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Heartland Community College

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Heartland Community College is getting ready for a new school year.

But many things are not yet clear.

In this conversation with GLT's Charlie Schlenker, Heartland President Rob Widmer said one of the unknowns, with only a month to go before school, is enrollment.

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Faculty members from Heartland Community College are showing their work in a new exhibition currently up at the Joe McCauley Gallery.

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After 25 years of growth, Heartland Community College is pausing to rethink its mission. Academic Vice President Sarah Deil-Hunt said Heartland has begun what it calls a Continuous Improvement Initiative.

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  Heartland Community College is among several higher education schools suffering from a lack of state funding. The state eventually covered Heartland’s MAP grants, which help low-income students pay for classes and books. Yet the college’s base operating grants, which help keep the college running on a daily basis, have received little to no money. Heartland’s Vice President of Business Services Doug Minter said the college has only received 22 percent of the funding they need.

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Heartland Community College in Normal is marking a quarter century of existence this week. Heartland is one of those entities which proves the public is not always right.

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Heartland Community College is planning to cut 23 positions over three years in an attempt to address the state budget situation and more. College President Rob Widmer says the proposal goes beyond the uncertainty in Springfield, but does include a lack of confidence in funding from the state.

Challenger Learning Center

30 years ago the space shuttle Challenger blew up as it was reaching for the sky, killing its crew. Charlie Schlenker talks with Stacey Shrewsbury, the Director of the Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College, and Libby Norcross, the Flight Director at the center about the anniversary.

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Time, light and nature figure prominently in Melanie Scott-Dockery's work.  The artist is showing an exhibition entitled "Then and Now" at the Joe McCauley Art Gallery at Heartland Community College.  Though her work is continually evolving, Scott-Dockery relies on one constant:   the ever-changing landscape in her own yard.

Charlie Schlenker

Mitsubishi Workers have not been taking great advantage of education workshops on worforce issues since the layoffs of about a thousand workers at the plant in Normal last year. But, Charlie Schlenker finds out there is a lot still being offered. Lindsay Thompson is a customized training coordinator at Heartland Community College.

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More than 300 college students and twin city residents took part in a watch party at Illinois State University for President Obama’s State of the Union Address. ISU became the national hub for a live webcast sent out to nearly 500 campuses in the United States. 

Heartland Community College Student Hetal Bhirawani says she is impressed with the younger generation. “We are all interested in politics, and we want to know where we are going, where our future is going, and what the people in authority are doing to secure our future.”

Heartland Community College has been holding high school equivalency classes and english as a second language courses without getting paid by the state.

Heartland's Adult Education Director Tammy Truitt says some community colleges are ending their adult-ed offerings. Heartland is not. They are cutting instructors, increasing class sizes, and cutting time in classes. Truitt says this is very frustrating.

And she says this will affect students, forcing them to take longer to get through the material.