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


HEARTLAND TECH ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2023 - 2024 SCHOOL YEAR IS NOW OPEN!! Students who will be high school Juniors or Seniors next year and are interested in enrolling in a Tech Program are encouraged to speak to their high school counselor. Counselors have been provided HTA Enrollment Forms. Any questions regarding requirements and prerequisites can be directed to your high school counselor. Once the form has been completed, high school counselors will submit these forms to the HTA Office. Please note:  completion of the form by itself does not guarantee acceptance in to a Tech Academy Program. Tentative placement in HTA Programs will be communicated to students and counselors by the end of May.

Home School students at a Junior or Senior standing are able to apply for Tech Programs. Please contact our office at 217-872-4050 for further information.



We would like to remind parents and students to contact the HTA with any schedule changes, questions, or concerns. You can reach our office directly at 217-872-4051.  This is also the number to call throughout the school year to report any absences, tardies, etc.. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact their student's high school AND the Tech Academy with information affecting a student's attendance.


Heartland Technical Academy is one of 24 Area Career Centers in the state of Illinois. Junior and Senior students from local high schools can take classes at HTA as part of their school day. Signing up for HTA classes is just like signing up for any other elective classes the school offers. HTA programs are on the campus of Richland Community College offering dual credit for students.  In addition, students have access to RCC’s tremendous facilities. At HTA, students engage in hands-on opportunities that reflect the skills needed in the workforce. Programs are also aligned with Industry and post-secondary credentials. Partnerships with RCC, local high schools, and industries are key factors in making HTA programs successful. 


Message from Heartland Technical Academy Director

Welcome to the Heartland Technical Academy! The Tech Academy provides career exploration and training to approximately 500 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



Directions to Richland Community College

FY22-FY23 Heartland Tech Calendar

Richland Calendar 


2022-2023 Student Application


Heartland Technical Academy Brochure

Tech Academy Courses and State Codes for 2021-2022

Tech Academy Courses and State Codes for 2022-2023




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