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We're Now Oakton College

Oakton remains an open-access community college, offering associate degree, certificate, and adult and continuing education programs, along with providing a host of other resources to the community.

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Find Your Interest

Find Your Interest

Explore Oakton's degrees and certificates by zeroing in on your area of interest. Our programs include nine subject areas across numerous careers and fields. Once you are enrolled, work with an Oakton academic advisor to build an academic plan that aligns your career goals and guides your educational investment.

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Computer and Information Technology

Computer and Information Technology

Technology is at the heart of the world’s most exciting innovations. Here, you’ll gain top-tier skills as you hone problem-solving abilities for a career in computer and information technology.

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Social and Behavioral Science, and Education

Social and Behavioral Science, and Education

Explore the world around you and apply the lessons of history to today’s problems. Through Oakton’s education programs, you’ll learn to help the next generation of students prepare for their future.

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Health Careers and Nursing

Health Careers and Nursing

Your options for a career in health care may include nursing—or may extend into other important areas. Consider your options for high-demand health fields that emphasize information technology, billing and coding, laboratory work and more.

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Humanities and Languages

Humanities and Languages

As technology becomes more intricately woven into our interactions, the study of humanities and languages is more important than ever. At Oakton, you’ll gain the ability to make important connections and add meaning to human relationships.

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Public and Professional Business Services

Public and Professional Business Services

Become a first responder or study for a career in finance, law or business at Oakton. Enter the workforce well-prepared and confident to serve your community in an essential field.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Future jobs—including many that don’t yet exist—will come from the STEM disciplines. Explore your love for the sciences and develop in-demand skills that can be applied to numerous career fields.

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Fine, Performing and Applied Arts

Fine, Performing and Applied Arts

Art has always been central to the human experience. Whether you’re pursuing meaning through beauty or enhancing the value of a new product through graphic design, Oakton is your training ground.

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Manufacturing, Facilities and Automotive

Manufacturing, Facilities and Automotive

Skilled technicians are in high demand. If you love work that combines problem-solving with hands-on experiences, Oakton’s manufacturing, facilities and automotive programs will train you for a rewarding career.

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Hear from Oakton.

"The Phi Ro Pi speech competition was the world’s way of saying this is who you are and your journey is about uplifting people as you uplift yourself. This competition proved one of the values I stand by, every disadvantage in my life gives me the power to make it my advantage.”
Bushra Khan
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Oakton College
“Eventually, I would've figured it all out, but the STEM Scholars Program made me realize I don’t have to do it alone and there is value in connecting with people and the guidance they can provide."
Syeda Samiha
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Oakton College
“There is just a wealth of support here. My teachers and counselors have all immediately given me every resource available."
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Oakton College
“This is my purpose. I want to help students see that they can get the assistance to go to college, no matter what."
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"In high school I’d just let things come to me. But at Oakton, I want to put my name out there.”
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Get the latest news and information on a wide range of Oakton programs, events and initiatives.

News Events

Oakton invites beekeepers to join the community apiary

Des Plaines, Ill. (Jan. 26, 2023) – Village of Skokie residents, Oakton College students, local beekeepers and community organizations are invited to host beehives at the new apiary on Oakton College’s Skokie campus.

Oakton’s art exhibit highlights Black history themes, Feb. 2 - March 24

Des Plaines, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2023) – The public is invited to view Hubert Neal Jr.’s paintings during “Untenable,” an upcoming free art exhibit at Oakton College’s Des Plaines campus.

Oakton announces new Jewish Studies speaker series

As International Holocaust Remembrance Day approaches, Oakton’s Jewish Studies program has announced a series of free virtual events — open to the public — to highlight Jewish history and culture and contributions made by Jewish people.

Oakton Community College is now Oakton College

Oakton Community College has officially become Oakton College. In addition to the name change — which took effect Jan. 17 — the College unveiled an updated logo and visual identity centered in diversity, inclusion and equity.

Oakton hosts 800+ girls for Futures Unlimited

Des Plaines, Ill. (Dec. 15, 2022) – More than 800 eighth-grade students from 22 middle schools participated in Oakton’s Futures Unlimited on Dec. 15, a daylong annual program that introduces young female and gender-expansive students to the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) - inspiring them to explore new interests and pursue their passions.