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Holiday Campus Closure

Campus Closure

The HCC campus closes at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 23 and reopens with regular operating hours at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, January 2.

Some College services and resources are available during holiday closure.

Registration

Prospective students: Review registration options.

Current students: Register for classes by logging in to your myHeartland account. Click the “IRIS” tab for instructions.

Tuition Payment

Spring 2015 tuition is due Tuesday, January 6. Log in to your myHeartland account and click the “IRIS” tab. See the Enrollment Services page for more information

Additional College Information

Community Education

Customized Training

Adult Education

 Academic Support Center (ASC)

The ASC has reduced hours Saturday, December 13 through Sunday, January 11. Tutoring services is unavailable during the holiday break.

For a complete list of ASC hours, use the drop down menu on the webpage.

Bookstore

The campus bookstore closes Wednesday, December 24 and resumes normal business hours on Friday, January 2.

During the closure, you can order your books online. Hoover over the “Books” tab and select “Textbooks & Course Materials.”

 Business Technology Learning Center (BTLC)  

The BTLC closes at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 13 and reopens when classes resume on Monday, January 12.

Campus Café

The Heartland Campus Cafe has the following hours of operation during the holiday season:

  • Monday, December 8 – Thursday, Dec 12: Open until 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 12 : Closed
  • Monday, December 15 – Thursday, December 19: Open until 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 19 : Closed
  • Monday, December 22 – Tuesday, December 23: Open until 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 24 – Friday January, 2: Closed
  • Monday, January 5 – Tuesday, January 6: Open until 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 7 - Closed
  • Thursday, January 8 – Open until 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 9: Closed

Normal operating hours resume Monday, January 12.

Child Development Lab (CDL)

The CDL closes at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 23 and reopens with its regular schedule beginning at 7:30 a.m. Friday, January 2.

Developmental Math Center

The Developmental Math Center closes at noon on Friday, December 12. The center reopens at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, January 12 for regular classes.

Enrollment Support

Students can email or call Enrollment Services during the holiday break. Contact information is located here. Representatives will respond as soon as possible when the College reopens Friday, January 2. Emails and calls will be handled as quickly and efficiently as possible in the order they were received.

Fitness and Recreation Center (FRC)

The FRC closes Friday, December 19 through Sunday, January 4. It reopens Monday, January 5 at 6:00 a.m.

Tech Labs

The Open Tech Labs on campus close at 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 12 and reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, January 12. Check with your instructor as individual lab closure times may vary.

Tech Support (Emergencies)

If you have trouble logging into myHeartland, try Password Station. This is where you can correct most log in issues. If Password Station does not work and help is urgently needed, call (309) 268-8380 and leave a message. A staff member will respond as soon as possible.

Responses to general inquiries will take place Friday, January 2, when College offices reopen.

Enjoy the holiday season. Heartland Community College looks forward to working with you in 2015!


HCC keeping eye on textbook costs

Sixty dollars. Two-hundred dollars.

No matter the number, the price of textbooks is costly.

Heartland has entered the battle of rising textbook costs in full gear and other schools are taking interest.

At the 2014 Illinois Community College Student Activities Conference, the College’s Student Government Association (SGA) presented information on their textbook swap program and textbook task team (TTT) to a standing-room only crowd.

Here’s how HCC is taking action on textbook costs.

Textbook Task Team forms

Citing a study by the Government Accountability Office, CNBC says the price of textbooks rose 82 percent between 2002 and 2013. That’s almost three times the rate of inflation.

Heartland is on the ball to address the issue.

In 2012, the HCC Board of Trustees charged the College to address the problem of rising textbook costs.

Enter the TTT, a group of faculty and staff who became dedicated to researching and creating recommendations to help bring down textbook costs for HCC students.

SGA develops textbook swap

In 2013, the SGA put on their first textbook swap. The swap works like an exchange. Students donate their textbooks and in turn, get a voucher for a free book from the swap.

Director of Student Engagement Marvin Rasch explained the swap is not a dollar for dollar exchange, but book for book. “A sliding cost scale would complicate things,” he said. “It’s straight up one-for one. You may donate a $40 book and pick up one that costs $200.”

Over the past two semesters, the swap has saved students more than $20,000 in textbook costs, according to Rasch.

Future plans

Making recommendations

After hours of research, focus groups and surveys, the TTT has drawn some interesting conclusions, such as:

  • Textbooks costs have grown so much, some students are choosing not to purchase books or are taking fewer classes. This can cause lower grades and increased course withdrawals.
  • New edition timelines have shortened and there are often few changes in newer editions.
  • Students purchase older editions to save money.
  • When going online to buy books, students are at risk for purchasing the wrong book.

 Based on this information, the TTT made recommendations to faculty and the College to lower textbook costs. Some of their recommendations include implementing a process for textbook adoption, allowing the use of older editions in the classroom and carefully consider the use of supplementary materials, which can add additional cost to learning.

Observe other schools

Heartland is also paying close attention to what other schools are doing, specifically City Colleges of Chicago who recently implemented an online bookstore.

“Online bookstores are intriguing,” explained Rasch. “We’re going to observe how things go with City Colleges, determine any positive outcomes and pain points and see if that might be a viable option for us.”

Textbook swap

As for the textbook swap, if students want to keep it going, it will continue to happen.

“With all our efforts to make textbooks accessible to students, the textbook swap might not be needed down the road, and that’s fine,” said Rasch. “Our goal and efforts are to make textbooks affordable. They don’t have to be free or ten dollars, just affordable.”

The textbook swap happens through the first Tuesday of the semester. Books can be donated at the student engagement office (SCB 1602) anytime the office is open. For those who do not donate a book, textbook swap books can be purchased for $10.


Normal Readiness Center Dedication

The Normal Readiness Center on the Heartland Community College campus is officially open.

Dedication of the center took place at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, December 14.

The 56,000 square-foot facility houses the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of the Illinois Army National Guard. The brigade includes search and extraction teams, chemical, nuclear and biological decontamination units, military police, firefighters and communications units. Twenty-two full-time and approximately 200 part-time service members will work out of the Readiness Center.

The center broke ground in March of 2013 and is a public-public partnership between the Illinois Army National Guard and Heartland Community College. The location was ideal for the guard because of easy access to major interstates and an airport.

Heartland will share 18,000 square feet of the facility with the guard. HCC will use the space during the week for law enforcement training, traffic safety school, truck driver training, first-responder training and continuing education classes.

In a news release, Heartland President Rob Widmer describes the partnership as a win-win. “The readiness center is a great addition to campus," he said. "This ... partnership affords the college use of additional classrooms and parking for students and provides the Army National Guard the opportunity to access existing campus classroom, meeting and fitness resources.”

Portions of this story courtesy of The Pantagraph.