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Heartland Community College

Honors, PTK & Special Groups

Special Honors

Alpha Delta Nu

The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) has established the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society to promote scholarship and academic excellence in the profession of nursing. It recognizes nursing students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Heartland follows the curricular program of Phi Theta Kappa and recognizes the importance of four hallmarks of high academic achievement: leadership, scholarship, fellowship and service. Students new to Heartland must meet a number of criteria for admittance and current HCC students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to apply for admission to the program.

Phi Theta Kappa

To qualify for Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better and receive a recommendation from Heartland faculty. Members take part in social, community and fundraising activities. The society also gives members opportunities to participate in the organization at the national level.


Adult Education

Heartland’s Adult Education program allows students to prepare for the High School Equivalency (HSE) test or other high school equivalency exams. Adult Education also offers the Academic English Language Program (AELP), which helps students improve their language skills to prepare for college-level classes.

Alternative Spring Break

ASB challenges students to become leaders in cultural and social awareness through education, strong direct service, and reflection.

Association of Latin American Students

ALAS works to establish a sense of community at Heartland through programs celebrating Hispanic and Indigenous cultures, meaningful discussion, and advocacy for Hispanic communities.


Heartland’s varsity athletics programs include baseball, cross country, Esports, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

Black Student Union

BSU promotes cultural awareness, student leadership, and other fundamentals on campus and throughout the community.

Civic Engagement Program 

Students complete a sequence of 13-15 credit hours to develop civic skills to become more fully engaged in local, state, national, or international civic affairs. Students develop and carry out a service/civic engagement project.

College NOW Plus

Heartland's College NOW Plus Program allows students to leverage access to early college opportunities through concurrent enrollment in a District 540 high school and Heartland Community College. These students have earned all the credits required to be awarded their high school diploma and HCC degree or certificate simultaneously.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders is an 8-week leadership program where students learn about the Five Exemplary Practices of Leadership and develop a leadership style that includes diversity, community, listening, and action.

Global Student Union

Global Student Union (GSU) organizes events and information to promote understanding of different cultures on campus. The club was established to foster greater unity within the international student community, foster ties between the international student community and American students, and promote greater diversity and international awareness on campus.

Global Studies Program

Students complete a sequence of 20-21 credit hours to develop an interdisciplinary and international understanding of the modern world.


The Heartland Academy for Learning Opportunities (HALO) program promotes the next level of independence in an inclusive college experience, enhancing independent living, employability, and academic skills. The HALO Certificate requires two years of coursework emphasizing transferable life skills and core academics.

Heartland Activities Committee

The Heartland Activities Committee (HAC) plans many fun campus events. These include everything from lunchtime bingo and concerts to speakers and weekend family movies.

Phi Beta Lambda

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a business organization that brings business and education together through career development and leadership programs.


HCC’s PRIDE Club is dedicated to positively reinforcing identities and dynamic equality. PRIDE offers a safe and reflective environment where members are encouraged to express themselves, be heard, and be empowered.

Project RISE

Project RISE is a program focused on supporting students throughout their journey at Heartland Community College. These students are changing the trajectory of their lives by pursuing their educational and professional goals. They are resilient despite obstacles and are a prime example of what courage looks like.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) sustains, promotes, and represents the interests of the student body and establishes a sound means of cooperation with the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff of Heartland Community College.

Student Leaders in Community Engagement

Student Leaders in Community Engagement (SLiCE) is a student-run organization designed to promote service-learning and community engagement opportunities to the student body at Heartland Community College and cultivate relationships both within and beyond the surrounding community. SLiCE aims to positively impact both the lives of students within the organization and the lives within the community of Bloomington-Normal.

Study Abroad

Heartland’s Study Abroad Program includes study in various countries for durations from two weeks to three months.

Student Veterans of America

Student Veterans of America is a national organization leading in service, research, programs, and advocacy for students in higher education. It aims to empower student veterans to live their best lives through community-building and leadership experiences


Heartland Community College salutes and thanks our veterans for their bravery and service. Our veterans have answered the call of national service and put their lives on the line for our country.


Contact Us


Records Office
CCB 1600
Phone: 309-268-8071

Commencement Ceremony

Student Engagement Office
SCB 1606
Phone: 309-268-8026