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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, Dec. 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Parkland College's Student Union, Room U140. College 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 Early Transfer Academy (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 parkland.edu/ETAinfosession.

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

Parkland Pops to Perform "Music from the 2000s"

Enjoy pop tunes from 2000–2009, Dec. 8, Second Stage Theatre

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The Parkland Pops will perform hit tunes from the 2000s on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Parkland Theatre's Second Stage.

This concert is free and open to the public.

During the 1 p.m. concert, Director Brian Hagy will lead the 12-member chorus to perform a variety of familiar selections, including "Hot and Cold" by Katy Perry, "My Immortal" by Evanesence, "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood, "Party In The USA" by Miley Cyrus, and others.

The Parkland Pops choir is open to community members, including those with special needs.

For more information on other Parkland College music ensembles, visit parkland.edu/musicensembles.

Parkland Guitar Ensemble Concert Dec. 5

Free concert of holiday selections in guitar

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The Parkland Guitar Ensemble will be performing Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Parkland Theatre's Second Stage.

Led by Young Kim, the ensemble will perform selections "In dulci jubilo" by Johann Sebastian Bach, "The Christmas Song" by Mel Torme/Robert Wells, "Carol of the Bells" by Mikola Leontovich, the ever popular "Angels We Have Heard on High," and many more!

This concert is free and open to the public.

For more information on Parkland College music performances, visit parkland.edu/musicensembles
 

Classic Radio Dramas on WPCD Nov. 21

Hear COM student-edited, -produced dramas from radio's Golden Age

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Area residents can tune in to Parkland College's WPCD 88.7 FM radio station and online at parkland.edu/wpcd next week to hear dramas from the Golden Age of radio.
 
Parkland College's COM 142 Advanced Radio Production students have edited and produced these classic dramas, using the voice talents of the college's COM 140 Voice and Diction students. Tune in at the following times to hear these shows:

"The Lone Ranger," noon
"Flash Gordon," 4 p.m.
"Boston’s Lone Wolf Terror," 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Deane Geiken, radio director, at 217/351-2450.

Trustees Approve 2018 Tax Levy, Project Drop in Tax Rate

Levy increased to capture revenue from increasing property values

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At its November meeting, the Parkland College Board of Trustees approved the 2018 property tax levy, heard a quarterly report from the Parkland College Foundation, and swore in its newest police officer.

Trustees approved an increase to the school's property tax levy Wednesday night that will allow the college to capture additional tax revenue generated by an increase in the equalized assessed value (EAV) within the district. Officials assured the board and community that, based on the projections, district homeowners and businesses should still see an overall decrease in the college's tax rate on next year's bill. 

Chief Financial Officer Chris Randles shared that a recent survey of counties' EAV indicates an aggregate EAV increase of 4.52 percent over last year. For homeowners, the projected rate would decrease from $.54 to $.53 per hundred dollars of equalized assessed valuation.

After holding a public hearing on the issue during the meeting, trustees voted unanimously to make the $32 million levy request for 2018, an 11.84 percent increase over its 2017 tax levy extension in order to tax at the maximum operating tax rates with increases to the EAV of up to approximately 14 percent. Tax revenue to the college will be based on the actual extension, which will take place in the spring. 

Board members heard a report from Parkland College Foundation Executive Director Tracy Wahlfeldt that indicated more than $200,000 in scholarships had been awarded for the fall 2018 semester. Wahlfeldt shared that foundation funds have been used to make significant upgrades recently to the Staerkel Planetarium, the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre, and the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Applications Center. 

Trustees also approved the school's FY2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) audit, including the Schedule for Federal Awards, Internal Control, and Compliance reports. The report presented the college with an unqualified "clean" opinion of its FY 2018 financial statements, the best type to receive from independent review. 

During the meeting, the board swore in Somphon "Sam" Penland as a peace officer for the Parkland College Public Safety Department. Penland, a resident of Champaign, is a 9-1/2-year veteran of the Joliet Police Department. She worked previously as a telecommunicator and security guard at Parkland College.
 
In other business Wednesday, trustees approved the following:

  • the Parkland College 2020-2021 academic calendar, which had been approved by the school's faculty-staff senate and college council. Registration and payment deadlines for instructional sessions within each semester will be published in the class schedule and online at the college website,parkland.edu, and the student and employee portal, my.parkland.edu.

  • the Board of Trustees' 2019 monthly meeting dates. Trustee meetings will be held at 7 p.m. in Room U325 on the Parkland campus unless otherwise announced; meeting dates will be available on the college's website.

  • renewal of the pricing agreement with global cloud software company Desire2Learn. D2L's Brightspace Learning Environment (branded at Parkland College as "Cobra Learning") is the learning management system students and instructors use for online, hybrid, and face-to-face course communication. The current pricing agreement expires June 30, 2019. 

  • personnel appointments:

    • David Ford, Certified Flight Instructor, Institute of Aviation

    • Joseph Leinweber, Certified Flight Instructor, Institute of Aviation

    • John L. Maxwell, Groundskeeper, Physical Plant

    • David Farmer, Groundskeeper, Physical Plant

    • Jerow Scheel, Police Officer, Public Safety

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