Technology and Agriculture

Technology & Agriculture

The practical application of knowledge in Agriculture, Horticulture and Landscaping, Floral Design, Automotive Technology, Diesel Power, Construction, Computer Aided Design, Engineering, Land Surveying, Electronics, Geographic Control Systems, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, and Industrial Technology.

  • - Financial aid eligible
  • - Transferable to a 4-year institution
  • - Transferable to specific 4-year institutions through 2+2 agreements
  • - Can be earned entirely online

Industrial Technology: Industrial Machining

Certificate (CER)

The Industrial Machining Certificate prepares graduates for entry-level work in manual and/or CNC machining.

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Industrial Technology: Computer-Aided Drafting

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Computer-Aided Drafting: Mechanical Design Program provides the student with an understanding of the machine design process and prepares the student for employment as a mechanical draft person working in a computer environment .

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Construction Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Construction Management Program prepares students to enter the construction industry in technical, managerial, and supervisory roles in three major areas: residential and light commercial building construction, heavy commercial building construction, and civil construction (roads, bridges, utilities). Entry-level employment is generally in the areas of project management, field inspection, material testing, cost estimating, computer-aided drafting, and surveying.

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Networking: Linux Administration

Certificate (CER)

This certificate prepares students with advanced skills for working with Linux operating systems. Topics include troubleshooting and configuration.

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Industrial Maintenance Technology

Certificate (CER)

The Industrial Maintenance Technology Program prepares students to install and maintain the electromechanical, mechanical pneumatic, and hydraulic systems used in manufacturing and building facilities. The student acquires knowledge of electrical power and motors, control systems, pumps, compressors, pneumatics, hydraulics, and power transfer devices. Students can expect to find employment as installers, technicians, and service representatives in manufacturing, sales, and customer service.

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Construction Management: Land Surveying

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Construction Management: Land Surveying program prepares the student either for employment as a surveying technician or for transfer to a four-year degree program to become an Illinois professional land surveyor. See Professional Licensing Notes** for education requirements for becoming a professional land surveyor. See a faculty advisor to discuss four-year degree options. Surveying technicians and professional land surveyors work in the fields of engineering, construction, land development, aerial photography, geographic information systems, agriculture, natural resource management, and government. Course work focuses on knowledge and hands-on skills needed for entry level employment and for professional licensing. All of the surveying courses offered in this program have been accepted by the Illinois Land Surveyors Licensing Board as meeting the requirements of the 24 credit hours required by the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989 and the Illinois Administrative Code as amended.

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Business Administrative Technology: Administrative Assistant Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Aviation: Private Pilot

Certificate (CER)

The Private Pilot certificate will prepare the student to be certified under FAA rules as a Private Pilot. He or she will become proficient at single-engine aircraft operations, cross-country flying, responding to air traffic control and a wide range of different airport operations. The Private Pilot certificate is the first of several certifications required to earn eligibility as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP). A certified Private Pilot may carry passengers in a multitude of different general aviation aircraft during the day or night. Other than for personal pleasure, Private Pilots may also fly for business as long as flying is incidental to the business and no passengers or cargo are carried. They may also engage in charitable, non-profit or community event flying, certain search and rescue operations, the demonstration of aircraft for sale, and pleasure/family flying trips across the United States and to nearby international destinations.

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Interactive Design Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Interactive Design certificate prepares students for entrylevel positions that require in-depth knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, and other web development tools. Students will learn the practical side of developing interactive designs for websites and devices. The certificate stresses technical competency and prepares students to manage a small business or community organization website. Students will build a diverse portfolio of digital media projects including responsive websites and ebooks.

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Diesel Power Equipment Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Prepares students to maintain and repair machinery and equipment used in the agriculture, construction, and motor trucking industries.

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Electronic Control Systems Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Electronic Control Systems Technology program prepares students for entry-level positions in the installation, service, and repair of electrical and electronic systems used in manufacturing, automation, and process control. Students can expect to find employment as installers, technicians, and electrical support workers.

