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Oakton’s mission, vision, and values and our commitment to equity will continue to guide us as we strive to be agents of change toward achieving racial justice.
A virtual online camp for young people between the ages of 8 and 14 begins June 8 and runs through Aug. 24.
Mia Trais won a cash grant to produce copies of an illustrated paperback children’s book, designed for children with an incarcerated parent. The project grows out of her interest in psychology, which she plans to pursue at Loyola University of Chicago, where she has been awarded a generous transfer scholarship.
Suarez was elected as the student member of the Board of Trustees. In addition, she became president of the French Club, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and secretary of the Latinx Club.
For the third time in five years an Oakton Community College student was selected for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
In addition to the public health benefit, the program also creates employment opportunities for individuals who have been financially impacted by the crisis. Registration is now open for the online, self-paced program. Courses begin May 26.
The trustees elected William Stafford (Evanston) as new chair, Paul Kotowski (Niles) as vice-chair and Marie Lynn Toussaint (Evanston) as secretary. Karen Suarez (Des Plaines) will serve for the next year as the new student trustee.
Whether you choose the transfer path or a career path, Oakton can help you build the skills and confidence to reach your goals. Fall classes start Monday, Aug. 24.
Oakton is donating COVID-19 face shields to area health care facilities.
The Oakton Education Foundation will match Student Success Fund donations through April 15.
Groundbreaking journalist Melissa Isaacson headlines list of presenters with a discussion on women in sports.
In recognition of our commitment to improving student success and equity, Oakton is proud to have earned the prestigious designation as a new Leader College from the Achieving the Dream (ATD) network
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students to grow as scholars and leaders.
With the Oakton men’s basketball team returning only one player from last season, this year’s edition of the Oakton Owls will be relying heavily on 11 freshmen.
In its 50-year history, Oakton has awarded more than 30,000 degrees and certificates to students who are making a difference.
Dress up and celebrate with students, faculty and staff! Family fun, too! Bring kids to a safe environment. Hosted by the Office of Student Life.
Oakton is believed to be the first community college to offer a college-credit health communications program focused on preparing people to work in the medical cannabis industry.
The College is joining with U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider and Jan Schakowsky, National Able Network and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) for this hiring event, hosting dozens of employers with career openings in positions at health care providers.
An Athletic Academic Support and Compliance Specialist provides Oakton student-athletes with academic, personal, learning, and career-related advising on an individual basis.
The five-year grant, totaling $676,512, will provide approximately 50 scholarships for full-time students interested in STEM fields to attend Oakton.
The need for private security personnel is skyrocketing with more than 5,000 security job postings listed in the Chicago area in 2018.
The College received congratulatory notes from legislative leaders representing Oakton’s district. Dignitaries in attendance included Illinois State Senators Laura Murphy and Laura Fine, Village of Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek and George Van Dusen, mayor of the Village of Skokie.
Abdallah Simmons is prepared for the next step in his educational journey – transferring to University of Illinois at Chicago, where he plans to pursue a degree in architecture.
Gabija Ulcinaite was invited to join Oakton’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society, and credits PTK as a transformational experience that made her a strong leader and resulted in cherished relationships.
The public is invited to participate in the Founders Day opening ceremony and reception to begin Oakton ’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration, starting 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 25.
Andrew Kostiv, Aishat Mohammed, Joshua Rodriguez, and Luz Trejo Camarillo were presented their awards by Board Chair Joan DiLeonardi Thursday, April 18, in Niles.
Supporting the advancement of women in community colleges is a core value of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC).
Owls’ co-captain sophomore guard Liz Stangel led the team with 388 rebounds (14.9 rebounds per game), good for second in the nation.
This past season sophomore basketball forward Darius Jones averaged 14.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Last season, the Owls recorded a 44-17 shattering numerous school records in the process.
Sophomore guard Liz Stangel was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region IV Division II (District D) All-Region First Team as well as the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) All-Conference Second Team.
Sophomore guard Jordan Irving was named First Team All-Skyway; sophomore forward Darius Jones was an honorable mention.
Oakton employs approximately 800 full- and part-time faculty providing instruction at campuses in Skokie and Des Plaines, in addition to online.
