News from Oakton: February 21, 2012

Explore Health Care Careers
Free Information Session Offered at Oakton

Interested in a health care career? Then you won’t want to miss free upcoming information sessions at Oakton. These seminars showcase Oakton’s degree and certificate programs. Faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends.

  • Nursing information session: Tuesday, March 6 at 5 p.m., at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room A145-152).

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that employment for registered nurses is expected to increase by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. Also, the BLS reports that growth will be driven by technological advances in treating patients and a greater emphasis on preventive care.

Additional upcoming sessions in March include:

  • Health information technology: Wednesday, March 7, at 6 p.m., at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road (Room 1610).
  • Radiologic technology: Wednesday, March 14, at 2 p.m., at Oakton’s Skokie campus, Room C110.
  • Physical therapist assistant: Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m., at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus (Room 1604).

To reserve your place in a session, visit or call 847.635.1700.

Learn about Children Displaced by War
Learn about children supplanted by violence at an event to highlight Assyrian culture at Oakton on Wednesday, February 29.

Oakton will host a discussion on Deborah Ellis’ book Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees. The conversation will include heartbreaking first-hand accounts of children displaced by war in Iraq (12:30 – 1:45 p.m., at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue). Admission is free.

The event is part of “Coming Together in Skokie 2012,” an annual program that builds knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of the various ethnic heritages that comprise the Village of Skokie.

In addition, Oakton will host Assyrians in Chicago History, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursday, March 1 (Room P103, Skokie campus). Homer Ashurian, executive director of Chicago’s Assyrian Universal Alliance Foundation, and Vasili Shoumanov, author of Assyrians in Chicago, shed light on the role Assyrians have played in the Windy City.

To view the entire schedule of “Coming Together in Skokie 2012” events, visit

For more information about Oakton’s participation, contact Rose Novil at 847-376-7632 or


Kita y Fernanda Kicks off Women’s History Month at Oakton
Celebrate Women’s History Month by attending a performance of Kita y Fernanda. The play will presented March 1 – 4, and March 8 – 11, by the Performing Arts at Oakton.

A timely look at class, immigration, and women’s friendships, this Jeff-nominated play by Tanya Saracho, one of Chicago’s leading new playwrights, tells the tale of Fernanda, the privileged daughter of a wealthy Mexican family living in Texas, and Kita, the child of the family’s undocumented Mexican maid. A chance meeting many years later prompts a flood of memories about growing up in the same household.

Enjoy a special $5 preview Thursday, March 1 at 8 p.m. Regular performances are scheduled:

  • Friday, March 2, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m.

Kita y Fernanda will be staged at Oakton’s Studio One, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 for students and seniors; and $6 for groups of 15 or more – call 847.635.1900 to purchase.

To view other events to celebrate Women’s History Month at Oakton, visit

Oakton Hosts Social-Emotional Learning Workshop
Early Bird Registration Required by March 2

Learn more about social and emotional learning on Monday, April 23, at Oakton.

Sponsored by Rush NeuroBehavioral Center, the workshop “Implementing Social and Emotional Learning for all Students,” is designed for parents, teachers, and allied health and medical professionals. Ruth Cross, M.S., an educator for more than three decades and now a trainer who leads workshops around Illinois geared to demonstrating that social and emotional learning promotes success in school and life, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the social emotional competencies and how these relate to academic achievement, positive student development, and reductions in negative student behaviors.
  • Plan and implement a systemic approach to social and emotional learning as part of a district/school improvement process.

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road. Early bird registration is $150 before Friday, March 2 ($165 after March 2).Upon completion, participants will be eligible for continuing education credits.

To register or for a detailed brochure, contact Oakton’s Alliance for Lifelong Learning at 847-635-1808.

Plan a Campus Visit to Oakton
Find out why Oakton is the ideal place to start or continue your college education during a campus visit on Wednesday, March 7

Sponsored by the Office of Student Recruitment and Outreach, the tour of Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, will feature information about admission, career and transfer programs, financial aid, student services, and extracurricular activities. Oakton faculty, administrators, staff, and students will be available to answer questions.

Oakton offers associate’s degrees and certificate programs for students planning to move on to four-year colleges or universities, as well as those preparing for employment in a variety of careers. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the College is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.

The tour will begin at 6 p.m. in Room P103. To register, call 847.635.1835 or visit