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OCC Students Invited to Apply for New Honors Program

Honors Program GraphicOlney Central College will launch a new Honors Program this spring and is inviting interested students to apply.

“We are really excited about this new opportunity for our students to offer an academic program that goes above and beyond,” said OCC Dean of Instruction Michael Conn. “We are seeking the best and the brightest.”

The Honors Program is open to both transfer and technical students who demonstrate consistent academic excellence, motivation and leadership. Participants will engage in studies that are more intellectually challenging than traditional sections.

“Students in the Honors Program will take added coursework with greater learning outcomes,” Conn said. “It offers greater coursework and experience to prepare them for the workplace in a more substantial way. Higher order learning strategies will focus on         original work they can demonstrate to employers.”

Participants will be recognized at graduation and the Honors Program designation will appear on their transcripts and diplomas.

Dr. Aaron Lineberry will serve as the Honors Program advisor and oversee the required capstone course, which explores a topic related to a student’s program or area of interest. Students also will participate in the required Transfer and CTE Topics courses taught by Conn and Kathy Swinson, respectively.

“I think this gives students the opportunity to delve deeper into their majors,” said Andi Pampe, Assistant Dean of Student Services. “The Honors Program will look good on a resume and college applications and can possibly help with scholarship applications. I love that the OCC administration and faculty are willing to go above and beyond for our students who want to go above and beyond themselves.”

Efforts to establish an Honors Program at OCC have been underway for several years, Conn said. Last year the Deans of Instruction for Illinois Eastern Community Colleges moved to make it a district-wide initiative.

Honors Program applications are available in Student Services or may be obtained from the student’s advisor. Questions regarding the program should be directed to the Dean of Instruction’s office or the student’s advisor.

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, religious affiliation, veteran status, national origin, disability, genetic information, or any other protected category.


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