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.

Interested in Becoming a Heartland Tech Academy Student?

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 watch individual class videos for an in-depth look at the classes. 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
Director
 
 

Interested in signing up?  Fill out enrollment request form, and we will notify your high school counsellor that you are interested in taking Heartland Tech classes!

 
 

Information about our Programs:

 

AG Mechanics and Technology I and II

Instructor: John Werts

Dual Credit Courses:

  • 1st Year Students-HORT 128- Small Farm Equipment (3 Credits Earned)
  • 2nd Year Students- HORT 211- Horticulture Mechanics (3 Credits Earned)

College Cost Savings: $1,362*

Meet the instructor & lean more about the classes: https://youtu.be/ykXAiMw3-NY 

Request a spot in next year's class!

 
 

Auto Technology I and II

Instructor: Kevin Hunt

Dual Credit Courses:

  • 1st Year Students-Auto 101- Basic Theory (3 Credits Earned)
  • 2nd Year Students- Auto 204- Engine Repair (4 Credits Earned)

College Cost Savings: $952*

Meet the instructor & lean more about the classes: https://youtu.be/NVgfeTi5KiQ 

 
 

Auto Body Collision Repair I and II

Instructor: Bryan Spanberger

Dual Credit Courses:

  • 1st Year Students-CRT 100- introduction to Collision Repair (4 Credits Earned)
  • 2nd Year Students- CRT 105- Damage Estimating & Customer Service (2 Credits Earned)

College Cost Savings: $1,088*

Meet the instructor & lean more about the classes: https://youtu.be/xiZA3FZT8hM 

Request a spot in next year's class!

 
 

Cosmetology I and II

Instructor: Riki Wright at Reflections Academy

College Cost Savings: approxomately $6,000*

 
 

Criminal Justice I and II

Instructors: Ken Dahman & Amy Cleary

Dual Credit Courses:

  • 1st Year Students-CRJ 110- Criminal Justice Fundamentals (3 Credits Earned)
  • 2nd Year Students- Fall Semester CRJ 113- Fundamentals of Investigations & Reporting (3 Credits Earned)
  • Spring Semester- CRJ 128- Corrections Fundamentals (3 Credits Earned)

College Cost Savings: $1,224*

Meet the instructors & lean more about the classes: https://youtu.be/b37iZiwEZKA &  https://youtu.be/cF9PHzNZf8g

 

 

Culinary Arts and Hospitality I and II

Instructor: Susan Pryor

Dual Credits opportunities listed below are offered on an alternating yearly schedule.

  • CA 101- Intro to Culinary Arts (2 Credits Earned)
  • CA 105- Culinary Fundamentals (4 Credits Earned)
  • CA 150- Culinary Math (3 Credits Earned)

College Cost Savings: $1,224*

Meet the instructor & lean more about the classes: https://youtu.be/rsLDO8xgaUE

 

 

Digital Business I and II

Instructor: Ryan Rinchiuso

Dual Credit Courses:

  • 1st Year Students-BUS 100- Business Fundamentals (3 Credits Earned)
  • 2nd Year Students- BUS 245- Advertising and Sales Promotion (3 Credits Earned)

College Cost Savings: $816*

Meet the instructor & lean more about the classes: https://youtu.be/OyLJ4n2rFAE

 

 

Early Childhood Education I and II

Instructor: Abigail Rodebaugh

Dual Credits for Even Numbered Years (2020, 2022 etc...):

  • Fall Semester: ECE 101- Intro to Early Childhood ED (3 Credits Earned)
  • Spring Semester: ECE 118- Science for Young Children (3 Credits Earned)

Dual Credits for Odd Numbered Years (2021, 2023 etc…):

  • Fall Semester: ECE 114- Play Activities for Young Children (3 Credits Earned)
  • Spring Semester: ECE 103- Child Guidance (3 Credits Earned)

College Cost Savings: $1,632*

Meet the instructor & lean more about the classes: https://youtu.be/q8PlMEcugcI

 

 
Engineering Technology I and II
 
Instructor: TBA
 
 
Dual Credit Courses for 1st Year Students:
  • Fall Semester:  ENGT 100 - Manufacturing Processes (3 credits earned)
  • Fall Semester:  ENGT 102 - Bluepring Reading (3 credits earned)
  • Spring Semester: ENGT 104 - CNC Fundamentals (3 credits earned)
Dual Credit Courses for 2nd Year Students:
  • Fall Semester: ENGT 101 - Motor Control Fundamentals (4 credits earned)
  • Spring Semester: ENGT 111 - Motor Control Applications (4 credits earned)
 
Meet the instructor & lean more about the classes: new video coming soon!
 

Industrial Trades I and II

Instructor: Jerry Buckley

Meet the instructor & lean more about the classes: new video coming soon!

 

 

Medical Terminology and Business Procedures

Instructor: Tonya Rueff

Dual Credit Courses (note: this program is only one year long):

  • Bus 283- Personal Finance & Insurance (3 Credits Earned)
  • HLTH 140- Medical Terminology (3 Credits Earned)

College Cost Savings: $1,360*

Meet the instructor & lean more about the classes: new video coming soon!

 

 

Nursing Assistant

Instructors: Krista Livingston & Roxanne Thompson

Dual Credit Courses (note: this program is only one year long):

  • HTLH 141- Nurse Assistant Training (8 Credits Earned)

College Cost Savings: $1,088*

Meet the instructor & lean more about the classes: new video coming soon!

 

 

Pre Vet Studies I and II

Instructor: Steve Carlson

Dual Credit Courses:

  • ACGRIC 235- Agriculture Business Management- (3 Credits Earned)
  • AGRIC 126- Small Scale Livestock- (3 Credits Earned)

College Cost Savings: $900*

Meet the instructor & lean more about the classes: https://youtu.be/6UPwk0Tx8rM

Welding I and II

Instructor: Josh Adams

Dual Credit Courses for 1st Year Students:

  • Fall Semester: WELD 100- Welding Fundamentals (2 Credits Earned)
  • Spring Semester: WELD 101- Shielded Metal Arch Welding (4 Credits Earned)

Dual Credit Courses for 2nd Year Students:

  • Fall Semester WELD 120- Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding (2 Credits Earned)
  • Spring Semester- WELD 125- Gas Metal Arc/Flux Core Arc Welding (2 Credits Earned)

College Cost Savings: $1,904*

Meet the instructor & lean more about the classes:  https://youtu.be/kTpajj1mQ5s 

 

 

*Richland Community College Tuition Cost saved by enrolling in the program and earning credits while in high school.  Students will also save money on books and fees.