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 floor-to-ceiling windows offering scenic views of the lake to the north. The new center provides approximately 7,300 square feet of dedicated space for student leadership, organizations, clubs, activities, recreation, group study and student meetings at the Des Plaines campus and features new electrical, energy-efficient LED lighting and data layouts.

“Space is important in improving student success,” notes Oakton President Joianne Smith, who has challenged the college to improve student persistence and ultimately, student completion. “Learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom. Learning and collaboration happen in informal spaces where students congregate.”

Oakton Student Services

Advising Services – Skilled advisors help you define your goals and help you chart a course to achieve them.

Access & Disability Resource Center – Oakton provides a wide range of accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities.

Career Services – Oakton offers a wide array of resources to help you advance your career, including workshops, job search counseling, and individualized job search coaching.

Computer Labs – Oakton has more than 1200 computers available for student use distributed over 38 computer labs at its Des Plaines and Skokie campuses.

Counseling Services – Skilled counselors can assist with non-academic concerns and personal development issues that impact personal and educational goals.

Learning Center – Locations in Skokie and Des Plaines support all students through a variety of services including tutoring, study strategies and techniques, and workshops that enhance classroom learning.

TRIO Student Support Services – Eligible first-generation college students can receive free academic advising, transfer assistance, financial guidance, academic assistance, and college success strategies as part of a federal program.