Free Learning Opportunities Available and Volunteers Needed for the South Suburban College Literacy Tutoring Program

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) is seeking participants for the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills, whole language experience, combined with effective communication skills. Residents are welcome to volunteer as tutors and encourage others to take advantage of this free professional development opportunity.

Once certified, SSC’s volunteer literacy tutors visit adult learners at locations in or near their neighborhoods. Tutoring is flexibly scheduled based on the availability of tutors, learners, and tutoring sites. The following locations have been established as tutoring sites: Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest; Glenwood-Lynwood Library; Harvey Public Library; Phoenix Public Library; Calumet City Public Library; Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest; Homewood Public Library; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; South Suburban College Oak Forest Center Library, Oak Forest; Lansing Public Library; Dolton Public Library; Riverdale Public Library; Blue Island Public Library; Dixmoor Public Library; Tinley Park Public Library; Markham Public Library and Midlothian Public Library.

Illiteracy can be debilitating in many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read experience difficulty completing many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a disadvantage in today’s competitive job market.

SSC’s Office of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy (AVL) Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE). These opportunities are made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.

Tutor training will take place at the South Suburban College Main Campus, located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois on Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 4 through October 20, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Training will also take place at the South Suburban College Oak Forest Center, located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois on Tuesdays and Thursdays from November 1 through November 17, 2022 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This 12-hour program culminates with literacy training certification. Tutors will continue to receive free professional development services throughout this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more. For additional information, or to register, please contact David Stephens, Adult Literacy Grants Manager, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email DStephens@ssc.edu.

Graduates of the South Suburban College Highway Construction Careers Training Program Attended the Groundbreaking for the $94 Million Wood Street and Ashland Avenue Modernization Project

OAK FOREST, IL–On September 8, 2022, Governor JB Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), local officials, and the community announced the reconstruction of Wood Street and Ashland Avenue, which runs through Harvey, Dixmoor, and Riverdale. This 94-million-dollar reconstruction project, set to begin in the spring of 2023, will modernize the 90-year-old infrastructure. Graduates of the South Suburban College (SSC) Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP), an IDOT initiative, will have the opportunity to be recruited for the project to fulfill the workforce goals of the project.
 
“The twelve-week Highway Construction Careers Training Program was launched in 2008. The program provides opportunities for minorities, women, and disadvantaged individuals by helping them gain skills that can lead to employment in the trades with high-income potential,” said SSC President Dr. Lynette D Stokes. “Our graduates can start careers as iron workers, electricians, pipefitters, carpenters, laborers, equipment operators, and so much more. The recent corridor project, announced by Governor JB Pritzker, highlights the many opportunities this program can provide students.”
 
SSC’s pre-apprenticeship program, fully funded through a partnership with IDOT, runs Monday through Friday. Students are paid a stipend for each completed hour of training. “The HCCTP at South Suburban College is now in its twenty-seventh cohort since entering the partnership. The last cohort, who graduated in May 2022, had 100% placement into union apprenticeship programs – that’s something to be proud of! It shows the dedication of our students, South Suburban College, and the many contractors and apprenticeship programs striving to meet the workforce demand to fulfill the goals of Rebuild Illinois, Governor Pritzker’s infrastructure plan,” said HCCTP Coordinator Rebecca Garcia.
 
The project will revitalize a three-mile stretch between 161st and 138th streets to rebuild the four-lane road, including new gutters, lighting, and curbs. The project will also include the bridge over the Little Calumet River, bike and pedestrian accommodations, a new storm sewer system, and the replacement of municipal water mains. In a previous press release, Gov. Pritzker stated, “This project in the South Suburbs gets right at the heart of a major throughway for the community: Wood Street and Ashland Avenue.”
 
For information about the program, please visit www.ssc.edu/hcctp or reach the HCCTP Coordinator Rebecca Garcia at (708)225-6004 or via email at RGarcia@ssc.edu. The program is held at SSC’s Oak Forest Center, 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. For details about SSC’s programs, admissions and registration, please visit ssc.edu or call the Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718, or email AdmissionsQuestions@ssc.edu. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740. 
 

Governor JB Pritzker with future apprentices and current students in the South Suburban College (SSC) Highway Construction Careers Training Program.
PICTURED: Governor JB Pritzker with future apprentices and current students in the South Suburban College (SSC) Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP).

PAC Rats Theatre Company of South Suburban College Presents Performances of Bleacher Bums

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – It’s game day and die-hard baseball fans are suiting up for Bleacher Bums, a play to be performed in the South Suburban College (SSC) Kindig Performing Arts Center. Performances will take place on September 16, 17 and 23, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. and September 24 and 25, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Bleacher Bums is a play collaboratively written in 1977 by members of Chicago’s Organic Theater Company from an idea by actor Joe Mantegna. A performance of the play was recorded for PBS television, and in 2002 a made-for-TV movie adaptation was produced. Win or lose, the cast of characters remain undaunted and will root for their team no matter what.

The nine-inning comedy focuses on an eclectic group in the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The cast includes Jennifer Balbuena of Gary, IN as Melody, an avid sunbather; Jim Andricopulos of Mokena as Zig, a loudmouthed middle-aged man; Carol Melendez of Glenwood as Zig’s wife Rose; Brandon Alexander of Glenwood as Decker, a businessman with a thirst for success; Jon Becker of Oak Forest, as Marvin, an inveterate gambler; Ashley Orendorff of Thornton, a young cheerleader of fanatic proportions; Kevin Hathaway of Park Forest as Richie; Charlie Furtek of Lansing as Greg, a gentle soul and serious fan; Veronica Stewart of Hazel Crest as the Wrigley Field guard trying to keep the group in line, and Pat Nevins of Homewood as the off stage announcer.

Adding talent to the production are director Paul Braun of Munster, IN, stage manager, sound designer and set designer Sandra Wagner of Lansing, scenic artist and prop designer Heather Young of Chicago and set designer Pat Nevins of Homewood.

Tickets are only $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (55+), and $6 for students. SSC students and staff can enjoy a buy one, get one free offer with an I.D. Tickets may be reserved via the 24/7 box office voicemail at (708) 210-5741 or via email at boxoffice@ssc.edu. Group rates are available.

The Kindig Performing Arts Center on SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland, Illinois, between Sibley Boulevard and 159th Street. The campus is convenient to Routes 94, 80, 57, and 294. Free, ample, well-lit parking is available.
 

A photo of the cast and crew of "Bleacher Bums"
PICTURED: The cast and crew of Bleacher Bums. Front row, left to right: Veronica Stewart (Hazel Crest), Jennifer Balbuena (Gary, IN), Kevin Hathaway (Park Forest), Jim Andricopulos (Mokena), Carol Melendez (Glenwood) and Sandra Wagner (Lansing). Back row, left to right: Charlie Furtek (Lansing), Brandon Alexander (Glenwood), Pat Nevins (Homewood), Jon Becker (Oak Forest) and Paul Braun (Munster, IN). Not pictured: Ashley Orendorff (Thornton).

Exhibition of Photographs by Jamilah Adebesin Mason on Display at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College (SSC) is pleased to announce a guest artist exhibition entitled “Sink or Swim: Navigating My Mental Health” by Jamilah Adebesin Mason. The series of photographs is on display at South Suburban College in the Photo Four Gallery on the fourth floor of the Main Campus from Monday, September 12 through Thursday, October 13, 2022. A special artist talk will be held in the Photo Four Gallery on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Adebesin Mason graduated in 2009 from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Secondary Art Education. She then returned to her alma mater, Hillcrest High School, as the fine arts teacher, and went on to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Imaging and Independent Film at Governors State University. Much of her time is spent encouraging teenagers and creating a safe place for artistry to blossom.

Adebesin Mason’s current body of work is based on the need to move past mental barriers and facilitate psychological awareness rather than merely existing. Each piece is related to a specific emotion and depicts emotional trauma or a mental breakthrough. 

“Photographs of me are incorporated into mixed media abstract environments, comprised of found and handmade objects incased in resin,” Adebesin Mason remarked. “This work serves as a passage to exploring my mental health and becoming more present in the healing process.” 

The SSC Photo Four Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All SSC galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions at no charge. For more information, please call Pamela Planera (708) 596-2000, ext. 2211 or email at pplanera@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. 
 
"Dread"

John Gutierrez’ “A Borrowed Distant View” Art Exhibit Now Open at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College (SSC) is pleased to present an exhibition entitled “A Borrowed Distant View” by artist John Gutierrez on display in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery from September 1-30, 2022, with an artist reception on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

Gutierrez believes an intimate and accurate interpretation of a subject can only be rendered after it has been filtered through the mind and soul of the artist. These feelings and energy then flow from the mind through the hand of the artist in order to create the sculpture or painting. The result is a reflected impression to the viewer who embraces the feelings and emotions dictated by the artist through his work.

The Dorothea Thiel Gallery is located on the fourth floor of the South Suburban College Main Campus. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. All SSC galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The galleries are supported in part by the SSC Foundation. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. For more information, please email etucker@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2300.
 

It’s Not Too Late to Register for Fall 12-Week Classes Coming to South Suburban College September 19 and Later

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–Registration for the Fall Semester at South Suburban College (SSC) is still in progress for a wide range of “Late Start” classes. Current and prospective students are encouraged to register soon for these 12-week courses, set to begin the week of September 19th and later. SSC provides flexibility to college degree seekers with flexible class delivery options through the in-person, virtual, online, simulcast, and blended delivery styles. The class schedules, registration services, and a new “live chat” with staff are available online from ssc.edu
 
The Late Start classes are offered in a variety of subject areas, including Accounting, Art, Basic Nurse Assistant Training, Biology, Business, Community Health Worker, Computer Information Sciences, Court Reporting, Drama, Emergency Medical Services, English, First Aid, Health Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, Music, Office Administration Technology, Overview of College Success, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Education, Psychology, Reading, Sociology, Spanish, Speech, Speech-Language Pathology, Welding and more.  
 
SSC continues its free laptop application process to assist students with the virtual learning environment from https://www.ssc.edu/technology-relief-fund/
 
Students are encouraged to register soon – space is limited, and classes may be subject to change. For more information about SSC’s programs, admissions and registration, please visit ssc.edu or contact the Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718 or AdmissionsQuestions@ssc.edu. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The college’s extension site, the Oak Forest Center, is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois.

Registration Open for Non-Credit Classes at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–Registration is open at South Suburban College (SSC) for non-credit classes offered through the Department of Continuing, Corporate, and Community (C3) Education. A variety of non-credit course offerings are available throughout the Fall 2022 Semester, with registration open right up to the start of classes.

“Non-credit classes at South Suburban College help the community achieve success by motivating both the mind and body to learn something new,” said Gervaise Edwards, Manager of C3 at SSC.

With a wide assortment of online and in-person class times, course lengths and subject matter, students have the flexibility to incorporate classes into their busy schedules. Some of the upcoming courses available include, but are not limited to:

  • Art (such as Paint Thursday Fun Night)
  • Dancing (such as Stepping)
  • How to Host a Successful Podcast
  • Real Estate Principles
  • IL CCL Training Firearms
  • Computers for Late Bloomers
  • Cyber Safety and Understanding
  • Balloon for Profit
  • Food Service Certification
  • Spanish I – Conversational
  • Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published

Non-credit classes begin all semester long, with a majority of the aforementioned courses starting in September. For more information, or to register for non-credit classes at SSC, please contact the C3 Department at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2231, or visit www.ssc.edu. The South Suburban College Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Fall Registration Open for Free High School Equivalency and English as a Second Language Courses at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The South Suburban College (SSC) Adult Education Department has opened registration for its free High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. Both programs will run from September 12 through December 8 during the Fall 2022 Semester. Most of the Adult Education programs are offered both full and part-time at the Main Campus in South Holland or the Oak Forest Center. Daytime, nighttime and online course options are available.

Many adults choose to further their skills and pursue high school education through the High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) program. The HSE program will develop the skills required to pass the High School Equivalency exams. HSE for ESL is also available for intermediate and advanced level ESL students who plan to take the HSE/GED exam in English. English as a Second Language (ESL) allows non-native students to improve their English skills from beginning to advanced levels.

HSE registration is made by appointment only at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2475 or 2411, or online at https://forms.gle/nBaUMMKjnMiz8RMU6 as follows:

  • September 6, 7 and 8 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Main Campus, Room L233.

ESL registration is made by appointment only at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2475 or 2411, or online at https://forms.gle/CtBYZBkaCWNSyaDC7 as follows:

  • September 6, 7 and 8 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Main Campus, Room 1243.

All HSE and ESL incoming students will take a placement test at the time of registration and should expect to stay at least three hours. No children are allowed at registration. Incoming students of both the HSE and ESL programs are expected to arrive on time.

The following items are required at registration:

  • Current Illinois-Issued Photo ID
  • High School Withdrawal Letter (for students under 18)
  • Medical Card (if applicable)

All courses are offered free of charge. For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment) Federal funds of $447,185 provides approximately 45% of the support of these programs. Indiana residents are not eligible to participate in the Adult Education programs.

Free Learning Opportunities Available and Volunteers Needed for the South Suburban College Literacy Tutoring Program

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) is seeking participants for the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. Residents are welcome to volunteer as tutors and encourage others to take advantage of this free opportunity.

Once certified, SSC’s volunteer literacy tutors visit adult learners at locations in or near their neighborhoods. Tutoring is flexibly scheduled based on the availability of tutors, learners, and tutoring sites. The following locations have been established as tutoring sites: Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest; Glenwood-Lynwood Library; Harvey Public Library; Phoenix Public Library; Calumet City Public Library; Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest; Homewood Public Library; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; South Suburban College Oak Forest Center Library, Oak Forest; Lansing Public Library; Dolton Public Library; Riverdale Public Library; Blue Island Public Library; Dixmoor Public Library; Tinley Park Public Library; Markham Public Library and Midlothian Public Library.

Illiteracy can be debilitating in many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read experience difficulty completing many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a disadvantage in today’s competitive job market.

SSC’s Office of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE). These opportunities are made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.

Tutor training will take place at the South Suburban College South Holland Campus, located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 6 through September 22, 2022 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and October 4 through October 20, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This 12-hour program culminates with literacy training certification. Tutors will continue to receive free professional development services throughout this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more.

For additional information, or to register, please contact David Stephens, Adult Literacy Grants Manager, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email DStephens@ssc.edu.

South Suburban College Partners to Offer Free Manufacturing Skills and Training Bootcamp

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The South Suburban College (SSC) Department of Continuing, Corporate, and Community (C3) Education and the Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC) have partnered to offer a free Manufacturing Skills and Training Bootcamp. This 2-week accelerated boot camp program is especially helpful for those who have been in the workforce before, but are currently or were recently unemployed, and are looking to kickstart a career in the growing manufacturing sector.

Nancy Burrows, a CAIC program coordinator stated, “Many people who work in manufacturing are retiring. Companies are seeking people with a myriad of skills who are eager to advance. We are hopeful that this partnership between the CAIC and SSC will help address the needs of our communities.”

Students who complete the Manufacturing Skills and Training Bootcamp earn the National Safety Council forklift certification. They will also receive safety training. Participants will go on a plant tour, interview with potential employers and have the opportunity to connect with college representatives as well.

“The Chicago Southland is rich with manufacturing companies. It’s a great boost for the economy of the area to have people who can live and work in the same vicinity,” Burrows remarked.

The Manufacturing Skills and Training Bootcamp begins on Monday, September 12, 2022 and ends on Friday, September 23, 2022. It runs weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program will take place at the South Suburban College Oak Forest Center, located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois 60452. Seating is limited and registration is required.

More information is available at: calumetareaindustrial.com/bridge-program. Contact Nancy Burrows at (773) 517-3708 or email nancy@calumetareaindustrial.com for additional details or to register. Gervaise Edwards, Manager of C3 at SSC, can also be reached at (708) 210-5723 or via email at gedwards@ssc.edu.

