Call the Technical Academy

217-872-4051 - Attendance
217-872-4050 - Main number
217-876-0918 - Fax

School Hours

Morning: 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Afternoon: 12:20 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Welcome to Heartland Technical Academy




HTA enrollment for the 2020-2021 schhol year is currently open. Enrollment Request Forms are accepted for high school students who will be at a Junior or Senior standing upon the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Students who are interested in attending an HTA program are encouraged to meet with their high school counselor. Counselors have been provided 2020-2021 HTA Enrollment Request Forms and will be able to provide students with inforamtion on enrollment procedures and prerequisites for Tech programs. 

If you would like further information, please contact the Tech Office at 217-872-4050. 


Message from Heartland Technical Academy Director

Welcome to the Heartland Technical Academy! The Tech Academy provides career exploration and training to approximately 400 high school juniors and seniors in 15 program areas. We serve students from 15 high schools representing Decatur and the surrounding areas.

Students who experience the Tech Academy have an opportunity to learn specific technical skills as well as proper employment behaviors and positive work ethic characteristics. Students at the Tech Academy have access to a technology-enriched curriculum, taught by a highly competent staff, using state of the art equipment. Nearly all of our programs offer college credit through Richland Community College.

Heartland Technical Academy is dedicated to providing quality, hands-on educational experiences that build technical skills and instill work ethics that prepare students for college and career success. The administration and staff of the Tech Academy are committed to providing ways for students to transition successfully into education and career opportunities after high school. To meet this commitment we will:

  • Create challenging, dynamic programs of study that will bring the classroom, workplace, and community together for the benefit of the students.
  • Provide relevant curriculum and appropriate resources to meet the needs of our diverse student population.
  • Continuously improve teaching and technology, while creating partnerships to benefit students.

Prospective students and guests are encouraged to browse this web site and feel free to contact us for a guided tour. Thank you for visiting us and we look forward to serving you.  For more information on what we have to offer, please contact us at 217-872-4051.

Bret Hitchings



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Heartland Technical Academy Brochure



FULL-TIME HIGH SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR OPENING FOR COLLISION REPAIR TECHNOLOGY, WELDING, OR AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY.  Teach hands-on concepts in Auto Body/Collision Repair, Welding, and/or Auto Mechanics. Application deadline 7/3/2020. Contact Bret Hitchings at 217-872-4056 with any questions about being eligible for certification.