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Career Technical Education

This pathway offers career and technical education courses connected to applied degree or certificate programs at Heartland.

  • There are no formal placement testing requirements for career and technical education courses listed.
  • Qualified instructors must have 2,000 work hours experience unless otherwise noted.

*Transferable Elective Options

This section also displays transferable elective courses denoted by an asterisk, which often differ from career and technical course with regard to course prerequisites and/or instructor qualifications. Placement testing requirements are noted by applicable electives.

*See each course listing for details.

  • *ACSM 101: Introduction to Computers (Elective)

    Introduction to Computers will introduce students from any major to the essential computing concepts including computer hardware and software, in addition to the Internet and World Wide Web. Students will work with a current operating system in addition to software packages used in business and industry. Ethical and social issues will be emphasized. Keyboarding ability recommended. Credit will not be awarded for students who have taken ACSM 102 and ACSM 103 combined. 

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 30
    • Instructor Qualifications: Master’s degree w/ a minimum of 18 graduate hours in CSCI

    ACSM 125: Powerpoint

    This course is a comprehensive exploration of designing and creating presentations. Students will learn the key concepts and techniques of Microsoft PowerPoint to create professional presentations. Keyboarding skills are recommended.

    • Credit Hour: 1
    • Course Capacity: 35

    ACSM 136: Excel Level I

    This course will introduce students to the use of spreadsheets through Microsoft Excel. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating, editing, formatting and enhancing worksheets and charts, and adding visual interest to workbooks. Credit will not be awarded for students who have previously taken ACSM 135.

    • Credit Hour: 1
    • Course Capacity: 35

    ACSM 137: Excel Level II

    This course will build on the skills developed in ACSM 136 with emphasis on creating and using advanced functions and formulas, and working with tables and data features. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating and modifying charts, using conditional formatting rules and custom number formats, filtering and sorting data, creating PivotTables and customizing Sparklines.

    • Credit Hour: 1
    • Course Capacity: 35
    • Prerequisite: Completion of ACSM 136

    ACSM 138: Excel Level III

    This final course in the Excel series will focus on using data analysis features to make good business decisions. Students will receive hands-on instruction in using auditing tools, creating assumptions and performing What-If analysis, protecting and sharing workbooks, automating tasks using macros, creating custom templates, and importing, exporting and distributing data.

    • Credit Hour: 1
    • Course Capacity: 35
    • Prerequisite: Completion of ACSM 137

    ACSM 146: Access Level I

    This course will introduce students to the major components  of database management systems using Microsoft Access. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating and managing tables, queries, forms, and reports and will develop an understanding of the relationships between these functions.

    • Credit Hour: 1
    • Course Capacity: 35

    ACSM 147: Access Level II

    This course will build on the skills developed in ACSM 146, with emphasis on data storage and retrieval measures. Students will receive hands-on instruction in using data filters, forms and advanced query techniques, as well as creating relationships between tables and lookup fields.

    • Credit Hour: 1
    • Course Capacity: 35
    • Prerequisite: Completion of ACSM 146

    ACSM 148: Access Level III

    This final course in the Access series will focus on advanced form techniques and managing a database. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating and modifying custom forms, reports and macros, importing data and linking to tables in another database.

    • Credit Hour: 1
    • Course Capacity: 35
    • Prerequisite: Completion of ACSM 147

    ACSM 156: Word Level I

    This course will introduce students to the basics of word processing software using Microsoft Word. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating, formatting, and editing Word documents, and working with envelopes and labels.

    • Credit Hour: 1
    • Course Capacity: 35

    ACSM 157: Word Level II

    This course will build on the skills developed in ACSM 156, with emphasis on enhancing Word documents. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating tables and charts, inserting images, tracing changes and comments, merging documents and managing a data source.

    • Credit Hour: 1
    • Course Capacity: 35
    • Prerequisite: Completion of ACSM 156

    ACSM 158: Word Level III

    This final course in the Microsoft® Word series will focus on using advanced techniques to manage documents. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating and customizing themes and styles, inserting references, creating indexes, forms and outlines, and working with macros.

