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Heartland Academy for Learning Opportunities (HALO)

Heartland Academy for Learning Opportunities (HALO)
Heartland Community College
Heartland Academy for Learning Opportunities (HALO)
1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
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Program Contact Barb Glover
Phone 309.268.8257

The Heartland Academy for Learning Opportunities Program (HALO) at Heartland Community College offers higher education opportunities for students  ages 18 - 28 with intellectual disabilities, allowing participants to experience  various social and academic opportunities in a challenging yet supportative environment. The program focuses on promoting independence, self-advocacy, responsibility and developing the "soft skills" necessary for employment.



Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 25
Deadline to apply to this program: Mid June
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-28
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Intellectual, learning, physical, and/or sensory disabilities.
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 81%
Retention rate: 63%
Cost of the program: Tuition per semester approximately $1000.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Students may qualify for payment plans or other individualized funding (employers, clubs, organizations, etc.)

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Some examples of these courses are "Reading for Life", "Math for Life", "Social Development", "Cooking/Money Skills", etc.

Time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: HALO Certificate
The credential(s) is/are: Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 58%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Students with skill levels and interests may enroll in additional coursework leading to college certificates

Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Best Buddies through local universities, SOAR, Penguin Project, Special Olympics, Rec Center, Game Room, Student Organizations, Seedling Theater, Inside Out Art

Last updated: Friday, March 6, 2020 - 12:22