Oakton to host health careers open house Sept. 21

(Sept. 5, 2017) High school students and others interested in the exploring fast-growing health careers are invited to attend a free open house beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Oakton Community College’s Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers Center (Lee Center), 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines.

The open house will include breakout sessions with faculty and department chairs to discuss industry trends and how Oakton programs can prepare students for successful careers. Attendees can learn more about Oakton’s basic nurse assistant training, health information technology, medical assistant, medical laboratory technology, nursing, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy and physical therapist assistant programs.

In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the $40 million Lee Center, which opened in 2015. Designed by Legat Architects and built by Turner Construction Company, the Lee Center introduced a new breed of science educational spaces—such as the state-of-the-art nursing simulation hospital, physical therapist assistant lab and medical laboratory technician lab—to the Des Plaines campus’ scenic natural setting.

“This is a perfect opportunity for the community to discover what Oakton has to offer in terms of health careers,” said Dean of Science and Health Careers Ruth Williams. “Oakton has a number of health career certificates that can prepare a student to work in a health career field within a year. While working, students can also continue to take classes at Oakton to earn an associate degree to further their earning power.”

According to the United States Department of Labor, health careers are among the fastest growing fields in the economy. The U.S. expects to add more than 2.1 million new jobs in these occupations by 2024 due to an aging population and the growing number of people who have access to health insurance.

A “best value college” with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie, Oakton provides a quality education at an affordable price. Further, Oakton was recently rated No. 17 among Washington Monthly’s 2017 “America’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners” based on seven general measures of openness and responsiveness to adult students and how well those students fared once they left. According to a 2014 report by the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies, Oakton students receive a strong return on investment: a 25-year-old Oakton graduate can expect a total lifetime earnings gain of more than $724,000—a 56 percent increase over the total lifetime earnings of someone not completing a community college program.

Visit www.oakton.edu/healthcareers for more information about health career information sessions, or call 847.635.1835 for more information.