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HCC is tobacco free starting June 1

New policy takes place June 1, 2015

Heartland is committed to fostering a healthy and productive environment for all students, faculty, staff, vendors, volunteers, and visitors.

A 2006 Surgeon General’s report determined there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke and the National Cancer Institute estimates at least 65,000 deaths per year are directly linked to the exposure of secondhand smoke. 

We recognize individuals who are of age can use tobacco products on their own accord.  However, out of respect for others and the environment and in compliance with the Smoke Free Campus Act (110 ILCS 64), the College believes this policy is in the best interest of all individuals who are part of the College community.

What “tobacco free” means

For Heartland, being tobacco free means the campus is free from use of all tobacco products including:

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Pipes
  • Beedies
  • Clove cigarettes
  • Smokeless tobacco
  • Dip
  • Chew
  • Snuff
  • Snus

Restrictions also include any other smoking products that appear to be a cigarette or electronic cigarette and any other non-FDA approved nicotine delivery device or product.

Tobacco use on campus is prohibited

Use of tobacco is not allowed on College property, including any HCC facilities or vehicles owned or leased by the College.

The tobacco free policy does not include personal motor vehicles.

All tobacco products in use must be properly disposed of prior to entering any College property or exiting a personal vehicle.  Littering the remains of tobacco products or any other related waste product on College property is also prohibited.

Get help to quit

If you’re ready to kick the habit of smoking, help is available.

Students: Contact Faye Freeman-Smith at faye.freemansmith@heartland.edu

Employees: Contact Hannah Renner at hannah.renner@heartland.edu 


Ag programs now offered in face-to-face format

Heartland’s agriculture program is growing. This fall, HCC will change the existing agriculture curriculum from distance learning to a face-to-face format. The change stems from a need to keep up with the rapid development of the agriculture industry.

Several diverse opportunities in agriculture that don’t just include growing corn

“McLean County is one of the most rural areas in the state” said HCC’s Instructional Chair of Science, Lauren Denofrio-Corrales, “With that comes a lot of job opportunity. Plus, the baby boomers are preparing to retire from the industry which will also provide several opportunities.”

Denofrio-Corrales adds not only are there a lot of job opportunities, but several types of jobs available. This includes soil and crop science research and application, animal science and veterinary services, production management and others.

HCC is determined to “grow the program right”

In the past, HCC exclusively provided seats in a sequence of introductory agricultural science foundation courses taught by University of Illinois professors via an online education tool. With growing interest in the field, HCC answered a need to further develop the program and offer face-to-face courses as well.

 The five face-to-face introductory courses set in place for fall are designed to articulate as transfer credit. The classes are specifically intended to be transferable to Illinois State University should students decide to continue their education right down the road. Eventually, HCC envisions having specialized certificate programs in agriculture, although the current goal is to establish the foundation students need to find their niche at a four-year institution.

Working towards a hands-on program with the McLean County community

Right now the College is focused on “growing it right, not growing it big” says Denofrio-Corrales. However, HCC is hoping that with the support and resources the McLean County community has to offer, it can eventually develop into a larger, more interactive program.

“We want to focus on the building blocks of a strong educational program that emphasizes hands-on learning” said Denofrio-Corrales, “there’s only so much students can learn about agriculture in a classroom. We would like to work with community members so students receive the applied knowledge needed to connect to the discipline.”

Contact information

More information about Heartland’s agriculture program is available at heartland.edu/ms/agri or by contacting Denofrio-Corrales at lauren.denofrio@heartland.edu or (309) 268-8639.

HCC Foundation announces Dream Vacation Raffle


The Heartland Community College Foundation is raffling off a dream vacation to Cancun, Mexico. All proceeds benefit student scholarships and Foundation initiatives that further its mission to support access and excellence at the College.

What it includes

The raffle includes a chance to receive a vacation for two to the all-inclusive Iberostar Cancun resort. The package includes:

  • Airfare
  • Five-night accommodations
  • Transfer fees
  • All meals and drinks

Get Your Raffle Ticket for Cancun

Tickets are $25 apiece and no more than 500 are sold.

Get your tickets online* or mail in a request.


The winner will be announced at the Foundation's annual Evening of Dreams event on September 24, 2015. You do not need to be present to win.

For more information, head to hccfoundation.org or contact Larissa McIlvain at larissa.mcilvain@heartland.edu or (309) 268-8125.

*If purchasing online, select "I want to purchase a raffle tickets."