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Year-Round Pell Grants Available for Summer

Third disbursement may be available; contact Financial Aid office to apply

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Parkland College students eligible for the Pell Grant may be able to receive a third disbursement of the award, based on a recent Department of Education announcement.

Students who already received a full Pell Grant during the fall and spring semesters may now qualify for "Year-round Pell" and thus receive a full Pell Grant during the summer semester as well, the DOE reported.

Year-round Pell allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year, so that they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise. With careful planning, Pell Grant recipients may take advantage of this new regulation to earn their degree faster.

According to the new regulation, any Pell Grant received over the summer will be included in determining the student's Pell Grant lifetime limit.

To be eligible for the additional Pell Grant funds, a student:

• must be otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grant funds for the payment period
• must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) during the summer term
• must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress

Students who have been awarded Pell Grants for the 2017‐2018 academic year are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid office at 217/351-2222 or finaid@parkland.edu for assistance with summer 2018 financial planning.

Innovation Celebration to be held at Parkland

Outstanding residents, organizations, corporations to be honored at 13th annual event

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The 13th annual Innovation Celebration will be held Thursday, March 29, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Parkland College’s Student Union, 2400 W. Bradley Avenue, Champaign.

The Innovation Celebration recognizes community individuals, organizations, and corporations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University of Illinois' economic development mission, and the growth of entrepreneurial talent and energy in our community.

This event is not merely an award for accomplishment, but a benchmark of success for the nominees and those selected to receive this prestigious award. Innovation Celebration is hosted by the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and community sponsors.

Learn more at http://innovationcelebration.com/.

The William M. Staerkel Planetarium will conduct two interactive Merit Badge workshops for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts this spring. Advance registration is required.

Girl Scout Naturalist Sky Badge workshops run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on either April 17 or April 25. You only need to attend one session. Cost is $4 per Scout; leaders are free. 

Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge workshops run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on either May 15 or May 23. You only need to attend one session. Cost is $5 per Scout; leaders are free. 

Scouts will receive a booklet based on the requirements. For more information, call 217/351-2567.

College for Kids Registration Underway

Two-week sessions for kids ages 8–13: June 18-28 and July 9-19

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Registration begins Feb. 16 for Parkland College's summer enrichment program for elementary and middle school students, College for Kids.
 
The popular two-week sessions for youth ages 8–13 cover a variety of subjects including technology, computer science, math, science, visual and performing arts, language arts, and humanities. Students learn something new, explore interests, and discover new hobbies in a supervised and comfortable environment. 
 
Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Parents and guardians have until June 4 to register their children for the first of two CFK sessions offered this year, which will be held June 18–28. Session two, which takes place July 9–19, has a June 25 registration deadline.

CFK classes meet Monday through Thursday from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $159 per class.
 
Register online at www.parkland.edu/btceRegister or visit the Business Training and Community Education office at 1315 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign. Only online, in-person, and mail-in registrations are accepted.
 
For more information, visit the CFK website or call 217/353-2055.

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