The Parkland College Blog

Salt & Light New Site for Adult Basic Education Classes

Free GED, literacy, job-prep skill classes, Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays

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Parkland College Adult Education is now partnering with Salt & Light Ministries to offer a new district site in Urbana.

Learners seeking to earn their GED or improve literacy and job preparation skills may attend free classes beginning Feb. 11 at the Urbana Salt & Light location, 1819 S. Philo Road. Classes will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. This expansion of services will allow more students to be served by bringing educational opportunities into their community.

Salt & Light is committed to fighting poverty with opportunities that empower people for lasting change, according to Terry Austira, the organization's director of education.

"Every individual has skills, gifts, and abilities that, when capitalized on, can impact their life, family, and community," Austira said. "Through further training and education, such as that provided by Parkland Adult Education, opportunities are provided to reach a person's potential producing lasting change."

Contact Parkland College Adult Education at 217/351-2580 to learn more about these opportunities or sign up for classes.

"Come Blow Your Horn" at Parkland Theatre

See the hilarious comedy that launched Neil Simon's career

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Neil Simon’s comedy "Come Blow Your Horn" comes to Parkland Theatre's Second Stage Feb. 7–17 as the 28th Annual Student Production, featuring a student director and all-student staff. 

"Come Blow Your Horn" is the story of Alan and Buddy Baker, two brothers who could not be more different. Younger brother Buddy longs for the playboy lifestyle his elder brother Alan leads. However, as Buddy transforms into the swinging mirror image of Alan, Alan finds himself falling in love for the first time. This hilarious comedy launched the career of its internationally famous playwright.

Melissa Goldman directs a cast that includes David Katz, Thom Billam, Celia Mueller, Lizz Morris, David Laker, and HeatherAnn Layman.

The Parkland Theatre will be holding a talkback immediately following the Feb. 7 show. Goldman and members of the cast and crew will be on hand to discuss the show and answer audience questions.

Performances are Feb. 7, 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. All tickets are $10.

To make reservations, visit parkland.edu/theatre or call the show hotline at 217/351-2528.

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.  

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