners in the community that workers need these skills to best serve their clients, we have developed this new certificate in order to meet this important need," said Joseph Walwik, dean of arts and sciences.

"Students enrolling in these courses will earn a certificate in Mental Health First Aid and also gain basic knowledge about mental health, substance abuse, developmental and other issues. We are confident that with this training students will leave Parkland prepared to enter the social services workforce.”

The Mental Health Certificate will be available to take starting this Fall 2021. To register, visit For more information about the program, please visit

Parkland College Students Earn Spring Flight Credentials

Aviation Students Earn Spring 2021 Credentials

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

Soloed for the First Time in a Piper Archer
Evan Blakey, Findlay
William Eubig, Urbana
William Fonner, Effingham
Emily Plauck, Sycamore
Isaac Powell, Danville
Krishna Vasudev, Champaign

Earned the Private Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) Certificate
Jacob Beuttel, Decatur
Charles Evans, Chicago
Ryan Hauge, Bartlett
Josh Kerner, El Paso
Arthur King, Tolono
Canyon Richardson, Durand
George Wilson, Champaign

Earned the Instrument Airplane Rating
Andrew Perry, Effingham
Patrick Kehias, Bloomington
Zach Chalk, Mahomet
Lukas Wright, Fairmount

Earned the Commercial Pilot ASEL Certificate
Amina Jackson, Chicago
Aubrey Glennon, Bement
Cody Pankau, Champaign
Logan Dirr, Bloomington
Landon Tate, East Peoria
Evan Burge, Mahomet

Earned the Flight Instructor ASE Certificate
John Kolis, Springfield
Ian Kunz, White Heath
Daniel Wyckoff, Buckley

Earned the Flight Instructor-Instrument Airplane
Maxwell Neville, Geneva

Earned the Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine Land Certificate
Timothy Arp, Decatur
John Kolis, Springfield
Leonardo Andrade, Champaign

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: Cody Pankau, Charles Evans, Amina Jackson, Logan Dirr]

Parkland College Students Named to Spring 2021 Dean's List

Dean's List announced for Spring 2021

To honor their outstanding scholastic achievement, approximately 917 students have been named to the Parkland College Dean's List for Spring 2021.

To make the list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grade scale for the semester in which they are being honored. Students who earn less than 12 hours in that semester can make the dean's list by achieving a 3.5 cumulative GPA for 12 or more hours during an academic year.

To view the full dean's list, visit