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Heartland Community College

Employee Professional Development


Heartland Community College offers a variety of employee professional development opportunities both internally and through external partnerships. 


Professional Development in global education at Heartland Community College is coordinated by the Committee for Global Education and intends that all opportunities allow for the participants to demonstrate:

  • Familiarity with specific other cultures, countries, and regions  
  • Discipline-specific knowledge and skills related to internationalized content presented throughout the course 
  • Appreciation for the importance of culture and context in decision-making 
  • Successful navigation of cultural and linguistic differences  

2024 Opportunities

  • Tuscania, Italy (June 1-8, 2024)
    • Visit our partner school, the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM), in Tuscania and learn about the student study abroad program. Class visits and cultural experiences, including a weekend in Rome are planned.
  • Cape Town, South Africa (May 20-31, 2024)
    • Take part in the Allied Health program with our students and in collaboration with our service-learning partner EDU Africa. Visits to Constantiaberg Medi Clinic, Desmond Tutu TB Center and cultural experiences are planned.
  • Joensuu, Finland (May 17-31, 2024)
    • Take part in the program with our EV & Industrial Technology students at our partner trade school, Riveria, in Joensuu. Class visits and cultural experiences, including time in Helsinki are planned.
  • Toronto, Canada (July 24 - August 2, 2024)
    • Through our partner, Humber College, enrol in the seminar "EnrichED Perspectives: A Journey in Strengthening Indigenous Knowledge for Educational Leaders." This program is open to faculty and administrators at academic institutions who want to integrate Indigenous knowledge and practices into education and engagement, and understand the relevant history of colonialism in higher education and its legacy in the present day.
  • Two-Week Exchanges with Finland and the Netherlands
    • This international exchange program matches U.S. faculty and administrators with counterparts from Finland and the Netherlands with the goal of engaging in intercultural understanding, professional development, and promoting global understanding.
      • Overseas partners from Finland will be in the U.S. October 12-26, 2024
      • Overseas partners from the Netherlands will be in the U.S. from October 19-November 2, 2024
      • U.S. participants will travel to Finland and the Netherlands from May 10-24, 2025


Employees have many opportunities to support and interact with international students through the following:


Heartland's partnership with the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) offers many valuable opportunities for those who wish to expand their international education experience including:

  • 2-week academic exchange to Finland, Netherlands, and China
  • semester faculty liaision positions to England, Ireland, and Spain
  • summer liaison positions to Costa Rica, France, Ireland, Italy, and Spain
  • international site visits to all our study abroad destinations
  • webinars & training opportunites

Learn more about the external options available to employees through our participation in the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs.

Contact Us

International Programs Office

Phone: 309-268-8043

Gavin Lee

Associate Director of International Programs
Primary Designated School Official (PDSO)
Responsible Officer (RO)
Phone: 309-268-8043

Zach Petrea

Study Abroad Coordinator
ICISP Representative
Phone: 309-268-8613