    • Credit Hour: 1
    • Course Capacity: 35
    • Prerequisite: Completion of ACSM 157

    *BUSN 110: Introduction to Business (Elective)

    This course focuses on clarifying the complexities of the business world while enhancing students’ skills in critical thinking, problem solving, diversity, multiculturalism and communication; thus providing them with necessary tools for business success. Within a framework of professionalism, ethical decision making, responsibility and the use of technology, students will assess the global, economic, social, technological and political environments impacting business. In addition, students will examine the essential elements of organizational structure, marketing, management, accounting and financial decision making. 

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 30
    • Prerequisite: Placement at college-level English
    • Instructor Qualifications: Master’s degree w/ a minimum of 18 graduate hours in BUSN
  • *CSCI 101: Introduction to Computer Information Science (Elective)

    This course presents concepts of computer based systems; computer hardware, software and organization environments; system categories, delivery modes; systems development methods; career opportunities and responsibilities. This is a lecture course with hands-on experience with microcomputers. 

    • Credit Hour: 4
    • Course Capacity: 24
    • Instructor Qualifications: Master’s degree w/ a minimum 18 graduate hours in CSCI
      • And CISCO instructor certification

    NETW 121: Introduction to Networks

    This is the first of four courses in the Cisco Networking Academy designed to provide students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technology. This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media and operations will be introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes. Instruction includes, but is not limited to: networking, LANs, WANs, OSI models, routers, router programming, topologies and IP addressing.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 20
    • Prerequisite: Completion of CSCI 101

    NETW 122: Routing & Switching Essentials

    This is the second of four courses in the Cisco Networking Academy designed to provide students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technology. Instruction includes, but is not limited to: network terminology and protocols specifications, LANs, WANs, Ethernet, TCP/IP Addressing Protocol, dynamic routing and the network administrator’s role and function. Particular emphasis is given to the use of problem-solving to resolve networking issues.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 20
    • Prerequisite: Completion of NETW 121 

    NETW 150: Workstation Operating Systems

    This course presents the features of a workstation operating system and takes a detailed look at command line based and graphical user interface based microcomputer operating systems. The class will be taught using Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP and DOS in a Windows format. The class includes discussion concerning Network Operating Systems and functional criteria for operating system design, job management, task management, data management, resource allocation and dump and trace facilities.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 20
    • Prerequisite: Completion of CSCI 101

    NETW 151: PC Hardware Maintenance & Repair

    This course covers the common microcomputer hardware maintenance functions. This course is not intended to train experienced technicians but rather to assist the common microcomputer user concerning basic maintenance functions and to determine when to call an expert technician for help. This course also covers basic installation procedures for commercial microcomputer software.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 20
    • Prerequisite: Completion of CSCI 101

    NETW 160: Introduction to Networking

    This course is an introduction to hardware and software used in data communication and networking. Topics include personal computer hardware, operating systems, connecting to a network and the Internet, network addressing, network services, wireless technology, basic security and troubleshooting. This course provides a knowledge base of networking concepts and terminology in preparation for more advanced study of networks with a basic understanding of digital data and communications. Practical experience with networks is part of the course.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 20
    • Prerequisite: Completion of CSCI 101

    NETW 166: Windows Workstation Administration

    This course prepares students to setup and support the Microsoft Windows workstation operating system. It also helps prepare students for the related Microsoft certification exam.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 20
    • Prerequisite: Completion of NETW 150 w/ a “C” or better

    NETW 167: Windows Server Administration

    This course prepares students to install and configure a Microsoft Windows Server. Various file systems and disk management functions, administering the operating system, network protocols and remote access are included. It also helps prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Professional examination.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 20
    • Prerequisite: Completion of NETW 150 w/ a “C” or better
  • DMED 101: Introduction to Digital Media