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Agricultural Business: Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Agricultural Business Management Program prepares students for management positions in various agriculture businesses, including agricultural marketing and processing firms, agricultural supply and service firms, and agriculture production and management.

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Music Foundations: Music Business and Technologies

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Music Business and Technologies emphasis provides a foundation in music that prepares students for further study and careers in music fields such as music management, music production, sound engineering, sound design, music publishing and media promotion.

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HVAC Installation Technician

Certificate (CER)

The HVAC Installation Technician program prepares graduates for entry-level positions as installers of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system equipment for residential and light commercial facilities. The program prepares the student to earn EPA refrigerant certification.

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Automotive Collision Repair Technician

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Automotive Collision Repair Technician Program prepares graduates to work in a collision repair facility.

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Business Administrative Technology: Customer Service Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Communication: Broadcast Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Broadcast Technology Program prepares students for careers in radio and television engineering and technical support. Students prepare for professional certification and work in broadcast facilities, including WPCD-FM on the Parkland campus. The program stresses maintenance and repair as well as performance measurement and installation of various types of equipment found in the broadcast industry. Graduates are prepared for positions as station chief engineers or engineering assistants.

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Automotive Technology: Technician Concentration

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Automotive Technician Program prepares graduates for entry-level employment in automotive dealerships and independent service centers in technical positions. The program is designed to develop strong technical skills along with managerial skills.

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Networking: Cisco Networking

Certificate (CER)

This certificate program prepares students with advanced skills for working with computer networks, Cisco routers, and switches. Wired and wireless networks are covered for troubleshooting, configuration, design, and repair.

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Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

Certificate (CER)

The Automotive Service Certificate Program prepares graduates with basic skills for use in mass merchandiser/service centers. The content of this certificate is based on the Maintenance and Light Repair standards set by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation. Students wishing to transfer Maintenance and Light Repair credits from another training program must provide the following: • Official transcript clearly stating the completion of the MLR standards set by NATEF with quality grades. • Evidence that the training program was NATEF MLR accredited at the time of completion.

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Network Administration and Support

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Computer Network System Administrator program prepares students to manage and administer the computer networks of small to medium-sized enterprises. Students will learn to use a variety of operating systems: use, install, and maintain networks; program routers and switches; develop networking software and develop and study documentation used to manage a network. Students will receive extensive hands-on experience. This can transfer to EIU, SIU, and UIS as a 2+2 program.

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Geographic Information Systems

Certificate (CER)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a method of using data gathered from various sources, including Global Position Satellite (GPS) systems, to develop “layers” of information about a geographic location. Applications are used in mapping streets, utilities, environmental markers, crime studies, and many other types of physical and societal information. It is an emerging industry that also has emerging career opportunities

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Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD): Mechanical Design

Certificate (CER)

The Computer-Aided Drafting: Mechanical Design Program provides the student with an understanding of the machine design process and prepares the student for employment as a mechanical draft person working in a computer environment.

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Automotive Technician

Certificate (CER)

The Automotive Technician Certificate Program prepares graduates to be entry-level technicians in an automotive dealership or service center.

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Aviation

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The following curriculum is designed to provide students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree with the opportunity to earn certifications necessary to enter the commercial aviation job market. Students will earn the private pilot certification, private pilot with instrument rating, and the commercial pilot certification in a sequential manner during the program. Graduates, upon the completion of a bachelor’s degree and FAA flight time requirements, may enter the workforce as commercial cargo or passenger pilots. Flight training will be offered at the University of Illinois’ Willard Airport in Savoy, Illinois. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Communication: Media Arts and Production

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Media Arts and Production program prepares students for employment in small and medium market radio and TV stations as well as corporate communication and public relations offices. Because communication technology personnel must perform a variety of duties, this program stresses versatility. Communication courses offer students experience in live-audience and recorded speaking. Advertising and business courses involve students in other aspects of the communication industry. Audio, video and internet components are meshed with an understanding of the history and theory of development of the message. Students polish their skills by operating WPCD-FM, Parkland’s 10,500-watt educational radio station and filling production crew positions at PCTV, the college’s educational cable access channel.