Funding for the Manufacturing Skills and Training Bootcamp is provided by an H-1B US Department of Labor One Workforce Grant and the Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership.

A photo of former South Suburban College students adjust an AC/DC electrical system.
PICTURED: Former South Suburban College students adjust an AC/DC electrical system.

South Suburban College Earns Recognition from The Conservation Foundation

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College (SSC) was recently recognized by The Conservation Foundation, one of the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations dedicated to preserving and restoring open space, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of the environment of northeastern Illinois.

The acknowledgement came due in part to the college’s long-standing rain garden, bird feeder, community garden, and being home to indigenous trees planted throughout campus for the last 30 years. These plantings are already part of an annual gathering which serves to additionally maintain certification with the National Arbor Day Foundation.

“Students have helped a lot with planting of trees, campus cleanup, and trying to attract wildlife,” said Environmental Science and Biology Instructor, Eric Myers, Ph.D., who applied for the recognition earlier in the year as head of the SSC Sustainability Committee. After the application was submitted, representatives from The Conservation Foundation evaluated the campus grounds on two separate occasions before the distinction was made official. “I wanted the organization to be aware of our campus initiatives so we can get some recognition for the sustainable work that’s been going on here long before I arrived,” stated Myers.

Official recognition signage can be found at the college’s rain garden, which is often inhabited by butterflies, dragonflies and bees flying throughout the area. “A lot of insects and birds in North America are in decline,” Myers added, “and that’s mostly because of a lack of habitat.” Due to the team effort of the SSC community, the college is now home to many sand pipers, blue wing teals, American toads and green frogs. Myers concluded, “I hope that local residents will follow in SSC’s footsteps, taking the opportunity to grow native plants, using a minimal amount of chemicals, and reusing rain water on their home properties when possible.”

Details about SSC’s recognition by The Conservation Foundation and the Sustainability Committee can be directed to Eric Myers, Ph.D. at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2318 or via email at emyers@ssc.edu. The community at large is welcome to visit the SSC rain garden, located on the southern side of the Physical Fitness and Athletic Center on the South Suburban College Main Campus, located at 15800 S. State St. South Holland, IL.

Recognition signage from The Conservation Foundation
PICTURED: Recognition signage from The Conservation Foundation at the rain garden on the South Suburban College Main Campus.

South Suburban College to Host Forklift Operator Training Classes at Oak Forest Center

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–Forklift Operator Training will be offered in August and September at the South Suburban College (SSC) Oak Forest Center. This 8-hour certification course covers the basic forklift driving skills needed to obtain a Forklift Operator Certification.

The cost for each Forklift Operator Training course is $179.00 per person. Sessions will be held as follows:

  • Saturday, August 6, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 20, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 25 & Friday, August 26, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 3, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 17, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 22 & Friday, September 23, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The Forklift Operator Certification from the National Safety Council is available through these sessions at SSC for individuals who are looking for new career skills or for employers who are ensuring a safe and compliant workplace. Illinois requires all forklift operators to obtain a license to avoid OSHA sanctions and possible penalties. Forklift driving is no simple matter; it causes more than 100 deaths each year. A Certification Card from the National Safety Council will be issued to each student upon successful completion of the program.

WEI Sponsored Program: The Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) project is funded through the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to support qualified participants through the completion of short-term educational opportunities leading to employment. Benefits of the grant include financial and technology assistance, tutoring, academic and employment advising, and more. Email workforceequity@ssc.edu, call (708) 596-2000 ext. 2413 or visit ssc.edu/wei to inquire about the qualifications to attend Forklift Operator Training at no cost.

For additional details about Forklift Operator Training, contact Gervaise Edwards at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5723 or email gedwards@ssc.edu. SSC’s Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois, with convenient access from I-57, I-80, and I-294.

Free Learning Opportunities Available and Volunteers Needed for the South Suburban College Literacy Tutoring Program

OAK FOREST, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) is seeking participants for the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. Local residents are welcome to volunteer as tutors and encourage others to take advantage of this free opportunity.

Once certified, SSC’s volunteer literacy tutors visit adult learners at locations in or near their neighborhoods. Tutoring is flexibly scheduled based on the availability of the tutors, learners and tutoring sites. The following locations have been established as tutoring sites: Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest; Glenwood-Lynwood Library; Harvey Public Library; Phoenix Public Library; Calumet City Public Library; Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest; Homewood Public Library; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; South Suburban College Oak Forest Center Library, Oak Forest; Lansing Public Library; Dolton Public Library; Riverdale Public Library; Blue Island Public Library; Dixmoor Public Library; Tinley Park Public Library; Markham Public Library and Midlothian Public Library.

Illiteracy can be debilitating in many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read experience difficulty completing many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. 

SSC’s Office of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE). These opportunities are made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.

Tutor training will take place at the South Suburban College Oak Forest Campus, located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue Oak Forest, Illinois on Tuesdays and Thursdays from August 9 through August 25 from 4–6 p.m. Online training is also available. This 12-hour program culminates with literacy training certification. Tutors will continue to receive free professional development services throughout this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities and more. For additional information, or to register, please contact David Stephens, Adult Literacy Grants Manager, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email DStephens@ssc.edu.
 

A student and tutor work on a reading activity.
PICTURED: A former student and tutor in the SSC Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program work on a reading activity.

South Suburban College Awarded Grant to Support Early Childhood Education

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College (SSC) was awarded a $847,867.68 grant by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). SSC is working with colleges across the State of Illinois under the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity Act to provide support for new students in the field of early childhood education while assisting incumbent workers to enroll in and complete degree or certificate programs.

SSC offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Early Childhood Education in addition to Level II and Level III certificate options. The program is geared toward those interested in a career working with children from birth to 8 years old. “We are very excited to receive this grant at SSC,” said Anna Helwig, Ph.D., Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “We have hired an early childhood education coach who will be the conduit between the institution and navigators who work directly with regional early childhood centers.” This coach will begin employment at South Suburban College on August 1, 2022.

In addition to hiring support staff, the grant will also be utilized to update classroom technology and provide students studying early childhood education with laptops to borrow to enhance their learning experience. These SSC students will also have access to apply for special emergency funds, a debt relief program and stipend to be administered once they achieve their academic goal of attaining a degree or certificate with a concentration in early childhood education.

A key goal of the 3-year grant will be to streamline, coordinate, and improve the accessibility of degree completion pathways to benefit those working in and served by the industry in addition to employers of early childhood educators. A virtual open house highlighting the early childhood education concentration at SSC will take place on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Details about program requirements, pathway agreements with four-year institutions, scholarship information and more will be addressed. Those looking to begin a career in early childhood education or advance their current profession are required to register for the open house at: https://bit.ly/3OmJYwx.

For additional information about the grant, please contact Anna Helwig, Ph.D., at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5706, or email ahelwig@ssc.edu. The South Suburban College Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street South Holland, Illinois. Our mission is to Serve our Students and the Community through lifelong learning.

South Suburban College Student-Athletes Earn All-Academic Achievement by the National Junior College Athletic Association

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The South Suburban College (SSC) Athletics Department is proud to announce student-athletes awarded for their dedication in the classroom during the 2021-22 school year. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named ten All-Academic Team recipients from SSC.

“This has been a successful year for Bulldogs Athletics,” stated Steve Ruzich, SSC Athletic Director. “The scholastic accomplishments of our student-athletes who display dedication to their sports and their studies are to be commended. I’m proud to be associated with a program of students who exemplify excellence both in the classroom and on the playing field.”

There are three categories in the NJCAA All-Academic divisions. First Team awardees earn a GPA of 4.00. Second Team awardees achieve between a 3.99 and 3.80 GPA. Third Team awardees attain between a 3.79 and 3.60 GPA. SSC recipients include:

  • FIRST TEAM: Taylor Vandommelen – Volleyball
  • SECOND TEAM: James Burke – Baseball
  • SECOND TEAM: Harrison Dubois – Baseball
  • SECOND TEAM: Amaris Gonzalez – Women’s Soccer
  • SECOND TEAM: Michael Pawyza – Baseball
  • SECOND TEAM: Seungjun Song – Baseball
  • THIRD TEAM: Osiris Atisso ¬– Men’s Basketball
  • THIRD TEAM: Cameron Bartmann – Men’s Basketball
  • THIRD TEAM: Samya Gardner – Women’s Basketball
  • THIRD TEAM: Jacob Mucha – Baseball

Taylor Vandommelen of Highland, IN recently completed her sophomore year at SSC. She enjoyed both playing volleyball and interacting with her instructors in the classroom. Vandommelen said, “I really enjoyed the teachers, especially Becky Walters, the Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice Program Coordinator. She really makes sure that students understand the course material.”

Vandommelen will continue her studies in the field of criminal justice at Indiana University Northwest, while extending her student-athlete status as a Redhawk volleyball player.

For information about Bulldogs Athletics, contact Steve Ruzich at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5843 or email SRuzich@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. Our mission is to Serve our Students and the Community through lifelong learning.
 

Taylor Vandommelen, a student-athlete at South Suburban College, was named to the NJCAA All-Academic First Team
PICTURED: Taylor Vandommelen, a student-athlete at South Suburban College, was named to the NJCAA All-Academic First Team.

South Suburban College Selected by Amazon as an Education Partner for Career Choice Program

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) has been selected as an education partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program, providing Amazon’s hourly employees access to various educational opportunities on the Main Campus in South Holland, at the Oak Forest Center and via a virtual learning environment.

SSC plays a pivotal role in transforming the lives of its diverse student population. Knowledgeable faculty and service-focused staff guide students on their path to success – to start and/or keep careers moving forward with various degree and certificate options. High quality education, training and services are provided in modern facilities on both campuses. Updated technology is used as students engage in class, whether in-person or online.

Amazon’s Career Choice program is an education benefit that empowers employees to learn new skills for career success at Amazon or elsewhere. The program meets individual learners where they are on their education journey through a variety of education and upskilling opportunities including full college tuition, industry certifications designed to lead to in-demand jobs, and foundational skills such as English language proficiency, high school diplomas, and GEDs. In the U.S., the company is investing $1.2 billion to upskill more than 300,000 employees by 2025 to help move them into higher-paying, in-demand jobs.

Amazon’s Career Choice program has a rigorous selection process for third-party partner educators, choosing partners that are focused on helping employees through their education programs, assisting them with job placements, and overall offering education that leads to career success.

“We’re looking forward to South Suburban College coming on board as an education partner for Career Choice, adding to the hundreds of best-in-class offerings available to our employees,” said Tammy Thieman, Global Program Lead of Amazon’s Career Choice program. “We’re committed to empowering our employees by providing them access to the education and training they need to grow their careers, whether that’s with us or elsewhere. We have intentionally cultivated a partner network of third-party educators and employers committed to providing excellent education, job placement resources, and continuous improvements to the experience. Today, over 50,000 Amazon employees around the world have already participated in Career Choice and we’ve seen first-hand how it can transform their lives.”

For more information on Amazon’s Career Choice, visit: https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/workplace/career-choice. For details about SSC’s partnership with Amazon’s Career Choice, visit: https://www.ssc.edu/amazon-career-choice-at-ssc/.

The mission of South Suburban College is to Serve our Students and the Community through lifelong learning.
 

A photo of the student entrance at the Main Campus.
PICTURED: The South Suburban College Main Campus Student Entrance.

South Suburban College Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program Seeks Tutors and Learners

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) is seeking tutors and learners to participate in the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading and communication skills. Community residents are welcome to volunteer as tutors or encourage others to take advantage of this free program.

Illiteracy is debilitating in many ways for adults who never received proper instruction. Adults unable to read experience difficulty completing daily tasks often. They are also at a disadvantage while competing in the job market.

New tutor training sessions will take place at the Main Campus in South Holland on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 12 through July 28 from 3–5 p.m. Tutor training is a 12-hour program that culminates with literacy training certification. Training is also available in an online format. Once certified, tutors will continue to receive free professional development services through this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for employment, scholarships, educational opportunities and more.

Once certified, SSC’s volunteer literacy tutors visit adult learners at locations within or near their neighborhoods. Tutoring is flexibly scheduled based on the availability of tutors, learners and tutoring sites. Tutoring sites have been established at the following locations: Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest; Glenwood-Lynwood Library; Harvey Public Library; Phoenix Public Library; Calumet City Public Library; Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest; Homewood Public Library; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; Oak Forest Center Library, Oak Forest; Lansing Public Library; Dolton Public Library; Riverdale Public Library; Blue Island Public Library; Dixmoor Public Library; Tinley Park Public Library; Markham Public Library and Midlothian Public Library.

The SSC Office of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE). These opportunities are made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.

For more information or to register, please contact David Stephens, Adult Literacy Grants Manager, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email DStephens@ssc.edu. The South Suburban College Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street South Holland, Illinois. Our mission is to Serve our Students and the Community through lifelong learning.
 

A photo of A former student and tutor in the SSC Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program read together.
PICTURED: A former student and tutor in the SSC Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program read together.

Theatre Company at South Suburban College to Hold Open Auditions for Baseball Comedy

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The PAC Rats Theatre Company of South Suburban College (SSC) will hold open auditions for the baseball comedy Bleacher Bums. Auditions will take place Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14, 2022, beginning at 7 p.m. Readings will be held in the Kindig Performing Arts Center.

In the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, die-hard Cubs fans root for their team. Members of the group include a sun-worshipper, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio, a professional gambler, a husband and wife, and a nerd. There are also two voice over roles available.

Director Paul Braun of Highland, IN, will cast 7 men and 2 women, of all races and ethnicities, ranging in age from 16 to 70 plus. Braun is planning evening rehearsals. The show, collaboratively written by members of Chicago’s Organic Theater Company from an idea by actor Joe Mantegna, is set to perform during the last two weekends in September.

All community members and SSC students are encouraged to audition. Appointments and prepared audition materials are not necessary. Auditioners will read from scenes, which will be available at the time of auditions. Those who audition should be prepared to list all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule.

“We’re excited to be back in the swing of things,” said Ellie Shunko, manager of the Kindig Performing Arts Center. “COVID has kept our theatre dark for too long and we’re itching to flip those stage lights on and welcome the community back to our stage.”

In addition to acting talent, the PAC Rats are also seeking volunteers interested in working backstage. “Putting on a play takes a lot of hands,” said Shunko. “We hope that those who aren’t ready to step on stage will enjoy working backstage on lighting, sets and props.”

For character descriptions, a rehearsal schedule and more information about this production, visit the SSC Kindig Performing Arts Center Facebook page or email ssctheatre@ssc.edu. The Kindig Performing Arts Center is located on the Main Campus of South Suburban College at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland, IL.
 

A photo of the exterior of the Performing Arts Center
PICTURED: The exterior of the Performing Arts Center on the Main Campus of South Suburban College.

Highway Construction Careers Training Program Offered Soon at South Suburban College

OAK FOREST, IL–The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) at South Suburban College (SSC) is gearing up for their next short-term program. Registration for this program is currently open for the Summer and Fall Semesters.

The HCCTP has been offered at SSC since 2014. Completers of the 12-week program are equipped with various skills that can lead to employment in the trades with high income potential. Career opportunities for those who complete the program include but are not limited to: electrician, iron worker, pipefitter, carpenter, laborer and equipment operator.

The application process begins at the mandatory one-hour informational orientation followed directly by assessment testing. Orientation and assessment testing will take place between June 21 and June 23, 2022 for the summer session beginning on Monday, July 18, 2022. Orientation and assessment testing for the fall will take place between August 9 and August 11, 2022 with a start date of Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

The program will run daily, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, an interest in working in the trades, and successfully pass a drug screening (including THC). Those who apply are also required to provide a valid driver’s license.

A goal of the SSC HCCTP is to increase the number of minorities, women and veterans working in Illinois highway construction. The HCCTP is funded through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), thus allowing the tuition to be waived. While enrolled, students will be paid a stipend of $10 per hour for each full hour of training completed.

For more information, or to register, visit www.ssc.edu/hcctp or call Rebecca Garcia at (708) 225-6004. All orientation and assessment testing will be held at SSC’s Oak Forest Center, located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. Para información en Español, llame (708) 210-5740.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the participating community colleges do not guarantee employment upon trainees’ graduation from the Highway Construction Careers Training Program.
 

A photo of an instructor explains safety techniques to HCCTP students
PICTURED: An instructor explains safety techniques to students in the SSC Highway Construction Careers Training Program.

South Holland Resident Fatima Serrato Sworn in as Student Trustee at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) student Fatima Serrato was sworn in as Student Trustee at the college’s May meeting of the Board of Trustees. She was welcomed to her new role by Chairman Terry R. Wells.

Feeling a bit too comfortable with her life earlier in the school year, Serrato decided to run for the Student Trustee position for a change of pace. “I wanted to branch out and try something new that would be considered out of my comfort zone,” she said. “Normally I would not choose to be given the spotlight, but I’m looking forward to this role.” As a result of her victory, Serrato will vote on behalf of the student community at monthly meetings of the Board of Trustees.

Consistent communication was credited most by Serrato in her appointment as Student Trustee, noting that she was determined to obtain the 50 student signatures needed for her nomination, in spite of any obstacles created by the pandemic. “I informed students of my intentions for running for Student Trustee, how I want to be an advocate for them and implement some new ideas,” Serrato added. “My overall goal is to fulfill the needs of SSC students throughout my term.”

This South Holland resident has the desire to be an advocate for not only the student population at SSC, but also in her eventual career, working as an OBGYN in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Serrato remarked, “I’ve always wanted to positively impact the lives of others. I’m excited to begin serving the student population, similar to how I will advocate for my patients one day.”

In addition to her new role as Student Trustee, Serrato is active in the SSC Green Club, where she serves as Vice President. She also works as a student assistant alongside Dean Devon Powell in Student Services. Serrato has additionally earned a Summer School Scholarship as well as the SSC Student Trustee Scholarship, resulting from her recent election. She concluded, “I’m looking forward to making my mark and a positive impact at SSC.”

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved as an SSC student. Registration for the Summer Semester is underway with a start date of June 6. For more information or for assistance with registration, access the live chat button online at ssc.edu or call (708) 210-5718. The mission of South Suburban College is to Serve our Students and the Community through lifelong learning.
 

A photo of Vice President of Administration Martin Lareau, Student Trustee Fatima Serrato and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Terry R. Wells.
PICTURED: Vice President of Administration, Martin Lareau (left) shakes hand of newly elected Student Trustee, Fatima Serrato (center), alongside Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Terry R. Wells (right) at the South Suburban College May Board Meeting.

South Suburban College Celebrates First Class of Barber College Graduates

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College (SSC) celebrated the first graduating class from its Barber College on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Called, the “Final Punch Out,” the ceremony was attended by students, faculty, administrators, SSC President, Dr. Lynette D. Stokes, members of the Board of Trustees, including Chairman Terry R. Wells, as well as Illinois State Representatives Thaddeus Jones (29th District) and William “Will” Davis (30th District). Attendees observed special remarks, various student awards and each of the nine cohort completers log their last punch card, noting 1,500 hours of successful completion. It was a bittersweet moment for everyone involved in pioneering the program.

“It was both an overwhelming and terrific experience,” said Lucas Gunby, SSC Barber College Program Coordinator. Once an award-winning barber for television shows like “Empire” and “Chicago Fire,” Gunby now teaches the next generation of barbers at SSC. “One of the things that makes SSC’s program so unique is that you can earn a Barber Technician Certificate or an Associate in Applied Science in barbering degree,” he stated, noting that students may transfer in credits from traditional barbering institutions. “Not only that, but if you’ve never attended classes on a college campus, you can enter this program and get the full student experience.”

Eight students were recently awarded certificates from the SSC Barbering Program, many of which have made connections in the field that led to employment opportunities. One student, Shuntai Robinson, earned an AAS degree in barbering. Similar to Gunby, Robinson has an interest in training new students. “I’m looking to expand the knowledge I already received in order to teach others properly. I’m really eager to learn,” she stated. Robinson spoke as the SSC Barber College class valedictorian. She tipped her cap to Gunby and remarked, “He is very knowledgeable about cutting techniques. He can use a comb and clippers without guards. It takes years of experience to get to that level.”

Students complete both clinical and theoretical education in the SSC Barber College. This program is expected to grow tremendously in the near future, according to Gunby, with plans to incorporate a mobile barbering bus to serve the community at various events. He added, “In 2023, there are plans to add a cosmetology program [and] instructors’ program, so you can come to SSC and we can teach you how to teach these classes. We are doing our best to lead students and give them the key to success.”

For more information about the SSC Barber College, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2266. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St. South Holland, IL 60473. Our mission is to Serve our Students and the Community through life-long learning.

A photo of the nine graduates of the first SSC Barber College cohort gather to celebrate their achievement.
PICTURED: Nine graduates of the first SSC Barber College cohort gather to celebrate their achievement.

South Suburban College Baseball Wins 14th Division I Regional Championship

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College Baseball Team captured their 14th Regional Championship on Saturday, May 14th following a hard fought 12-inning victory over Region-IV Tournament host Triton College by a score of 9-8. The Bulldogs improved their season record of 41-17 – the 13th time they have reached the 40-win mark in school history.

Freshman RHP Garrett Kenyon (Coronado High School, Las Vegas, NV) was the winning pitcher and freshman RHP Dalton Alford (Calhoun High School, Port Lavaca, TX) closed it out with a scoreless 12th inning. Freshman RHP James Burke (Carl Sandburg High School, Orland Park, IL) earned Region-IV Tournament MVP after throwing 7 2/3 innings in Friday’s 7-5 win vs. Triton.

“It took 21 total innings on Saturday to get it done and I could not be any prouder of our team for finding a way to win it,” said Head Coach Steve Ruzich, who was named Region-IV Coach of the Year. “We have given ourselves an opportunity to get back to Nationals and look forward to heading to Wabash Valley this week.”

SSC will open with John Logan College at the District Tournament on Wednesday, May 18 at 12 noon at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Wabash Valley will take on Iowa Western at 3 p.m. The winner of the four-team tournament will advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I World Series, located in Grand Junction, Colorado.

For more information, visit www.ssc.edu/athletics or contact Coach Ruzich at sruzich@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.
 

A photo of SSC Bulldogs baseball team with Region IV Trophy
PICTURED: The South Suburban College Bulldogs Baseball Team earned the Regional Championship after a 12-inning victory over host Triton College on Saturday, May 14.

South Suburban College to Offer College for Kids Summer Program

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The Office of Continuing, Corporate and Community Education (C3) at South Suburban College (SSC) will offer the College for Kids program this summer. Children in grades 1-12 are invited to participate. This program will explore reading, study skills, grammar and writing, math, Spanish, and game creation.

“Children in this program have the opportunity to learn in a variety of academic arenas. It will help keep their educational tools sharp during the summer months when school is not in session,” said Gervaise Edwards, Manager of C3. “This experience can lead participants to have better, brighter futures.”

College for Kids will begin on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 and conclude on Thursday, July 28, 2022. Classes will not be offered on Monday, July 4, 2022, as campus will be closed for the holiday.

This program will be offered on SSC’s Main Campus, located at 15800 S. State St. South Holland, IL 60473. Contact the C3 department at (708) 596-2000 ext. 2231 for more information or to enroll a child in College for Kids. Visit ssc.edu for a complete listing of non-credit classes for the youth and adults alike.
 

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PICTURED: The South Suburban College Main Campus in South Holland, Illinois.

South Suburban College to Host Cook County Career Connect Free Hiring & Resource Fair on May 24

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) will host the Cook County Career Connector Hiring & Resource Fair on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kindig Performing Arts Center. This event marks the kickoff of the Cook County Career Connector program sponsored by Cook County and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) with support from Employment & Employer Services (E&ES) and the South Suburban American Job Center (AJC).

The Cook County Career Connector promotes a more inclusive and equitable economy as Cook County emerges from the pandemic by connecting County residents to quality jobs and connecting County employers to a skilled and diverse talent pool.

“The County is committed to utilizing American Rescue Plan Act dollars to provide opportunities to address the needs of both businesses and job seekers as we continue to recover from the upheaval caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “Businesses today face historic challenges finding the talent they need and we also know that there are many people seeking new or better jobs. We launched the Career Connector program to make the critical connection between employer and job seeker.”

More than 20 ready-to-hire employers will be on hand in fields that include Manufacturing, Healthcare, Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) and other sectors. Employers include National Tube Supply, Symphony Care Network, Walgreens, Illinois Tollway Call Center, Amazon, PACE Suburban Bus and more who will offer competitive wages and benefits.

Job seekers should bring at least 15 copies of their resume, dress appropriately and be prepared to interview during the Career Connector Hiring & Resource Fair. Job seekers can register at ChiCookWorks.org/CCFair.

Masks and temperature checks are required for admittance on the college campus. The SSC Main Campus is located at 15800 S. State St. South Holland, IL 60473. The mission of South Suburban College is to Serve our Students and the Community though lifelong learning.

South Suburban College Partners to Offer Free Manufacturing Skills and Training Bootcamp

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) and the Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC) have partnered to offer a free Manufacturing Skills and Training Bootcamp. This 80-hour, 5-week program prepares individuals for college-level manufacturing programs and rewarding careers.

Students who complete the program earn the National Safety Council forklift certification, the OSHA 10 safety standards certification and an SSC certificate of participation. They will also receive plant tours, interviews with potential employers and the opportunity to connect with college representatives. Participants may even be eligible to earn a stipend while taking part in the bootcamp.

Nancy Burrows, a CAIC program coordinator remarked, “When people think about manufacturing, they think you need to be good with your hands, but it’s more important to be good with your mind as problem-solving is one of the most vital tools for success in the field.”

Participants of the Manufacturing Skills and Training Bootcamp will gain a well-rounded understanding of the field while adding mathematical techniques to their skillset. Resume building and interviewing strategies will also be explored.

“Many people who work in manufacturing are retiring. Companies are seeking people with a myriad of skills who are eager to advance. We are hopeful that this partnership between the CAIC and SSC will help address the needs of our communities,” Burrows added. “The Chicago Southland is rich with manufacturing companies. It’s a great boost for the economy of the area to have people who can live and work in the same vicinity.”

The Manufacturing Skills and Training Bootcamp begins on Monday, June 6, 2022. Classes will take place at the Thornton Fractional High School Center for Academics and Technology at 1605 Wentworth Ave. Calumet City, IL 60409. The bootcamp is open to graduates of the Thornton Fractional Class of 2022 and all adults over the age of 18. Seating is limited and registration is required. More information is available at: calumetareaindustrial.com/bridge-program. Call Nancy Burrows at (773) 517-3708 or e-mail nancy@calumetareaindustrial.com for additional details or to register.

Funding for the Manufacturing Skills and Training Bootcamp is provided by an H-1B US Department of Labor One Workforce Grant.
 

Former student adjusts a hydraulic instrumentation module.
PICTURED: Former South Suburban College student adjusts a hydraulic instrumentation module.

South Suburban College Recognizes High School Students at Annual Video Competition

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC), with the assistance of Career Development Systems (CDS), hosted the 15th annual High School Video Competition on Thursday, April 28, 2022, in the Kindig Performing Arts Center. The competition showcases talent from high schools as well as provides tours of the college’s facilities, including the television studio, audio studio and new multimedia lab, built Spring 2022.

Graphic Design & Visual Communications coordinator, professor Pamela Planera, and other SSC staff welcomed high school students and their families to the event. “This year’s competition meant the world to me as it was my first in-person event since the pandemic,” said Planera. “I really enjoyed it and received a lot of great feedback to make this event even bigger and better for the future. It was great to meet students who plan on enrolling in my graphic design and visual communication courses this Fall of ‘22. The new visual communication program goes hand-in-hand with the graphic design degrees and certificates that we offer. I hope they continue to choose SSC for their college education.”

Six high schools submitted entries into the competition: Bremen, Hillcrest, Oak Forest, Richards, Shepard and Thornton Fractional South. Students entered work in nine different categories: Commercial/Promo, Creative Mobile Project, Live Multi-Camera, News Program, News Story or Feature, Podcast, PSA, Short Subject-Comedy and Short Subject-Drama. The forty entries were judged on aesthetic quality, technical quality, program design and overall effectiveness.

In addition to the student awards, high schools competed for the Regional Award of Distinction, which is determined by the highest average score per entry. Jodi Pelini, a professor at Shepard High School, accepted this award. “The SSC awards ceremony was the highlight of the 2021-2022 school year. After two years of virtual ceremonies, it was wonderful to be back in-person with the students to honor all their achievements. The competition was unbelievably fierce this year which made it all the more meaningful to take home the Regional Award of Distinction. I couldn’t be prouder of our students for their creative talent and their endless dedication to telling memorable stories,” said Pelini.

The student awards for each category are as follows:

Commercial/Promo: First Place, “School’s Out” – Shepard; Second Place, “Cologne Commercial” – Richards; Third Place, “Gatorade Commercial” – Richards.

Creative Mobile Project: First Place, “Mi Familia” – Shepard.

News Program: First Place, “Bulldog Dispatch” – Richards; Second Place, “Bravescast” – Bremen; Third Place, “Astro TV Newscast” – Shepard.

News Story or Feature: First Place, “Richards Pre-School” – Richards; Second Place, “Richards Male Mental Wellness Club” – Richards; Third Place, “2021 Bremen Braves Soccer Mid-Season Report” – Bremen.

Podcast: First Place, “The Story of Headless Canyon” – Bremen; Second Place, “The History and Future of Gaming” – Bremen; Third Place, “Be Kind to Your Mind” – Shepard.

PSA: First Place, “Drive Safe, Not Stupid” – Shepard; Second Place, “Donate. Save a Life” – Shepard.

Short Subject – Comedy: First Place, “Kyle” – Bremen; Second Place, “A VLOG to Remember” – Shepard; Third Place, “Mask Up” – Hillcrest.

Short Subject – Drama: First Place, “The Mirror in Me” – Shepard; Second Place, “Agent 228” – Oak Forest; Third Place, “Borderline” – Shepard.

Live Multi-Camera: First Place, “March Choir Concert” – Shepard; Second Place, “Pizza Wars” – Oak Forest; Third Place, “Bake Off” – Hillcrest.

Contact Pamela Planera at pplanera@ssc.edu or (708) 596-2000 ext. 2211 for information about Graphic Design & Visual Communications at South Suburban College. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.
 

Jodi Pelini, professor at Alan B. Shepard High School, accepts the Regional Award of Distinction from Pamela Planera, SSC Graphic Design & Visual Communications coordinator.
PICTURED: Jodi Pelini (left), professor at Alan B. Shepard High School, accepts the Regional Award of Distinction from Pamela Planera (right), South Suburban College Graphic Design & Visual Communications coordinator and professor, at the 15th annual SSC High School Video Competition.

South Suburban College to Host Legal Studies Open Houses in May

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) is hosting Open Houses for its Legal Studies Programs in May including Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Criminal Justice System, and Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology. All of the relevant information about SSC’s Open Houses can be found online at ssc.edu/info.

SSC’s Paralegal Program prepares students to become highly trained paralegals and legal assistants. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills and credentials to work in a variety of legal environments. SSC has the only American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal curriculum in the Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana region, equipping graduates with a significant advantage entering the workforce. Learn about the benefits of the college’s Associate Degree and Certificate tracks as well as its new fully online Paralegal degree option at a virtual open house on Monday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. Register in advance and access the Zoom link from ssc.edu/info.

