Familiar Face in a Familiar Place
During the 1970s, Karen Martin was a student at Oakton and in the '80s she worked at the Information Desk. After more than two decades in the corporate world, Karen returned in 2001 and now serves as the Office Manager for the Division of Science and Health Careers.
It's amazing how much Oakton has been part of my life. I took business classes when the College was in temporary factory buildings in Morton Grove. I never dreamed I would be working here years later. I still have my student ID from 1976. For some reason, I held onto that - which shows how much this place means to me.
Oakton also has been a part of my family's life. My daughters and I used to take canoe rides on Lake Oakton on the Des Plaines campus. As a family we'd attend summer festivals and other activities hosted by the College. Both of my daughters ended up taking classes at the College and had a great experience.
When I came back in 2001, many of the same people were still here, so it was like coming home. I enjoy my position in the Division of Science and Health Careers. Each day brings something new, and I get to see issues from both the faculty and student perspectives. Understanding all sides helps me tremendously.
Another benefit of working at Oakton is that I can pursue my interest in art at night. Over the years, I've taken ceramics, drawing, and painting classes. My house and office are filled with all the works I've created. When I retire, I'll be a regular in the art studio!
Office Manager, Division of Science and Health Careers