    An introduction to the major media forms used in digital media production, including print design, web design, audio production, video production, animation and authoring tools. Students will also investigate the impact of digital media on society and current issues in media and technology. Basic computer skills will be expected in the areas of word processing, graphic and paint programs.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 18

    DMED 110: Web Page Development

    An introduction to the World Wide Web on the Internet and its uses as a communication tool. The course will cover essential terms and technologies, creating web pages, critiquing Internet content and a review of ethical and legal issues. Basic computer skills will be expected. Course covers HTML5 and CSS coding as well using web design programs to create content. Special attention is paid to creating web content that adheres to web standards. Students learn basics of image manipulation. The course will have a continuing emphasis on successfully communicating through the web, especially considering design and interactivity.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 18

    DMED 120: Computer Imaging and Design

    An introduction to creating and manipulating digital images. Emphasis is placed on studying and applying basic design concepts, while dealing with common print, video and computer designing challenges faced in the business world. Computer graphic programs, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign or Quark will be used.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 18
  • *CHLD 101: Introduction to Early Childhood (Elective)

    This course provides an overview of the historical and present-day representations of the fields of early childhood general education, early childhood special education, and early intervention. Information regarding organizational structures and public policy are shared via lecture and comparative observations. The course includes a strong focus on professional ethics, knowledge, skills, and dispositions. 

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 32
    • Instructor Qualifications: Master’s degree w/ a minimum of 18 graduate hours in EDU

    *CHLD 102: Growth and Development of the Young Child (Elective)

    This course provides an overview of the theory and principles of human growth and development from conception through adolescence. Content includes an in-depth study of the inter-relatedness of physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development. Development is studied in the context of family, gender, culture, language, ability, socioeconomics, diversity, and society. Special emphasis will be on the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson, and Gardner. Four field observations are required outside of class time in addition to at least two during class sessions. 

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 32
    • Instructor Qualifications: Master's degree w/a minimum of 18 graduate hours in ECE or related field

    *CHLD 202: Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child (Elective)

    This course provides an overview of the health, safety and nutritional needs of young children and early childhood practices to ensure the health and well-being of each child in a group setting. Content includes roles and responsibilities of adults in meeting children's diverse needs, the promotion of healthy lifestyle practices, understanding common childhood illnesses and injuries, meeting health, nutrition and safety standards, and planning nutritious meals that are appropriate for each child. 

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 32
    • Instructor Qualifications: Master's degree w/a minimum of 18 graduate hours in ECE or related field
  • EMT 101: Emergency Medical Technician

    An introduction to the principles and practices of pre-hospital emergency care based upon the current U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety national standard curriculum for providers of primary medical care at scenes of an accident and/or illness. This course contains a variety of skills, which require fine-motor coordination. Students must also be physically able to lift and transfer patients safely and correctly. EMT 101 meets federal and state guidelines for EMT training, and students who successfully complete this course will be able to take the Illinois State or National Registry EMT licensure exam.

    • Credit Hours: 8
    • Course Capacity: 25
    • Instructor Qualifications: A current license as an EMT-B, EMT-I, EMT-P, RN or physician;
      • a minimum of four years of experience in pre-hospital emergency care;
      • at least two years of documented teaching experience;
      • documented classroom teaching experience, i.e., BTLS, PHTLS, CPR, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS);
      • documented successful completion of the Illinois EMS Instructor Education Course or equivalent to the National Standard Curriculum for EMS Instructors.

    HLTH 110: Medical Terminology

    Through the study of medical prefixes, roots and suffixes, students will learn how to define and use medical terms as they relate to body structure and function, medical procedures and disease processes. This class will also emphasize spelling, pronunciation and abbreviations.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 30

    NURS 110: Nursing Assistant

    The course prepares individuals to function as nursing assistants in nursing homes, hospitals and private homes.  Basic nursing knowledge and skills required to care for individuals in a manner that respects their dignity will be the focus of this course. The course contains a variety of skills which require fine-motor coordination. Students must also be physically able to lift and transfer patients safely and correctly. Students must submit to authorization for a Live Scan fingerprint (required by Illinois law), a physical exam, TB testing and a uniform purchase. NURS 110 meets federal and state guidelines for nursing assistant training and students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to take the competency evaluation required for nursing assistants.

