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HCC Offers Full First Year at Lincoln Center

College-bound students in Lincoln and outlying areas of Logan County now can complete their entire first year of a transfer program at Heartland's Lincoln Center, located at 620 Broadway St., Lincoln.

As a response to suggestions based on an extensive 2008 survey, Heartland developed the "Lincoln 101 Experience" -- a collection of classes beginning in fall 2009 guaranteed to occur throughout the year that meets first-year general education requirements. After completing their first year of classes entirely at the 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 currently are being developed.

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 support services.

For more information about the Lincoln 101 Experience at Heartland Community College, call the Lincoln Center at (217) 735-1731 or email kristi.powell@heartland.edu.