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 Technical Academy's enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is currently open!!

Enrollment Forms are accepted from high school students who will be at a Junior or Senior standing upon the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Students who are interested in attending an HTA Program are encouraged to meet with their high school counselor. Counselors have been provided the 2019-2020 HTA Enrollment Forms & will be able to provide students with information regarding enrollment procedures and prerequisities for all of Tech's programs.

A copy of the 2019-2020 HTA Enrollment Form is located at the link below. 



Here are some reminders on how HTA operates when schools cancel due to weather or road conditions. 

  1. If your school cancels due to extreme weather or driving conditions, students are EXCUSED and not expected to be at HTA classes.
  2. If DPS or RCC cancel, HTA will be cancelled and students should not come to HTA classes. 
  3. In the event that RCC is in session on a day when HTA or the high schools are not, classes that are taught by RCC faculty including Engineering Technology, Drafting, Graphic Arts, and Accounting, high school students can get permission from their principal to drive or find a way to get to their RCC taught class.   For occasions like differing Spring Breaks, these students are encouraged to attend and follow RCC’s schedule.  However,  students will not be expected or advised to be here if your school and/or HTA cancel because of weather.   

Please check local media for closures of Decatur Public Schools and/or Richland Community College.


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



Directions to Richland Community College


2018-19 SCHOOL CALENDAR for Engineering Tech, Drafting, Accounting, and Graphic Arts


Heartland Technical Academy Brochure