News from Oakton: July 30, 2013


Oakton Welcomes New Workforce Development and Corporate Training Director
Colette Hands, a resident of Chicago, joined Oakton Community College on July 1 as director of workforce development and corporate training. She will be responsible for working with local businesses and industries to develop programs and services to further enhance their employees’ knowledge and skill base. In addition, Hands will oversee the College’s program for continuing education for health care professionals (CEHP).

“I’m thrilled to join the Oakton family,” said Hands. “The College is an institution that reflects holistic values and cares for its students and community. I’m also looking forward to building strong, long-lasting relationships with our community and business partners.”

Adds Oakton Associate Vice President of Continuing Education, Training, and Workforce Development Merrill Irving Jr., “We are pleased to welcome Colette aboard. She is a detailed oriented and collaborative leader in workforce development who brings a wealth of experience to the College. Our Division of Continuing Education, Training, and Workforce Development is creating trendsetting partnerships that will lead to national practices. With Colette on our team, the possibilities for greatness are endless.”

Prior to Oakton, Hands spent seven years at North Park University as the director of career development and internships, and the associate director of the school of business. She also has more than nine years of experience in the workforce development field.
In addition, Hands teaches master and bachelor-level counseling psychology courses part-time for various institutions and serves as secretary for the board of the Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago.

She received a doctorate in counseling psychology and a master’s degree in community counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Hands also earned a master’s degree in human resource management from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Launch Your Health Care Career at Oakton
Health care careers are in high demand! Get in on the ground floor of an exciting profession by attending two upcoming free information sessions at Oakton's Des Plaines campus.

Learn how to provide practical assistance for registered pharmacists at a pharmacy technician session on Thursday, August 1, at 6 p.m. (Room 1603). Pharmacy technicians work in drug stores, hospitals, community ambulatory care centers, home health care agencies, nursing homes, and the pharmaceutical industry. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, pharmacy technician professions are anticipated to rise by more than 22 percent from 2013 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations because of the growing number of middle-aged and elderly people expected to use prescription drugs.

Also, begin your journey toward a two-year degree in radiologic technology when Oakton hosts a seminar on Monday, August 5, at 5:30 p.m. (Room 1603).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 radiologic technicians are needed! The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment in this field is expected to rise 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.

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

To reserve a spot, visit or call 847.635.1700.


Oakton Hosts Reception for The Art of Leon and Sadie Garland Exhibit
Enjoy a public reception for The Art of Leon and Sadie Garland – the first major exhibit celebrating this married artist couple, whose work captured Chicago and Europe during the early 20th century – on Thursday, August 8, from 5 – 8 p.m., at Oakton’s Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. The free show, which continues the Oakton Koehnline Museum’s tradition of featuring Chicago artists and their contributions during the Great Depression, opens Thursday, August 1 and runs through Friday, September 20.

Russian-born Leon Garland (1896-1941) came to Chicago in 1913. A student of the Art Institute of Chicago and Hull-House, he created an extensive body of work, including a large number of paintings for the W.P.A. His wife, Sadie Ellis Garland Dreikurs (1900-1906), grew up in the Windy City, took art classes at the Hull-House, and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After their marriage, the two traveled and studied in France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, and Switzerland before returning to Chicago. On their return, the duo experimented with a variety of subjects and styles, including cubism.

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

For more information, call 847.635.2633, or visit


Register Your Child Now for Oakton’s Robotic Summer Camp
Robots. LEGO®. What’s not to like? Time is running out to register for Oakton’s LEGO® WaterBotics® Camp. Your youngsters ages 8 – 13 are invited to participate in this week-long program at the College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., August 12 – 16. Registration deadline is Monday, August 5.

During the camp, students will use LEGO® Mindstorm®, which contains software and hardware to create small, customizable, and programmable underwater robots. The curriculum is problem-based requiring teams of students to work together to design, construct, test, and redesign the machines. The camp is a collaboration between Oakton’s Center for Promoting STEM, Alliance for Lifelong Learning, and the engineering department at Triton College. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this program is part of a project coordinated by New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology.

The camp is meant to demonstrate opportunities and real-world applications within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Camp fee is $300. To register, contact Gloria Liu at or 847.635.1738. Students may also enroll online at


Women Artists: Submit Your Entry for Oakton Art Exhibition Before It’s Too Late
Female professional artists: time is running out to submit entries in all media to Oakton Community College for Bodies by Design: Modification, Coercion, and Resistance. This juried art exhibition, co-sponsored by the Koehnline Museum of Art and Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) at Oakton, will run October 3 – 25. Entries are due by Thursday, August 8. There is no fee.

