Joe J. Palencia, M.Ed.
Student Support Services TRIO
Lecturer, COL 108 The College Experience
Ray Hartstein Campus (RHC)
Phone: (847) 635-1253
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
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: Effective 8/8/16 9/16/16
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
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
student (neither parent has a bachelors degree from the U.S.).
income as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
Ensure that students who are first generation, low-income,
and/or have a disability reach their full academic potential.
with the knowledge and skills to be successful academic ally.
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
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
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 email@example.com or
call 847-635-1253 for assistance.
TRIO Advisor (Des Plaines),
Kristine Panopio at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 847-635-1728 for
You can also contact the TRIO SSS Coordinator, Louie Lainez at email@example.com
or call 847-635-1420