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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Apprenticeships Provide Opportunity in Growing Manufacturing Fields

According to the Chicago Workforce Partnership, manufacturing is among the highest growing occupations in Cook County for the second quarter of 2018. U.S. Department of Labor statistics show more than 327,000 manufacturing jobs have been added across the country so far this year. The Department of Labor also reports that 87 percent of apprentices in the nation are hired after completing training...
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Returning to College? Ease the transition

By Naomi Sheehan When adults need to re-tool for a new career, community colleges are the ultimate resource. To make the most of a return to the classroom, try these tips: Don’t worry about your age. Many students will be “non-traditional” students (over the age of 25) and most are juggling jobs, families, and other responsibilities just like you. Make a beeline to the college...

Innovative Program Allows Students to Begin a Health Care Career in as Little as Six Months

Through a partnership between the EKG Technician Certification Prep and Basic Nursing Assistant Training (BNAT) programs at Oakton Community College, students can navigate from one program to the next and eventually prepare to earn two certifications. During the first part of the certification prep pathway, students will navigate through the EKG program offered by Continuing Education, Training...

Train for a truck driving career in as little as eight weeks at Oakton

The trucking industry has a lack of drivers, and Oakton Community College is offering training to assist with this shortage.  Oakton’s truck driver training program includes classroom instruction, lab and individual driving lessons in partnership with Viking Driving School. The two-month program covers equipment fundamentals, air brakes, pre-trip inspection, log books and more. Job placement...
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From Short Order to Short Haul Trucking

Demetrius Calhoun is the first to admit that he didn’t make the best decisions as a young man.  A native of the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side, he attended Evanston Township High School but dropped out before graduating. A felony conviction for riding in a car where drugs were present marked his life and made finding a good job a lot harder than it had to be. He worked...

Get the Most Out of Your Financial Aid… File Early!

The financial aid process can seem complex, but the following information will keep you on track. Please contact the Oakton Community College Office of Student Financial Assistance via email, financialaid@oakton.edu, or phone  847.635.1708 (Des Plaines) or 847.635.1250 (Skokie), and the staff can help walk you through the process. A new application for financial aid must be filed  for each...
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Scholarships Make College More Affordable

As many as 500 institutional and foundation scholarships—including merit scholarships—are up for grabs for current and prospective Oakton Community College students, and applications are due March 31, 2019.  During the 2017-18 academic year, the Oakton Community College Educational Foundation made available more than $1 million in scholarships and grants assisting Oakton students and...
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Growing Ambition

At Glenbrook South High School, Jidapa Thia earned a Glenbrook Medallion for science excellence and awards in art, speech, and horticulture before she graduated. She had her pick of eight top colleges but chose Oakton for quality, convenience and affordability. “I liked the small class sizes, and the fact that I earned a full merit scholarship made the college even more affordable,” she...

Is College a Good Investment?

Despite costs, career education makes financial sense   With soaring college costs, some wonder if higher education is worth the time and expense. A survey conducted by New Americans about Americans’ view on college found only 40 percent said the higher education system provides excellent or good value. However, views of community colleges tell a different story. Avoid big tuition...
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Visit Oakton Community College

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: Plan early; choose a day where you can be relaxed and you don’t have to worry...
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