News from Oakton: January 2, 2013

Enroll in Oakton’s Nursing Program
As baby boomers age and health care needs increase, nurses will be in high demand. Begin your health career journey by enrolling in Oakton Community College’s Basic Nurse Assistant Training (BNAT) program. Classes begin in mid-January at the College’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue.

Oakton’s BNAT curriculum, approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, offers a basic study of principles and procedures used by the nurse assistant in long-term care, home health settings, and hospitals. The program focuses on basic human needs and the care of elders. Students acquire skills and concepts through hands-on clinical experiences at local health care facilities.

The BNAT certificate is an eight-credit-hour program that consists of the concurrent courses Basic Nurse Assistant Training (seven credits) and Basic Nurse Assistant Job Training (one credit). Basic Nurse Assistant Training provides a basic study of the principles and procedures used by the nurse assistant. Basic Nurse Assistant Job Training expands the understanding of today’s health care workplace and the role of the certified nursing assistant. The course covers job search techniques.

A 10-week day program begins January 15; a 16-week evening program starts January 15; and a 16-week weekend program commences on January 18.

Potential students are required to schedule an interview and an appointment for testing.

For more information, contact Kathleen Ahern-Gray, department chair, at 847.635.1461 or aherngra@oakton.edu.


Earn a Free Voucher to Take a Microsoft Office Certification Exam
Climb the corporate ladder in 2013 – and save a few bucks in the process! This spring, Oakton Community College is offering free vouchers to take Microsoft Office certification exams to students who successfully complete a range of Computer Applications for Business courses.

Register for any – or all – of the following courses: Electronic Spreadsheeting Using Excel 2010 (CAB 135), Presentation Software Using PowerPoint 2010 (CAB 130), Database Application Using Access 2010 (CAB 140), and Comprehensive Word Processing (CAB 125); pass the practice exam; and earn a free voucher per class to take a Microsoft Office certification exam. Vouchers are good for one test only. Students who do not pass the Microsoft exam will not be provided with an additional voucher.

Electronic Spreadsheeting Using Excel 2010 (CAB 135) presents the business applications and problem-solving capabilities of Microsoft Excel. A 10-week course meets 6 – 8:55 p.m., Thursdays, starting January 17, at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road. A 12-week course meets 2 – 3:30 p.m., Mondays, starting February 11, at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus.

Presentation Software Using PowerPoint 2010 (CAB 130) introduces the Microsoft PowerPoint program, which is used in creating presentations made up of slides. A 10-week course meets 6 – 10 p.m., Tuesdays, starting January 22, at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue. A 12-week session meets 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, starting February 11, at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus.

Database Application Using Access 2010 (CAB 140) offers hands-on instruction in using Microsoft Access, a relational database management software package used primarily on personal computers. A 14-week course meets 9 – 11 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, starting January 30, at Oakton’s Skokie campus. Another 14-week course meets 6 – 9:20 p.m., Wednesdays, starting January 30, at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus.

Comprehensive Word Processing (CAB 125) covers the uses and application of basic word processing functions. A 12-week course meets 9 – 10:50 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, starting February 11, at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus.

For more information, contact Michele Reznick at mreznick@oakton.edu.


Get on Board for a Health Career
Discover the exciting world of health care careers! Take the plunge during one of Oakton’s free information sessions at the College’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road) and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue) in January.

  • Nursing
    Tuesday, January 8, 2 p.m.
    Room 1610, Des Plaines
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
    Tuesday, January 8, 3:30 p.m.
    Room 1608, Des Plaines
  • Health Information Technology
    Tuesday, January 22, 6 p.m.
    Room 1606, Des Plaines
  • Radiologic Technology
    Wednesday, January 23, 2 p.m.
    Room C111, Skokie

Sessions showcase the College’s degrees and certificates in these health career programs. Faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends.

To reserve your spot, visit www.oakton.edu/healthcareers or call 847.635.1700.


Think Spring: Register for Oakton Classes
While the weather outside may be frightful, it’s time to think spring! Registration for spring 2013 classes at Oakton is still open. Most classes begin the week of January 14, 2013.

Find spring class listings online at www.oakton.edu, or in the Spring 2013 Credit and Noncredit Class Schedule, available at the College’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road), or Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue).

Register in person at either campus Monday through 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 my.Oakton.edu.

For more information about classes, contact Advising and Counseling at 847.635.1741 (Des Plaines), or 847.635.1400 (Skokie).


Landscape Exhibition Continues at Oakton
Nuances of Landscape: Paintings by Mary Porterfield and Nina Weiss, an exhibition featuring two local painters with very differing styles of capturing scenery on canvas, continues through Friday, January 25, 2013, at Oakton’s Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Porterfield’s works question what makes an act heroic in the midst of circumstances beyond our control – symbolized in her pieces by natural phenomena such as geysers, storm clouds, and volcanoes. Her paintings, which often suggest the supernatural, are comprised of hundreds of small figures. Some depict religious individuals and saints whose brave acts involved giving unconditionally. Others represent the struggle to balance such ideals with the need to nurture oneself.

Inspired by the open spaces and far-off horizons of the Midwest, Weiss creates powerful, expressionistic paintings. Going beyond the traditional “green landscape,” she presents a heightened vision of the natural world, using colors that are intense, lush, and dramatic. Weiss’ paintings capture her travels through the “everyday” vistas of the Midwest and beyond – teasing out the complexity of nature and creating layers of contrast, line, and form.

The Koehnline Museum is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more details, call 847.635.2633, or visit www.oakton.edu/museum.