    • Credit Hours: 8
    • Course Capacity: 8
    • Instructor Qualifications: 2,000 work hours experience
      • AND an active IL RN license
      • AND current Train the Trainer (IDPH) certificate
  • Access Project Lead The Way Courses

    Construction

    CAD 101: Introduction to AutoCAD

    This course provides an overview of AutoCAD software use. You will learn basic AutoCAD commands and techniques for mechanical, architectural, and other applications.
    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 25

    CAD 235: CAD for Construction

    This course introduces the principles and practices used in the construction industry to create working drawings for residential and commercial construction projects. You will learn how to use the most current software tools to create plans to the latest building codes and standards; development of sketching and problem-solving techniques will be emphasized.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 16
    • Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in OR completion of CAD101

    CNST 101: Construction Materials and Methods

    This course introduces light commercial and residential construction techniques and materials. Students will learn basic construction principles and the materials used in the industry; emphasis will be placed on the requirements of buildings to be energy efficient.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 16

    Design & Fabrication

    MFTG 115: Manufacturing & Production Processes

    This course examines safety, quality, and manufacturing processes; each of the three areas is broken down with definitions, examples, and exercises. You will learn about manufacturing concepts and actions that can produce higher quality products, increase productivity, achieve greater customer satisfaction, and assure a safe and healthy work environment; practical cases and real-world examples are investigated and discussed.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 25

    TECH 114: Introduction to Technical Graphics

    This course covers the basics of industrial blueprint reading and standard drafting practices including both sketching and manual drafting techniques. Learn about types of drawings, nomenclature, and common applications of technical drawings.

    • Credit Hour: 3
    • Course Capacity: 20

    WELD 110: Introduction to Welding Processes

    This course examines general welding practices and their application within an industrial facility. You will learn welding practices such as: cutting, soldering, brazing, SMAW, GMAW, and TIG.

    • Credit Hour: 3
    • Course Capacity: 10 HCC-Normal | up to 20 high school setting
      • Capacity is contingent upon on equipment availability.

    Welding

    MFTG 115: Manufacturing & Production Processes

    This course examines safety, quality, and manufacturing processes; each of the three areas is broken down with definitions, examples, and exercises. You will learn about manufacturing concepts and actions that can produce higher quality products, increase productivity, achieve greater customer satisfaction, and assure a safe and healthy work environment; practical cases and real-world examples are investigated and discussed.

    • Credit Hours: 3
    • Course Capacity: 25

    TECH 114: Introduction to Technical Graphics

    This course covers the basics of industrial blueprint reading and standard drafting practices including both sketching and manual drafting techniques. Learn about types of drawings, nomenclature, and common applications of technical drawings.

    • Credit Hour: 3
    • Course Capacity: 20

    WELD 110: Introduction to Welding Processes

    This course examines general welding practices and their application within an industrial facility. You will learn welding practices such as: cutting, soldering, brazing, SMAW, GMAW, and TIG.

    • Credit Hour: 3
    • Course Capacity: 10 HCC-Normal | up to 20 high school setting
      • Capacity is contingent upon on equipment availability.

    WELD 116: Shielded Metal Arc Welding I

    This course covers SMAW welding techniques, procedures, and safety. You will begin to prepare for the American Welding Society (AWS) welder qualification test for unlimited thickness metals by gaining entry-level welding ability in meeting industrial requirements and learning welding a variety of metals in the flat and horizontal positions using approved electrodes.

    • Credit Hour: 3
    • Course Capacity: 10 HCC-Normal | up to 20 high school setting
      • Capacity is contingent upon on equipment availability.
    • Prerequisite: Completion of WELD 110

Contact Person

For your administrative partnership process OR course selection inquiries:

Email Sarah Diel-Hunt, Ph.D.

Associate VP for Academic Affairs
Phone: 309-268-8593