SSC’s Criminal Justice System (CJS) Program is hosting an in-person Open House at the SSC Fieldhouse on May 26 at 6:00 p.m. It will take place in conjunction with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department as part of their Stop the Bleed campaign. Registration is required at ssc.edu/info. CJS is designed for individuals seeking employment with, or upgrading skills for police agencies, correctional facilities, or security companies. The field of law enforcement and criminal justice is an exciting in-demand career pathway with high earning potential.

SSC’s Court Reporting Program provides students with the opportunity to learn a unique and highly valuable hands-on skill. New students can also take advantage of a free Court Reporting A-Z 6-week summer program. SSC student Caleb MacKenzie of Downers Grove, IL, initially became interested in the field of court reporting as a high school student when he job-shadowed his aunt. He stated, “Being able to have a front row seat to the legal profession as a court reporter is really interesting to me. Adding a flexible schedule and excellent income potential is definitely a bonus.” For more information about the rewarding court reporting profession and the option to take part in a free 6-week summer program at SSC, stop by an in-person open house on Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 5250 at SSC’s Oak Forest Center – 16333 S. Kilbourn Ave, Oak Forest, IL 60452.

For more information about the Paralegal and Criminal Justice Programs, please contact Becky Walters, J.D., Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice Program Coordinator at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2579 or email bwalters@ssc.edu. For more information about the Court Reporting Program, contact LaTherese Cooke, Court Reporting Coordinator at (708) 596-2000 ext. 3217 or email LCooke@ssc.edu.

Summer classes begin Monday, June 6, 2022, and class schedules, registration services and a “live chat” with staff are all available online from ssc.edu.

South Suburban College to Host Forklift Operator Training Courses at Oak Forest Center

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College’s Business & Career Institute is offering Forklift Operator Training in May at the Oak Forest Center (OFC). This certification course covers the basic forklift driving skills needed to obtain a Forklift Operator Certification. The course is FREE for qualified applicants, or the cost will be $179.00 per person.

The spring Forklift Operator Training sessions will be held at the OFC as follows:

  • May 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • May 18 and 19 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • May 20 from 8:30am – 4:30 p.m.
  • May 21 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Forklift Operator Certification from the National Safety Council is available through these sessions at SSC for individuals who are looking for new career skills or for employers who are ensuring a safe and compliant workplace. Illinois requires all forklift operators to obtain a license to avoid OSHA sanctions and possible penalties. Forklift driving is no simple matter; it causes more than 100 deaths each year. A Certification Card from the National Safety Council will be issued to the student upon successful completion of the program. The course will enforce social distancing and use of PPEs.

For more information, please contact Gervaise Edwards at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5723 or email gedwards@ssc.edu. SSC’s Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois, with convenient access from I-57, I-80, and I-294.

WEI Sponsored Program: The Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) project is funded through ICCB to support qualified participants through the completion of short-term educational opportunities leading to employment. Benefits of the grant include free tuition and technology assistance, tutoring, academic and employment advising, and more. Email workforceequity@ssc.edu or visit ssc.edu/wei for more information.

Join South Suburban College for Tuesday Talks – Virtual Q&As for Summer Enrollment

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College (SSC) is hosting Zoom sessions throughout May called Tuesday Talks to assist prospective students with all of their questions regarding reverse transfer and enrollment for the 2022 Summer Semester. Tuesday Talks will be hosted by the SSC Enrollment Services Department every Tuesday during the month of May at 12 noon, with Zoom access available from www.ssc.edu/info. The Tuesday Talks are designed for any students who are considering attending college for the first time, reverse transferring from a four-year school, or who simply have general questions about the enrollment and registration process.

SSC continues its efforts to provide flexibility to college degree seekers interrupted by the pandemic with flexible class delivery options. Summer registration is now in progress and class schedules, registration services and a new “live chat” with staff are all available online from ssc.edu. Summer classes begin June 6, 2022.

In addition to the upcoming Tuesday Talks, prospective students may access a separate live chat function from ssc.edu, call (708) 210-5718 or email AdmissionsQuestions@ssc.edu for ongoing assistance.

SSC is a community college located in South Holland, Illinois serving 21 communities including parts of the Chicago Southland and northwest Indiana. SSC provides a variety of support services and leadership opportunities to its students in addition to a wide range of affordable academic programs.

Adult Literacy at South Suburban College: Free Learning Opportunities are Available and Volunteer Tutors are Needed

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating in so many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read have a much more difficult time with many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. South Suburban College is currently seeking tutors and participants for the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. SSC is encouraging residents to take this opportunity to volunteer as a tutor or encourage someone you know to take advantage of the free program.

New tutor training sessions will take place at the Main Campus in South Holland on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 3rd through May 19th and from June 7th through June 23rd from 4:00 –5:30 p.m. The tutor training is a 12-hour program that culminates with literacy training certification. Online training is also provided. Tutors will continue to receive free professional development services throughout this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more.

Once certified, SSC’s volunteer literacy tutors visit their adult learners at locations within or near their neighborhoods. Tutoring sites have already been established at the following locations: Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest; Glenwood-Lynwood Library; Harvey Public Library; Phoenix Public Library; Calumet City Public Library; Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest; Homewood Public Library; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; Oak Forest Center Library, Oak Forest; Lansing Public Library; Dolton Public Library; Riverdale Public Library; Blue Island Public Library; Dixmoor Public Library; Tinley Park Public Library; Markham Public Library and Midlothian Public Library. Tutoring is flexibly scheduled based on the availability of the tutors, learners and tutoring sites. 

SSC’s Office of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE). These opportunities are made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.

For more information or to register, please contact David Stephens, Adult Literacy Grants Manager, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email DStephens@ssc.edu.

South Suburban College National Champion Basketball Team Earns Coach and Player of the Year Honors

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The South Suburban College (SSC) Men’s Basketball Team won the college’s first-ever National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championship on March 19, 2022. They also earned the distinction as the first team in NJCAA DII history to go undefeated. Head Coach John Pigatti and the team visited the Regular Meeting of the South Suburban College Board of Trustees on April 14 to present their trophies and announce their newest national accolades including National Coach and Player of the Year awards.

“It’s always a pleasure to come before our college’s Board of Trustees under these circumstances,” said John Pigatti, NJCAA DII National Coach of the Year. “I’m so pleased that the Board is recognizing this team for what they did for the Bulldogs Athletic Program and for representing the college in a first-class manor throughout the entire season. But we want to thank the Board for all of their support, as well.”

Coach Pigatti adds his first National Championship to 12 Regional Championships he has won during his 16-year tenure as Head Coach of the SSC Men’s Basketball Team.

Freshman Guard, Demarco Minor, a local Thornton High School alumnus, earned National Player of the Year honors, among several other recognitions. “It felt great to represent my community at a national level,” said Minor. “All of the work – the sweat, blood and tears – we invested in the game to represent our community at the national level, was amazing. It feels good to see that all of our hard work paid off.”

In total, the individual accolades the 2022 National Champion Bulldogs earned include:

  • John Pigatti: NJCAA DII Coach of the Year
  • Damarco Minor: NJCAA Division II National Player-of-the-Year, Region IV-A Player-of-the-Year, MVP National Championship Tournament & Regional Tournament, 1st Team All American, National Player of the Week
  • Camron Donatlan: 3rd Team All-American, 1st Team All Region IV-A, All Tournament Team: National Championship and Regional Tournaments, National Player of the Week
  • Damontae Taylor: 2nd Team All Region IV-A, All Tournament Team: National Championship and Regional Tournament
  • Nmesomachi Nnebedum: All Tournament Team: National Championship Tournament

Chairman Terry R. Wells, who attended all but one game at the national tournament in Danville, IL, stated: “We could not be prouder of Coach Pigatti and the coaching staff, and especially our student-athletes not only for bringing SSC our first national championship, but also for the way they conducted themselves during the national tournament and throughout the extensive media coverage following their historic season. Congratulations on a job well done.”

For more information, contact Coach Pigatti at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2524, or email jpigatti@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.
 

a photo of the SSC Men’s Basketball Team presented its accolades to the Board of Trustees
Pictured: The South Suburban College National Champion Men’s Basketball Team presented its accolades to Chairman Terry R. Wells and the Board of Trustees in South Holland on April 14.

South Suburban College to Host Virtual Trades Thursday Event

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The Office of Enrollment Services at South Suburban College (SSC) welcomes the community to “Trades Thursday” on April 21, 2022 from 2 to 3 p.m. This virtual open house will be accessible via Zoom.

SSC offers options to learn various aspects of the trades. Eugene Damiani, Engineering and Technology Instructor, will show equipment offered at SSC and explain the hands-on experience in the Building Construction Technology Program and Welding Program.

Desmond Campbell, Manager of the SouthWorks Maker Lab, and instructor in the Electronic Engineering Technology Program and Computer-Aided Design Program, will discuss how electronics are tied to the trades and the advantages of having access to equipment in the Maker Lab. “Our program is a heavy hands-on approach to engineering. We give students the experience and fundamentals to complete projects,” said Campbell. “At SSC, you won’t be a number. Instructors and staff will teach you how and why you use certain methods of problem solving.”

For more information about “Trades Thursday,” call Christina Gutierrez, Manager of Onboarding and Outreach, at (708) 596-2000 ext. 2023. The Main Campus of South Suburban College is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Summer registration is open at SSC with convenient classes beginning on Monday, June 6, 2022. Future SSC students can take their first step toward success by accessing the following link: https://www.ssc.edu/admissions-registration/.

A photo of EET and CADD instructor Desmond Campbell..
Pictured – Desmond Campbell, SSC Electronic Engineering Technology and Computer-Aided Design instructor, explains the use of a digital logic trainer.

South Suburban College Now Providing On-Campus COVID-19 Testing through SHIELD Illinois

The IDPH drive-thru COVID-19 test and vax site at SSC’s Main Campus has officially closed. Testing will now be conducted by SHIELD three days per week.

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College is now providing COVID-19 testing services in South Holland through SHIELD Illinois three days per week: Mondays from 12 – 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Thursdays from 12 – 4 p.m. This announcement follows the Illinois Department of Public Health’s closure of most of its testing locations, including the drive-thru site that had benefited SSC’s community for more than a year.

SHIELD provides results quickly and is accessible in the Mi-Jack Room on the first floor of the college’s Main Campus at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. While no appointment is necessary, Patients must create an account on Portal.shieldillinois.com using agency code df5brbrj to receive test results. Individuals needing a test may show up during testing hours or preschedule an appointment during those hours.

Ongoing COVID-19 information, testing changes and other updates are posted online regularly at ssc.edu/covid19.

#CCMonth: The Community College Advantage

Photo of Terry Wells

-Terry R. Wells, Chairman, South Suburban College Board of Trustees

More than 100 years ago, community colleges were created as publicly funded institutions of higher education at community-based facilities. They began a policy of welcoming all who wished to learn, regardless of age, race, gender, wealth or previous academic experience. The foundation of diversity, equity and inclusion. Community colleges have championed these ideals since inception.

Today there are more than 1,100 community colleges in the United States sharing common goals of accessibility with a commitment to high quality lifelong learning. Community colleges allow students to positively impact their lives, their families and their communities.

Everyone knows someone who is the product of the community college system. For some, it may have been a stepping stone toward an advanced degree, for others it may have been the last beacon of hope that inspired a newfound career path. A child, relative, friend, neighbor, or colleague who became a nurse, attained a specialized skill to return to work, earned a GED, was a first-generation graduate, transferred on scholarship to the University of Illinois, or even became a basketball national champion. No matter the goal, the success stories are all around us.

In spite of – at times – misconceptions, naysayers or even critics, the positive evidence is overwhelming when brought to light. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated the significant impact community colleges have on student outcomes, on training a skilled workforce, and on the local economy. In fact, a 2021 economic impact study by Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies revealed the Illinois Community College system accounts for $3.5 billion in economic output and more than 43,000 jobs throughout the State.

Now in 2022, community colleges have emerged from an ongoing pandemic stronger than ever. New educational platforms, class delivery methods and student service models provide various opportunities for students to choose their own destiny. All while remaining a fraction of the tuition cost at the nearest university. And let us not forget the free community health role many of our institutions have played, most recently.

So, as we take a moment to recognize national Community College Month, let’s make sure we celebrate our shared reinvestment in an old core value: accessibility. Afterall, it’s what we’ve done better than anyone since 1901.

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Art Exhibition by Erin Smego on Display at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The South Suburban College (SSC) Art & Design Department is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Erin Smego entitled, “Secondhand Aesthetics”. This art exhibit is currently on display in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery through the closing artist reception on Wednesday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m.

“I always LOVE making art,” the Chicago artist remarked about her installation at SSC. “It’s honestly a blessing and a curse sometimes, but today was a nice reminder of how sometimes it’s fun to just enjoy the art for what it is.” Smego’s abstract sculptures examine and deconstruct gender expectations through off-the-shelf fashions, textiles, and construction materials.

Smego received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011) and was an artist-in-residence at HATCH Projects, Chicago Artists’ Coalition (2018). She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in the United States including 65Grand, THE SUB-MISSION, baby blue gallery, The Fulton Street Collective, The Art Center Highland Park and Bloomsburg University.

Smego has also exhibited solo installations at The Hermosa Walls, Ignition Projects, Stumble Chicago, and Boundary, as well as internationally at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum in Gyenggi-do, South Korea. She was awarded the Edna L. Cushing Annual Memorial Prize in a juried show Elements of Abstraction (2015) at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild as well as the Working Artist Organization Grant (2018).

The public is welcome to visit the art exhibition at no charge. The Dorothea Thiel Gallery is located on the fourth floor of SSC’s Main Campus. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays. All SSC galleries are supported in part by the SSC Foundation.

For more information, please email jtassin@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2316. Temperature checks, masks and social distancing are required on campus. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.
 

"Untitled" - sculpture
PICTURED: Art by Erin Smego from the “Secondhand Aesthetics” series.

South Suburban College to Offer New Summer Bridge Program to First-Year, First-Time Students

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) is providing an opportunity for 30 first-year, first-time students to earn seven free college credit hours in eight short weeks. The new First Year Experience (FYE) Summer Bridge Program will provide free tuition, books and fees, one-on-one tutoring, mentoring activities and leadership development.

Dr. Charles Collins is the SSC Summer Bridge Student Success Strategist. “The FYE Summer Bridge Program will help students begin their college experience in a focused environment, strengthen their academic skills, meet new friends while developing a peer support network, and become more familiar with the SSC campus and its resources,” he remarked.

Those interested in applying for the Summer Bridge Program are welcome to attend an informational session on April 14. Two options will be available via Zoom at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. A confirmation email will be sent with details to access either session after registration is complete. Visit the following link to register: www.ssc.edu/summer-bridge.

An English, reading and math placement test are required prior to admittance into the Summer Bridge Program. The application deadline for this program is May 25. Options for orientation are available on either June 1 or June 2. The program will run Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. from June 6 through August 1, 2022.

Questions about the Summer Bridge Program can be directed to Anissa Jones, Dean of Student Development, at (708) 596-2000 ext. 5708. This program will be offered on SSC’s Main Campus, located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

SSC is a community college serving 21 communities including parts of the Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana. SSC provides a variety of support services and leadership opportunities to its students in addition to a wide range of affordable academic programs.
 

The South Suburban College Main Campus building exterior.
PICTURED: The South Suburban College Main Campus building exterior.

Summer Registration is Underway at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–Summer registration at South Suburban College (SSC) is in progress and plenty of convenient course offerings are set to begin as early as June 6, 2022. SSC offers a wide selection of career education and college transfer programs individually tailored to the unique needs of every student.

