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Learn More about Heartland Community College

Founded in 1991, Heartland Community College is a two-year, fully accredited institution of higher education with campuses located in Normal, Pontiac, and Lincoln, Illinois. Heartland's main campus in Normal, which opened for classes in 2000, is located halfway between Chicago and St. Louis.

What is a Community College?

Heartland Community College (HCC) is a community college. Community colleges are two-year educational institutions that prepare students to continue their education at four-year universities or succeed in the workforce. Community colleges strive to meet the needs of many students at various stages of their educational goals.

HCC offers:

  • English as a Second Language program to build skills in the English language.
  • Adult basic education to assist students who did not complete a high school degree.
  • Developmental instruction for those testing below college level skills.
  • Instruction in 60 career/technical fields.
  • First two years of a baccalaureate education, which transfers to many public and private colleges and universities.

Advantages of a Community College

Community colleges pride themselves on offering a wider array of convenient, economical classes. Classes are normally limited to no more than 40 students, which provides more opportunity for contact with instructors.

Many students choose to attend a community college to complete an associate's degree. Students can then transfer to a public or private university or college. Academic Advisors assist students in course choices to fit selected majors or meet transfer needs of universities and other institutions.

About Heartland Community College

Heartland Community College (HCC) is the newest community college in the state of Illinois. The first classes were offered in 1991. HCC has grown to an enrollment of approximately 5,000 students enrolled in credit courses. Heartland has sites in Normal, Bloomington, Pontiac, and Lincoln, Illinois. In August 2000 HCC opened a new main campus in Normal.

HCC's main campus is located in north Normal, accessible by a public transportation. Campus is comprised of several buildings, including two academic buildings, a Workforce Development Center, the Child Development Lab, and the Fitness and Recreation Center. The Student Commons Building contains a cafeteria, bookstore, and the Academic Support Center.

The Academic Support Center includes a library, computer lab ,tutoring center, and testing center. All services are available to students and community members free of charge. The library provides access to many online databases, print resources as well as periodicals and newspapers. Students may use the computer lab to write papers, conduct online research or correspond through e-mail.

Students in need of extra help in their classes are able to utilize the tutoring center. Students who have done well in particular classes are available to aid other students needing more assistance. A tutor could help proofread a paper, review math formulas, or offer tips on how to effectively read textbooks. Tutor assistance is available at regularly scheduled times or by appointment.

HCC offers traditional lecture-style courses, online courses, and hybrid courses.

With small class sizes, faculty and support staff can offer personal attention. This makes Heartland Community College an excellent place to begin your studies in the United States to reach your academic goals.

The Calendar Year

HCC has a fall and spring semester, typically lasting 16 weeks. Fall semester classes begin mid-August and end mid-December. The spring semester classes begin in mid-January and end in early or mid-May. Summer sessions are also available.

Students normally have a break of three to four weeks in between fall and spring semester. During spring semester, there is "spring break," a week without classes, in March.

The summer session generally runs eight weeks, although some shorter classes are available. Classes meet in June and July. Students taking summer session will enjoy two to three weeks off of classes between spring and summer sessions and two weeks off between summer and fall sessions.

Course Load

Full-time students enroll for 12 to 18 hours of credit per 16-week semester. The majority of courses are three or four credit hours each. For every hour in class, two to three hours of study time is recommended for success.

Student Activities

Becoming involved in student organizations is a great way to meet other students and learn about American culture. There are different clubs for different interests.

Employment Options

International students may apply for on-campus employment with a maximum of 20 hours per week. The most common student positions are within the library, computer lab, and tutoring center.