News from Oakton: July 2, 2013


Oakton’s Campuses Closed for the Fourth of July
Oakton’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road) and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue) will be closed on Thursday, July 4, for Independence Day. However, online registration will be available at, 6:45 a.m. – 10 p.m., July 4 – 5, and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., July 6 – 7.

The College is currently operating under its summer hours and is closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through August 3. Oakton’s campuses will reopen on July 8.


Start Here. Grow Anywhere. Find Quality Child Care at Oakton’s Skokie Campus
Parents seeking high-quality preschool care for their children are invited to a free open house at the Oakton Community College Early Childhood Education (ECE) Center, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Skokie (Rooms C151-152) on Monday, July 15, from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Skokie center offers part- and full-day programs for 3- to 5-year-olds.

Staff will be on hand to provide tours and answer questions, as well as assist with registration. The ECE center provides a stimulating, individualized curriculum that encourages curiosity and a love of learning.

Families who enroll at the open house will receive a discount on the registration fee.

For more information, contact Yvonne Kostic at 847.635.1441 or


Enjoy the Sounds of Summer at Oakton
Heat up your summer when Oakton’s Guitar Ensemble offers an evening of virtuoso quartets and duets on Wednesday, July 17, at 8 p.m., at the Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Enjoy a wide variety of six-string sorcery performances, including Celtic standards, Beethoven classics, and an original musical composition by student James Kendros of Des Plaines, who has performed with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra.

This talented ensemble is directed by Tom Clippert, Oakton instructor of music. Clippert also is a Yale University School of Music graduate who has performed with the Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Northwest Chicago String Quartet.

General admission is $3. Call 847.635.1900 for tickets.


Oakton Presents Free Summer Health Care Career Information Sessions
Discover the exciting and growing world of health care careers by attending free information sessions at Oakton Community College on Wednesday, July 17.

Is a two-year degree in radiologic technology right for you? Find out when Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, hosts a seminar at 2 p.m. (Room C111).

Through Oakton’s program, students learn how to produce radiographic images of the human body for use in diagnosing medical conditions. The curricula is a partnership between the College and the St. Francis School of Radiography in Evanston.

And the need for radiologic technicians is on the rise! The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment in this discipline is anticipated to escalate by more than 22 percent by 2020. Growth in the profession will be driven by an increase in the need for diagnostic imaging for a rising aging population. Qualified radiologic technologists are needed in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, industry, and public health.

Discover more about medical laboratory technology at 3 p.m., at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road (Room 1550). Medical laboratory technicians perform test procedures, collect blood samples, prepare solutions, and maintain quality control procedures. These health professionals work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, private labs, and in industrial and commercial sales, marketing, and insurance positions. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, careers for medical laboratory technicians are expected to grow by more than 10 percent by 2020.

Also, learn about phlebotomy, another rapidly emerging health care profession, at 3 p.m., at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus (Room 1550). A phlebotomy technician obtains blood samples for laboratory testing and may also be responsible for working in situations that require the collection of urine specimens and throat cultures. Collection procedures must be performed to insure specimen integrity while causing minimal trauma to the patient. 

Faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends at all information sessions. 

To reserve your place, visit or call 847.635.1700.


Oakton Hosts July Parent Orientations
Attention parents of new students at Oakton Community College: get the inside scoop about the College this summer during two information sessions.

Free orientations are scheduled:

  • Wednesday, July 17, 6 – 8 p.m.
    Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue
    Room P103-104.
  • Monday, July 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
    Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road
    Room 1608-1610.

A faculty and student panel will answer questions about academic and student life at the College. Topics include how to best support you child during the transition to college; financial assistance and scholarships; academic support services; student services; and the transfer process.

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.

Parents may reserve a space at


Midwest Community College Playwrights Featured at Oakton’s Play On
View rising talent at Play On, the Midwest’s only community college playwriting festival, July 23 – 25, at Oakton Community College’s Studio One, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Play On, now in its fifth year, features six original one-act plays written and directed by community college students from the Great Lakes Region, starting nightly at 8 p.m.

“We’re very excited about this year’s performances,” states Kate Tillotson, co-founder of Play On. “Since its inception, the production has received numerous scripts from talented community college students in Illinois and this is the first year we’ve widened the search to gifted playwrights in the Midwest. Expanding the scope took some doing, but it was well worth all the effort and coordination.”

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors – to purchase call 847.635.1900. Proceeds benefit the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund.