Center for Promoting STEM (CP-STEM)

With a significant grant from the National Science Foundation, Oakton's Center for Promoting STEM (CP-STEM) offers diverse activities including a summer "bridge" program; peer tutor training; student-industry-teacher simulations; study sessions; seminars; and field trips. The New York Times recently cited Oakton among the top-ten community colleges in the nation and called attention to CP-STEM. In addition, the Peer Tutor Training and Student-Industry-Teacher Simulations programs captured the Innovation Award from the Illinois Council of Community College Administrators in 2003 and 2005 respectively.


Success Stories

Oakton Robotics team of 12 students under Angelo Gero, project advisor, wins second place out of 36 colleges of universities at the 2016 NASA Robotics Mining Competition.

Yolanda Dionicio (Spring 2009 - Spring 2010, STEM Mentoring Program and APEX Scholar) is pursing a major in aerospace engineering at UIUC.

Amin Baqui (Fall 2007 - Spring 2009, STEM Mentoring Program and Spring 2009 APEX Scholar) is pursuing a double major in general engineering and business at UIUC.

Arslan Wali Ahmed (Fall 2007 and Spring 2008, STEM Mentoring Program) earned a bachelor's degree with distinction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2010. He is also listed on UIUC's Bronze Tablet, the highest award granted to undergraduates for academic excellence.

Ali Azeem (Spring 2008, STEM Mentoring Program) earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2011. He will be working for Exelon Nuclear.