Various resources are offered at SSC to guide students on their path to success. Special tuition programs are available for eligible individuals, as well as a Technology Relief Fund that provides students with items like laptops and course software to allow for a more effective virtual learning experience. Additionally, SSC’s Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) grant provides financial assistance and academic support for participants within a variety of program areas. Many of these students receive stackable credentials.

Early enrollment is highly encouraged as summer courses are filling fast. Current students can login to self-service to register.

Information regarding registration services, such as in-person and remote hours of availability, and a “live chat” function to connect with staff, are available on the college’s Admissions and Registration webpage. Prospective students may also call (708) 210-5718 or email admissionquestions@ssc.edu for assistance.

SSC is a community college located in South Holland, Illinois serving 21 communities including parts of the Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana. SSC provides a variety of support services and leadership opportunities to its students in addition to a wide range of affordable academic programs.
 

A photo of the South Suburban College Main Campus Student Entrance
PICTURED: The South Suburban College Main Campus Student Entrance.

South Suburban College Seeking Teachers for College for Kids Summer Program

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The Office of Continuing, Corporate and Community Education (C3) at South Suburban College (SSC) is seeking teachers to join the College for Kids teaching staff. This program will greatly enhance a child’s development this summer.

This program will begin on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 and conclude on Thursday, July 28, 2022. Classes will not be offered on Monday, July 4, 2022, as campus will be closed for the holiday.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and should be familiar with educating children in grades K-12. While teaching credentials are preferred, experience educating in a school setting is sufficient to apply for these paid positions. This program will explore reading, study skills, grammar and essays, math (including pre-algebra, algebra and geometry), foreign language (such as Spanish), and art.

“Teachers in the College for Kids program have a direct opportunity to positively impact the youth of our community through education,” said Gervaise Edwards, Manager of C3. “If teaching is your calling and the future is your concern, this opportunity is right for you. Teachers in this program influence, inspire and mentor our local children to have better, brighter futures.”

Call Gervaise Edwards at (708) 596-2000 ext. 5723 for more information or to apply to teach in this program. College for Kids will be offered on SSC’s Main Campus, located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

 

A photo of the Main Campus in South Holland.
PICTURED – The South Suburban College main campus in South Holland, Illinois.

South Suburban College to Offer Summer Graphic Design Session to High School Juniors and Seniors

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The Art and Design Department at South Suburban College (SSC) invites students, who will enter their junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2022, to learn about the Graphic Design Program this summer. This hands-on opportunity will run from June 6 – 16, 2022 between 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Monday through Thursday on the South Holland campus in room 4431.

Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with Pamela Planera, who is not only the Graphic Design and Visual Communications Coordinator at SSC, but a professional graphic design artist and photographer as well. She will share details learned throughout her many years of experience in this exciting field while focusing on design elements incorporating professional Adobe software tools such as Illustrator and Photoshop. A variety of topics will be covered from print to animation.

Planera remarked, “If you are passionate about art and design, South Suburban College degree programs can teach you the skills to keep it at the center of your universe. In the graphic design summer session, students will be able to build a hands-on experience that combines traditional fine arts with today’s digital tools and techniques. The students will explore their creativity into a career path in graphic design.”

The enrollment fee for this non-credit session, called Graphic Design I, is $99. This opportunity is limited to 20 students. The deadline to apply for this summer session is June 2, 2022 or until full capacity is reached.

Contact Pamela Planera at pplanera@ssc.edu or (708) 596-2000 ext. 2211 for more information or to register. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Photo of a graphic art instructor helping a student.
PICTURED: SSC Graphic Design and Visual Communications Coordinator, Pamela Planera (left), provides direction to a student on a graphic design project.

South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Team Completes Historic Season with National Championship – UPDATED

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The South Suburban College (SSC) Men’s Basketball Team won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Tournament on Saturday, March 19, 2022. The Bulldogs defeated Davidson-Davie Community College 79-63 at the Mary Miller Center in Danville, Illinois, to cap off a 33-0 season. They entered the tournament as the #1 seed as the national leader in points allowed, blocks and steals. The Bulldogs became the first NJCAA championship winner in school history in any sport. They also earned the distinction as the first team in NJCAA DII history to go undefeated.

“It is a great feeling to win the national tournament, but I am even more impressed that these men were able to go undefeated all year,” said Head Coach John Pigatti. “All of the credit goes to the players – they were really locked in and stayed focused together all week here in Danville. We played some excellent teams and still held three of our opponents to their lowest point totals and the fourth to their second lowest all year.”

Local talent Demarco Minor, a freshman guard from Thornton High School in Harvey, IL, was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. He is joined on the All-Tournament Team by Damontae Taylor, a freshman forward from Zion-Benton High School in Waukegan, IL, Camron Donatlan, a sophomore guard from West Aurora High School in Aurora, IL, and Nmesomachi Nnebedum, a sophomore guard from Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, MI.

“I am very appreciative of the support I have received since I came to SSC 16 years ago: from President Stokes and the Board of Trustees, the administration, our Athletic Director Steve Ruzich, and of course our fans,” Pigatti added. “I am proud to bring a championship home to such an outstanding school. These players and the entire South Suburban College community deserves this.”

Pigatti adds his first National Championship to 12 Regional Championships he has won during his 16-year tenure as Head Coach of the SSC Men’s Basketball Team.

SSC is inviting the community to celebrate with the team at a special Bulldogs Championship Banner Unveiling on Saturday, March 26 at 12 noon at the SSC Fieldhouse. All media and fans are encouraged to attend to view the banner, enjoy light refreshments, and hear from players, coaches and special guests.

For more information, contact Coach Pigatti at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2524, or email jpigatti@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.
 

SSC Bulldog forward Damontae Taylor cuts down the net.
PICTURED: South Suburban College forward Damontae Taylor cuts down the net in after the Bulldogs won the NJCAA DII National Championship in Danville, IL.

South Suburban College Opens Late Spring Class Registration for Free High School Equivalency and English as a Second Language Courses

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The South Suburban College (SSC) Adult Education Department has extended the enrollment period for its free High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. The late spring session is scheduled from April 18 through June 16, 2022. Most of the Adult Education programs are offered both full-time and part-time at the Main Campus in South Holland or at the Oak Forest Center. There are daytime, nighttime and online course options available.

Many adults choose to expand their skills and pursue a high school education through the HSE/GED program. This program will develop the skills required to pass the High School Equivalency exams. HSE for ESL is also available for students who plan to take the HSE/GED exam in English. The ESL program allows non-native students the ability to improve their English skills from beginning to advanced levels. All courses are offered free of charge.

HSE registration is made by appointment only at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2475 or 2411, or online at https://forms.gle/nBaUMMKjnMiz8RMU6 as follows:

  • March 15, 17, 21, 23, 29, 31, and on April 4 and 6 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Main Campus, Room L233.

ESL registration is made by appointment only at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2475 or 2411, or online at https://www.quia.com/sv/1194173.html as follows:

  • March 15, 17, 21, 23, 29, 31, and on April 4 and 6 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Main Campus, Room 1243.

At the time of registration, all HSE and ESL students will take a placement test; please expect to stay at least three hours. A mask must be worn at all times during the testing/registration process and no children are allowed. The following items are required at registration:

  • Current Illinois-Issued Photo ID
  • High School Withdrawal Letter (for students under 18)
  • Medical Card (if applicable)

For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment) Federal funds of $343,670 provide approximately 36% of the support of these programs. Indiana residents are not eligible to participate in the Adult Education programs. Per Governors order, all students in the Adult Education program are required to be vaccinated or tested a minimum of once per week for COVID-19 in order to attend classes.

New Art Exhibition Open to Community at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The South Suburban College (SSC) Art & Design Department presents an exhibition of work by artist Lily Homer titled “It will be in the end these details”. Her art is on display in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery on the fourth floor of the college’s main campus from March 7 through April 12, 2022.

Homer is a multi-media artist exploring issues of disillusionment, contradiction, Jewish diaspora and absurdity. She works with a range of techniques including embroidery, welding, lacemaking, collage and crochet. Her installations, wall-hangings and sculptures often present confusing or paradoxical situations, neither entirely figurative nor abstract, but somewhere in between.

Homer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiber and material studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She brings her family history of craftsmanship into her work, and develops a visual language from her own experiences with anxiety, irrationality and hope. The components of each object exist in various systems of support: reciprocal, asymmetrical, firm and unstable. Homer invites viewers to consider the ways the built world around us is composed of various interdependent systems of support.

The public is welcome to visit the art exhibition at no charge. Temperature checks, masks and social distancing are required on campus. The Dulgar Gallery is located on the first floor of SSC’s main campus. SSC gallery hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Galleries are closed on college holidays and weekends. For more information, contact Amy Babinec at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2202, or email ababinec@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.
 

A photo of "Untitled" A sculpture by Lily Homer
PICTURED: “Untitled 5” by Lily Homer is on display in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery at South Suburban College.

South Suburban College Implements Office on Violence Against Women Grant Initiative

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice to implement the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grant. The ultimate objective of this initiative is to increase awareness and create effective responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking through various programs and training opportunities. This comprehensive approach includes both prevention and intervention, requiring a coordinated effort that engages SSC students, faculty, staff, administrators and key stakeholders from the surrounding community.

“According to a recent poll, nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors,” said Alexandra Glumac, MS, LCPC, RDDP, SHRM-CP, OVW Program Director. “College students are not equipped to deal with dating abuse – 57% say it is difficult to identify and 58% say they don’t know how to help someone experiencing it. These are crucial numbers and a testament to why we need the OVW grant at the college.”

As a part of this grant, the college will review policies and procedures related to domestic/dating violence, sexual assault and stalking to ensure best practices. SSC’s law enforcement personnel will also attend training to ensure proper policies, procedures and legislation are in place. A dynamic Coordinated Community Response Team has also been tasked to ensure the comprehensive strategic plan objectives and goals of this grant are met. This group consists of various college administrators, faculty and staff as well as local social service agencies. External partnerships with YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and Anew: Building Beyond Violence and Abuse have also been established to ensure seamless access to external services available in the community.

Glumac added, “The kick off of our activities will begin in late March which coincides well with Women’s History Month. We will offer bystander intervention training to all students, faculty and staff. Participants will learn to engage in proactive behaviors that model and endorse norms that are incompatible with violence. The ultimate goal is not simply to react to potential violence as it is occurring, but rather to simultaneously shift community norms that support violence. We are really excited to bring this type of training to the college as it can make a difference with regard to someone’s safety and well-being.”

Dozens of other activities and events will be held throughout the year to galvanize the college community and spread the word about safety. This includes involvement in April’s National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information about this initiative, contact Alexandra Glumac, OVW Program Director, at aglumac@ssc.edu.

SSC Men’s Basketball Undefeated Season Earns Bulldogs Home Court Advantage

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The South Suburban College (SSC) Men’s Basketball Team defeated Illinois Valley Community College on Sunday, February 27 to continue its historic, undefeated run. The Bulldogs earned home court advantage for the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region IV District 3 Championship Game to be held on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. vs. Waubonsee Community College at the SSC Fitness Center/Fieldhouse. The game will be streamed live on the SSC Athletics YouTube channel.

The 2021-22 SSC Bulldogs regular season record of 28-0 marks its first undefeated season in school history. It is the first time an SSC Men’s Basketball Team finished as the #1 ranked team in the final NJCAA Division II poll. The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament at Danville Area Community College from March 15-19, 2022.

For more information, contact Coach John Pigatti at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2524, or email jpigatti@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.
 

Photo of Damontae Taylor dunking the ball
PICTURED: Bulldogs forward Damontae Taylor dunks the ball during a regular season game.

Coping with the Pandemic: The search for a sense of control

An exhibition of photographs by Libby McArthur is now on display at South Suburban College.

 
SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College is pleased to announce a special guest artist exhibition entitled Coping with the Pandemic: The search for a sense of control by Libby McArthur. The series of photographs are now on display in the Photo Four Gallery at South Suburban College from Tuesday, March 1st through Friday, April 22nd with an Artist Talk on Tuesday, March 15th from 1-2 p.m., in the Photo Four Gallery.

Libby McArthur is an art teacher and artist, born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She has a Bachelor’s in Art Education and a Master’s in Art. When the pandemic started, McArthur’s anxiety was ripping her apart and she began searching for ways to make her photography more meditative. As she began manipulating her photographs, she found the process of duplicating, rotating, and cropping her photos extremely therapeutic. As she worked, she found some days her photographs seemed more pointed and darker, while others seemed light and airy. But most often they began reflecting her moods and became an easy coping mechanism for her to detach from the worry around her, and the pain of so many caused by this uncertain time.

The SSC Photo Four Gallery is open Monday-Thursday, 9-5 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. Temperature checks, masks and social distancing are required on campus. For more information, please call Pamela Planera (708) 596-2000, ext. 2211 or email at pplanera@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

“It Will Come Back” by artist Libby McArthur.
Pictured: “It Will Come Back” by artist Libby McArthur.

Free SSC Highway Construction Careers Training Program to Begin in April – UPDATED

Updated – February 22, 2022

OAK FOREST, IL–The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) at South Suburban College (SSC) is gearing up for their next free, short-term program. Registration for this training opportunity is currently open. Orientation and assessment testing will take place between March 15, 2022 and March 17, 2022. The application process begins at the mandatory one-hour informational orientation followed directly by assessment testing.

The HCCTP has been offered at SSC since 2014. Completers of the 12-week program are equipped with various skills that can lead to employment in the trades with high income potential. Career opportunities for those who complete the program include but are not limited to: iron worker, electrician, pipefitter, carpenter, laborer and equipment operator.

A goal of the SSC HCCTP is to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals working in Illinois highway construction. The HCCTP is funded through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), thus allowing the program to be free. While enrolled, students will be paid a stipend for each full hour of training completed.

The program will begin on April 4, 2022 and will run daily, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, an interest in working in the trades, and successfully pass a drug screening (including THC). They are also required to provide a valid driver’s license.

For more information, or to register, visit www.ssc.edu/hcctp or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3219. All orientation and assessment testing will be held at SSC’s Oak Forest Center, located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. Temperature checks, masks and social distancing are required on campus. Para información en Español, llame (708) 210-5740.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the participating community colleges do not guarantee employment upon trainees’ graduation from the Highway Construction Careers Training Program.

A photo of a former student of the HCCTP works hands-on as an instructor oversees the process.
PICTURED: A former student of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program works hands-on as an instructor oversees the process.

Register Now for Non-Credit Classes at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– It’s not too late to get registered for classes at South Suburban College (SSC). SSC offers a variety of non-credit courses throughout the Spring 2022 Semester, with registration open right up to the start of class.

With the wide variety of online and in-person class times, course lengths and subject matter, students have the flexibility of fitting school around a busy schedule. Some of the programs available include but are not limited to:

  • Computers for Seniors
  • Computer Viruses
  • Art
  • Introduction to Photography
  • Expunge/Seal a Criminal Record
  • IL CCL Firearms Train Renewal
  • Conversational Spanish I
  • OSHA Safety
  • Event planning

Classes are starting throughout February. For more information about SSC’s non-credit classes or to register, please contact Continuing, Corporate, and Community Education (C3) at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2231, or visit www.ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Historic Lady Bulldogs Soccer Team Recognized by South Suburban College Board of Trustees

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The entire South Suburban College (SSC) Board of Trustees and President Lynette D. Stokes, Ed.D., provided a standing ovation for the outstanding achievement of the Lady Bulldogs during their 2021 season. “This was the first time in school history that the SSC women’s soccer team experienced the National Tournament,” said Terry Wells, Chairman of the Board. “We are extremely proud of these talented student-athletes. Ladies, please enjoy your celebration tonight!”

This special recognition took place at the monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees on February 10, 2022 in the SSC Performing Arts Center (PAC). Following this acknowledgement, the student-athletes, coaching staff, family and friends gathered in the PAC lobby for refreshments and celebratory cupcakes as they cheerfully reflected on moments from a historic campaign.

