High school juniors and seniors earn credits that count toward high school diploma and college, all while gaining skills in the following Parkland College degree programs. Contact us at 217/355-1382 or for more information.


Students gain the skills needed to inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks with internal combustion engines. Successfully completing five Academy classes over two years earns the Parkland College Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate. ECCA automotive students will have the opportunity to participate in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow engine challenge. 



This program provides an overview of the collision repair industry with an emphasis on the repair process. Students will learn cost estimating and measurement systems, straightening unibody systems, restoring corrosion protection, outer panel protection, dent repair, door skins, quarter panels, and how to remove and install fenders, doors, and decklids. A heavy emphasis will be placed on safety principles and practices within a collision repair shop.


Students in this program will learn personal computer maintenance and basic skills with operating systems, software, networking, programming, and logic. It will also provide comprehensive study of Linux user commands, local area networks, wide area networks, and the internet. Students who successfully complete Computer Networking as a junior will secure a guaranteed spot in Computer Programming as a senior. 


This program will provide an introduction to logic and fundamental programming concepts using a common computer language with emphasis on syntax and structure. Topics include programming skills for creating websites, covering a range of topics from HTML and CSS to basic usage of common design patterns and web frameworks. Students who successfully complete Computer Networking and the Computer Programming sequence will earn the Parkland College Computer Foundations Certificate.



Students learn how criminal justice procedures and agencies have developed over time, along with their philosophy and constitutional aspects. Students survey the juvenile delinquency and U.S. correctional systems to discover other important aspects of criminal law. Hands-on instruction will include techniques to process crime scenes and analyze physical evidence to help solve cases.


This program is for future teachers and will focus on the philosophy and history of American public education and the role of the teacher, including discussion on current issues in education. The Education program includes a practical experience, which will take place throughout the school year. The practical experience will be jointly developed by ECCA and the student's home high school and will include observation hours and classroom assisting at local school districts.


  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

    Under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse, students learn how to care for patients in a long-term care facility, hospital, or assisted living facility, or in the home. Successfully completing the four Academy courses prepares students for the Illinois Nurse Assistants Certification exam.
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

    Through Emergency Medical Technician training, students are prepared to provide pre-hospital assessment and care for those with medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Successfully completing the four Academy courses prepares students for the Illinois EMT-Basic license exam. Students will have the option to select from the EMS-Health Professions Focus or the EMS-Fire Science Focus. 
    • EMS-Health Professions Focus includes Orientation to Health Careers, Medical Terminology, Legal Issues in Healthcare, and the Emergency Medical Services-1 EMT-Basic courses.
    • EMS-Fire Science Focus includes Orientation to Health Careers, Introduction to Fire Service, Legal Issues in Healthcare, and the Emergency Medical Services-1 EMT-Basic courses.


In Parkland’s state-of-the-art Parkhill Applied Technology Center, students learn AutoCAD software, basic machining processes and machine tool equipment, and computer numeric control (CNC) and CNC programming. Other courses will include instruction in welding, hydraulics/pneumatics, mechanical assembly, and computer-aided machine design.