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Oakton Community College

Oakton Community College

With more than 2,500 course offerings each term, Oakton Community College offers a wealth of educational options in the heart of Chicago’s northern suburbs. From degree programs to non-credit career enhancement and personal enrichment courses, Oakton has something for everyone. 

Founded in 1969, Oakton is a two-year community college offering associate's degree programs and non-credit courses in northern Cook County, Illinois.

Oakton's 147-acre main campus sits in a forest preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. A second campus in Skokie serves residents on the eastern side of the District and is home to the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. The College also offers continuing education classes at off-campus locations throughout the region, and many students pursue studies at home through our distance learning program.

Programs of Study
Associate's degrees in 80 areas of study prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions or to step directly into rewarding careers. Continuing education programs offer personal enrichment and career advancement opportunities through courses ranging from art to home improvement to English as a Second Language.

Oakton's 700 full- and part-time faculty members boast top academic credentials, and their true passion is teaching. In small classes, our faculty engage students as individuals and guide their learning experience.

Oakton's 46,000 credit and non-credit students represent all ages, 55 nations, and a wide range of experience. More than half come from a minority background, bringing a wealth of perspectives to campus.

Student Life
Students at Oakton participate in 50 clubs and organizations, from the Ceramics Club to Students for Social Justice, and they take a role in college governance and more through the Student Government Association and other leadership groups. A rich activities calendar offers lectures, social events, service opportunities, and more.

With a full performing arts season and a museum dedicated to the work of Chicago-area artists, Oakton Community College fosters a creative environment where the arts flourish. For students, that means opportunities to learn, create, and perform. For the community, the College offers a wide array of cultural events and opportunities to experience creativity.


Jobs at Oakton Community College

  • Basic Nurse Assistant Training faculty (PTBNA-22)

  • Skokie, IL
  • Category:: Adjunct Faculty Department:: Division of STEM and Health Careers Locations:: Skokie, IL Posted:: Nov 8, 2021 Closes:: Open Until Filled Typ

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  • Recruitment and Outreach Manager

  • Des Plaines, IL
  • Category:: Staff Department:: Student Recruitment and Outreach Locations:: Des Plaines, IL Posted:: Nov 1, 2021 Closes:: Open Until Filled Type:: Full

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  • Computer Science faculty (PTCSC-22)

  • Des Plaines and Skokie, IL
  • Category:: Adjunct Faculty Department:: Division of STEM and Health Careers Locations:: Des Plaines and Skokie, IL Posted:: Nov 4, 2021 Closes:: Open

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Oakton Community College Announcements

Hires and Promotions
  • Prashant Shinde

    Chief information officer

    Date Announced: April 18, 2019
  • Marc Battista

    Associate vice president for work-force education, dean of business and career programs

    Date Announced: November 14, 2018

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