“My favorite part about the season was getting to develop relationships with my teammates and build a strong bond with them through our love of soccer,” said Amaris González, a forward from Lansing, IL and daughter of Head Coach Tony González. “I’m so grateful to have found this other family unit at SSC.” González led the division with 105 points, 118 shots and 29 assists, earning the title of First Team All-American during her freshman season by the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Women’s Soccer Committee.

Coach González remarked, “I’ve always been a local guy. That’s why I’m very passionate about the soccer program at South Suburban College. We strive to make our community proud. The way the girls played this season and how they handled themselves at the national tournament is really commendable.”

The SSC Women’s Soccer Team went on a 13-game winning streak during the regular season. They won a total of 16 out of 20 games in 2021. Their only four losses were to Waubonsee Community College (two games during the regular season) and Heartland Community College (one game during the regular season and one game during the national tournament). “My goal for the future is to maintain our program to compete at the national level on a regular basis. I want our soccer programs to bring respectability to our school and community at large,” Coach González concluded.

Contact Head Coach Tony González at jgonzalez@ssc.edu or Athletic Director Steve Ruzich at sruzich@ssc.edu for more information about the SSC Women’s Soccer Team. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.
 

The South Suburban College women’s soccer program gifts Board Chairman Terry Wells with an NJCAA DII Championship t-shirt.
PICTURED: The South Suburban College women’s soccer program gifts Board Chairman Terry Wells with an NJCAA DII Championship t-shirt to commemorate their outstanding season.

In Memoriam: South Suburban College mourns “unparalleled” leader Frank M. Zuccarelli

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) announces the passing of longtime Board Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli on January 3, 2022 at the age of 70.

“All of us at South Suburban College are profoundly saddened by the loss of our beloved leader Frank M. Zuccarelli,” said Dr. Lynette Stokes, SSC President. “On behalf of the college and our Board of Trustees, I extend our deepest condolences to his family and countless friends throughout our community.”

Zuccarelli, a South Holland resident, has served as a member of the South Suburban College Board of Trustees since 1978. In 2014, he received a service award from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) recognizing his 35 years of service as a community college trustee. During his tenure, Zuccarelli witnessed SSC and the Illinois community college system grow from temporary buildings into the third largest community college system in the United States. He is only the fifth person out of more than 2,200 current and former trustees to reach this level of success in the entire state of Illinois.

“Chairman Zuccarelli left an indelible mark on both an institution and a community from his time as SSC Student Trustee through his 43-year tenure of service to our College Board,” Stokes added. “Frank’s tremendous intellect and leadership were instrumental in advancing SSC’s student-centered mission, while creating a collaborative atmosphere among faculty, administration and staff for over four decades. He was a champion for equity and inclusion and breaking down barriers to higher education. His compassion for students and passion for his college were unparalleled.”  

Zuccarelli enrolled at SSC–then Thornton Community College–in 1974 after he completed his enlistment in the United States Air Force where he served as a medic. Zuccarelli earned an Associate of Science Degree in 1976 and an Associate of Arts Degree in 1978 from SSC. He was elected to the unpaid post on the Board of Trustees in 1978, and was chosen by his peers to be the Chairman of the Board in 1987, a position he maintained ever since. Zuccarelli also served as Thornton Township Supervisor since 1993, among other public service roles.

Stokes concluded, “Frank Zuccarelli positively impacted the lives of thousands of people and his legacy will be felt in the halls of South Suburban College for many, many years to come. He will be dearly missed.”

Details regarding arrangements will be made available in the coming days.

Photo of Frank M. Zuccarelli addresses graduates
PICTURED – South Suburban College Board of Trustees Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli addresses graduates at a commencement ceremony.

South Suburban College Appoints New Trustee Vincent Lockett, Elects Trustee Vivian Payne as Vice-Chair

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) recently held a special meeting before its Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on December 9 to appoint new Trustee Vincent E. Lockett to the board. Trustee Lockett will fill the vacancy created by the recent passing of longtime Trustee and Vice-Chair, John Daly. Lockett, of Country Club Hills, took his oath of office before participating in the regular meeting where Trustee Vivian Payne, of Lansing, was elected to serve as the new Vice-Chair to the board.

“I am looking forward to serving the Southland community in this new role and bringing attention to the all of the educational pathways this outstanding community college has to offer,” said Lockett. “I would like to thank Chairman Zuccarelli and the Board for providing me with this new opportunity to make a positive impact.”

Throughout his career, Lockett actively supported economic development, public safety, and education. In addition to being elected alderman of Country Club Hills Ward 2 for six consecutive terms since 2005, Lockett currently serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee and Insurance, Risk and Personnel Committee in his community. He has also served as Chairman of the Planning, Zoning and Development Committee while maintaining membership on the Parks and Recreation and Public Works committees, respectively.

For the past 12 years, Lockett has been the owner and CEO of GCS Cleaning and Environmental Services. He has also worked in the automotive finance and mortgage industries for over 25 years. Lockett has four children and is a strong advocate for mentoring the youth. He currently sponsors the Country Club Hills Cougars, Hazel Crest Mustangs, Midwest Hawks, Junior Olympics and Special Olympics.

South Suburban College is a community college located in South Holland, Illinois, and with an extension site in Oak Forest serving 21 communities including parts of the Chicago Southland and northwest Indiana. SSC provides a variety of support services to its students in addition to a wide range of affordable academic pathways. For more information about all of SSC’s programs, admissions and registration, please visit www.ssc.edu or contact the Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718. Spring classes begin Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Vincent E. Lockett (pictured left) was sworn in as South Suburban College Trustee
PICTURED – Vincent E. Lockett (pictured left) was sworn in as South Suburban College Trustee at a special meeting before the December 9 Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Free SSC Highway Construction Careers Training Program to Begin in February

OAK FOREST, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) is preparing for the next round of its free Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP). Registration for 2022 spring training is currently open. Orientation and assessment testing will take place between January 11, 2022 and January 13, 2022. The program will begin on February 7, 2022 and will run daily, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

A goal of the SSC HCCTP is to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals working in Illinois highway construction. The HCCTP is funded through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), thus allowing the program to be free. While enrolled, students will be paid a stipend for each full hour of training completed.

SSC has offered the HCCTP since 2014. Those who finish the short-term, 12-week program are equipped with numerous skills that can lead to employment opportunities in the trades with high income potential. Career opportunities for program completers include but are not limited to: electrician, pipefitter, carpenter, laborer and equipment operator.

Applicants are required to provide a valid driver’s license. They must also be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, an interest in working in the trades, and successfully pass a drug screening (including THC). The application process begins at the mandatory one-hour informational orientation followed directly by assessment testing.

For more information, or to register, visit www.ssc.edu/hcctp or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3219. All orientation and assessment testing will be held at SSC’s Oak Forest Center, located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. Temperature checks, masks and social distancing are required on campus. Para información en Español, llame (708) 210-5740.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the participating community colleges do not guarantee employment upon trainees’ graduation from the Highway Construction Careers Training Program.
 

A photo of a former student of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program
A former student of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program finalizes work on a concrete project.

Last Chance Registration in the New Year for Free High School Equivalency & English as a Second Language Courses at SSC

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College’s Adult Education Department has extended the enrollment period for its free programs in the New Year on January 12-14, 2022. Many adults choose to further build on their skills and pursue a high school education through the High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) program. The HSE program will develop the skills required to pass the High School Equivalency exams. English as a Second Language (ESL) allows non-native students to improve their English skills from beginning to advanced levels. HSE for ESL is also available for students who plan to take the HSE/GED exam in English.

Most of the Adult Education programs are offered both full and part-time at the Main Campus in South Holland or the Oak Forest Center. All classes are free of charge. There are daytime, nighttime and online course options available. Registration by appointment only by calling (708) 596-2000, ext. 2475 (or 2408 for ESL) or online at ssc.edu/adult-continuing-education. The registration schedule for spring classes – beginning January 18, 2022 – is as follows:

LAST CHANCE High School Equivalency Registration Days
January 12, 13, 14, 2022
10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Main Campus Room L233

LAST CHANCE English as a Second Language Registration Days
January 12, 13, 14, 2022
10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Main Campus Room 1243

At the time of registration, all HSE and ESL students will take a Placement Test; please expect to stay at least three hours. A mask must be worn at all times during the testing/registration process. The following items are required at registration:

  • Current Illinois-Issued Photo ID
  • High School Withdrawal Letter (for students under 18)
  • Medical Card (If Applicable)
  • No Children Allowed

All courses are offered free of charge. For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment) Federal funds of $343,670 provides approximately 36% of the support of these programs. Indiana residents are not eligible to participate in the Adult Education programs.

Per the Governors order, all Students in the Adult Education program are required to be vaccinated Per the Governors order. All Students in the Adult Education program are required to be vaccinated or be tested a minimum of once per week for COVID-19 in order to attend classes.

South Suburban College Delays Start Date Until January 18 to Benefit Students

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College (SSC) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to delay the Spring 2022 Semester start date until January 18, 2022. The move was presented by the college’s executive leadership team at their December 9 Board Meeting as a “student-centered” academic calendar adjustment. The proposal comes after “more than a month of planning, including dialogue with students and faculty,” according to Dr. Lynette Stokes, SSC President.

SSC’s goal for the eight-day delay is to provide current and prospective students with additional time for both in-person and remote registration, counseling, financial and student services between the on-campus return from holiday closure on January 4, and the short turnaround to the start of classes. Students may continue to navigate the college’s newer processes for applying for free laptops from www.ssc.edu/technology-relief-fund/ and the SSC Student Debt Relief Fund from www.ssc.edu/student-debt-relief-fund through the additional time frame.

Stokes noted an additional benefit as it relates to COVID-19: “Safety remains the college’s primary concern and with holiday travel we want to start the spring semester with an abundance of caution.”

In response to the board action, SSC has added three new dates for registration and counseling services to be available for students on previously closed days as follows:

  • December 28, 10:00am–2:00pm: Virtual Services
  • December 29, 10:00am–2:00pm: Virtual Services
  • January 15, 9:00am–2:00pm: In-Person Services

The semester will be extended with finals week now pushed back to May 16-21 and Commencement on Sunday, May 22, while all other scheduled activities including spring break week will remain unchanged.

To request help with enrollment, current and new students may access a LIVE CHAT button from ssc.edu, call (708) 210-5718 or email registration&records@ssc.edu.

Lady Bulldogs Experience National Tournament and All-American Recognition

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College (SSC) Women’s Soccer Team experienced their most successful season to date with an appearance at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Tournament. Following this competition, one SSC student-athlete went on to be named First Team All-American by the NJCAA DII Women’s Soccer Committee.

After defeating the Sea Devils of Cape Fear Community College 4-2 in the national tournament on November 16, the Lady Bulldogs came full circle as they faced the Hawks of Heartland Community College (HCC). The SSC Women’s Soccer Team fell to the Hawks 4-2 in their first game of the regular season on August 20. Although the Lady Bulldogs put their best foot forward on the field, they came up short to HCC on November 17 with a 4-1 loss, thus eliminating them from further tournament play this season. The Hawks of Normal, IL pressed on to inevitably win the 2021 NJCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championship.

“The first and last day of the season, I tell my student-athletes: God always gives you what you earn. Nothing less, nothing more,” said SSC Head Coach Tony González, who began coaching the Lady Bulldogs Soccer Team in the fall of 2017. “This year we received a bid to play in the national tournament and won our first match. When you reach the goal of having your school be seen at a national level, it brings credibility to the athletic program.”

The only other losses for the Lady Bulldogs during their 2021 season were to the Chiefs of Waubonsee Community College on October 23 (4-0) and November 6 (1-0). The SSC Women’s Soccer Team tacked 16 wins onto their record against all other opponents, including an exceptionally commendable 13-game winning streak during the regular season.

Coach González added, “A lot of the girls on our soccer team are first-generation students. The experience of going to college and playing soccer at a national level can be life-changing for the student-athlete and their families. I want to keep that momentum going.”

One of the leading forces behind the success of the Lady Bulldogs was Amaris González, who happens to be Coach González’ daughter. The freshman forward’s outstanding field play earned her recognition as First Team All-American. González scored four goals in two national tournament games, including a hat-trick against Cape Fear. She also led the division with 105 points, 118 shots and 29 assists on the season, and finished second in goals with 38.

“I am so thankful to be able to play alongside such a talented team,” said Amaris González of Lansing, IL. “They helped guide me to get to where I am now as a student-athlete. I would not have experienced any accomplishments this season had it not been for every single one of the girls on the soccer team at SSC.”

For more information about the SSC Women’s Soccer Team, contact Head Coach Tony González at jgonzalez@ssc.edu or Athletic Director Steve Ruzich at sruzich@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.
 

Photo of SSC Women's Soccer team at NJCAA Nationals in Wichita, Kansas
The South Suburban College Women’s Soccer Team finish their 2021 season with a record of 16-4.

In Memoriam: South Suburban College Trustee John A. Daly

HOMEWOOD, IL – In front of a socially distanced capacity crowd of family, friends and colleagues at Ravisloe Country Club, South Suburban College (SSC) Board Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli emotionally read from a “Resolution in Memoriam” of longtime Trustee and Vice Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees John A. Daly, Sr. at his Celebration of Life on November 29, 2021.

“Whereas, Trustee Daly was a respected and popular Member of the College Board. His well-reasoned and insightful observations and proposals were warmly received by his fellow Trustees and served as the foundation of many undertakings which benefited the administration and the student body,” Zuccarelli remarked. “As testimony of the high regard in which he was held, he became Vice Chairman of the Board in 1994 and served in that capacity until he was called to contribute to a new constituency.”

Zuccarelli, along with sons Kevin and John Daly, Jr., sister Mary Louise Pisone and State Senator Michael Hastings shared heartfelt memories, stories and life lessons of a man who dedicated his life to public service. “John’s political fund was called ‘People for Daly,’ but we all knew it really was Daly for people,” said Kevin Daly.

In 1983, Daly was elected Alderman in the City of Oak Forest, serving the 4th Ward until 1989, when he became City Administrator. He became Administrator for the Village of Orland Hills in 1994. A past Chairman of the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and member of the Southwest Conference of Mayors, Daly also chaired the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association’s Management & Finance Committee from 1996 until he retired from the Village in 2015.

Daly served as a member of the SSC Board of Trustees since 1991. He passed away while still in office on November 11, 2021. A resident of both Oak Forest and Tinley Park, Daly was a strong advocate for local students and a champion of the college’s Oak Forest Center. He was also a generous supporter of the SSC Foundation where the Daly family has established the John A. Daly Memorial Fund to help future students in need. Donations may be made by check payable to “SSC Foundation” or online at: www.johndalyfund.givesmart.com

Daly would have turned 72 years old on this night of celebration. His obituary is available at: https://memorials.lawnfh.com/john-daly/4781609/index.php

Zuccarelli concluded, “Be it further resolved that this resolution be spread upon the records of South Suburban College for all to see and that a true copy hereof be delivered to the family of John A. Daly, Sr. as a sign of our respect and sympathy.” The resolution will be presented for passage at SSC’s December 9 Board Meeting, after which a complete transcript will be available at: www.ssc.edu
 

SSC Trustee Tony DeFilippo, Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli and Mike Monaghan, former Executive Director of the ICCTA, and Vice-Chair John Daly. Monaghan presented the ICCTA Service Award to both Daly and DeFilippo in 2019.
Pictured from left to right: SSC Trustee Tony DeFilippo, Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli and Mike Monaghan, former Executive Director of the ICCTA, and Vice-Chair John Daly. Monaghan presented the ICCTA Service Award to both Daly and DeFilippo in 2019.

