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Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO

at Oakton provides:

·         Academic Advising

·         Transfer Assistance

·         Financial Aid Advisement

·         College Success Strategies 

·         Math Tutoring

·         Financial Guidance/
Scholarship Search

·         Cultural Activities 
and Events 

·         Career Information

·         Personal Support 

Important Dates

Spring 2017

·         Tuesday January 17th, 2017 Spring 2017 semester classes begin

·         Monday February 13th, 2017
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record*
(See Withdrawal From Classes
 for more information.)

·        Monday February 20th, 2017
Presidents Day holiday,
College closed

·        March 13 -19
Spring Break

·        March 22
Registration opens for summer 2017 semester

·        March 27
Last day
to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after March 27.

·        April 5
Registration opens for fall 2017 semester

 Additional Resources

2013-2017 Strategic Plan 

Technology Help for Students



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 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!

Joe J. Palencia, M.Ed.

Advisor, Student Support Services TRIO

Office Hours:  Spring 2017

Mondays: 8:00am- 4:45pm (A135, Skokie)

Tuesdays:  8:00am- 4:45pm (Skokie, A135)

Wednesdays: 8:00am- 4:45pm (A135, Skokie)

Thursdays:  8:00am- 4:45pm  (Skokie, A135)

Fridays: 8:00am – 4:45pm (Skokie)














Provide comprehensive support that empowers eligible students to overcome academic, economic, and social barriers to obtaining educational success.



• 80% of participants persist from one academic year to the next.

• 86% of participants maintain good academic standing.

• 25% of new participants served each year graduate with an associate degree
  or certificate within four years.

• 20% of new participants served each year receive an associate degree or certificate and transfer to a four-year college or university within four years.



• U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

• First-generation student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S.).

• Identified low income as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.

• Documented disability.


Ensure that students who are first generation, low-income, and/or have a disability reach their full academic potential.


• Provide students with the knowledge and skills to be successful academic ally.

• Provide students with the social support to address non-cognitive variables.

• Assist students in becoming informed financial individuals.

• Assist students in completion of an associate degree/ certificate and transfer to a four-year college or university.


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: January 10th, 2017
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