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Joe J. Palencia, M.Ed.

Advisor, Student Support Services TRIO
Lecturer, COL 108 – The College Experience

Oakton Community College
Ray Hartstein Campus (RHC)

Phone: (847) 635-1253
Email: jpalenci@oakton.edu


Welcome to my Oakton home page. I serve as a TRIO Advisor for the Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO Program at Oakton Community College and teach COL 108 – The College Experience, a 12 week course that develops the competencies that are necessary to be a successful college student.

I earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree from the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago in Higher Education/Student Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Communication and Latina/o Studies, where I was an active participant of the TRIO SSS Program. I am a First Generation Student Affairs Educator with experience in Residence Life, Orientation, Multicultural Affairs, Student Retention, and Academic Advising. I am also an active member of ACPA – College Student Educators International and currently serve on the directorate board of the ACPA Commission for Two-Year Colleges & the ACPA Latin@ Network. My current research interests include academic advising, the experience of first generation college students, and the retention of students of color, particularly Latina/o students. When I am not working, I enjoy cycling, grilling, and running along the lakefront, when the weather permits. Please stop by my office in Skokie and say hello!

Office Hours:  Summer 2016    

Mondays: 8:00am- 5:15pm (A135, Skokie)

Tuesdays:  8:00am- 5:15pm (Skokie, A135)

Wednesdays: 8:00am- 5:15pm (A135, Skokie)

Thursdays:  8:00am- 5:15pm  (Skokie, A135)

Fridays: College is CLOSED




Oakton students are invited to apply for the TRIO Program if you meet one or more of the following requirements:

·         You are a first-generation college student
(neither parent has a bachelor's degree);

·         You have a financial need that meets income guidelines
(as defined by the Department of Education);

·         You have a documented physical or learning disability.


Visit our Frequently Asked Questions, contact a TRIO staff member,
or fill out the TRIO application to start the process.

TRIO Advisor (Skokie) Joe Palencia at jpalenci@oakton.edu or
call 847-635-1253 for assistance.

TRIO Advisor (Des Plaines), Kristine Panopio at kpanopio@oakton.edu or
call 847-635-1728 for assistance.

You can also contact the TRIO SSS Coordinator, Louie Lainez  at llainez@oakton.edu
or call 847-635-1420



Last Update: May 2016
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