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Heartland Community College

Student Experiences


  • "Project Rise has been the best support system during my education journey at Heartland. I don't believe I would not have made it this far without the skills and confidence they have provided me with."
  • "Project Rise had the strength to lift me up with many workshops that were very helpful. Also, them expressing how they want to help because they've been through all of what I have been going through in college. I love how helpful they were and them being relatable with everyone."
  • My peer mentor is "very supportive & a great source for me personally helping me to de-stress. She reminds me to take my time & all our conversations are meaningful which is really amazing."
  • "I love it and so greatly appreciate the opportunity to participate, learn, and grow!
  • "Thanks for helping me be more successful in my first semester of college." 

  • "Project Rise has been the smartest thing I've done since starting college."

  • "I avoid the word "give up" because I know that I will make it with Project RISE staff. I love Project RISE because it makes me feel that I am not alone and someone is there for me when I need it."

  • "As a member of Project RISE for a little over two years now, I have become aware of who I really am. Opportunities through workshops (cultural competency, vision board, team building), culture events (Starved Rock, Gamma Phi Circus, Springfield Day Trip) and meeting with my peer mentor weekly has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and even become a peer mentor myself. Becoming active and building relationships with others in the program has enabled me to focus on a future that is bright. Project RISE has been the foundation to my success and has made college a worthwhile journey thus far."

Project Rise at Heartland Community College

Contact Project RISE

Student Commons Building (SCB) 1000
1500 West Raab Rd.
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8404
Fax: 309-268-7997
Semester Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Project RISE: Graduates!