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Gen Ed Program for High Schoolers; Information Session Jan. 28

Early Transfer Academy to increase college savings, success

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High school and home school students and their families can learn more about an early college program that could reduce the time it takes to earn an associate's degree or bachelor's degree after high school. 

An informational session on the Early Transfer Academy (ETA) has been set for Monday, Jan. 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room U140 of Parkland College's Student Union. Early Transfer AcademyCollege faculty and administrators will be on hand to discuss the academy, its benefits to students, and the eligibility requirements for participation. 

As participants in the ETA, high school juniors and seniors will enroll in early-morning classes at Parkland College that meet the State of Illinois' General Education Core Curriculum. The GECC "package" of courses will then transfer as lower-division, general education requirements at public colleges and universities across the state. This could mean a significant savings in college costs as well as a greater chance at college success because of experiences gained on Parkland's campus. 
"I was really excited about getting my college credit done as soon as possible," said one current ETA student. "I just really want to get on with my career."

All families are welcome to attend the information session; however, parents of current sophomore- and junior-level students will have particular interest in attending, as these students will be the participants in the ETA.

Register to attend the information session at

For more information on Parkland College's Early Transfer Academy, please visit For questions, contact the Parkland College Early College Services office at 217/353-2663.

Cobras Excel in Fall 2018 Classroom

Thirty-five percent of fall athletes earned 3.5 or higher GPAs

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Parkland College Athletics' excellence extended beyond the playing field and into the classroom during the 2018 fall semester, as five of its eight programs finished the semester with combined grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.

Cobras Women's Basketball led the team averages, with a combined GPA of 3.57. Volleyball finished a close second with a team GPA of 3.56.

Individually, the Cobras also saw 18 of its student athletes finish with a perfect 4.0 GPA, while an additional 34 athletes earned a 3.50 or higher GPA. In total, 35 percent of Parkland's student athletes earned GPAs of 3.50 or higher this past fall. 

Team GPAs

Women's Basketball 3.57
Volleyball 3.56
Softball 3.35
Golf 3.02
Women's Soccer 3.00

PERFECT 4.0 GPA for the 2018 FALL SEMESTER  

Francisco Andrade Men's Soccer
Katie Beckemeyer Softball
Jack Halstead Golf
Jaelen Jackson Men's Soccer
Ashley King Volleyball
Emily Meinert Women's Basketball
Brooke Norder Volleyball
CJ Nuckols Women's Basketball
Morgan Parrish Softball
Maddie Quattro Softball
Cassie Russo Women's Basketball
Camryn Skundberg Softball
Maggie Sorenson Volleyball
Micah Tapscott Women's Basketball
Ryleigh Warfel Volleyball
Gabby Wessels Volleyball
Tori Witruk Softball
Maddie Yocks Volleyball 
[Article by Chad Beyler]

Film Showing on Suicide Survival Set for Jan. 18

"The S Word" documentary showing at several locations in district

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Parkland College will host a free showing and panel discussion about a recently released documentary on suicide survival and loss.

"The S Word" will be shown Jan. 18 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. in Room C118. Rattle the Stars, an organization focused on youth suicide prevention, is hosting the showing at Parkland College and other locations in the district. The film screening is open to the public, with Spanish subtitles available. Donations are appreciated.

In the movie, a suicide attempt survivor is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of unguarded courage, insight,and humor. Along the way, she discovers a national community rising to transform personal struggles into action. "The S Word" chronicles her journey and those of other survivors in a powerful feature documentary that puts a human face to a long-stigmatized topic.

A Q&A session will follow the showing, and resources, information, and support services will be available. This film is not rated but is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

Other showings of "The S Word" will be held at these locations on the following dates:

  • Jan. 12, 9:30–11:45 a.m., Champaign Library Robeson Rooms A and B
  • Jan. 16, 6:30–8:45 p.m., Rantoul Township High School Cafetorium
  • Jan. 19: 10 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Mahomet Public Library Edgar Meeting Room

Sponsors for the showings include Elliott Counseling Group, Teamsters Local 26, and Busey.

Parent Lab to Improve Assistance with School Subjects

Info session for Unit 4 parents Jan. 28, 6 p.m., Douglass Branch Library

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Area residents can increase their ability to help their kids and grandkids with school subjects through a new initiative from Parkland Adult Education's Project READ program, the Champaign Public Library's Douglass Branch and Champaign Unit 4 Schools.

An information session on the new Parent Lab will be held for interested Unit 4 parents Monday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at CPL's Douglass Branch.
In the Parent Lab, participants will work with tutors to familiarize themselves with the important skills and content that their kids and grandkids are doing at school. The primary areas are math and reading for all subjects. On the second Mondays of the month, participating parents will visit the Douglass Branch for special sessions using educational technology, research tools, career development tools, and other library resources particularly helpful to families.

The Parent Lab will run from Feb. 4 to May 20 on Monday evenings at the Booker T. Washington School library. A light meal, provided at 5:30 p.m., and childcare will be provided for families at every session.
Project READ will be offering tutor training sessions for the Parent Lab initiative and its other tutoring opportunities on the following days and times:

  • Monday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 26 at 9  a.m.,
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. 

For more information on the Parent Lab or on becoming a trained tutor, contact Project READ at

Spring Enrollment Blitz to Help Students Enroll

Get one-stop service from Admissions, Financial Aid, Counseling, more

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Parkland College's Student Services offices is offering the community a week of one-stop help with enrolling in spring semester classes.

Spring Enrollment Blitz 2019 runs Jan. 4 and 7–11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the second-floor "bridge" of the Student Union. Since Parkland College Spring Semester 2019 classes begin Monday, Jan. 14, the event is especially useful for those who have steps yet to complete in their enrollment. 

During Enrollment Blitz, new and returning students can receive one-stop service from the college's Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and Veteran Services, Assessment Center and Counseling Services offices. Students receive assistance with such enrollment steps as completing applications for admission or financial aid; determining course placement for English, reading and math; attending a new student orientation; and registering for courses. 

For more information on this event, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or