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Aviation: Commercial Pilot

Certificate (CER)

The Commercial Pilot certificate prepares the already certified Private Pilot student with Instrument Rating to be certified under FAA rules as a Commercial Pilot. He or she will become proficient at operating a complex single-engine aircraft. The Commercial certificate allows a pilot to fly for compensation or hire in a variety of different flying jobs. Some typical Commercial Pilot jobs include aerial photography, skydiving, sightseeing, aerial advertising, pipeline patrol, and aerial survey. The Commercial Pilot can also be hired by some corporate flying companies for passenger or cargo carrying operations. The Commercial Pilot certificate is a necessary step towards becoming a flight instructor and one of several certifications required to earn eligibility as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP).

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Horticulture: Landscape and Urban Horticulture

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Landscape and Urban Horticulture degree prepares students for various careers in the horticultural industry. Coursework includes the design and construction of landscape projects, greenhouse production, and sustainable horticulture practices.

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Interactive Design

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Interactive Design program prepares students to design interactive user experiences for websites and devices. The program prepares students for careers in marketing communication, web design, web development, and related fields. Courses cover principles of design, visual communication, creative problem solving, user experience design, and web development. Students will build a diverse portfolio of creative digital media projects including responsive websites, ebooks, apps, and animation.

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Industrial Technology: Welding

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Industrial Technology program prepares high school students and community college students for careers in welding manufacturing. The program offers students opportunities to learn science, math, technology, and communications in real-life settings.

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Electronics: Electrical Power

Certificate (CER)

The electrical power certificate prepares students for entrylevel positions in the installation, service, and repair of the electrical systems used in manufacturing and industrial control.

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Industrial Technology: Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) Certificate prepares graduates for entry-level work as CAD technicians in industry.

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Construction: Building Construction and Repair

Certificate (CER)

The Building Construction and Repair certificate equips students with basic hands-on construction skills and broader technical knowledge for opportunities in residential construction and building renovation.

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Horticulture: Floral Design

Certificate (CER)

The Floral Certificate is designed to meet the growing need for trained professionals to work successfully in the floral industry. The curriculum combines training in horticulture with business management, plant identification, floral techniques, and handson training. Students learn and practice design elements and various styles, using fresh and dried flowers. Graduates may be employed as florists in flower shops, floral departments in garden centers, chain stores, and supermarkets. Florists are also hired by floral wholesalers or work independently out of their own homes.

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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The HVAC program prepares graduates for entry-level positions troubleshooting and repairing heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems in residential and commercial facilities. The program prepares students to earn EPA refrigerant certification.

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Horticulture: Landscape and Urban Horticulture Certificate

Certificate (CER)

This certificate prepares students for the basics in horticulture and the landscape design/build industry with emphasis on plant identification, construction techniques, and handson training. Graduates may be employed in landscape design/ build companies, garden centers, park districts, and the “local foods” industry.

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Automotive Ford Motor ASSET Program

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

ASSET (Automotive Student Service Educational Training) is a two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Service Technology. It is a joint effort of Ford Motor Company, Ford and Lincoln dealers, and Parkland College. The ASSET curriculum utilizes periods of classroom work alternating with periods of work experience. Graduates of the ASSET program can enter the workforce as entry-level service technicians with certifications from Ford Motor Company, or transfer earned credits toward a bachelor’s degree.?Curriculum for the Automotive Technology degree is based on the Master Automotive Service Technology standards (MAST) set by the National Automotive Technician Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Students can enter the ASSET program each fall semester. Classroom sessions are eight weeks long and alternate with eight-week work sessions. Enrollment in all AFM classes requires approval of the ASSET director. Students are required to bring a laptop computer to all Ford ASSET (AFM) courses.

