Summer Courses at Parkland College

If you are considering taking any courses at Parkland this summer, please review the following:

Admissions and Registration
Continuing University of Illinois students need to begin with the appropriate Parkland Concurrent Enrollment web form (Domestic or International) and complete it in its entirety (including providing the course rubric, number and section, i.e. ENG 220 – 201). As always, students need to attach a PDF of their Academic History (not DARS audit) to ensure that course pre-requisites are met. For students receiving financial aid, they should also complete the Financial Aid Concurrent Enrollment form.

Academically dropped students and those stepping away from the University are to apply as degree-seeking students and do not complete any concurrent enrollment forms.

The Parkland summer and fall schedules will be online soon. Students/advisors can easily search for available courses at Parkland right from the home page by clicking “Academics” and then “Find a Class”. Open registration dates are as follows:

    • Summer –April 2, 2018
    • Fall – April 9, 2018

Meeting Prerequisites
If a student wishes to take a math course, or a course that has math as a prerequisite (e.g. CHEM, CS or Physics), they must show proof of the prerequisite completed through their Academic History (not DARS audit) or a screenshot of their ACT/SAT score (test taken within the last two years). If they do not have either, they will be required to take Parkland’s ALEKS assessment test in person. The break down for the ACT/SAT requirement cutoffs follow (scores are valid for two years):

SAT MATH Score ACT MATH Score Parkland Course Placement
 530-619 22-24 MAT 108 (STAT 100 equiv)
 620-649 25-26 MAT 124 (MATH 112 equiv)
 650-719 27-29 MAT 125, 141, 143, 145, 160, 200 (MATH 115, 124, 143, 125, and ECON 202 equiv)
 720-800 30-36 MAT 128 (MATH 128 equiv)

If the course requires “successful completion of high school chemistry” and the student hasn’t taken chemistry at the University, then the high school transcript is required for Parkland’s review.

Tentative Summer Semester 2018 deadlines:

      • Instruction begins May 21, June 18, and July 16 and ends no later than August 9.
      • Final exams will be held during the last class meeting
      • Early registration for continuing students: March 26–April 1
      • Open registration begins: April 2
      • Last day to register for classes that begin the week of May 21: May 20
      • Last day to register for classes that begin the week of June 18: June 17
      • Last day to register for classes that begin the week of July 16: July 15
      • Campus holidays and closures
        Memorial Day (college closed): May 28
        Independence Day (college closed): July 4
        College offices closed: Fridays, June 22–August 10

Tentative Fall Semester 2018 deadlines:

  • Registration for continuing students: April 2–8
  • Open registration begins: April 9
  • Last day to register for classes that begin the week of August 20: August 19
  • Full-semester and first 8-week classes begin: August 20
  • Last day to register for classes that begin the week of September 10: September 9
  • 13-week classes begin: September 10
  • Last day to register for classes that begin the week of October 15: October 14
  • Second 8-week (midterm) classes begin: October 15
  • Deadline to petition for fall graduation: November 9
  • Last day of classes: December 7
  • Final examinations: December 10–14
  • Campus holidays and closures
    Faculty and Staff Development (offices closed 8–10 a.m.): August 13
    Labor Day (college closed): September 3
    Thanksgiving recess (begins at 5 p.m. on November 21; college closed): November 22–25
    Winter break (college closed): December 22–January 1

Mental Health Careers Panel – Monday, March 26

We’ve invited three former Psychology students (two undergrads and one grad) to talk about their journey and their current profession.

Join us on Monday, March 26, at 4:00 pm in Room 142 Psychology Building for a panel discussion.

Laura Faynor-Ciha, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Naperville, IL

                (BS Illinois ’83; MS Illinois State ’85; PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology ’95)

Jacquelyn Hines, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, McKinley Health Center, Urbana, IL

                (BS Illinois ’06; MS Indiana ’08; PhD, Counseling Psychology, Illinois ’13)

Beth Rom-Rymer, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Chicago, IL

                (BS Princeton ’73; MA Illinois ’80; PhD Illinois ’86)


Drop Deadline – Friday, March 9

Don’t forget – tomorrow, Friday, March 9, is the last day to drop a full-semester (POT 1) course! You can drop courses in Enterprise up until 11:59 PM on Friday (but don’t wait until the last minute!).

Friday is also the last day to elect to take a course CR/NC and the last day to turn in Grade Replacement forms for full-semester courses you are taking now. You will need to get CR/NC forms signed by your advisor, and both CR/NC and Grade Replacement must be turned in to 2002 Lincoln Hall by the end of the workday.

If you have questions, need a form signed, or want to stop by to discuss, I’ll have drop-ins all day tomorrow (9-12 and 1-4).



Don’t drop the ball – drop that course by the deadline!

EPSY 203: Social Issues Group Dialogues

Spring 2018 EPSY 203: Social Issues Group Dialogues sections have been announced. If you are interested in issues of diversity and social justice and/or need to add 1 or 2 credit hours this semester, these second 8-week (POT B) courses are worth considering.

