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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 


Unit 5 Laptop Distribution

Unit 5 6th-12th grade parents and students can pick up their laptops at Heartland Community College.

Date: Wednesday, August 5 and Thursday, August 6
12:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Astroth Community Education Center (building 10 on the map)

What to bring

Make sure you have a form of identification like your drivers’ license or school ID. Laptops are only distributed to students or parents/guardians.

What to expect

Unit 5 staff will be available to help you log in and test your computer. You can also take a quick tour of Heartland’s campus while you wait for your laptop.

Information will be available from:

  • Heartland Community College
  • Comcast
  • Dell
  • Frontier
  • Microsoft
  • Unit 5

Visit their tables to learn how they can contribute to a successful school year.

Where to park

The easiest places to park are in lots P, O and Q.

Connect Transit will also drop you off at the laptop distribution location in the Astroth Community Education Center.

For more information on the Unit 5 rental laptop distribution, visit unit5.org.

Attend Power of Peers on August 7th!

Date: Friday, August 7
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Place: ACEC

Power of Peers (PoP) Leadership Institute is your opportunity to build leadership skills. The day includes engaging workshops, lively roundtable discussions and valuable networking opportunities.

On the agenda

Get inspired by keynote speaker Tom Krieglstein, creator of Swift Kick and Dance Floor Theory. You’ll find Krieglstein to be dynamic, energetic and hilarious.

PoP also includes 12 breakout sessions to choose from throughout the day on topics such as:

  • Understanding bias
  • Diversity
  • Mindsets
  • Customer Service
  • Minimalism
  • Personality
  • Leadership
  • Social media

Plus, your day includes lunch and roundtable discussions.

Sample sessions

Here are just a few sessions available during PoP:

Joy in the Journey: I’ll be happy: when this project is done, when this class is over, when I get my degree. Are you happy then? Joy is not the end result, it is in the journey. Leaders need to understand the journey for themselves and their members. Leaders can recognize joyful opportunities in serving and achieving. Are you joyful in your journey?  Come to this session to recognize joyful opportunities in everyday living and leading!

Everyday Leadership: When you think of a model leader, what characteristics, behaviors and values come to mind?  In this session, learners will be challenged to identify their own beliefs and assumptions about leadership. Activities will focus on the seemingly simple everyday actions that can result in extraordinary leadership. Be prepared to debate, discuss and define what being a leader means to you.

Leveraging Social Media to Score your Dream Job: Students spend more time on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube than in class. Online social sites now take up more time in a student’s day than TV. With 80% of employers pre-screening applicants based on digital identities, learn how to get ahead by leveraging your digital identity to your advantage both in school, as a student leader, and out of school, for your career.

Evaluating and Improving Individual and Team Performance – A Simple but Powerful Formula: Why is it that some people excel at certain things but not others?  What can you do to perform better in the classroom, on the job, in sports?  How can you lead and coach others to perform at higher levels?  Recognizing the factors that impact performance is key. The speaker will provide a very simple formula for analyzing performance that you will be able to apply to a virtually unlimited number of real-life situations.

Who can attend

PoP is open to any current students who want to be engaged on campus. This includes student workers, current and future leaders and those who want to develop their leadership skills.

Sound like you? Bring a friend and get signed up.


Reserve your spot as soon as possible.

Get more information

For questions or to get further details, contact the Student Engagement office at 309-268-8026 or studentengagement@heartland.edu.