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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.

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