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


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



January 2021

Welcome to SPRING SEMESTER HTA students!!! Classes resume on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. All HTA programs will conduct learning remotely from January 5 -15. Starting Tuesday, January 19, your HTA program will resume the same learning format as First Semseter:

  • Attending on campus, 5 days per week:  Welding
  • All learning conducted remotely:  Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education
  • Hybrid format (assigned to attend on-campus 1 to 3 days per week; opposite days remote learning): Industrial Trades, Pre-Vet Studies, Engineering Tech, Automotive Technology, Auto Body, Digital Business, Med Term/Business Technology, Ag Mechanics, Nursing Assistant, and Cosmetology

For students in hybrid programs - if you do not remember the days you are assigned to be on-campus, please contact your instructor via email to request this information. 

For any student wishing to change their HTA enrollment, please speak to your high school counselor. HTA cannot make any changes in a student's schedule or drop a student from enrollment without the high school counselor's approval.

Despite the challenges that are presented to us all today, we look forward to continuing the school year successfully with our students! HTA is dedicated to providing experiences to build technical skills and instill work ehtics to prepare studednts for college cand career sucess. 




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



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