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CobraVenture Seeks New Student Cohort for 2022

CobraVenture Seeking Students for Third Cohort

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Parkland College’s CobraVenture program for aspiring student entrepreneurs is seeking students this fall for its third cohort.

Applications for CobraVenture 2022 open today and stay open through Thursday, November 4. Information sessions about the program will be held Thursday, October 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in Room A175 and virtually on Zoom from 6 to 7 p.m. Applications can be found online at

CobraVenture launched in January 2019 as a cohort of current Parkland College students who want to start their own business while still enrolled in college. Students can be part of any academic program to apply, but the thread that ties them together will be the desire to take their business idea and make it a reality with assistance from a supportive, semester-long, co-curricular program. While students do not receive academic credit for participation, they gain real-world skills that enhance what they have learned in the classroom.

Selected students will attend a series of evening educational workshops starting Jan. 13, where they will connect with Parkland faculty, alumni, and local business leaders. Participation is free but requires a high level of commitment. Students will learn how to start their business plan and become their own boss. Session facilitator Marc Changnon will join local community and business leaders at the workshop to help students succeed.

A CobraVenture capstone Pitch Showcase will take place May 23, where students can pitch their business to the community and earn up to $3,000 in seed money.

CobraVenture, part of the Parkland Entrepreneurial Network (PEN), is a collaboration of the Office of the Vice President of Communications and External Affairs, Parkland College Community Education, and the Parkland Foundation.

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]