'It's very special to be here': Oakton rededicates Ray Hartstein campus in Skokie

  • Elliott Hartstein, son of Ray Hartstein, and his wife Judy, center, were in attendance during the Oakton Community College Ray Hartstein Skokie campus is rededication Tuesday.

    Elliott Hartstein, son of Ray Hartstein, and his wife Judy, center, were in attendance during the Oakton Community College Ray Hartstein Skokie campus is rededication Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Oakton Community College President Joianne Smith speaks during the Oakton Community College Ray Hartstein Skokie campus rededication Tuesday.

    Oakton Community College President Joianne Smith speaks during the Oakton Community College Ray Hartstein Skokie campus rededication Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Members of the audience listen to a speech as the Oakton Community College Ray Hartstein Skokie campus is rededicated Tuesday.

    Members of the audience listen to a speech as the Oakton Community College Ray Hartstein Skokie campus is rededicated Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Elliott Hartstein, son of Ray Hartstein, and his wife Judy are closest to the end of the ribbon as the Oakton Community College Ray Hartstein Skokie campus is rededicated Tuesday.

    Elliott Hartstein, son of Ray Hartstein, and his wife Judy are closest to the end of the ribbon as the Oakton Community College Ray Hartstein Skokie campus is rededicated Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • This is a portion of the renovated space at the Oakton Community College Ray Hartstein Skokie campus.

    This is a portion of the renovated space at the Oakton Community College Ray Hartstein Skokie campus. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • The Oakton Community College Ray Hartstein Skokie campus, which was rededicated Tuesday.

    The Oakton Community College Ray Hartstein Skokie campus, which was rededicated Tuesday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 9/23/2021 5:30 AM

Elliott Hartstein and his wife Judy watched Tuesday as Oakton Community College's Ray Hartstein Campus in Skokie was rededicated during a ceremony celebrating the completion of a $3.5 million renovation.

Ray Hartstein, Elliot's father, was Oakton's founding chairman and served on the college's board of trustees for 35 years. Elliott Hartstein is a former Buffalo Grove village president, and he and Judy live in Northbrook.

 

"It's very special to be here," Hartstein said. "Oakton was part of the family, and it's inspirational to see it get better and better."

Renovations to the campus, which opened in 1995, include a new student center, improvements to the main entrance and main hallway corridor, replacement of classroom furniture and improvements to the science and technology pavilion lobby and outdoor patio.

Programs in engineering, manufacturing, fire science, emergency medical technician education are offered at campus. In addition, the campus is home to Oakton's Early Childhood education center, which provides education for children ages 3-5. Oakton's main campus is in Des Plaines.

"I'm proud that my dad had a small part in helping this particular institution get off the ground," Hartstein said. "It's nice to see this special campus dedicated to him, but more importantly it's dedicated to the community it serves."

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