As a response to suggestions based
on an extensive 2008 survey, Heartland developed the "Lincoln 101
Experience" -- a collection of classes that are guaranteed to occur
throughout the year, beginning in fall 2009, and will meet
first-year general education requirements. After completing their
first year of classes entirely at Heartland's Lincoln Center,
students will be prepared to complete remaining associate degree
requirements at the center and at the college's main campus in
Normal before transferring to a four-year college or university.
"Heartland's Lincoln 101 Experience will appeal to a wide variety of
Lincoln and Logan County residents," said Kristi Powell, site
supervisor for Heartland's Lincoln Center. "Recent high school
graduates and older adults seeking initial higher education
opportunities definitely will benefit from the program, and by
offering first-year general education classes at one site, our
students will save time and money."
In early 2008, a Lincoln Outreach Committee was formed to raise
additional awareness and strengthen Heartland's relationships in the
Lincoln community. The committee surveyed all juniors and seniors in
Lincoln High School, mailed more than 7,000 surveys, and even
offered an avenue for online survey participation. Aside from the
Lincoln 101 Experience, the survey also indicated a community need
for additional computer and business classes at the center, which
are being developed.
Powell is extremely enthused about this new local offering. The
curriculum will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays and in the
evening. This will allow local students to manage scholastics along
with a job.
The classes are also guaranteed. That means a student who takes
English 101 in the fall can rely on English 102 being offered in the
spring semester. There will also be additional classes available
during the summer.
Powell sees this as an excellent chance for students to
experience college, still be able to hold a job, plus be able to
live at home to reduce college costs. Youngsters who went to work
right out of high school and are having second thoughts about going
back to school and obtaining a college degree can use this
first-year core curriculum to inexpensively begin their college
careers and new futures.
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Currently, as a community college, Heartland charges area residents
$88 per semester hour. That means a student taking 12 semester hours
will have a tuition cost as low as $1,086 for a semester.
The opportunity for students to obtain accredited hours in the
core college curriculum will be transferable to whatever college
they plan to attend next.
Heartland also will continue to offer developmental classes in
math and English, as well as adult community education classes,
including GED preparedness.
Powell believes this guaranteed commitment to the educational
needs of area students will greatly expand enrollment, and she looks
forward to Heartland growing within Logan County.
Heartland has been helping Logan County residents meet many of
their educational, occupational and personal needs since 1991 and
currently offers nearly 50 programs of study, as well as numerous
For more information about the Lincoln 101 Experience at
Heartland Community College, call the Lincoln Center at 217-735-1731
For more information about Heartland, visit
www.heartland.edu on the
Community College news release;