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HCC is tobacco free starting June 1

New policy takes place June 1, 2015

Heartland is committed to fostering a healthy and productive environment for all students, faculty, staff, vendors, volunteers, and visitors.

A 2006 Surgeon General’s report determined there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke and the National Cancer Institute estimates at least 65,000 deaths per year are directly linked to the exposure of secondhand smoke. 

We recognize individuals who are of age can use tobacco products on their own accord.  However, out of respect for others and the environment and in compliance with the Smoke Free Campus Act (110 ILCS 64), the College believes this policy is in the best interest of all individuals who are part of the College community.

What “tobacco free” means

For Heartland, being tobacco free means the campus is free from use of all tobacco products including:

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Pipes
  • Beedies
  • Clove cigarettes
  • Smokeless tobacco
  • Dip
  • Chew
  • Snuff
  • Snus

Restrictions also include any other smoking products that appear to be a cigarette or electronic cigarette and any other non-FDA approved nicotine delivery device or product.

Tobacco use on campus is prohibited

Use of tobacco is not allowed on College property, including any HCC facilities or vehicles owned or leased by the College.

The tobacco free policy does not include personal motor vehicles.

All tobacco products in use must be properly disposed of prior to entering any College property or exiting a personal vehicle.  Littering the remains of tobacco products or any other related waste product on College property is also prohibited.

Get help to quit

If you’re ready to kick the habit of smoking, help is available.

Students: Contact Faye Freeman-Smith at faye.freemansmith@heartland.edu

Employees: Contact Hannah Renner at hannah.renner@heartland.edu 


Apply for YEP technology scholarships

HCC’s Community Education department is offering six, full scholarships for Youth Enrichment Program (YEP) technology classes this summer. The summer camps are for students entering grades 3-5 or 6-8.

The need-based scholarships are part of a grant from the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy fund from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

Apply by July 15

Students:  Write a brief summary (250-500 words) about:

  • Your interest in technology
  • How the scholarship will benefit you in school
  • Your involvement in local youth organizations or school activities


  1. Get an application by calling 309-268-8193 or emailing angie.coughlin@heartland.edu.
  2. Fill out the application
  3. Provide proof of need with one of the following:
  • A copy of the student’s current free/reduced lunch program confirmation
  • A letter from the child’s school regarding confirmation of need-based tuition assistance
  • Verification of participation in some state/federal financial assistance program, such as WIC, Medicaid, etc.

     4. Submit the application and student essay to Angie Coughlin by email or US mail

  • Email: angie.coughlin@heartland.edu
  • US Mail: Angie Coughlin
    Director, Community Education
    Heartland Community College
    1500 W. Raab Road
    Normal, IL  61761

Available Courses

Scholarships can be used on one of the following classes:

Make Your First Video Game– Design a 2-D game. Conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sounds and simple coding are some of the concepts we'll explore. No prior experience is necessary - just a desire to have fun.

Make Your First 3-D Video Game - Develop a game concept that goes beyond the limitations of the traditional 2-D game design classes. You'll learn the physics behind 3-D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling flow of gameplay and storytelling.

Video Game Animation - Create and animate your own character sprites, objects and backgrounds. Start with a name, then develop the character's personality, signature moves, special powers and storyline. Finish with a fully animated character for use in future games. No prior experiences in game design, animation or sketching are required.

App Attack! Make Your First Game App - Customize your own game and explore the world of web-based apps. See firsthand how the world of app publishing functions. No prior experience is necessary and you do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class.

App Adventure! The Next Level - Continue your quest to make the next viral app! Whether you want to build on the basic techniques learned in App Attack or want to jump right in, we're ready for you. Choose from a selection of different mobile app types and explore more in-depth programming concepts.

Code Breakers - This course has the essentials you need to begin your coding journey. Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript and CSS through a series of web projects and daily design challenges.

Minecraft Designers - Learn the basics of making 3-D models using new software to design your own objects, create skins for characters and import them into your favorite Minecraft games. To access your project at home you must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. A parent's email address is required to use 3-D modeling software.

Minecraft Modders - Use your favorite game to explore the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn to modify your favorite game by scripting and logic statements as you create your first mod. Introductory coding will be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. To access your project at home you must own a PC/Mac version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone and game console version of Minecraft are not compatible.

Visit Community Education’s course catalog for more specifics including course dates and times.

Kelli Hill announced as new VP

On Wednesday, May 20, Heartland Community College announced Kelli Hill as the College’s new vice president of continuing education and advancement. Hill previously served Heartland as executive director of planning and collaborative efforts; her new role is effective June 8.

As vice president, Hill will provide executive leadership, direction and support for the College’s Adult Education, Community Education, Customized Training, Development, Marketing and Governmental Relations units.

“Kelli is a creative, strategic thinker and really strong collaborator and communicator with the ability to be a very effective leader of Continuing Education and Advancement,” said HCC President Rob Widmer. “She has a background in education both at the K-12 and higher education levels as well as experience with economic and workforce development. Additionally, Kelli’s engagement and networking throughout the district support and enhance important Heartland business and community relationships.”

Work experience

Prior to Heartland, Hill worked in K-12 education at Hinsdale and Morton school districts as a teacher and assistant principal. In 2006, she served Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing as the accelerated program coordinator and grants administrator. There, Hill led strategic action to address the needs of nursing programs and students and obtained necessary resources for program support. She then served as vice president and special projects director for the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council in 2009, where she led projects for regional, economic and workforce development.

Hill joined Heartland in 2011 as executive director of planning and collaborative efforts. In this role, Hill has assisted in advancing Heartland’s community partnerships with organizations such as Next Step and Compact. She also has been engaged with several initiatives, including the regional Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) initiative.  Additionally in this role, Hill has been instrumental in facilitating college planning initiatives and strategies for improving institutional effectiveness.

Education and accomplishments

Hill completed her undergraduate studies at Illinois State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. She also earned a Master of Science degree in educational administration from Northern Illinois University.

In 1995, Hill was named Assistant Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals’ Association and in 2008, she was named Individual Service Provider of the Year by the Illinois Workforce Investment Board Area 16 and Career Link. She currently serves on numerous councils and boards throughout the community.