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  Information about Parkland College graphics, registering in a technical degree program to develop job skills, and taking free practice tests online. Which college degrees will give you the best chances of finding a job after graduation? Some students select a major because it offers practical skills that are valuable in the workplace. Other students choose their major because they enjoy the subject material. In the design field, building a portfolio of your work is the single-most important step in defining yourself as a creative artist. Every course you select should help you add to your skills. Don't aim to commercialize your efforts too soon, but rather focus on pushing your limits and learning new techniques. The most popular college major is business administration, split equally between men and women. On the other hand, men make up the large majority of computer science and engineering majors. For women, the fields of education, English and liberal arts dominate the list.

Students can enhance their regular schedule by adding online classes. Students can participate in group discussions with a live professor via Google Hangouts, a new video-conferencing application that you can access in gmail. Advanced Placement exams are offered in a variety of subjects, offering college credit for classes that you have done well in. Test yourself with free practice exams, before visiting the College Board website to register to take your actual AP Tests. If you earn a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam, you may be able to receive advanced placement in college.

Online Courses - MOOCs

Parkland College graphicsSome of the college degree majors with high starting-salaries after graduation include physical sciences, business administration, and engineering. If you stay true to your career interests, not just going after salary, your overall job earnings will increase over time as you gain experience. If you focus your degree choices on salary alone, there's greater risk that you'll suffer early signs of burnout, and be forced to change careers.

Technical training programs are a low-cost alternative to attending a regular, four-year college, and you may earn good money as a highly-skilled, technical specialist. By taking some of your degree courses online, you also may be able to graduate earlier, saving money on tuition. If you're currently employed, you can take online courses in your spare time to advance your present career. Massive Open Online Courses are known as MOOCs, utilizing cloud-based software and Google apps.

An online degree may be just as marketable as a college degree earned on campus. Udemy online learning, a site which allows anyone to take online courses, is a new startup with backing from the founders of Groupon. Khan Academy now offers over 3,900 micro-lectures available via YouTube. Coursera, another online-learning software platform, has millions of enrolled students around the world. Recently, MIT made it's open courseware platform available to students and instructors at no cost.

Online Tests - Free Practice!

This section offers practice tests in a variety of academic subject areas. Each of the following multiple-choice tests has 10 questions to work on. No sign-up required, just straight to the test.
Business Tests

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English Tests
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Other colleges near Champaign, Illinois:

Take a few moments to browse other colleges and universities near Champaign. It's a good idea to compare all schools in the area, as well as consider taking some of your classes online, to save on tuition fees. By continuing your education, you can improve your salary prospects or train for a more interesting position. According to the Occupational Outlook Quarterly, from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, college graduates are twice as likely to find employment as those without a college degree in today's competitive job market. Further, it may be possible to receive degree credit via Advanced Placement exams, as well as through honors classes that you've taken.

Financial aid deadlines are typically scheduled well in advance of regular admission dates, so be sure to apply early. You may request free information from several different schools below, without making a commitment.

College GuidePhoneIn-state TuitionOut-of-state TuitionStudent Body SizeRequest Info
The University of Illinois
    Champaign, IL
(217) 333-1000 $$$ $$$$very large Program Info
Quincy University
    Quincy, IL
(217) 222-8020$$$$$$$$ medium Program Info
College of DuPage
    Glen Ellyn, IL
(630) 942-2800 $$$ $$$ very large Program Info
Hebrew College
    Skokie, IL
(847) 982-2500 $$$ $$$ small Program Info
University of St Francis
    Joliet, IL
(815) 740-3360$$$$$$$$ medium Program Info
American Academy of Art
    Chicago, IL
(312) 461-0600$$$$$$$$ very small Program Info
Spoon River College
    Canton, IL
(309) 647-4645 $$ $$ medium Program Info
Illinois Central College
    East Peoria, IL
(309) 694-5422 $$ $$ large Program Info
Harper College
    Palatine, IL
(847) 925-6000 $$ $$$ very large Program Info
The College of Technology
    Chicago, IL
(773) 278-0042 $$$ $$$ small Program Info
Richland Community College
    Decatur, IL
(217) 875-7200 $$$ $$$ medium Program Info

Graphic Design Jobs - Listings

Students will impress future bosses more with an impressive portfolio than an advanced degree. Practice your skills in website design for local companies while still a student. Many programs provide students with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of their work in studio art, computerized design, commercial graphics, or website design. A good portfolio often is the deciding factor in getting a job. Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful. They select and specify colors, finishes, fabrics, furniture, flooring, wall coverings, and lighting.

Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They help to make an organization recognizable by selecting color, images, or logo designs that represent a particular idea or identity to be used in advertising and promotions. About 29 percent of graphic designers are self-employed, and work as freelance commercial artists.


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Business & Medical Job Listings

Although most jobs which pay six-figure salaries require a college degree, technical fields offer high salaries based more on ability than which school you graduated from. Students will impress future bosses more with an impressive portfolio than with an advanced degree, so practice your skills as a consultant for local companies. Candidates with prior industry experience are preferred by interviewers, so you resume must show a clear pattern of success over time, based on numeric results and personal achievements.
Professional Careers
Each link lists current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Advertising & Sales$51,350$71,280
Casino Dealers$45,750$79,170
Computer Programmers$75,500$104,050
EMT, Paramedics$36,390$65,280
Graphic Designers$49,400$77,820
Financial Analysts$71,240$118,000
Flight Attendants$56,150$95,300
Private Investigators$38,290$64,380
Registered Nurses (RN)$49,730$83,440
Stock Brokers$60,190$80,280

In order to become an RN (Registered Nurse), a bachelors degree in nursing is recommended. RN's command a greater salary, and are responsible for an enlarged scope of practice over LPNs and CNAs. Students will receive classroom instruction and clinical training in a hospital setting. A 4-year BSN program allows students to further specialize in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics and mental health. After completing your nursing education, you must be licensed by the state in which you'll be practicing, given that state boards of nursing each have specific certification requirements.

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2400 W Bradley Ave
Champaign, IL 61821-1899

Phone: (217) 351-2200
Fax: (402) 465-2177

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Parkland College
2400 W Bradley Ave
Champaign, IL 61821-1899

Phone: (217) 351-2200
Fax: (402) 465-2177
Fill out the form to request Parkland College course info.
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Skilled Careers
Current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
Computer Programmers$75,500
EMT, Paramedics$36,390
Financial Analysts$71,240
Graphic Designers$49,400
Film & Video Editors$58,100
Public Relations$40,670
Registered Nurses (RN)$49,730
Stock Brokers$60,190
Website Designers$42,640

Parkland College has a reputation for academics, allowing you to pursue the degree program that's right for you. Additionally, career placement services can help you to structure your job search after graduation. If you'd like to request course information, please use the inquiry form at the top of this page.

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