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!
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
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.).
Identified low 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 847-635-1253 for assistance.
TRIO Advisor (Des Plaines),
Kristine Panopio at email@example.com or
call 847-635-1728 for
You can also contact the TRIO SSS Coordinator, Louie Lainez at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 847-635-1420