Summary of The Early Transfer Academy (ETA)
The Early Transfer Academy (ETA) is a set of early-morning classes at Parkland College that high school and home school juniors and seniors take to fulfill the State of Illinois General Education Core Curriculum (GECC). ETA participants can then transfer the GECC course credits to public colleges and universities across Illinois, fulfilling those colleges' lower-division, general education requirements (as stipulated under the Illinois Articulation Initiative Act).
ETA Website: www.parkland.edu/Main/Academics/Academic-Resources/Early-College-Services/Early-Transfer-Academy-ETA
*These courses do NOT fulfill Unit 4 graduation requirements and will NOT receive credit from Unit 4.
Contact: Early College Services Office, 217-353-2663
- Flexible scheduling with a morning and an afternoon track available
- Increased chances for college success through First Year Experience and cohort components
- Preparation for college online courses through structured hybrid experiences
- Flexibility in course selection in conjunction with established high school dual credit courses
- Reduced time to earn an associate's or bachelor's degree after high school
- Open to juniors, seniors, and home-schooled students; minimum age is 15 years old
- Placement in college-level English, based on high school test scores or Parkland assessments
- Suited to highly motivated students who want the challenge of advanced academics and have room in their schedules
The First cohort will begin Fall Semester 2018. Students will select to participate in the AM or the PM track.
- The AM track meets Monday-Friday, 8-9:15 a.m.
- The PM track meets Monday-Friday, 4-5:15 p.m.
Cost estimates are listed below, based on the 2017-2018 tuition and fee rates for each institution*. Textbook and supply costs are included and will vary. These rates are based on 18 hours of credit.
College/University Fall Term Spring Term Estimated Annual Total
University of Illinois 4,612 4,612 $9,224
Illinois State University 4,317 4,317 $8,634
Eastern Illinois Univ. 2,930 2,930 $5,860
Parkland College 1,652 1,965 $3,617
Classes meet 8:00 a.m. 0 9:15 a.m. Monday - Friday
First day of class is Monday, January 14th, 2019
Final exam week is May 10th - 16th, 2019
Tuition and Fees: $1,530.00
Textbooks: $435.00 Textbook costs will vary depending on location of purchase
Payment plans are available
ETA Year 1 students will enroll in 9 credit hours each semester, for a total of 18 hours over the academic year, with the option to enroll in summer classes to earn additional hours. Students will take a diverse set of classes from the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and communications, as well as the Parkland College First Year Experience course that teaches students college success strategies.
Fall 2018 ETA Courses
Monday: FYE 101 Tuesday: ANT 103 Wednesday: FYE 101 Thursday: ANT 103 Friday: HUM 102
FYE 101: Strategies for College Success - 3 credit hours
Designed to help students succeed in college and beyond. Includes self-assessment, goal-setting, education and career planning, time management, interpersonal communication, and personal development.
ANT 103: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - 3 credit hours
Study of structure and process of culture. Presents major features of culture including subsistence patterns, organizing devices, language, patterns of cultural transmission, political organization, religion, family forms, and cultural change. Examines methods of anthropological research and major theoretical orientations.
HUM 102: Western Culture: Renaissance to Present - 3 credit hours
Exploration of Western culture as expressed in art, literature, history, philosophy, and music from Renaissance through contemporary period.
Spring 2019 ETA Courses
Monday: COM 103 Tuesday: MUS 123 or THE 100 Wednesday: COM 103 Thursday: MUS 123 or THE 100 Friday: ECO 102
COM 103: Introduction to Public Speaking - 3 credit hours
Practice and study in public speaking involving informative, persuasive, and problem-solution situations and issues. Emphasis on speaker's critical thinking in relation to audience, topic, occasion, and self.
THE 100: Theatre Appreciation - 3 credit hours
Enhances appreciation of theatre as an art form through reading and analysis of scripts, theatre viewing, and discussion. Areas of investigation include types of plays; methods of production, design, and use of theatre; and the contributions of collaborative artists.
ECO 102: Principles of Microeconomics - 3 credit hours
Introduction to basic economic concepts including market analysis, followed by an emphasis on microeconomic topics such as elasticity, consumer choice, production and cost, industry structure, and associated problems of American economy.
* This course will be a hybrid course, blending in-class lectures with online components
ETA Year 2 courses will include general education physical and life sciences, mathematics, composition, and more, with the possibility of adding an additional 14 hours of college credits. Course flexibility in the second year will be available based on other dual credit opportunities.
Updated On: 08/13/2020