Saturday Testing and Registration January 4!
Heartland Community College will hold special weekend hours Saturday, January 4, 2014 for those of you needing to register for spring classes. Students who wish to take the assessment must arrive by 9 a.m. and academic advising will continue until noon. To assist with the process, please have your transcripts available for that Saturday's registration session. Take advantage of these special weekend hours and find your path to success at Heartland Community College!
For more information, call (309) 268-8073.
Students: Guaranteed Schedule Now in Place!
Effective immediately: A Guaranteed Schedule is in effect for credit classes beginning with the spring 2014 semester. That means if you see a course offered, it's guaranteed to run, because course sections will no longer be canceled due to low enrollment. The guaranteed schedule is currently in place, so planning your higher education journey just got much easier.
Why is this important? Because now, you can map out entire program of study and be confident you get the classes you need to complete your educational dreams -- and stay on schedule to do it.
New Physical Therapist Assistant Program at HCC
Heartland Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditations is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assume that the program will be granted accreditation.
Important Note: Graduation from a physical therapist assistant program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone 703-706-3245; email@example.com is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
HCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program Accreditation Timeline:
July 1, 2013 – June 1, 2014
Submit Application for
June 1, 2014
Matriculate students into technical portion
Spring Semester 2015
Complete Self Study
CAPTE On-site Visit
Prior to Graduation of first cohort (2016)
HCC Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant:
- PTA Application Planning Guide
- Can help you determine if HCC's PTA is right for you. Also embedded in this document:
- Information session dates and times (page 1)
- Proposed Curriculum (pages 2, 3)
- Can help you determine if HCC's PTA is right for you. Also embedded in this document:
- Clinical Requirements
- Essential Functions of PTA
- Licensure Guide
If you would like to contact us regarding the PTA program at Heartland Community College, please contact:
Instructor of PTA Program
1500 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 268-8743
Fax: (309) 268-7958
HCC Receives EPA Distinction
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Heartland Community College for its green power generation. A member of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, the College uses more than 5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. This is enough to meet 61 percent of the organization's electricity use. Heartland generates green power on-site from its 1.65 megawatt (MW) wind turbine, erected in April 2012. According to the U.S. EPA, Heartland’s green power use is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO) emissions of nearly 800 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO emissions from the annual electricity use of more than 500 average American homes.
“Erecting a commercial grade turbine on Heartland’s campus was a complex undertaking. As a result, we are especially proud being the first Illinois community college to receive the EPA Green Power Partnership distinction,” said Adrienne Tucker, Associate Director of the Green Institute at Heartland.
The U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to switch from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. It currently has more than 1,500 partners. These include Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities.
Community members interested in educational programs and activities related to sustainability can visit http://www.heartland.edu/greenInstitute or call 309-268-8238 for information or to join the Green Institute mailing list.
HCC Alum Pregracke Named CNN Hero of the Year
November 20, 2013
(CNN) -- Chad Pregracke, an Illinois man who has dedicated his life to cleaning the Mississippi River and other U.S. waterways, was named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year on Tuesday night.
Pregracke organizes community cleanups across the country through his nonprofit, Living Lands & Waters. About 70,000 volunteers have pitched in, helping Pregracke collect more than 7 million pounds of trash in the past 15 years.
"The garbage got into the water one piece at a time," Pregracke said earlier this year. "And that's the only way it's going to come out."
Pregracke was recognized Tuesday night along with the rest of this year's top 10 CNN Heroes -- everyday people doing extraordinary things to help change the world. He was chosen as Hero of the Year through a five-week public vote on CNN.com.
"I'll just keep on cleaning up America's rivers and loving every minute of it," said Pregracke as he accepted the award Tuesday night.
For being named CNN Hero of the Year, Pregracke receives $250,000 to continue his work. That is in addition to the $50,000 that each Hero receives for making the top 10.
On Tuesday night, Pregracke pledged to spread some of his Hero of the Year money to the rest of the top 10 Heroes: "I've met so many great people today, the other Heroes, and I'm really moved by all their stories and all the things they do around the world. ... I'm going to give 10 grand to each of them, because they're awesome."
Pregracke, 38, grew up in East Moline, Illinois, where the Mississippi River was in his backyard. As a teenager, he worked as a commercial shell diver and began to notice the heaps of debris in the fabled waterway, which supplies drinking water to 18 million people in more than 50 U.S. cities.
"I saw thousands of barrels, thousands of tires, cars, trucks and tops of school buses. ... I got sick of seeing it and just wanted to do something about it," said Pregracke, whom some have called "the rivers' garbageman."
For nine months out of the year, Pregracke lives on a barge with members of his 12-person crew. They go around the country with a fleet of boats, and they try to make cleanup fun for the volunteers who show up in each city.
They use skits, music and mock motivational speeches to get the volunteers amped up, and sometimes they even do a little karaoke. Teams also compete to see who can find the "best" garbage.
"We do everything in our power to get people excited about it," Pregracke said. "We want people to leave feeling good about what they did so they'll come back."
Close to 90% of what they recover is recycled; Pregracke said the rest gets disposed of properly.
In addition to the river cleanup, Pregracke has launched a floating classroom barge where his staff educates high school students and teachers about the damages of pollution on river ecosystems. In 2007, his nonprofit implemented a program to plant 1 million trees along river shorelines to protect and restore the natural environment. The group is halfway to its goal.
Pregracke says his nonprofit has already held more than 700 cleanups on 23 rivers, but he says he's just getting started. He views his work as a different kind of service to the country.
"A lot of people call me a conservationist or an environmentalist, but the thing is I'm no different than anybody else," he said. "I just want to be known (as) a hardworking American."
This is the seventh year CNN has conducted its annual search for CNN Heroes. In those years, the campaign has profiled more than 200 people on CNN and CNN.com.
This year's top 10 were nominated by CNN's global audience and profiled earlier this year on CNN.
In addition to receiving $50,000, each will also receive free organizational training from the Annenberg Foundation, a leading supporter of nonprofits worldwide. The Heroes will participate in a customized version of the Annenberg Alchemy program, which offers practical guidance to help strengthen organizations for long-term success.
News & Events
- Saturday Testing and Registration January 4!
- Students: Guaranteed Schedule Now in Place!
- New Physical Therapist Assistant Program at HCC
- HCC Receives EPA Distinction
- HCC Alum Pregracke Named CNN Hero of the Year
- New Student Days at HCC
- Save Money at HCC's Textbook Swap in January
- HCC Offering Manufacturing Fundamentals in 2014
- HCC Designated a Military Friendly School
- HCC Receives Governor's Sustainability Award
- Gain Financial Independence with "Next Step"
- "Walls and Bridges" Exhibition in McCauley Gallery
- Annual Holiday Light Recycling Drive Underway