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  • Oakton Community College upgrading 30-year-old locker rooms Feb 20, 2015 6:39 PM
    Oakton Community College in Des Plaines will renovate its men’s and women’s locker rooms, which haven’t been updated since they were built in 1985.

  • Oakton offers girls-only robotic workshops Feb 15, 2015 4:13 PM
    Girls aged 8 and older are encouraged to learn the basics of building and programming robots by enrolling in special Saturday workshops in Des Plaines. Attendees will work in teams to create machines, explore automation and robotic technology, and get a chance to take their math and science skills to a higher level.

  • Oakton Community College search committee names three finalists for president Feb 9, 2015 4:45 PM
    Oakton Community College’s presidential search committee announced Monday the names of three finalists to succeed retiring President Margaret Lee. The finalists are Joianne L. Smith, currently Oakton’s vice president for student affairs; Kristine M. Young, vice president for academic services and chief academic officer at Parkland College in Champaign; and Edythe Abdullah, special advisor to the president at University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

  • Koehnline showcases abstract paintings by Chicago artist Feb 4, 2015 3:27 PM
    The vibrant, contemporary and intuitive works of Chicago-based artist Bruce Thorn come to life at a free exhibition that starts Thursday, Feb. 5, at Oakton Community College’s Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines.

  • New $39 million Oakton science and health building open for classes Jan 31, 2015 7:43 AM
    The $39 million Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers Center has opened at Oakton Community College — the culmination of the largest construction project since the Des Plaines campus opened in 1980. "Obviously the hope is we can accommodate more students because these fields are booming now," said Kristi Zenchak, a biology professor.

  • Hiring of new Oakton president expected by May Jan 28, 2015 6:07 PM
    A new president of Oakton Community College is expected to be announced in April or May, the chairman of the board of trustees said Wednesday. Current President Margaret Lee announced last year that she would retire when her contract expires in June.

  • Oakton board holding closed meetings on president’s job Jan 23, 2015 6:06 PM
    The Oakton Community College board of trustees is holding a series of closed special meetings to discuss who should replace retiring President Margaret Lee. The board met at 12:30 p.m. Friday, and is meeting at the same time Saturday, as well as at 10 a.m. Sunday and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.

  • Oakton adjuncts continue protest over coming firings Jan 21, 2015 5:30 AM
    Some part-time faculty members at Oakton Community College continue to cry foul over their impending firings, though college administrators stand by their decision. As many as 80 Oakton instructors are teaching their final semester at the Des Plaines-based community college after school officials announced last fall that they will no longer hire those already earning pensions from the State Universities Retirement System.

  • Students can tour Oakton Community College on Feb. 11 Jan 20, 2015 4:59 PM
    Prospective students of Oakton Community College can take a tour of the Des Plaines campus Feb. 11, officials said Tuesday. The campus visit will feature information about admission, career and transfer programs, financial aid, student services and extracurricular activities.

  • Linden Cello Duo debuts on Oakton stage Jan 18, 2015 4:38 PM
    Two talented cellists team up for a debut performance at Oakton Community College’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31.

  • Oakton men’s soccer player named to Scholar All-American Team Jan 16, 2015 1:21 PM
    An Oakton Community College student, sophomore Pooya Shams, has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Men’s Junior College Division Scholar All-America Team.

  • Suburban community colleges applaud Obama plan if money’s there Jan 10, 2015 7:30 AM
    Suburban educators hailed President Obama’s plan to make community college as “free and universal as high school is today,” but acknowledged the proposal faces a tough sell with Illinois lawmakers who would have to loosen the state’s purse strings to join. “Whether the money can follow the good idea, that’s yet another issue,” said College of DuPage President Robert Breuder.

  • Explore Nanotechnology at Oakton’s open house Dec 30, 2014 10:14 AM
    Explore a world too minute to be seen by the naked eye during a free nanotechnology open house hosted by Oakton Community College on Thursday, Jan. 8.

  • Vintage prints in Koehnline Museum exhibit Dec 14, 2014 4:24 PM
    The latest show at the Koehnline Museum of Art in Des Plaines, Gems from the Koehnline: New Acquisitions, highlights 19th- and early 20th-century vintage prints as well as paintings and fine prints from Chicago artists Macena Barton, Francis Chapin, Natalie Smith Henry, Gregory Orloff and Medard Klein. Works by Margaret Burroughs, Milton Horn and the Zhou Brothers will also be on display. The exhibition runs through Friday, Jan. 23.

  • OCC Empty Bowls event is Saturday, Dec. 6 Dec 6, 2014 12:49 AM
    The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines will be held 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Professional and student potters from the Chicago area contribute hundreds of unique bowls and other pieces for the event.

  • Oakton Community College receives Fulbright to study Bolivia and Peru Dec 4, 2014 11:39 AM
    Oakton Community College has received a $94,595 Fulbright Group Projects Abroad grant to fund “Indigenous Voices at the Frontier of a Globalized World: Bolivia and Peru,” a five-week in-country study seminar for educators next summer. “In the traditional Western/non-Western dichotomy of humanities curricula, the histories and cultures of indigenous peoples of the Americas are often given short shrift or only superficially addressed,” said Professor Katherine Schuster

  • Editorial: Find middle ground on adjuncts who are retired Dec 3, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial calls on Oakton Community College and others to find a way to keep their adjuncts who are retired on a pension, in spite of a new law.

  • Community colleges work to beat enrollment slump Nov 30, 2014 7:30 AM
    How to get students in the door. That's the challenge for Illinois' community colleges, where enrollment statewide has dropped for a fourth straight year. Suburban schools, with the exception of College of DuPage, are trying to offset declines or build on modest gains. “Everything’s slightly stagnant right now,” said Phil Garber, who tracks the numbers at Elgin Community College.

  • 80 Oakton part-time teachers could lose jobs over pension rules Nov 30, 2014 7:17 PM
    As many as 80 instructors at Oakton Community College are expected to get pink slips at the end of the school year — and it’s still not clear if legislation sitting on the governor’s desk will save their jobs.

  • Harper, CLC both going 100% smoke-free Jan. 1 Nov 20, 2014 1:32 PM
    Students, employees and even casual visitors won't be allowed to smoke on college campuses starting next summer. But Harper College and the College of Lake County will ban tobacco on campus starting Jan. 1. "I think that this is going to be a surprise for many people, and I think it is going to take time for people to understand how this is working," says Janet Mason, who's managing the rules at College of Lake County.

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