South Suburban College to Host Virtual Q&A Sessions Next Week for Future Students

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) continues its efforts to provide flexibility to college degree seekers interrupted by the pandemic with a wide range of online and in-person class options, as well as significant tuition and technology supports. Current and prospective students can learn more about the all of the advantages of becoming an SSC Bulldog at two Virtual Q&A Sessions next week on December 1 at 6 p.m. and December 2 and 12 noon. Faculty and staff will be available through Zoom to address a wide range of topics and answer questions about registration, financial assistance, programs, facilities and much more. Visit www.ssc.edu/info for access to the Virtual Q&A Sessions.

Spring Registration is now in progress online from ssc.edu. The 2021 Spring Semester begins the week of Monday, January 10, 2022. All current and prospective students are encouraged to register early to secure grant opportunities, their preferred course schedule and mode of classes delivery.

The New Year is an excellent opportunity for students to take a giant step in their success by customizing a class schedule at high quality and supportive institution. New SSC students should get started with the Online Application from ssc.edu. Once the application process is complete, new students will receive an SSC email account and a Self Service Username & Password via email which will allow access to student information and class registration.

SSC is a community college located in South Holland, Illinois serving 21 communities including parts of the Chicago Southland and northwest Indiana. SSC provides a variety of support services and leadership opportunities to its students in addition to a wide range of affordable academic programs.

South Suburban College Court Reporting and Paralegal Programs to Offer Open Houses on December 2

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College (SSC) is hosting open houses to showcase its cutting-edge Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology and Paralegal/Legal Assistant Programs. Both concentrations offer a multitude of benefits that lead to prosperous careers in highly skilled, in-demand occupations.

Prospective students interested in learning about the unique career opportunities in the field of court reporting/verbatim technology may participate in the Court Reporting Open House December 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. The Court Reporting Open House will take place in-person at the Oak Forest Center in Room 5170. Attendees are required to RSVP to LaTherese Cooke, Court Reporting Program Coordinator, at LCooke@ssc.edu or (708) 596-2000, ext. 3217.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), court reporters and captioners can earn an annual salary of $80,000 and beyond. These professions offer excellent income potential and a wide-open job market with various options for remote work. Many of these professionals have the option to set their own schedule and work on a variety of projects from high-profile trials to captioning sporting events.

Prospective students interested in learning about the Paralegal/Legal Assistant Program can attend either in-person or virtually on December 2 from 6:30-7:10 p.m. Activities include a Q&A session in the Oak Forest Center Law Library and the opportunity to observe a Legal Research & Writing class. Attendees are required to RSVP to Becky Walters, J.D., Program Coordinator, at bwalters@ssc.edu or (708) 596-2000, ext. 2579.

SSC provides the only American Bar Association (ABA) approved community college program in the Chicago Southland area, providing graduates a significant advantage in the workforce. Students have the opportunity to learn directly from professionals currently working as lawyers or judges. With flexibility at the forefront, daytime and evening courses are offered both in-person and online. Graduates of SSC’s program gain knowledge to work in a variety of legal environments, as well as the credentials to transfer to four-year schools and universities.

Details regarding all upcoming open houses at SSC are accessible at: www.ssc.edu/info.

Surplus Property Auction

South Suburban College is interested in auctioning surplus property per attached specifications and criteria:

AUCTION CONDITIONS

  1. Only sealed bids will be accepted. Bid must be clearly marked as a bid. Envelopes must be marked as a bid for Surplus Property.
  2. The College reserves the right to remove any item from the surplus list prior to 10:30 A.M. December 07, 2021.
  3. All items should be bid “each.” Individuals may bid for one or more of multiple items.
  4. All items should be bid by the item number and description.
  5. In case of a tie, a lottery will be held at the time of opening.

PURCHASING CONDITIONS

  1. Bids must be delivered to South Suburban College, 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, Illinois 60473, room 2115 no later than December 7, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. The bid opening will be held at that time in the President’s Conference Room.
  2. All surplus property is sold where is, as is, and with no written or implied warranties.
  3. Payment must be made by cash, check or money order by December 14, 2021. If payment is not made, the item may be offered to the next highest bidder. All items must be removed at the time of payment.
  4. The successful bidder must provide any and all equipment and personnel necessary to remove their items.

INSPECTION

All items will be available for your inspection, November 30, 2021 through December 2, 2021 between the hours of 9 AM and 1 PM, by appointment only. Please contact Jane Kawanna, (708) 210-5757 in order to make an appointment.

COVID-19

Please be advised the South Suburban College adheres to all state mandates relating to Covid-19 safety protocols. Properly worn masks and social distancing are required in all areas of South Suburban College. Temperature checks will be taken upon entering the building. Please enter the building via the front entrance or at the Campus Police entrance.

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions regarding the auction procedures, call Jane Kawanna, (708) 210-5757.

Lady Bulldogs Earn First Win at National Tournament with Goal-Focused Determination

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – First game jitters were not a problem for the South Suburban College (SSC) Women’s Soccer Team. They won their opening game of pool play in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championship Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Sea Devils of Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington, NC) 4-2 on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

The Sea Devils scored the first goal of the game at the 8-minute mark. Nyah Bejarano (Blue Island, IL) set-up Stephanie Mendoza (Blue Island, IL) to tie the game 1-1 at the 22-minute mark. Seven minutes later, SSC’s Priscilla Sotelo (Chicago, IL) assisted Amaris Gonzalez (Lansing, IL) for goal number two. Shortly before halftime, Gonzalez kicked her second goal for the Lady Bulldogs, giving them a 3-1 lead.

Each team scored one goal in the second half of the game. Hannah Miller of Cape Fear Community College lifted a shot on goal just over the outstretched arms of Lady Bulldogs goalkeeper Ruby Rosalas (Chicago, IL) to cut SSC’s lead to one. The match saw tireless play from both teams the remainder of the game until Gonzalez broke free of the Sea Devils defense to secure her third goal of the game. Rosales is also to be commended for her goaltending with seven saves for the Lady Bulldogs.

The SSC Women’s Soccer Team (#8 seed) will continue to compete in “Pool A”. Their next game is against Heartland Community College (#1 seed) on Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m. The winner of this game will advance to the semi-final, scheduled for Friday, November 19. The National Championship Game will follow on Saturday, November 20.

For more information, contact Head Coach Tony Gonzàlez at jgonzalez@ssc.edu or Athletic Director Steve Ruzich at sruzich@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.
 

Team photo of the Women's Soccer team taken in Kansas
PICTURED – The South Suburban College Women’s Soccer Team wins opening game of the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament.

Lady Bulldogs Kick It into High Gear with First National Tournament Appearance and All-Region Team Honorees

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – For the first time in school history, the South Suburban College (SSC) Women’s Soccer Team has qualified to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Tournament. This achievement was determined after their Region-IV Championship Game against Waubonsee Community College on November 6, 2021. After the Lady Bulldogs faced a hard-fought 1-0 loss, they ended their season with a record of 15-3, and earned an at-large bid for tournament play.

“It’s been an honor to be able to coach this dedicated group and watch them progress during their time at South Suburban,” said Head Coach Jose “Tony” Gonzàlez.

Individual accolades have been awarded to the Region-IV Women’s Soccer All-Region Team. Amaris Gonzalez (Lansing, IL) and Priscilla Sotelo (Chicago, IL) have been named to the first team. Nyah Bejarano (Blue Island, IL) and Valeria Nunez (Chicago Heights, IL) have been named to the second team. These achievements are determined based on outstanding field play. Gonzalez and Sotelo were the second and fourth leading scorers in the nation for NJCAA Division II, with 34 and 28 goals respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs have been placed into “Pool A” as the eighth seed in the NJCAA National Tournament to be held in Wichita, Kansas. They will play Cape Fear Community College (twelve seed) on Tuesday, November 16 at 11 a.m. Following this game, they will play Heartland Community College (one seed) on Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m. The winner from this pool will advance to play in the semi-final game of the tournament on Friday, November 19. The National Championship Game will follow on Saturday, November 20.

For more information, contact Head Coach Tony Gonzàlez at jgonzalez@ssc.edu or Athletic Director Steve Ruzich at sruzich@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.
 

2021 SSC Women's Soccer Team photo
The 15-3 South Suburban College Women’s Soccer Team has earned their first ever NJCAA Division II National Tournament bid.

South Suburban College to Provide Additional Rapid Testing at its Oak Forest Center

COVID-19 vaccine boosters are now available at SSC’s Main Campus in South Holland.

 
SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College is providing additional free rapid COVID-19 testing at its Oak Forest Center through Loop Medical Center. The additional days and times are Tuesdays from 3 – 7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 7 – 11 a.m., and will include options for both saliva and nasal swabs. The new days are in addition to the SHIELD Illinois rapid testing occurring on Mondays from 7 – 9 a.m. Testing results are available within 24 hours. To schedule a test on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, please visit https://bit.ly/ssctest. To schedule a test on Mondays with SHIELD, create an account through Portal.shieldillinois.com using agency code: df5brbrj.

SSC’s Main Campus is now providing Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccination and booster options, along with COVID-19 testing at its free drive-thru site in South Holland. Both the COVID-19 vaccination and testing are also now open four days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The drive-thru set up is located within the Northwest Parking Lot at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. While no appointment is necessary, individuals seeking testing may save time by pre-registering online from https://rebrand.ly/idph.

Pursuant to Executive Order #87 signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker on August 26, 2021, all employees, students and regular visitors of South Suburban College are required to either be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be subject to at least weekly COVID-19 testing. SSC has implemented the CLEARED4 compliance system to enforce the mandate on campus by validating an individual’s vaccination status with a Blue Pass or negative test with a Green Pass via smart device. More information is available online from ssc.edu/covid19. Self-registration is also available for regular campus visitors from www.ssc.edu/c19vax.

Amongst the Flora, An Exhibition of Photographs by Lawrence Trantham is Now on Display at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College is pleased to announce a special guest artist exhibition of photographs entitled Amongst the Flora, by Lawrence Trantham in the Photo Four Gallery at South Suburban College from October 25th though November 19th with a Virtual Artist Talk on November 3rd from 12–1 p.m. via Zoom: https://bit.ly/3b3KWw8

Lawrence Trantham a 29-year-old photographer who has lived in the city of Chicago for his entire life. He has been in love with photography for as long as he can remember. “It’s something about how you can capture the beauty of things and share it with the world, especially with weddings and portraits,” said Trantham. “I believe I have the innate ability to draw out the real personality of people. I like to find out people’s little quirks and capture them at the moment, especially during weddings, when everything is so stressful; I want them to enjoy their day to the fullest.”

The SSC Photo Four Gallery is open Monday-Thursday, 9-5 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. Temperature checks, masks and social distancing are required on campus. For more information, please call Pamela Planera (708) 596-2000, ext. 2211 or email at pplanera@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Floral Paradise
“Floral Paradise” by Lawrence Trantham

South Suburban College Seeks Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutors and Offers Free Services

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College is seeking tutors and participants for the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. SSC is encouraging residents to take this opportunity to volunteer as a tutor or encourage someone you know to take advantage of the free program.

New tutor training sessions will take place at the Main Campus in South Holland on November 16th & November 18th from 3:30 pm until 5:00 pm and November 30th & December 2nd from 3:30 pm until 5:00 pm. Come join our Literacy Program and help us start this upcoming semester off right!! The tutor training is a 12-hour program that culminates with literacy training certification. We also offer online training as well. Once certified, the tutors will go out to visit their adult learners at locations in or near their neighborhoods. Tutoring sites have already been established at the following locations: Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest; Glenwood-Lynwood Library; Harvey Public Library; Phoenix Library; Calumet City Public Library; Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest; Homewood Public Library; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; Oak Forest Center Library, Oak Forest; Lansing Public Library; Dolton Public Library; Riverdale Public Library; Markham Public Library and Midlothian Public Library. Tutoring is scheduled by the availability of the tutors and the learners, and the availability of space and hours of the tutoring sites.

Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating in so many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read have a much more difficult time with many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. SSC’s Office of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE).

Tutors will receive free professional development services throughout this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more. These opportunities are made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.

To register for the upcoming Volunteer Tutor Training classes or if you know someone who could benefit from tutoring services, please contact Dianne Needles, Adult Literacy Grants Manager, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email dneedles@ssc.edu. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois.

Register Soon for Free High School Equivalency & English as a Second Language Courses at South Suburban College in the New Year

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College’s Adult Education Department is offering a wide range of opportunities for adults to build the basic skills required for success in the New Year. Many adults choose to further build on their skills and pursue a high school education through the High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) program. The HSE program will develop the skills required to pass the High School Equivalency exams. English as a Second Language (ESL) allows non-native students to improve their English skills from beginning to advanced levels. HSE for ESL is also available for students who plan to take the HSE/GED exam in English.

Most of the Adult Education programs are offered both full and part-time at the Main Campus in South Holland or the Oak Forest Center. All classes are free of charge. There are daytime, nighttime and online course options available. Registration by appointment only by calling (708) 596-2000, ext. 2475 or 2411, or online at ssc.edu/adult-continuing-education. The registration schedule for spring classes – beginning January 18, 2022 – is as follows:

High School Equivalency Registration Days
November 3, 4, 8, 10, 16, 18, 29, and December 1st
10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Main Campus Room L233

English as a Second Language Registration Days
November 3, 4, 8, 10, 16, 18, 29, and December 1st
10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Main Campus Room 1243

At the time of registration, all HSE and ESL students will take a Placement Test; please expect to stay at least three hours. A mask must be worn at all times during the testing/registration process. The following items are required at registration:

  • Current Illinois-Issued Photo ID
  • High School Withdrawal Letter (for students under 18)
  • Medical Card (If Applicable)
  • No Children Allowed

All courses are offered free of charge. For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment) Federal funds of $343,670 provides approximately 36% of the support of these programs. Indiana residents are not eligible to participate in the Adult Education programs.

Per the Governors order, all Students in the Adult Education program are required to be vaccinated Per the Governors order. All Students in the Adult Education program are required to be vaccinated or be tested a minimum of once per week for COVID-19 in order to attend classes.

South Suburban College a Regional Leader for Economic Development and Job Creation According to New Study

Illinois Community College system accounts for $3.5 billion in economic output and more than 43,000 jobs throughout state.

 
SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) continues to help drive the south suburban area economy and train a skilled workforce for critical industries throughout Illinois, according to a new statewide report analyzing the value of the Illinois community college system. Other data including successful student outcomes were proven through the work of Northern Illinois University’s (NIU) Center for Governmental Studies (CGS), contracted by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) from 2020-21.

Illinois community colleges claim a unique piece of their shared mission to support local workforce and economic development through employer and business engagement. SSC demonstrated its success in this endeavor in 2020, in part by interacting with 45 unique employers. Collaboration ranged from curriculum and apprenticeship development and review, contract training, internships, and professional development to job placement for graduating students. Further economic impact is demonstrated in raw numbers produced by SSC during fiscal year 2020:

  • $31.7 million in operating expenditures
  • $14.4 million in wages and benefits among SSC employees living in the region
  • Approximately 427 jobs in SSC District #510 attributed to college operations associated with $59.4 million in economic output

These direct impacts rippled through the economy creating additional jobs, payrolls, and other economic activity.

“I believe our country has given greater voice in recent years to the significant impact community colleges have educationally and culturally, but often times the least understood and least measured effect is economically,” said Frank M. Zuccarelli, Chairman of the SSC Board of Trustees. “The detailed research that was conducted through this study revealed some amazing numbers relating to the positive economic value of community colleges in Illinois, and specifically here in the south suburban region.”

The report not only evaluates Illinois community colleges’ ability to meet the needs of business and industry, but also student outcomes and students’ return on investment. South Suburban College students aged 20 to 29 that completed a two-year program that was not focused on transfer to a 4-year institution are estimated to total nearly $525,000 in average increased lifetime earnings (compared to someone not attending community college). The study estimated this return on investment was 23.5%.

