SSS TRIO Advisor (Skokie Campus) 

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 


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Joe Palencia
, M.Ed.
SSS TRIO Advisor 
Skokie Campus

Office: A135, RHC
Phone: (847)635-1253

I am the Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO Advisor at the Ray Hartstein Campus (RHC) of Oakton Community College. I work with prospective applicants to determine eligibility for services, in addition to providing program participants with: assistance in exploring academic and vocational options, and establishing academic and personal goals while implementing interventions to reduce personal, financial, and academic concerns.

Office Hours:  Fall  2015   (Held in Room 135A, RHC OR 1740, DPC) 
Mondays:              11:00am- 7:45pm (Des Plaines, 1740)
Tuesdays:             9:00am-5:00pm (Skokie, A135)
Wednesdays:        11:00am-7:45pm (Des Plaines, 1740) 
Thursdays             9:00am-5:00pm (Skokie, A135)
Fridays                  9:00am - 5:00pm (Skokie, A135)

About Joe

Joe Palencia is a Student Affairs Educator who was born and raised in the city of Chicago. Joe graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Communication & Latina/o Studies.  While at the University of Illinois, Joe worked as a Multicultural Advocate where he fostered diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice within the residence hall community through community and staff development, education, celebration, and dialogue. Joe also worked at La Casa Cultural Latina where he collaborated with other staff members to promote a welcoming and dynamic atmosphere through the development and execution of educational, cultural, political, and social programs.

Joe's unique experiences, undergraduate coursework, and work history all sparked his interest in pursuing a career in Student Affairs. In 2013, he graduated from the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago with a Master of Education in Higher Education. In his previous role, Mr. Palencia served as a Graduate Assistant at the Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs where he assisted with the coordination of a peer-mentoring program for 1st year students that identify as a 1st generation and/or student of color. 

While he was working on his M.Ed., Joe had the privilege to intern at Harold Washington College's Transfer Center in downtown Chicago and Dominican University's Dean of Students' Office. As a TRiO Alumni, Joe is thrilled about working with students from similiar backgrounds as his own.  For Joe, the opportunity to pursue higher education has been a privilege. After receiving much support and empowerment from professors and Student Affairs professionals, he became interested in doing the same for others. Joe has worked at Oakton Community College since July 2013 as a SSS TRiO Advisor.

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