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Aviation: Instrument Rating

Certificate (CER)

The instrument rating certificate prepares the already certified Private Pilot to be certified under FAA rules as a Private Pilot with instrument Rating. He or she will become proficient at flying a single-engine aircraft without reference to outside visual cues. This certificate allows the pilot to fly in conditions of low visibility and clouds that would otherwise keep a Private Pilot grounded. While the Instrument Rating adds a certain amount of utility to a pilot's certificate, the most important benefits are the overall added level of safety as the result of additional pilot skills and additional options for completing a flight safely if the weather deteriorates while en route. The Instrument Rating certificate is one of several necessary steps towards becoming a flight instructor and earning eligibility as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP).

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Automotive Technology: Motorsport Concentration

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Automotive Motorsport Program prepares graduates to qualify for entry level motorsport industry assembly, fabrication, and team member positions. The program is designed to build on a strong foundation of traditional automotive course work while offering innovative motorsport courses and handson opportunities.

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Automotive Technology: Management Concentration

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Automotive Management Program prepares gradu-ates for entry-level positions in the automotive industry in a variety of environments, including technical, business and managerial areas. Graduates may work in new car dealerships, independent repair shops, or retail automotive businesses.

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Case New Holland Service Technician

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

This program prepares students to maintain and repair equipment used in a Case New Holland agriculture or construction dealership.

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Business Administrative Technology: Bookkeeping Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Automotive Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Automotive Technology Program prepares graduates for entry-level employment in the automotive industry. The Automotive Technician Program is designed to give graduates skill to succeed in new car dealerships and independent service centers. This program is designed to develop strong technical skills along with managerial skills. Curriculum for the Automotive Technology degree is based on the Master Automotive Service Technology standards (MAST) set by the National Automotive Technician Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Students should plan their programs with a faculty advisor. NOTE: Students considering transferring to a senior institution will need to contact the institution as soon as possible to determine the general education courses that are transferable and the required credit hours.

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Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD): Structural and Civil

Certificate (CER)

The Computer-Aided Drafting: Structural and Civil certificate prepares the student for employment as a drafting technician in the structural, electrical, plumbing, and heating systems of buildings or in civil construction. This includes drafting threedimensional plans for subdivisions, roads, bridges, and surveying projects. CAD techniques in AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Microstation, and Geopak are covered.

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Entertainment Technology

Certificate (CER)

The Certificate in Entertainment Technology program helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on careers as professional stagehands, stage carpenters, stage electricians, audio technicians, or technical directors. Emphasis in this specialized program is on production; many hours are required in the operation of the theatre plant, and the construction of scenery, properties, and lighting of theatrical events. Students will be actively involved in the production of numerous music and theatre events in the Parkland Theatre.

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Communication: Media Production

Certificate (CER)

This certificate program is designed for students interested in media, music, computers, and the arts. It prepares students for entry-level positions that require in-depth knowledge of mass communication production techniques and software. Students will gain practical experience producing for radio, television, sports, music, film, and digital media. Graduates are employed as production assistants at radio or television stations or in corporate departments in gaming, music, film, or other entertainment industry fields.

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Agricultural Business: Precision Ag Tech

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Precision Ag Technology Program prepares students for positions which require the use of current technological tools such as global positioning systems, geographic information systems, and computer software programs. Students are prepared for positions with soil testing companies, crop consulting firms, fertilizer and chemical retailers, and golf courses.

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General Studies

Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.)

The Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.) degree program consists of courses designed to meet individual goals for personal improvement and self-understanding. This program is designed for students who wish to earn an associate’s degree but not in a specific career or transfer area. This associate’s degree is not covered by the “articulation compact program” nor by the Illinois Articulation Initiative.

