Continuing Education

To expand our educational services and bring our promise of quality, equitable education to even more deserving learners, Oakton has formed the Alliance for Lifelong Learning (ALL). This alliance, forged in cooperation with Maine, Niles, Northfield and Evanston high school districts, brings continuing education classes to more than 15,000 people each year. ALL coordinates the resources of each high school district to make additional instructional services available to every adult resident 18 years of age and older.

Here are some of the continuing education opportunities and services ALL provides to the community.

Adult Education

Oakton's Adult Education Department helps adults get the basic skills they need including reading, writing, math, English language proficiency, and problem-solving to be productive workers, family members, and citizens.

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Career Training

Prepare for career success with Career and Certification Training at Oakton.

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Emeritus Program (55+)

At Oakton, we know the pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong one. Oakton's Emeritus Program offers a wide range of engaging college courses for adults aged 55 and older. Explore our wide variety of noncredit classes geared to the needs of the student "who wasn't born yesterday."

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Continuing Education for Health Professionals (CEHP)

Our CEHP program is an approved sponsor of continuing education through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Oakton provides continuing education programs for professionals and paraprofessionals in nursing, social work, professional counseling, speech-language pathology, physical therapy and more.

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Workforce Development and Corporate Training

To remain competitive in an ever-changing business world, companies and their employees must stay on the cutting edge. The Oakton Workforce Solutions team can design and deliver training solutions to help your organization do just that. Learn more about how our team can help you refine procedures, train your employees on new skills and more.

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Community Education

With a diverse collection of programs and courses, Community Education has something for everyone. Whether you are looking to reinvigorate your career or participate in activities for your own personal enrichment, the Community Education Program strives to offer you online and in-class opportunities to expand your knowledge.

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STEAM Youth Programs

Every year, Oakton Community College welcomes young people between ages 8 and 14 for a summer of learning and fun. Students explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through a number of engaging and interactive experiences. Learn more about our summer youth camps, explore camp courses and find camp registration information.

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Tuition Information

Oakton—a publicly funded, nonprofit institution—bases tuition and fees on our costs and are as low as operating costs and state law permits. Because costs differ for each program, please call 847.982.9888 to find the tuition of the program that interests you. Tuition is the same for both in- and out-of-district residents, but does not include the cost of textbooks or materials. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Cancellation Policy

If the Alliance cancels a class, registered students will receive a 100 percent tuition refund.


Effective with the Spring 2021 semester, a $3 technology fee will be added per class. Students who register online will not be charged any additional processing fees. However, those registering in person, by mail, or by fax will be charged an additional $9 administrative fee with each registration form. Fees are non-refundable.

Refund Policy

If a student wishes to drop a class, a 100 percent tuition refund, minus a $15 cancellation fee, will be issued if the student submits a request online or to

This request must be sent seven days prior to the first class session to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued for requests received less than seven days before the start of class (unless authorized at the Alliance administrators’ discretion.)

Residency (In-District Senior Citizens)

Residents of Oakton’s district who are 60 years or older are eligible to receive a senior discount on tuition (unless otherwise indicated). In-district seniors (60+) who register for an Alliance class on or after July 7, 2014, are eligible for a 15 percent tuition discount. In-district seniors who registered before that date will continue to receive a 50 percent discount where applicable. Proof of age and in-district residency must be provided prior to registration.

Acceptable documentation includes a valid Illinois driver’s license or Illinois State ID, or two current bank statements or utility bills. Additional proof may be requested at the discretion of the college. Please contact us at 847-982-9888 for additional information and instructions on how to submit documentation.

Residents of Oakton’s district who are 65 or older whose annual household income is less than the threshold amount provided in Section 4 of the “Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief and Pharmaceutical Assistant Act” may enroll without payment of tuition in regularly scheduled “A” coded (i.e., TEC A19-01) courses provided that available classroom space exists, and tuition-paying students enrolled constitute the minimum number required for the course. Proof of age and a signed declaration of annual income are required at the time of registration. Completion of a waiver request form is necessary with each registration.


Tuition and fees are as low as operating costs and state law permits and are subject to change without notice. Tuition is the same for both in- and out-of-district residents and does not include the cost of textbooks or materials. Personal checks are accepted. When providing a check as payment, you authorize Oakton to either use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction. A $25 fee will be applied if your check is returned by the bank.


Textbooks and materials may be required for classes. Costs for these items are not included in the tuition listed. See course description for specifics.


At times, the Alliance for Lifelong Learning may have limited scholarship funds for qualified adult learners. View scholarship information or call us at 847.635.1808 or 847.982.9888.

Register for Classes

You can register for our non-credit classes online, by mail or by fax. However you want to sign up, we can help.

Interested in Teaching?

Teaching Opportunities

Continuing Education is always looking for talented and enthusiastic individuals to teach our courses and even propose new ones. See how you can get involved with teaching or proposing new continuing education classes!

Volunteers in Teaching Adults (VITA)

The VITA program is a group of dedicated volunteers who offer tutoring support for our adult learners participating in the free, non-credit English As A Second Language (ESL) program and the free, non-credit Learn To Read Literacy program.

To become a volunteer tutor you need:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required
  • Interview with VITA program manager
  • Participation in a training workshop
  • be at least 18 years of age

In order for our students to progress in achieving their language goals, we can not accommodate volunteer requests for partial semester tutoring. Volunteers must be able to tutor for a full semester. Please note that we are not funded to operate as a training agency for other programs.

For information about tutoring opportunities, please contact the VITA office at 847-635-1426 or


Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
The college is closed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during summer sessions.

Summer Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Contact Us

Oakton Continuing Education
Fax: 847.635.1448

Des Plaines campus
Room 1170

Skokie campus
Room A120