Highland ranks number three in 10 best community colleges in Illinois!

 

Highland Community College has been ranked number three in “The 10 best community colleges in Illinois,” which was recently published by USA Today College. The ranking was conducted by schools.com and was based on “total attendance cost, student-faculty ratio, distance education focus and transfer rate to four-year institutions, among other factors.”

 

According the study, Highland was considered among the 48 schools within the Illinois Community College System and each institution was scored on a scale using a seven data point system that looked at the following:

  • Percentage of students enrolled in distance education
  • Cost of attendance
  • Student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average retention rate for full-and-part-time students
  • Graduation rate
  • Transfer rate to a senior institutions
  • Flexibility score (based on three data points from the National Center for Education Statistics)

 

Data points were taken from reports published by the National Center for Education Statistics, The Department of Education’s College Scorecard, and Illinois Community College Board.

 

Placing third behind Olney Central College and Lincoln Trail College, Highland is considered a standout academic institution for being one of the top schools to take online courses. Highland prides itself on keeping the costs of books and supplies low, which attributes to students averaging an expense of less than $1,000 in this category. Based on total cost of attendance, Highland was ranked among the 10 most affordable community colleges in the state.

 

It was also pointed out that Highland provides students with a wealth of support services that assist students in transitioning to the college experience through the Success Center, “where faculty and staff provide peer-tutoring services, study groups, review sessions, communications skills courses, a first-year experience seminar and other resources for guidance and support that can help contend with academics and social challenges that most students face.”


National Civilian Community Corps Helps Stronghold


A team of ten AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) members has completed one week of significant ecological and ecosystem work at Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center and is preparing for four more weeks of effort to remove invasive vegetation species and to create ecosystem monitoring sites. This substantial help allows indigenous plants to flourish.  As a result, Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center and the Oregon Area may see more local wildlife including many species of birds.

When their service is completed, six designated monitoring sites on the Stronghold property will provide a baseline for vegetation inventory and areas for local vegetation research.  The NCCC team's service, which began on March 11th, will conclude on April 22nd.

Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center includes 360 acres of primarily undeveloped forest, which represents a significant regional environment and ecological laboratory for the Oregon area.  Founded in 1963, Stronghold is owned by the Blackhawk Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  The camp receives no governmental funding and is supported solely by user fees and the gifts of friends and visitors.

Stronghold Castle, a 25-room Tudor-style manor house with 10 bedrooms and seven bathrooms, was built as a family "get a way" by Walter Strong in the late 1920's, and is the centerpiece of Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center.

Located at the confluence of Mud Creek and the Rock River, Stronghold Castle stands proud watch over the camp's 360 acres, which also includes rustic cabins, dining and meeting rooms, a pavilion and picnic area, and seven retreat houses.  Stronghold can accommodate 186 retreat guests and 96 rustic cabin campers.

AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov


RE/MAX Agent Mark True Earns Hall of Fame Award

Mark True with RE/MAX of Rock Valley, has recently been presented with the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, which honors successful agents who have earned more than $1 million in commissions during their careers with the company. Less than twenty-three percent of all RE/MAX Affiliates have earned this prestigious award.

True has been working in the real estate industry for more than 20 years and has extensive experience in residential, land and commercial properties. Among True’s list of achievements, he has earned the Rising Star award and a consistent high level of production for RE/MAX of Rock Valley.

“Mark has been an integral member of our team and is more than deserving of this very prestigious award,” said Carla Benesh, Broker/Owner, of RE/MAX of Rock Valley. “Winning this award is a tremendous accomplishment. Mark True continues to raise the bar in real estate, making us, and this community, proud.”

 

RE/MAX is the most productive real estate network with its Sales Associates averaging more sales than other real estate agents. Over 100,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of nearly 100 countries. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX.


OPD Hires Athletic Facility Manager

The Oregon Park District is excited to welcome Calvin Clothier to the district. Clothier will assume the Athletic Facility Manager responsibilities from Mike Guzman. Guzman will be leaving the district to join Country Financial as a Financial Representative in their Oregon office.
Clothier is a familiar face in the district. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2012 he worked in the Extended Time program and was Assistant Athletic Supervisor under Guzman. He left in 2014 to become Recreation Supervisor at Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District.
Clothier is excited to return to the district. "I am excited to be back. Oregon is where I've always wanted to be. The community strongly supports the Park District. Oregon has amazing facilities to work with between Nash and the Blackhawk Center. I'm looking forward to continuing current programming and bringing new ideas to the district."
In Rochelle, Clothier was instrumental in starting youth developmental programs for sports as well as supervising their adult athletics. He enjoys working with kids and finds it very rewarding. "In high school I began working with youth and realized I was able to relate and engage kids. In college, while deciding on a major, I kept coming back to my love of sports and received my Bachelor's in Recreation Management."
Erin Folk, Oregon Park District Executive Director, looks forward to the new focus Calvin will bring to the district. "Calvin is a dedicated sports enthusiast who is committed to providing recreation opportunities to participants of all ages. As a park and recreation professional he understands the key concepts necessary to provide successful programs and this will greatly benefit our community. "
Clothier began his responsibilities with the district on March 28. Feel free to stop in and welcome him to the district.


HCC Holds A Script Writing Contest To Produce A Movie

 

Highland Community College has added a Motion Picture Production class for the Summer 2016 Semester, and is holding a script writing contest to be able to say, “Let us make your movie.” During the eight-week class, students will tell the story from the chosen script to produce the 45-minute movie.

 

Mass Communication instructor Jim Yeager said, “We are excited to bring this class to our students, who have already taken production courses through our Mass Communication program. We know we have some talented writers in our area. The eight-week course is enough time for us to make a movie, but not write a script. This is a great way for a creative writer from the Highland district to assist in our storytelling.”

 

Submitted scripts can be of any genre, with the only requirement that it fits into a 45-minute film. It should be a compelling story, capable of being produced locally. Once the script has been chosen, there will be auditions for actors. Students in the Motion Picture Production class will then work behind the scenes to produce the movie.

 

Yeager and Mass Communication students will evaluate each script to determine which script will be produced. Eligibility requirements are:

 

  • writer must be at least 18 years of age or be a Highland Community College student
  • live in the Highland district
  • the work must be original (no adaptations)
  • the script should be roughly 45 minutes in length (45 pages)

 

All scripts should be e-mailed to Jim Yeager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 15. Please include a name as it is to appear on the credits, and include contact information for the submission. For more information contact Jim Yeager at 815.599.3432 or e-mail him at the above address.


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