Oakton’s annual WGS exhibition is one of the region’s premier art events, attracting hundreds of participants from across the country. Themes focus on issues and ideas involving women and the feminine; this year’s exhibition explores how women’s bodies may be modified.

Gendered embodiment has always been plastic: we adorn ourselves with piercings and tattoos; bind, confine, and refine our contours; and learn to move with or against societal expectations. Today, consumer culture puts unprecedented pressure on people to conform, while the abundance of subcultures allows for more outrageous inventions and expressions. Submissions must relate to this theme.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Artists may submit only one original work for consideration.
  • Works must be submitted on a compact disc as a JPEG image with a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
  • The CD must be labeled with the artist’s name, title of work, and medium. It also should contain an artist statement/biography in narrative form as a Microsoft Word document not exceeding 150 words. The statement should refer to the specific artwork submitted.

View a complete list of rules at

Submit entries to: Bodies by Design Exhibition, Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016.

For more information, contact Nathan Harpaz at 847.635.2633 or


Oakton Hosts Nanotechnology Open Houses
Get in on the ground floor of the growing nanotechnology industry by attending a free open house hosted by Oakton Community College on Thursday, August 8, from 6 – 7 p.m., at the conference center of the Illinois Science + Technology Park, (IS+TP), 8045 Lamon Avenue, Skokie. This seminar also will be repeated at the same time and location on Thursday, August 15.

Nanotechnology plays a critical role in biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, and physics – from building microprocessors and delivering anti-cancer drugs efficiently to making clothes more stain resistant and improving sunscreen absorption.

In short, nanotechnology is revolutionizing products across all industries – and by 2015, the field will need six million workers and 2.5 million support personnel, with salaries ranging from $30,000 to $95,000 (depending on the level of education). An emerging employment trend in this area is a need for technicians working at the production levels within these companies to complement the research professionals who develop the new products.

Open house activities include presentations by local nanotech companies, opportunities to discuss the curriculum with Oakton faculty and alumni and tour of the laboratory facility that Oakton maintains at the IS+TP. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the garage located at 4835 Searle Parkway.

Oakton’s cutting-edge technology program is supported by the Nanotechnology Education, Employment, and Economic Development Initiative (NE³I), a partnership between the College; the Village of Skokie; Forest City Enterprises, Inc., which owns and operates the IS+TP; and the North Suburban Educational Region for Vocation Education (NSERVE), a career and technical education consortium consisting of nine high schools in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

This fall, Oakton will offer the 16-week Fundamentals of Nanotechnology I (PHY 140-050) course, which meets 6 – 8:45 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, starting August 19. The class convenes Mondays at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, and Wednesdays at the nanotechnology lab at IS+TP. Work with atomic and electron microscopes, nano analysis tools, and fluorescent scopes that enhance 3-D imaging. Students also will have the opportunity to apply for internship opportunities offered by a number of science and technology companies housed at the IS+TP.

For questions on the open house or class, contact Robert Sompolski, 847-635-1975 or


Register Now for Fall Classes at Oakton
While it’s too early to start raking leaves, there’s still time to register for fall classes at Oakton Community College. Classes start Monday, August 19.

Fall semester class listings may be found online at, or in the Fall 2013 Credit and Noncredit Schedule, available at the Des Plaines and Skokie campuses, 1600 East Golf Road, and 7701 North Lincoln Avenue. (District residents also received them in the mail.)

Students may register in person at both campuses, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday; and 9 a.m. – noon, Saturday. (Please note the campuses will be closed August 2 – 3). Students with a current application on file may register online at

For more information about classes, call 847.635.1741 (Des Plaines), or 847.635.1400 (Skokie).


Play it Cool at Oakton Fundraiser at Rivers Casino
Play it cool at one of the hottest spots in Des Plaines by attending Scholar Chips, a dazzling evening of entertainment at Rivers Casino hosted by Oakton Community College’s Educational Foundation to benefit student scholarships. Get in on the action on Friday, August 23, at 5 p.m. in the casino, 3000 South River Road, Des Plaines. A limited number of tickets are now available for $60.

Enjoy succulent hors d’oeuvres, a delicious dinner buffet, and an open bar. Entertainment includes Rat Pack impersonator Rex Tuley, a raffle, silent auction, instructional table games, and palm and tarot card readings.

Free parking will be available. Attendees must be 21 years or older.

Oakton alumni who attend the fundraiser will receive two free tickets to any 2013-2014 production at the College’s Performing Arts Center. To attend the fundraiser, call 847. 635.1893, or e-mail

Turner Construction Company is the lead sponsor for the event. Other donors include AON, First Bank of Highland Park, Sikich LLC, Northern Trust Company, Legat Architects, and Fisher Container Corporation.