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Distinguished Alumni Award

Chad Pregracke

Chad Pregracke

The Alumni Association (HCCAA) will yearly recognize someone who through their accomplishments, both personally and professionally, personifies the values of the College which include a "can do" attitude, a respect for diversity, and ethical decision-making among others.

2009 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

It's a first for Heartland Community College. The College gave its first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award to Chad Pregracke of East Moline, Illinois. Chad is a former Heartland student ('97) whose career successes reflect the values of the College and the community at large.

Pregracke turned his one-man operation to clean up rivers into a nationally recognized, half-million dollar organization, devoted to educating people about their connection to the environment.

During a videotaped message to the Class of 2009 graduates, Pregracke had a simple message. "Don't follow your dreams, lead them."