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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Best Kept Secret: The two-year story

Want to know a secret? More than 47 percent of college students in the United States now attend two-year colleges. These schools are becoming increasingly popular for students with all kinds of goals. Okay, so that’s not really such a big secret. But you might be surprised to learn just how much two-year colleges have to offer prospective students. Everybody knows that two-year colleges are...

Six Keys to Succeeding in College

Start early. Perhaps the best way to prepare for success in college is to get started as early as possible with processes such as applying for aid and selecting the right courses. Plan ahead. To avoid stress and manage your workload, plan ahead for all of your assignments. Get a course syllabus (or outline) for each course, and read it carefully. There you will find the instructor’s...

Take the transfer: The smart path to a four-year degree

By Naomi Sheehan The cost of a four-year degree and student debt loads have risen relentlessly in the last decade. That’s why so many students choose to attend community college as an affordable alternative to a four-year school. But education at a community college doesn’t have to end in a two-year degree. In fact, credit earned at a community college can often be transferred to a...

What are Soft Skills and Why are They So Important?

Sometimes the best tools for your career are those that you gain in addition to the technical rigors of the classroom. Known simply as ‘soft skills’, they are key components to any career and are not technical or task-oriented. Good examples of soft skills include the following: Effective communication Compassion Honesty Trust Understanding Strong work ethic And these...
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Nebl Takes Bronze Medal at National Speech and Debate

Des Plaines resident Caroline Nebl has been a general education student at Oakton with a plan to major in education and become a teacher. She joined Oakton’s Speech and Debate Club in 2016 and just two years later earned a bronze medal in the “Speech to Entertain” division of the Phi Rho Pi national forensics competition.  In her comedic presentation “in defense of clowns,” Nebl...

American Bar Association- Approved Oakton Paralegal Studies Program Prepares Graduates for In-Demand Careers

According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Chicago area has the third largest employment for paralegal jobs in the nation, and the mean wage was $58,840 in 2017. Statewide, the annual mean wage for paralegals and legal assistants in the state of Illinois was $56,990. Oakton Community College’s paralegal studies program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA)...
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