Trustees Approve New Career Program
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Trustees Approve New Career Program

New credential for students approved at Wednesday meeting

Parkland College trustees approved curricula for a new career certificate that will help bridge the digital divide in the district.

At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Parkland College Board of Trustees approved the school's new, six-credit-hour certificate, Introduction to Computers in Business. The program will go through a final review for approval with the Illinois Community College Board in the new academic year.

An extension of the college's existing Business Administrative Technology AAS program, Introduction to Computers in Business teaches keyboarding skills and file management and introduces the student to Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Google Applications. The certificate will assist efforts to close the widening gap between those who have computer skills and those who do not in Champaign County. It will also enable the college to build bridges for those with minimal skills into entry-level employment or into the Business Administrative Technology programs.

Trustees also approved the following:

  • purchase of Allen-Bradley motion-control equipment from Kirby Risk of Champaign, $32,194.

  • purchase of repair services from Poplar Grove Airmotive, Inc., $69,000.

  • hiring local media purchasing consultant firm McKenzie-Wagner, $16,250.

  • hiring consulting and advertising firm CLARUS Corporation for digital marketing services, $4,200 management fee plus contracted ads costs. 

  • purchase of a used 2018 Ford F250 XLT truck for Precision Ag Technology course field work, $37,245.

  • personnel appointments:

    • Kyle Schum, Certified Flight Instructor, Institute of Aviation

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