You have big goals. We have your back.

Begin your educational journey at Oakton. We'll be with you every step of the way.
Why Oakton?
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.

View Programs View Areas of Interest
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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More

Hear from Oakton.

"At Oakton, you get to see so many perspectives, so many different backgrounds. I’ve opened up to new ideas."
A'mon Holmes
Student
Oakton Community College

"The professors at Oakton pushed me to ask questions, to want to know more. They do a really good job of realizing potential in students."

Jessica Swider
Alum
Oakton Community College

"I’m getting a strong foundation in computer science at Oakton. I have a huge opportunity to represent women in the field of technology."

Parthvi Rana
Alum
Oakton Community College
"Oakton made my career happen. The professors were really willing to help me. They connected me directly to companies in the manufacturing industry."
Yong Yoo
Alum
Oakton Community College
More From Students

What's Happening

Get the latest news and information on a wide range of Oakton programs, events and initiatives.

News Events
Kanchana Mendes, Ph.D., Professor of Biology (left), accepts her ACUE certificate of completion from Ileo Lott, Ed.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, at a pinning ceremony on May 17.

Oakton Community College faculty earn national credential in online teaching excellence

The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Effective Online Teaching Practices course empowers participants to be impactful online instructors and ensure student success today and in the future.

A professor points to an apparatus while two Oakton students listen.

Oakton partners with TMA to offer revamped Advanced Automation Certificate Program

Oakton Community College has partnered with the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) to launch a newly reimagined Advanced Automation certification program that prepares students for modern manufacturing jobs.

A photo of painted shoes from Patrick Miceli's Played Out exhibit at Oakton College.

Oakton hosts exhibit exploring the cultural impact of shoes

Patrick Miceli: Played Out is on display through June 30 at Oakton's Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines.

A photo of an African-American man operating a piece of mechanical equipment in a manufacturing setting.

Students eligible for free tuition at Oakton through Illinois’ Workforce Equity Initiative

The free short-term certificate programs can be completed in as little as one semester. Information session are scheduled in May.

placeholder

Oakton formally dedicates new PharmaCann Cannabis Cultivation Lab

The first-of-its-kind community college facility and new PharmaCann Scholarship for Cannabis Education were supported by a $600,000 PharmaCann donation announced in 2021.