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New Dual Credit Opportunity, Summer Camp in Collision Repair

ECCA juniors can earn 20 credit hours toward a Collision Repair certificate or AAS degree

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High school students interested in collision repair have two new opportunities for training at Parkland College. 

Officials from Education for Employment System #330 and Parkland College have decided to offer Collision Repair as part of the Early College and Career Academy, a dual credit program for high school juniors and seniors, starting in the fall. Teens can get a preview of this program by attending the new Collision Repair Summer Technology Camp offered by Parkland College Community Education this June. 

A joint effort of EFE #330 and Parkland College, the ECCA provides high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn dual credit in eight different Parkland College program areas. Over 300 students have participated in the program since its inception in the 2015-2016 school year. More information is available at parkland.edu/ecca.

Students who begin the ECCA Collision Repair option as juniors can expect to earn 20 credit hours toward a Collision Repair certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree. The program features an overview of the collision repair industry with an emphasis on the repair process. Topics cover cost estimating and measurement systems, straightening unibody systems, restoring corrosion protection, outer panel protection, dent repair, door skins, quarter panels, and removing and installing fenders, doors, and decklids. Safety principles and practices within a collision repair shop setting will be strongly emphasized, with half of the instructional time spent in a lab environment to reinforce classroom material.

Interested students should contact their high school guidance counselor for information on enrolling in the classes. ECCA students must maintain a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The high school must grant permission for students to participate and may have their own program prerequisites. 

Collision Repair Summer Technology Camp enrollment will open Monday, Feb. 18. The camp, for students ages 14 to 18, will run June 24-27, 9 am-noon. To register, visit parkland.edu/ceRegister.

 

"Love Your Soils" Day Feb. 14

Hear from area ag leaders on importance of soil health, water conservation, more

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Parkland's Agriculture Program and Ag Club are sponsoring the first "Love Your Soils" Day at the Tony Noel Agriculture Technology Applications Center, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, 8:15 a.m. to noon

The event is designed to educate current agriculture students, their parents, and the general public on the importance of soils. Guest speakers include leaders in the Illinois ag industry. Certified crop adviser CEUs are available. This free event is open to the public. Lunch, provided by Parkland Ag Club, is available during the event at no cost through RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 12, to cmurphy@parkland.edu or 217/351-2481.

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation and Parkland College will join community, regional and state partners to celebrate February as Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, which recognizes the value and accomplishments of career and technical education programs in the U.S. 

Throughout the month of February, area entities will participate in this national celebration, created by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE), chiefly by disseminating information on CTE programs and opportunities in and around Champaign County through the social media campaign, #CTEinIL

#CTEinIL is designed to promote CTE programs and career opportunities in Champaign County and throughout the state of Illinois. Participating organizations, schools, and employers will use the #CTEinIL hashtag throughout the month of February to build awareness about their own initiatives, while also helping to tell the story of CTE opportunities within the state.  

Participating organizations include: 

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce
Champaign County Economic Development Corporation
Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
Champaign Unit 4 School District
Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation
Early College & Career Academy
Education for Employment System #330
ICATT Apprenticeship Program
Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
IMEC
Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District #3
Parkland College
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 149
Rantoul Township High School
Urbana School District #116 

What is CTE? Career and technical education, or CTE, is education that directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE covers many different fields, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, hospitality and management and many more. 

CTE encompasses many different types of education, from classroom learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities outside the classroom. 

For more details on CTE Month®, as well as partnering companies and organizations celebrating #CTEinIL, visit champaigncountyedc.org/cteinil.  

Fall Greenhouse Plant Sale This Week

Poinsettias, kalanchoes, more, make nice holiday gifts

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Parkland College invites the public to its fall Greenhouse Plant Sale, Dec 5–7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This annual event will include poinsettias, succulents, and house plants and kalanchoes. Plants can make great holiday gifts or make a home more inviting.

Parkland College's greenhouse is located on the west side of the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Applications Center, on the west side of campus.

Cash or checks only, please. Proceeds support greenhouse operations and student activities. For more information, contact Theresa Meers at tmeers@parkland.edu.

