New grant helping Heartland students get back on track

Heartland Community College's HALO program is getting a boost thanks to a new grant.
Heartland Community College's HALO program is getting a boost thanks to a new grant.(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jan. 21, 2023 at 9:34 PM CST
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NORMAL (25 News Now) - Heartland Community College is getting $210,000 for those who need a little extra help getting a start on their professional lives.

‘HALO’ stands for Heartland Academy for Learning Opportunities, a curriculum designed for students with intellectuald, developmental, or learning disabilities who are looking to develop valuable life skills. The college will add four additional courses and expand programming with the new money.

Steve Fast, the Public Information Director at Heartland, says the rewards from the program speak for themselves.

“You really see the impact in the faces of the students and the joy that’s reflected in their families, that they get the opportunity to do something that a lot of people might not have thought they were willing to do or able to do,” he says. “And now we can have an opportunity to help out people with that particular learning disability.”

You can find more information about HALO on the Heartland Community College website by clicking here.