Call the Technical Academy

217-872-4050 - Main number
217-872-4051 - Attendance
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 the Heartland Technical Academy

Welcome to the Heartland Technical Academy! The Tech Academy provides career exploration and training to nearly 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. A significant number 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.

Bret Hitchings


Learn about the dual credit offerings that are available for area high school juniors and seniors.

The Heartland Technical Academy is hosting their annual Open House on Thursday, November 12 from 5-7PM in Shilling Salon 1, which is located on the Richland Community College.  Don’t miss this chance to check out our Technical Academy programs and dual credit offerings which are offered to area high school junior and seniors.

“Heartland Technical Academy provides a tremendous opportunity for area high school students to get real world experience in high-need career areas.  We offer a wide range of career preparation programs, and the passion and knowledge of our teachers helps prepare students to be successful as they continue on their career and educational path,” said Bret Hitchings, Director of Heartland Technical Academy.

Students and parents are invited to talk with teacher and current students, view demonstrations and projects, tour classrooms and more.  

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Directions to Richland Community College

FY15-16 School Calendar

FY15-16 Application

FY16-17 Application

Heartland Technical Academy Brochure



Heartland Board of Control Meeting - Tuesday, 11/17/15