Faculty, Staff Excellence Winners for 2018

Employees provided superior instruction, service during 2018 academic year

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Parkland College employees were honored with campus and regional awards for superior instruction and service during the school's 2018 academic year. Most were nominated through Parkland College's Professional Development Subcommittees for Faculty and Staff.

Kaizad Irani, Horticulture and Agriculture
2018 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award, Illinois Community College Trustees AssociationKaizad Irani

  • A Champaign County Master Gardener, Irani has taught at Parkland College since 2002

  • Has led teams that designed healing gardens locally at Carle Hospital and at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis

  • His team's design was chosen for the World Trade Center Heroes Park that will be built near Ground Zero in New York

  • Described as a creative force and an enthusiastic, generous, and purposeful professor who instills confidence in every student

  • Expert on topics as varied as Transforming Chaos and Conflict, Mind Mapping, and changing negative thought patterns

  • Has served on the college's Curriculum Committee and Sustainable Campus Committee


Tracy Dotson, Composition
2018 Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award for Parkland College, Illinois Community College Trustees AssociationTracy Dotson

  • Described as a deeply caring and committed teacher

  • Has established an engaging curriculum and productive classroom community in which students learn from her and from their classmates

  • Valued contributor in departmental meetings, grant-funded assessments, and developmental composition meetings

  • Well-regarded mentor who acclimates new part-time faculty to policies, procedures, expectations, and culture of Parkland College


Chris Warren, Kinesiology
2018 Parkland College Teaching Excellence AwardChris Warren

  • Associate professor and program director of the Kinesiology program, Warren oversaw the development of Parkland College's state-of-the-art training and athletics facility

  • Helped develop the college's Certified Personal Fitness Training program

  • Expanded the Kinesiology curriculum to include four transfer pathways

  • Known as a dedicated and encouraging teacher; students say he creates a fun and engaging classroom environment

  • Assists trainers and clients at Parkland's Fitness Center and monitors many Parkland athletes' training 


Kendra McClure, Communications
2018 Online Teaching Excellence AwardKendra McClure

  • Associate professor of communication, McClure has served at Parkland College since 2010

  • Her online courses stand out because of her attention to detail, clear expectations, and personal interactions with her students

  • Uses feedback from anonymous surveys to make adjustments and continually improve student learning

  • A founder and faculty advisor for Applied Media Promotions (AMP), a student-staffed strategic communication firm on campus


Manuel Rodriguez, Chemistry
Dr. Joseph Cipfl Faculty Workshop and Research Grant Winner

  • Associate professor of chemistry, Rodriguez has served Parkland College since 2010

  • The Illinois Community College Faculty Association (ICCFA) Executive Committee has awarded him one of its four $2,500 competitive faculty grants for 2018

  • His research project is "Introduction to Undergraduate Research for Community College Students"

  • ICCFA, an advisory body to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), endeavors to promote excellence in teaching and learning in Illinois community colleges

 

Kris Murray, Accessibility Services
2018 Outstanding Staff Gold Award (5+ Years) Kris Murray

  • Responsible for day-to-day operations in the Office of Accessibility Services, which serves 500+ students

  • Recognized as consummate professional who communicates with students in a caring, respectful, and positive manner

  • Maintains the office's systems and extensive inventory of assistive technologies

  • Works closely with faculty and staff to meet educational needs for students with disabilities

  • Adept knowledge of ADA compliance issues, technology for student accommodations, and community/campus resources


Sarah Hartman, Admissions
2018 Outstanding Staff Green Award (>5 Years)Sarah Hartman

  • Admissions advisor and first contact for prospective students and parents

  • Named to the 2018 Emerging Community Leaders program by United Way of Champaign County

  • Referred to as the office cheerleader whose positive attitude finds solutions and the bright side to any situation 

  • Educates office staff on new procedures, trains them on new software, and helps improve their customer-service skills

  • Extensive services include EEO representation, Parkland College Association (senator), Job Evaluation Committee, Parkland Gives365 group, Policy and Procedures Management Team, and SOAR Vision Committee

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