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Pontiac Golf Outing Raises $40K for Scholarships

Caterpillar Fuel Systems and the Heartland Community College Foundation raised over $40,000 for student scholarships at the eighth annual Scoring FORE Scholarships golf outing June 5 at Pontiac Elks Lodge in Pontiac, IL.

"Caterpillar and their partners continue to show their amazing generosity to local students,” said Chris Downing, Executive Director at HCC. “The scholarships they create and the lives that they are changing are a testament to their commitment to this community."

Scoring FORE Scholarships raises scholarship funds for Heartland students located in Livingston County. Since its start in 2006, the outing has raised more than $250,000 and has granted 65 scholarships to 25 students. This year, Caterpillar was able to raise the number of full-ride scholarships awarded from five students to six.

“The support for our Scoring FORE Scholarships golf outing this year set a new record in contributions toward scholarships for deserving students to be able to attend Heartland Community College,” said Susan Toher, Operations Manager for Caterpillar Fuel Systems. “Between the beautiful weather and the enthusiastic participation from suppliers, customers, Caterpillar employees, retirees, HCC partners, and local community members, the day was a huge success all around!”

The Caterpillar Scholarship covers tuition and fees for up to four semesters. Current recipients include Cole Fairley, Tina Maier, Brooke Mills and Kristina Ruiz. Livingston County students interested in the scholarship should visit www.hccfoundation.org.

 Event Sponsors

A.B. Heller, Inc.

Advanced Technology Services, Inc.

American Micro

Associated Spring, Barnes Group, Inc.

Bank of Pontiac

Bronson Precision Products

Camcraft, Inc.

Caterpillar Fuel Systems

Central Tools Company

DSI Corporation

Family Eye Care of Pontiac

Feit Brothers Landscaping, Inc.

GTI Spindle Technology, Inc.

Haynes Corporation

Hitchcock Scrap Yard, Inc.

Kennametal - Extrude Hone

Kennametal, Inc.

Kirby Risk Electrical Supply


Kroeschell Operations, Inc.

McCoy Construction Co.

McDonalds of Pontiac

Metal Flow Corp.

Micron USA, Inc.

Motion Industries

Nicor Gas, an AGL Resources Company

NOG, Inc. (Millennium Forge, Golner Precision, Fabricated Metal Products)

OSF St. James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center

Prairie Plastics, Inc.

Precision Resource

Sanders Tools & Supplies, a division of BlackHawk Industrial

Sandvik Coromant

Schumag AG

Senior Flexonics - GA Precision

Sensata Technologies

STANLEY Engineered Fastening - formerly known as Infastech

State Bank of Graymont

Sunnen Products Co

The Tool and Gage House

+Vantage Corporation

Vonachen Services, Inc.


Alumni Association Celebrates Five Years

Heartland's Alumni Association is getting ready to celebrate its fifth year and marks the anniversary by expanding benefits to include discounts and an opportunity for alumni to use the Fitness and Recreation Center. 

The Alumni Association was launched in March 2009 with the board of directors holding its first meeting in September 2009. The mission of the Association is to establish, maintain and enhance relationships between Heartland Community College and its alumni and friends. In the past five years, the Association has focused on areas HCC alumni said they wanted the most, which included professional development opportunities, personal development seminars and career support.

The Association now begins a new phase by offering members priority registration to the College’s Fitness and Recreation Center and Hawk Perks, a program that provides discounts to restaurants, retailers, hotels and other service providers. “We have always wanted to offer discounts exclusively to our alumni,” said Colleen Reynolds, Director of Alumni Relations. “Our first focus was on providing support that will help alumni and their careers. I’m excited to follow through on our long-term goals of offering discounts and access to important Heartland facilities.”

Registered members of Heartland’s Alumni Association can access discounts by downloading the GeoPerks app on their smart phone or by emailing alumni@heartland.edu and requesting a Hawks Perks card. To start using the fitness center, alumni members can call (309) 268-8160. Cost is $125 for the fall and spring semesters and $75 during the summer. Use of the fitness center will require an orientation session and completion of an end-of-semester feedback form.

“We hope alumni take advantage of the new benefits,” said Reynolds. “We’re also hoping these benefits attract more alumni to register for the Association.” Reynolds notes membership is free and applies to anyone who has completed a class at Heartland such as a traditional class, community education, customized training or even traffic school. To become a member, go to heartland.edu/alumni and click the Join Us button.

Heartland Prepares Students for Leadership

Students at Heartland Community College are getting ready to take their leadership skills to the next level. More than 75 students will attend the Power of Peers institute on August 2. The daylong workshop will develop participants’ mentoring, career, customer service and interpersonal skills.

The institute is a first for Heartland and stems from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities grant that was awarded to the College’s Disability and Support Services department in the spring of 2013. In addition to the institute, the grant provides an array of training for faculty, staff and students on disability awareness and provides mentors for Heartland’s Academy of Learning Opportunities (HALO) program, a program that offers access to higher education for students with intellectual disabilities. Mentors attend classes with HALO students and assist them with taking notes, studying and socialization in the classroom.

Power of Peers is an opportunity for mentors to develop their skills with other mentors. “Effective peer leadership can be a crucial factor in the sustainability and success of students,” said Anita Moore, Director of Disability Support and Tutoring Services at Heartland. “Mentors will have the opportunity to work with each other to develop their skills so they are better able to help their peers experience success.”   

The institute takes place August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Astroth Community Education Center on Heartland’s Normal campus, 1500 W. Raab Road. Attendees will spend the day participating in interactive breakout sessions and roundtable discussion groups led by presenters from inside and outside Heartland.

For more information on Power of Peers, contact Anita Moore at 309-268-8259.