Explore your Options

Parkland College strives to meet the unique needs of our students. From full degrees to certificates to classes for personal enrichment, let us know how we can help you reach your goals.

Degree and Certificate Programs

As a degree-seeking student, you can be working on your general education courses in preparation to transfer. These programs generally consist of 60 credit hours of classes that can be completed within two years of college-level work.
•    Associate in Arts (AA)
•    Associate in Science (AS)
•    Associate in Engineering Science (AES)
•    Associate in Fine Arts (AFA)
Parkland also offers Associate in Applied Science degrees that give students an opportunity to learn hands-on skills that will make them employable in two years of full-time study. Certificate programs can last from one to three semesters and also teach marketable skills.
Programs and majors

Pathway to Illinois

For students that have always dreamed of attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Parkland's Pathway to Illinois can be a good step in that direction. This dual enrollment program allows students to take their general classes at Parkland, plus up to five credit hours at UIUC at the Parkland tuition rate.

College credit while you're still in high school

Whether you are in a traditional high school setting or home-schooled, you may have opportunities to take college classes for credit if you are 15 years are older. Visit Dual Credit for more information.

Online classes

At Parkland, we see online classes as another great option for earning credits or even a  degree. Online Learning will get you started with all the important questions. 

Partnership colleges

Many students have plans to move on to another college after earning their associate's degree at Parkland. As one of the top transfer community colleges in Illinois, we pride ourselves on helping students get where they want to go. Non-traditional students can get assistance at adultreentry@parkland.edu. Check the partnerships for more information.

Personal Enrichment and Professional Certificates

Visit Community Education for information on a multitude of noncredit classes and certification programs that don't require the typical Parkland application.