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Think Small: Oakton Offers New Nanotechnology Class

By 2015, the nanotech industry will need two million workers and approximately six million supporting positions worldwide. Get in on the ground floor with “Fundamentals of Nanotechnology,” a new course at Oakton Community College that explores the “nanoworld.”

Nanotechnology is the science of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Increasingly common in the computer, energy, biotech, and transportation fields, nanotechnology can improve just about any process, tool, or piece of equipment by vastly increasing the amount of information stored on a computer chip. This process speeds up any computer-based application—and can even help doctors target specific cancerous cells for chemotherapy treatment, eliminating potential damage to healthy cells nearby.

“Fundamentals of Nanotechnology” kicks off the new Nanotechnology Employment, Education, and Economic Development Initiative (NE3I), a collaborative effort to bring nanotechnology education to Oakton and area high schools. Other partners include the Village of Skokie; the Illinois Science +Technology Park (IS+TP), housing more than a dozen science and technology companies; NanoInk, Inc., which develops nanotechnology curriculum; and the North Suburban Educational Region for Vocational Education (NSERVE), a career and technical education consortium of nine high schools in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

Ultimately, NE3I will establish a nanotechnology laboratory at IS +TP – located just four blocks from the Skokie campus. Oakton faculty will staff the lab, training students from the College and nearby high schools – via video link -- to be nanotechnicians.

Find your future in this rapidly expanding field! Apply and register now for “Fundamentals of Nanotechnology” – the course meets 6 – 8:50 p.m. twice weekly. On Mondays, students meet at IS+TP, 4901 Searle Parkway, Skokie, and on Wednesdays, class takes place at Oakton’s Skokie Campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue.

Class begins Monday, January 14. Find this course – listed as PHY 140 050 [CRN 12232] – and any Oakton class online at Register in person at either campus Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Students with a current application on file may register at

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