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Heartland Prepares Students for Leadership

Students at Heartland Community College are getting ready to take their leadership skills to the next level. More than 75 students will attend the Power of Peers institute on August 2. The daylong workshop will develop participants’ mentoring, career, customer service and interpersonal skills.

The institute is a first for Heartland and stems from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities grant that was awarded to the College’s Disability and Support Services department in the spring of 2013. In addition to the institute, the grant provides an array of training for faculty, staff and students on disability awareness and provides mentors for Heartland’s Academy of Learning Opportunities (HALO) program, a program that offers access to higher education for students with intellectual disabilities. Mentors attend classes with HALO students and assist them with taking notes, studying and socialization in the classroom.

Power of Peers is an opportunity for mentors to develop their skills with other mentors. “Effective peer leadership can be a crucial factor in the sustainability and success of students,” said Anita Moore, Director of Disability Support and Tutoring Services at Heartland. “Mentors will have the opportunity to work with each other to develop their skills so they are better able to help their peers experience success.”   

The institute takes place August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Astroth Community Education Center on Heartland’s Normal campus, 1500 W. Raab Road. Attendees will spend the day participating in interactive breakout sessions and roundtable discussion groups led by presenters from inside and outside Heartland.

For more information on Power of Peers, contact Anita Moore at 309-268-8259.

Youth Enrichment Program (YEP)

The Youth Enrichment Program (YEP) at Heartland Community College provides young people in grades K-12 with exciting learning opportunities allowing them to explore, expand and experience new areas of interest.

  • Camps run weekly beginning June 9 through August 1.
  • HCC offers more than 130 camps this summer in a variety of topics, including computer skills, creative arts, academic enrichment, space & science, sports camps and performing arts.
  • Early registration discounts available on or before June 1.
  • Many classes have expanded 3-hour sessions. Camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Supervised lunch option available from noon to 1 p.m.
  • YEP offers a limited number of need-based scholarships.

For more information, an online application form or a complete schedule of HCC's 2014 YEP camps, visit http://www.heartland.edu/communityEd/youth.jsp.

Pontiac Golf Outing Raises $40K for Scholarships

Caterpillar Fuel Systems and the Heartland Community College Foundation raised over $40,000 for student scholarships at the eighth annual Scoring FORE Scholarships golf outing June 5 at Pontiac Elks Lodge in Pontiac, IL.

"Caterpillar and their partners continue to show their amazing generosity to local students,” said Chris Downing, Executive Director at HCC. “The scholarships they create and the lives that they are changing are a testament to their commitment to this community."

Scoring FORE Scholarships raises scholarship funds for Heartland students located in Livingston County. Since its start in 2006, the outing has raised more than $250,000 and has granted 65 scholarships to 25 students. This year, Caterpillar was able to raise the number of full-ride scholarships awarded from five students to six.

“The support for our Scoring FORE Scholarships golf outing this year set a new record in contributions toward scholarships for deserving students to be able to attend Heartland Community College,” said Susan Toher, Operations Manager for Caterpillar Fuel Systems. “Between the beautiful weather and the enthusiastic participation from suppliers, customers, Caterpillar employees, retirees, HCC partners, and local community members, the day was a huge success all around!”

The Caterpillar Scholarship covers tuition and fees for up to four semesters. Current recipients include Cole Fairley, Tina Maier, Brooke Mills and Kristina Ruiz. Livingston County students interested in the scholarship should visit www.hccfoundation.org.

 Event Sponsors

A.B. Heller, Inc.

Advanced Technology Services, Inc.

American Micro

Associated Spring, Barnes Group, Inc.

Bank of Pontiac

Bronson Precision Products

Camcraft, Inc.

Caterpillar Fuel Systems

Central Tools Company

DSI Corporation

Family Eye Care of Pontiac

Feit Brothers Landscaping, Inc.

GTI Spindle Technology, Inc.

Haynes Corporation

Hitchcock Scrap Yard, Inc.

Kennametal - Extrude Hone

Kennametal, Inc.

Kirby Risk Electrical Supply


Kroeschell Operations, Inc.

McCoy Construction Co.

McDonalds of Pontiac

Metal Flow Corp.

Micron USA, Inc.

Motion Industries

Nicor Gas, an AGL Resources Company

NOG, Inc. (Millennium Forge, Golner Precision, Fabricated Metal Products)

OSF St. James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center

Prairie Plastics, Inc.

Precision Resource

Sanders Tools & Supplies, a division of BlackHawk Industrial

Sandvik Coromant

Schumag AG

Senior Flexonics - GA Precision

Sensata Technologies

STANLEY Engineered Fastening - formerly known as Infastech

State Bank of Graymont

Sunnen Products Co

The Tool and Gage House

+Vantage Corporation

Vonachen Services, Inc.