These 1 credit hour elective courses provide students with opportunities to converse on specific diversity and social justice topic areas offered as separate sections under the course heading. Each section uses a structured dialogue format to explore intergroup and intragroup differences and similarities within historical and contemporary contexts. Specific focus will be on participants sharing their experiences and perspectives related to the specific dialogue topic. The dialogue format uses active learning exercises in addition to weekly readings, journal assignments, and topic based dialogues. Current course topics available: Being White in a Multicultural Society, Exploring Disability, 2 Race/Ethnicity dialogues, Exploring Sexual Identity, Resisting Marginalization, Conservative/Liberal Dialogue, and Exploring Socioeconomic Class. Course descriptions available at

May be repeated in the same term to a maximum of 2 hours. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours. Students can directly enroll in one section. If a student wants two sections they should email to provide UIN for departmental duplicate override.

How to Be More Productive

CNBC quotes our own Alejandro Lleras in a blog post on boosting productivity. Good advice!

According to a study in the journal Cognition, even brief diversions can dramatically      improve a person’s ability to focus on a task for prolonged periods of time.

‘From a practical standpoint, our research suggests that, when faced with long
tasks (such as studying before a final exam or doing your taxes), it is best to impose brief breaks on yourself. Brief mental breaks will actually help you stay focused on your task.’

Women’s Career Institute – Free Event for Students

Women’s Career Institute
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
Register online.

Sandee Kastrul is president and co-founder of i.c.stars, an innovative nonprofit leadership and technology training program founded in 1999 to prepare inner-city adults for technology careers and community leadership. Prior to i.c.stars, Sandee’s experience as an educator, diversity trainer, educational consultant and a performing artist drew her creative talents to the forefront. Her accomplishments include designing a comprehensive science and civics interactive program for GED students at Jobs for Youth, implementing a professional development program with Harold Washington College Career Center, developing experiential learning modules for over 70 schools and creating artist in residency programs as well as training artists to work in classrooms for arts organizations.

Where We Are, How We Got Here, and How to Get Here
A multi-generational discussion based panel exploring the career paths of female power players across fields

  • Moderator: Eden Haycraft (Senior Assistant Director for Employer Relations and Career Connections, UIUC Career Center)
  • Humanities Panelist: Kristin Wilcox (Director of Internships and Senior Lecturer of English, Dept. of English, UIUC)
  • Health Care Panelist: Tina Knox (Pre-Med Advisor, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, UIUC)
  • Political/Public Service Panelist: Sallie Mille(IL State President, American Association of University Women) 

Staying Authentic:  Strategies for Communication and Leadership Skills in the Workplace
Breakout session exploring topics in career development and sustainability

    • “Thriving in Male-Dominated Fields”
      • Facilitated by Dr. Brenda Wilson (Professor, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, UIUC)
      • Jana Lithgow (Assistant Dean for Advising, Registration, and Student Support, UIUC)
    • “Creating and Managing Your Brand”
      • Jessica Hogue (Director, Media Career Services, UIUC)
      • Jenette Jurczyk (Creative Director, That’s What She Said)

Finding a Job:  Tips, Tricks and Tools
Discover proven strategies to enhance your job search and widen your network

      • Eden Haycraft (Senior Assistant Director for Employer Relations and Career Connections, UIUC Career Center)
      • Kristin Wilcox (Director of Internships and Senior Lecturer of English, Dept. of English, UIUC)

#TimesUp:  Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace
In 2017, media attention was captured by an outpouring of people coming forward about past abuses and harassment in the workplace among other spaces. This panel will explore the current state of discrimination and harassment in the workplace, what options are available to those in the workforce, and how we each contribute to changing a culture that both tolerates, and perpetuates, harm.

  • Claire Sharples Brooks, JD (EEO Investigator, UIUC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access)
  • Stephanie Fortado (School of Labor and Employment Relations, UIUC)
  • Alejandra Stenger (Merit Director, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, UIUC)

$tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop
AAUW’s Start Smart and Work Smart programs are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits packages. By learning strategies and practicing effective language, participants gain valuable skills they can use throughout their lives — well beyond their next negotiation.

  • Amanda Cox (Senior Assistant Director Career Counseling and Outreach, Career Center, UIUC)

Health Training Certification Panel

Allied Health Training Certification

You are invited to attend a panel presentation featuring representatives from various health training certificate programs (EMT, CNA, CPR, Basic Life Skills, First Aid) available right here in our community.

These certificates provide a wonderful opportunity for students to train to work on health teams and boost their health competencies as they prepare for and/or explore various careers in healthcare.

Wednesday, Feb. 7
4:00 – 5:00 PM

The Career Center’s Information Suite
616 E. Green Street (between McDonald’s & Subway), Room 213

*Panel will feature representatives from Parkland College Health Professions, Carle Hospital Education, and Illinois Emergency Medical Services.

*A brief presentation will be followed by panelists sharing information about each program and plenty of question/answer time for attendees