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


ENROLLMENT FOR HEARTLAND TECHNICAL ACADEMY'S 2021 - 2022 SCHOOL YEAR IS NOW OPEN!. Students are encouraged to use the link bleow to complete an online Enrollment Request Form. Once completed, this information regarding your interest in a specific HTA program is forwarded to your high school counselor. Upon approval of a student's high school counselor, you can be enrolled as a student with HTA for the 2021 - 2022 school year.

Welcome letters to all approved and enrolled students will be sent via US Mail to all students in late July/early August. These letters will provide information on official program placement, start dates/times, classroom locations, etc.. 

If you have any quesitons, please conatct the HTA Office at 217-872-4050 or contact your high school counselor. 


 Interested in taking a class with HTA next year? Click here to sign up!


THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES FOR HEARTLAND TECHNICAL ACADEMY IS TUESDAY, AUGUST 17. All classes will be held in-person, on campus. Students in the Engineering Tech Program are taught by a Richland Community College instructor and will follow the RCC Calendar. Engineering Tech students' first day of instruction will begin earlier, on Thursday, August 12.

We look forward to seeing you then!!! 








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

FY21- FY22 Heartland Tech Calendar

2020 Richland Calendar found at


Heartland Technical Academy Brochure

Tech Academy Courses for 2021-2022