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Industrial Technology - A.A.S

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Industrial Technology program prepares high school students and community college students for careers in manufacturing. The program offers students opportunities to learn science, math, technology, and communications in real-life settings.

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Agriculture

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Baccalaureate degree programs in agriculture may include various specialties, such as agricultural economics, agribusiness, agricultural sciences (animal science, crop or plant science, soil science, and horticulture), agricultural mechanics, and agriculture education. To transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in agriculture as a junior, students need to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits.

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Construction: Basic Construction Skills

Certificate (CER)

The Basic Construction Skills certificate equips graduates with beginning hands-on skills needed for entry-level jobs in the construction trades. This program of study can be started during either the fall or spring semester.

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Construction Management: Land Surveying Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Construction Management: Land Surveying certificate program provides approved surveying courses for the student who plans to become a professional land surveyor and who has or will have satisfied all other educational requirements for licensure prior to applying for admission to the Illinois Surveyor-In-Training (NCEES: Fundamentals of Land Surveying) examination. See Professional Licensing Notes** for education requirements for becoming a professional land surveyor. All of the surveying courses offered in this program have been accepted by the Illinois Land Surveyors Licensing Board as meeting the requirements of the 24 credit hours required by the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989 and the Illinois Administrative Code as amended.

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Business Administrative Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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HVAC Service Technician I

Certificate (CER)

The HVAC Service Technician I program prepares graduates for entry-level positions troubleshooting and repairing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in residential and light commercial facilities. The program prepares the student to earn EPA refrigerant certification.

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Business Administrative Technology: PC Support Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Industrial Technology: Machinery Maintenance

Certificate (CER)

The Machinery Maintenance Certificate prepares graduates for entry-level work in industrial or machinery maintenance.

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Agricultural Business

Certificate (CER)

The Agri-Business Certificate Program provides students with general knowledge in the areas of agri-marketing, agri-supply, and agricultural production.

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Aviation: Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Certificate (CER)

The following curriculum is designed to prepare the student to be certified under FAA requirements to be a commercial UAS operator. The student will be knowledgeable of the history and evolution of UAS, FAA regulations, airspace, weather, UAS types and performance, as well as safety and ethical issues. They will also be proficient at UAS operations.

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Industrial Technology - A.S.

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The following curriculum emphasizes a course of study in core technical courses in the industrial technology, machining area. This program is designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree in technology. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Electronics: Electronic Controls

Certificate (CER)

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in the installation, service, and repair of electrical and electronic systems used in manufacturing, automation, and process control. Students can expect to find employment as installers, technicians, and electrical support staff.

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Engineering Science

Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.)

The A.E.S. degree involves the completion of required general education, mathematics, and science courses as well as 10 credits in elective courses. Students are advised to follow the recommended courses for specific engineering fields but may choose from among those courses or general education courses to reach 60 semester hours. Transfer institution requirements may vary. Students should check individual college/university requirements before choosing courses and work with a counselor or academic advisor. The A.E.S. does not include completion of the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) and students completing this degree will likely have additional general education requirements at their transferring institution. Since admission into baccalaureate engineering programs is highly competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission.

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Industrial Technology: Industrial Welding

Certificate (CER)

The Industrial Welding Certificate prepares graduates for entrylevel work as welders in industry. This program is designed to cover the necessary components for students to test for AWS D1-1 Certification upon completion.

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Industrial Technology: Machine Tools

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Industrial Technology program prepares high school students and community college students for careers in manufacturing of machine tools. The program offers students opportunities to learn science, math, technology, and communications in real-life settings.

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Automotive Collision Repair Technician Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Automotive Collision Repair Technician Certificate Program prepares graduates with basic skills for use in a collision repair facility.

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Industrial Technology: Industrial Maintenance/Automation

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Industrial Technology program prepares high school students and community college students for careers in manufacturing machinery maintenance and automation. The program offers students opportunities to learn science, math, technology, and communications in real-life settings.

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