A Message from Oakton President Joianne L. Smith

Welcome to the first edition of Oakton Community College CareerFocus.  Within the pages of this magazine, you’ll find information about the many opportunities to help you achieve your goals, whatever they may be. Oakton is committed to our students’ college and career success.  We work with employers in the region to assure that our programs provide students with the knowledge and skills...

Eight Easy Steps to Enroll at Oakton Community College

Step 1: APPLY The admission process varies if you are enrolling in a health career program, or applying as an international or concurrent student. Visit www.oakton.edu/apply. Step 2: SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS Send your official high school or GED transcript, as well as official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Step 3: COMPLETE FINANCIAL AID FORMS Free money in the form of grants...
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Oakton Community College: The Smart Choice

By Naomi Sheehan Nearly a decade after the economic recession hit, students are “savvier shoppers” than ever before, a survey finds. In fact, while the US is in official “recovery” mode, seven in 10 new freshmen say the economy influenced their college choice. This sentiment has grown steadily since 2010, when the recession was declared over. These findings, from the Cooperative...

Six Questions to Ask When Choosing a College

In an era of ever-rising college costs, long-term student debt, and an uncertain job market, students and parents are compelled to consider a college degree as a serious investment. Measures like price, debt, and post-graduation employability and pay outlook must all be weighed in deciding on the quality of a school. How can you make a smart choice? Posing the following questions can help you...
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Not So Typical: Today’s College Students Break Stereotypes

If you think that most college students are fresh out of high school, young, carefree and living at a university, you’re way behind the times. Eighty-five percent of college students today don’t fit that mold. More often, the typical college student is living off-campus, working and juggling college with real-life responsibilities. There are 21.6 million college students in the U.S....

Counting on a Great Career

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11 percent until 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Accounting teaches financial skills that are fundamental to any enterprise that handles money.  Therefore, it is a good skill to have no matter what your future goals may include.  Whether you want to become a captain of...
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Health Information Technology Degree in Demand as Electronic Health Records Become the Norm

If you are seeking a satisfying career, consider Health Information Technology (HIT). HIT combines the disciplines of medicine, computer technology and information management. The degree and certificate offered are designed to prepare students for a variety of entry-level positions within the health care industry. Working with health care practitioners you can play an important role in an arena...

Artists Who Aren’t Starving: Careers in Graphic Design

Graphic design is all around us. The pages you are holding in your hands were put together by a graphic artist. If you look around the room you are in, you’ll likely find many examples of graphic design. From company logos to road signs to product packaging, design is an integral part of modern life. Some people are surprised to discover that Oakton Community College offers graphic design and...

Little Wonder, Big Deal The Rapidly Growing World of Nanotechnology

Does it ever seem like technology gets smaller as the role it plays in your life gets bigger? The reason why that phone in your pocket can double as your computer is nanotechnology – the control of matter at a billionth of a meter. It’s a mind-boggling concept with countless real-world applications in everything from manufacturing to healthcare to agriculture. The federal government notes,...
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Big Success in a Small World

Davaadorj Bayansan For Davaadorj Bayansan, it really is a small world after all.  Oakton’s first nanotechnology graduate is employed full time in the exciting new field at a startup company, NanoAL (nanoal.com), located within Skokie’s Illinois Science + Technology Park. The world Bayansan works in is very small, not only because he spends his days moving atoms around, but also because...

Oakton CDL Training Gets You Behind the Wheel in as Little as Eight Weeks

Get on the road to a new career in transportation in just two months. Oakton’s truck driver training program helps students earn a Class A driver’s license and includes classroom instruction, lab and individual driving lessons. The eight-week program also covers equipment fundamentals, air brakes, pre-trip inspection, log books and more. CDL training at Oakton offers several advantages: ...
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EKG Tech Jobs in Demand: Get Certified in Just Six Weeks

Oakton Community College’s accelerated training program prepares you to become a Certified EKG Technician (CET) in only six weeks. As a CET, you will have the credentials nearly all healthcare employers require to perform the critical tasks of administering EKGs, as well as Holter monitoring and stress testing. With this certification, entry-level wages of $15 per hour or more are common, and...

Find Your Passion at Oakton

Some students start college knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives, and their studies are shaped around their career goals. But what if you’re unsure of what to major in, or the career path you’re on isn’t working out? This isn’t unusual. In fact, the National Center for Education Statistics reports that 80 percent of students change their majors at least once, and on...

Centered on Student Success

After a decade of work to create a new space for students, Oakton opened a new $2 million student center in spring semester, 2017. Created in existing space across from the cafeteria, the new student center integrates student-related activities that had previously been located across campus. The center features a large multipurpose lounge area with a fireplace, television screens and...

See For Yourself Visit Oakton

Choosing a college involves many factors – it’s a big decision. That’s why Oakton Community College strongly encourages prospective students to take part in a campus visit. It’s one of the best ways to see if the ‘fit’ is right for you. Here are a few ways to make your visit experience more valuable: 1 Plan early; choose a day where you can be relaxed and you don’t have to worry...