Sophomore guard Jordan Irving helped the Owls to a 3-0 record last week, averaging 30.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2.3 steals per game during that span. He shot 58.9 percent from the field, including 65 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
Sophomore forward Darius Jones leads the Owls in rebounds (8.0 per game), assists (2.9 per contest), blocks (2.5 per game) and games started (25). He also is averaging 13.8 points per contest.
In six games, Ava Gardner has averaged 22.3 points per game, shooting 51.2 percent from the field. She has averaged 36.5 minutes of playing time this season.
Sophomore Elmina Alic earned a 4.0 GPA and President’s Scholar recognition for the fall semester while pursuing an associate of arts degree.
Sophomore men’s basketball forward Jack Framke has been selected the college’s male student-athlete of the month.
Enjoy readings, lectures and discussions about Jewish literature by enrolling in this free five-part series
Gateways to Opportunity credentials are awarded and recognized by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Bureau of Child Care and Development.
Two convenient course options are available at the college’s Skokie campus.
Attend a free information session to learn about the trucking business and Oakton’s eight-week Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training program.
For the third-straight year, Washington Monthly ranks Oakton as the best community college in Illinois for adult learners.
Sophomore women’s volleyball outside hitter Elmina Alic has been selected as the Oakton Community College women’s student-athlete of the month.
The team was recognized on campus; with proclamations from the cities of Des Plaines and Park Ridge; and through a victory tour that included stops at the Arlington Park winner’s circle, Schaumburg Boomers, Chicago Dogs in Rosemont, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and the Illinois Statehouse where they were presented to the state Senate and awarded certificates of merit.
Oakton continued executing upon its Master Plan to improve its infrastructure and create inspirational spaces for teaching and learning.
Since 2015, the institution’s graduation rate has steadily increased from 18 to 22 percent. In May 2018, Oakton celebrated the largest commencement ceremony in the history of the college.
Oakton partners include: Elmhurst College; LSG Skychefs; NorthShore University Health Systems; John Crane
Oakton collaborates with partner high schools to offer college-level classes to eligible high school students allow ing them to obtain high school and college credit simultaneously.
More than 500 Oakton students and employees actively engaged in community service projects throughout 2018.
Awards and recognition for students, alum, employees, and programs come from a variety of sources, including: ValueColleges.com; Washington Monthly; Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada; American Association of Women in Community Colleges; Illinois Community College Trustees Association; Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference; and WileyPLUS Next Gen Partnership Award.
Students have more to choose from at Oakton with new academic programs launched in 2018.
During the 2017-18 academic year, the Oakton Educational Foundation made available more than $1 million in scholarships and grants assisting Oakton students and programs.
Oakton hired several new leaders who bring a broad wealth of experience to the college.
Oakton hired several new leaders who bring a broad wealth of experience to the college.
“A Field Guide to the Biodiversity of the Chicago Region,” will be used this spring for students enrolled in Introduction to Environmental Science.
Liz Stangel, co-captain for the women’s basketball team, was a standout goalie for the soccer team in the fall, and has a 4.0 GPA as she works toward earning her associate degree.
Basketball guard Jordan Irving also works hard In the classroom. He is studying sports marketing and earned a 3.6 GPA in his most recent semester.
On the season, guard Jordan Irving leads the Owls in scoring (22.5 points per game). In addition, he is averaging 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest.
Yngride Jean-Philippe led the nation in solo blocked shots (121) and led the Owls with 296 total kills.
Nzelu Maitha will represent the Oakton Owls in the national championship scheduled May 21-24, 2019, at the Swan Lake Golf Resort in Plymouth, Indiana.
Bukola Abdulwahab-Omotose (Ilorin, Nigeria/British Nigerian Academy) and Brian Ramos (Addison/Addison Trail High School), received countrywide postseason recognition by being named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region IV All-Region Men’s Soccer Team.
Plan now; spring semester classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Three Owls named to All-Region Team, All-Conference Team
The Oakton chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society swore in nine new officers and inducted 105 new members at its Nov. 15 induction ceremony.
Register today; winterim classes begin Dec. 17.