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Art enthusiasts can bid on original pieces created by Oakton Community College students, faculty and local artists from the comfort of their homes while supporting students in their academic endeavors.
Students enrolled in Oakton Community College’s cannabis education programs will benefit from a generous donation from Hatch, a cannabis dispensary with two locations in Illinois.
Oakton Community College students looking to transfer to a four-year college can explore new opportunities thanks to a new partnership with National Louis University.
Oakton will continue to take actionable steps to break down our society's systemic racism.
Students enrolled in Oakton Community College’s cannabis education programs will benefit from a generous donation from Maribis, a dispensary operator with four locations in Illinois.
Demonstrating Oakton Community College’s dedication to those who served our country, the college has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® designation for the sixth straight year.
Demonstrating Oakton Community College’s dedication to those who served our country, the college has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® designation for the sixth straight year.
Demonstrating Oakton Community College’s commitment to faculty and staff excellence, President Joianne L. Smith, Ph.D., recognized individuals who've made outstanding contributions to the college community throughout the past year.
During the 12-week program, participants will learn to create customized and interactive web pages using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize former Oakton students who have excelled professionally and provided inspirational service to their community.
Jacelyn Islas is one of just two student-athletes chosen to represent NJCAA Region IV, which includes over 40 community colleges in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Presented by Women’s and Gender Studies at Oakton, this year’s edition is entitled “Where Are We Now?: Activism of the Everyday.”
A free Zoom webinar featuring Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, L.H.D., as the keynote speaker.
The program is designed to prepare students to monitor the contacts of infected people and notify them of their exposure. All courses can be completed online.
Services the grant will provide include academic tutoring, financial aid advice, career and college mentoring, help in choosing courses and other forms of assistance.
Recently, 61 Maine Township High School students celebrated graduating high school while also earning their first post-secondary credential – the Basic Nurse Assistant Training (BNAT) Certificate.
This fall, Maryana Nissan will attend the University of Illinois-Chicago, where she will major in neuroscience.
Social equity applicants are encouraged to attend.
If your fall college plans have changed due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, Oakton will keep you moving toward your four-year degree.
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