According to ICCB data, in recent years more than 70% of completers across all demographics of long-term certificate programs or Associate in Applied Science programs at South Suburban College are employed in career jobs within a year of graduation. Career job employment rates also typically improve for SSC completers over time. Among those who completed programs in 2009, 86.6% were employed one year after graduating, and 87.3% were employed in career jobs after 10 years.

“The study confirms what we already know to be true of community colleges – they are an accessible, attainable opportunity to change your life,” said Dr. Lynette Stokes, President of South Suburban College. “The data demonstrates this value everywhere, including within disadvantaged communities. By changing lives community colleges have the power to change communities.”

Statewide, the Illinois Community College System and ICCB are focused on creating, supporting, and expanding workforce training opportunities equitably in high-need communities. In 2019, Illinois started the Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) program, a grant program designed to increase workforce opportunities for African Americans which are severely underrepresented among Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Over the last two years, the WEI program has granted nearly $40 million to address education and unemployment gaps in the African American and other minority communities throughout Illinois. More information about WEI at South Suburban College can be accessed online from www.ssc.edu/wei.

“It is clear that community colleges remain a solid return on investment for local communities and the students that use them,” said ICCB executive director, Dr. Brian Durham. “Our system plays a vital role in meeting the needs of Illinois’ workforce by providing quality training and education and gives students a greater opportunity to earn higher wages in countless industries throughout the state.”

When examining earnings one year prior to completion compared to three years after completion, African American student earnings increased 47 percent while Latinx students increased their earnings by 57 percent.

To review the full study, please visit https://bit.ly/iccbEIS.
 

The exterior of South Suburban College in South Holland, IL
Photo by Guy Rhodes

Rine Boyer’s “What Just Happened?” Exhibit Coming to South Suburban College’s Thiel Gallery

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College is pleased to present an exhibition entitled “What Just Happened?” by figurative artist Rine Boyer. The exhibition will be on display in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery from October 21 – November 7, 2021.

During what felt like the depths of the pandemic – when everything in Chicago was dark, cold, and snowy – Boyer decided to try and capture it mostly for her own sanity. Her life, like many others, had become monotonous. Each day she did the same things, saw the same group of people, and inhabited the same spaces, for months on end. Everyone aside from a few family members and friends seemed to evaporate into an idea of a person only to be seen digitally or in my mind’s eye. Captured on plexiglass, a material found in any space essential enough to stay open, figures based on protesters vanish and reappear into each other as if they are figments of the imagination. Sometimes a shadowy outline of a nearby figure is reflected and other times it disappears into incomprehensible lines. Behind these standing figures are portraits of close friends and family and animated scenes of life in isolation.

Rine Boyer is a Chicago-based painter and artist-in-residence of Zhou B Art Center. She has exhibited her work widely and has been the subject of many international articles. Boyer’s work is rich with nuance and layers of symbolism; the vivid colors she utilizes point towards things that lay beyond the physical while the repetition of subtle shapes pay homage to the individual and collective.

The Dorothea Thiel Gallery is located on the fourth floor and is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on Fridays, weekends and holidays. The galleries are supported in part by the SSC Foundation. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. For more information, please email jtassin@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2316.

Portrait of Sumayya with Mask, Acrylic on Canvas, 2021

Swing Into Spring Now at South Suburban College to Benefit from Tuition Assistance Programs and Flexible Scheduling

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) continues its efforts to provide flexibility to college degree seekers interrupted by the pandemic with a wide range of online and in-person class options, as well as significant tuition and technology supports. Spring Registration is now in progress online from ssc.edu. The 2021 Spring Semester begins the week of Monday, January 10, 2022. All current and prospective students are encouraged to register early to secure grant opportunities, their preferred course schedule and mode of classes delivery.

The New Year is an excellent opportunity for students to take a giant step in their success by customizing a class schedule at high quality and supportive institution. New SSC students should get started with the Online Application from ssc.edu. Once the application process is complete, new students will receive an SSC email account and a Self Service Username & Password via email which will allow access to student information and class registration.

SSC previously announced the free laptop application and other technical supports such as hotspots to assist students with the virtual learning environment. Applications are accepted from www.ssc.edu/technology-relief-fund/. Previous students may take advantage of the SSC Student Debt Relief Fund from www.ssc.edu/student-debt-relief-fund. To ask for help, access the LIVE CHAT button from ssc.edu, call (708) 210-5718 or email registration&records@ssc.edu.

Additionally, SSC’s Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) grant provides wrap-around services including comprehensive financial assistance and academic support to participating students within a variety of program areas providing stackable credentials. These programs will be highlighted at the upcoming Open Houses including Nursing, Patient Care Technician (PCT), Basic Nursing Assistance Training Program (BNATP), Community Healthcare Worker (CHW), Certified Production Technician (CPT), Solar Photovoltaic Installer, Forklift Operator, and the brand-new Barber College at the college’s Main Campus. For more information about the WEI programs at SSC, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2413, email workforceequity@ssc.edu or visit www.ssc.edu/wei.

SSC is a community college located in South Holland, Illinois serving 21 communities including parts of the Chicago Southland and northwest Indiana. SSC provides a variety of support services and leadership opportunities to its students in addition to a wide range of affordable academic programs.

South Suburban College is Providing Wide Range of Options to its Community for Illinois’ Vax or Test Mandate

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College is now providing Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccination options, along with COVID-19 testing at its free drive-thru site in South Holland. Both the COVID-19 vaccination and testing are also now open four days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The drive-thru set up is located within the Northwest Parking Lot at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. While no appointment is necessary, individuals seeking testing may save time by pre-registering online from https://rebrand.ly/idph.

Pursuant to Executive Order #87 signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker on August 26, 2021, all employees, students and regular visitors of South Suburban College are required to either be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be subject to at least weekly COVID-19 testing. SSC has implemented the CLEARED4 compliance system to enforce the mandate on campus by validating an individual’s vaccination status with a Blue Pass or negative test with a Green Pass via smart device. More information is available online from ssc.edu/covid19. Self-registration is also available for regular campus visitors from www.ssc.edu/c19vax.

South Suburban College to Host Forklift Operator Training Courses at Oak Forest Center

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College’s Business & Career Institute is offering Forklift Operator Training in October at the Oak Forest Center. This two-day certification course covers the basic forklift driving skills needed to obtain a Forklift Operator Certification.

The cost for each course is $175.00 per person, or FREE for qualified applicants. The October sessions will be held as follows:

  • Saturday, October 2 & Saturday October 16, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 7 & Friday October 8, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 20 & Thursday 21, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 26 & Wednesday October 27, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Forklift Operator Certification from the National Safety Council is available through these sessions at SSC for individuals who are looking for new career skills or for employers who are ensuring a safe and compliant workplace. Illinois requires all forklift operators to obtain a license to avoid OSHA sanctions and possible penalties. Forklift driving is no simple matter; it causes more than 100 deaths each year. A Certification Card from the National Safety Council will be issued to the student upon successful completion of the program. The course will enforce social distancing and use of PPEs.

WEI Sponsored Program: The Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) project is funded through ICCB to support qualified participants through the completion of short-term educational opportunities leading to employment. Benefits of the grant include FREE tuition and technology assistance, tutoring, academic and employment advising, and more. Email workforceequity@ssc.edu or visit ssc.edu/wei for more information.

For more information, please contact Gervaise Edwards at (708) 210-5723 or email gedwards@ssc.edu. SSC’s Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois, with convenient access from I-57, I-80, and I-294.

South Suburban College Announces Dr. Omar Sheriff to Lead Allied Health & Careers Programs into Historic Future

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) announces the hiring of Omar Sheriff, MD, to lead its 12 frontline healthcare programs into a period of significant strategic growth. Dr. Sheriff will report to the Vice President of Academic Services and be responsible for the educational welfare of students and the professional needs of staff within the division. He will also work collaboratively with the VP, program coordinators and faculty to continue to develop and promote programmatic growth and innovation.

Dr. Sheriff earned his MD from Central America Health Sciences University and his MBA in Health Care Management from Purdue University. Dr. Sheriff brings a wide range of experience through his 13-year career in clinical, instructional and leadership roles including Dean of Academic Affairs at Brown Mackie College in Indianapolis, IN, and Allied Health Program Chair at Kaplan College in Hammond, IN. He looks forward to working with the faculty and students in addition to providing leadership for the future advancement of healthcare education at the College.

For over 90 years South Suburban College has been preparing caring people to provide exceptional care – offering a wide range of Certificate and Associate Degree healthcare career pathways with graduates exceeding the national certification exam pass rates in all programs.
As the critical need for qualified health care professionals continues to grow, South Suburban College was awarded an historic $51 million capital improvement grant through the State of Illinois’ 2019 capital bill to build a 130,000 square foot, four-story state-of-the-art Allied Health & Nursing Center (AHNC). The proposed Center will provide cutting-edge technology and instructional space that will expand SSC’s capacity for its current programs by more than 260%, while launching four new healthcare programs for future students in Southland community.

South Suburban College is a community college located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois. SSC serving 21 communities including parts of the Chicago Southland and northwest Indiana. SSC provides support services and leadership opportunities to its students in addition to a wide range of academic program options. For more information about SSC, please visit www.ssc.edu.

South Suburban College Providing Options to its Community Comply with State Vax or Test Mandate – UPDATED

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – In response to Governor JB Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike’s announcement of a new COVID-19 vaccine requirement for higher education personnel and students, South Suburban College (SSC) has set a September 24th deadline for proof of vaccination via www.ssc.edu/c19vax. COVID-19 testing will become a weekly requirement for employees and students who do not comply.

SSC continues to provide both drive-thru COVID-19 testing and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations at no cost. The one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available for individuals ages 18 years and older. Vaccination is available three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and free testing is available the same days plus Saturday. The drive-thru set up at the College’s Main Campus is located within the Northwest parking lot at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Beginning Monday, October 25th, the SHIELD Illinois rapid testing program at the Oak Forest Center (OFC) will only be available on Mondays from 7-9 a.m. Testing results are available within 24 hours. To schedule an appointment, a SHIELD Illinois account may be created through Portal.shieldillinois.com using agency code df5brbrj for this location. The OFC is conveniently located near I-57 at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

Register Now for Non-Credit Classes at South Suburban College – UPDATED

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– It’s not too late to get registered for classes at South Suburban College. SSC’s Office of Continuing Education offers a variety of non-credit courses throughout the Fall Semester, with registration open right up to the start of class.

With the wide variety of start dates, class times, course lengths and offerings, students have the flexibility of fitting school around a busy schedule. Some of the programs available include but are not limited to:

  • Food Service Sanitation
  • Introduction to Photography
  • DUI and the Law
  • Conversational Spanish I
  • Computer Viruses
  • Real Estate Principles

Classes are starting September 13th and later. For more information about SSC’s non-credit classes or to register, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2231, or visit www.ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Register Now for South Suburban College’s Free High School Equivalency and English as a Second Language Classes in South Holland, Oak Forest or Online

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College’s Adult Education Department offers a wide range of free opportunities for adults to build the basic skills required for success this fall. Registration and the required Placement Test for the free High School Equivalency (HSE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are by appointment only on August 30 or September 1, 7, 8 and 9, at either 10 a.m. or 5 p.m. Prospective students should register for HSE at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2475 or 2411, or for ESL at ext. 2410, or ext. 2408 for Spanish. A mask must be worn at all times during the testing/registration process.

The HSE program will develop the skills required to pass the High School Equivalency Exams. Fall Semester HSE classes run from September 13 through December 9, 2021. They are conveniently offered in South Holland, Oak Forest and Online. Students interested in HSE can choose classes from General Studies, Math, Welding/ICAPS or CNA-Bridge/ICAPS. ESL classes begin September 19th in South Holland, Oak Forest and Online.

At the time of registration, all students will take a Placement Test and must provide the following items:

  • CURRENT STATE I.D. OR DRIVERS LICENSE INDICATING ILLINOIS RESIDENCE
  • UNDER AGE 18 – WITHDRAWAL FORM FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL OF CURRENT RESIDENCE
  • PROOF OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (HSE only)

Information provided will be kept confidential in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-380). Priority registration is given to continuing students who are making progress in their studies. Waiting lists will be taken as classes have a maximum number of students who can be served. (Indiana Residents cannot participate in this program.)

South Suburban College to offer One-Day Forklift Operator Training Course at Oak Forest Center

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College’s Business & Career Institute is offering Forklift Operator Training in August and September at the Oak Forest Center. This one-day certification course covers the basic forklift driving skills needed to obtain a Forklift Operator Certification.

The cost for each course is $175.00 per person. The August session will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 21st. The September sessions will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 4th and Saturday, September 18th.

The Forklift Operator Certification from the National Safety Council is available through these sessions at SSC for individuals who are looking for new career skills or for employers who are ensuring a safe and compliant workplace. Illinois requires all forklift operators to obtain a license to avoid OSHA sanctions and possible penalties. Forklift driving is no simple matter; it causes more than 100 deaths each year. A Certification Card from the National Safety Council will be issued to the student upon successful completion of the program. The course will enforce social distancing and use of PPEs.

WEI Sponsored Program: The Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) project is funded through ICCB to support qualified participants through the completion of short-term educational opportunities leading to employment. Benefits of the grant include free tuition and technology assistance, tutoring, academic and employment advising, and more. Email workforceequity@ssc.edu or visit ssc.edu/wei for more information.

For more information, please contact Gervaise Edwards at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5723 or email gedwards@ssc.edu. SSC’s Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois, with convenient access from I-57, I-80, and I-294.

HVAC Air Purification System

Titled, sealed bids will be received in the Office of Purchasing, Room 2115, at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, IL 60473, up to the hour of 10:30 a.m. on August 26, 2021 for the following work: HVAC AIR PURIFICATION SYSTEM for SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE. Bids will be opened at that time, or shortly thereafter in the President’s Conference Room.

Work will be let under one prime contract, to the lowest responsible bidder. Plans and Specifications may be obtained on or after August 16, 2021, at the office of the Architect, PLANERA ARCHITECTS 18225 Morris Avenue, Homewood, Illinois, 60430. Contractors wishing to submit proposal are advised to contact the architect prior to picking up plan and specifications. Further, all questions regarding the Plans and Specifications should be provided to the architect prior to the Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting. The architect may be contacted at 708-747-3600. ALL BIDDERS MUST BE PRE-QUALIFIED. If not pre-qualified, complete A.I.A. Document A-305 (Contractors Qualification Statement) for consideration before picking up Plans & Specifications.

A 10% Bid Bond will be required of all bidders. A 100% Performance Bond and a Labor/Material Bond will be required of the successful bidder, written by a Surety approved by the Owner. Each bid must be accompanied by a bid bond for an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the total amount of the bid, as a guarantee that the bidder, if awarded the Contract, will furnish a satisfactory performance and payment bond, execute the Contract and proceed with the work. Upon failure to do so, the bidder shall forfeit the amount deposited as liquidated damages and no mistakes or errors on the part of the bidder shall excuse the bidder or entitle him to a return of the aforementioned amount.

A Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on August 19, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in the Mi-Jack Room, South Suburban College, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois, 60473. Bidders will examine the plans and specifications and the location in which said work is to be done and judge for themselves all the circumstances and surrounding conditions affecting the cost and nature of the work, and all bids will be presumed to be based on such examination, familiarity and judgment. Compliance with all requirements of the laws of the State of Illinois shall be mandatory. These requirements shall include, but are not limited to, payment of the prevailing wage including fringe benefits for labor on the work to be done, the provisions of all State of Illinois and federal laws concerning public works projects, the State of Illinois Human Rights Act, and the regulations of the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

The Board of Trustees, Community College District #510, South Holland, Illinois, reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and award the bid in the manner that best serves the interests of the Owner.
 
This bid is to be awarded on September 9, 2021.

South Suburban College Seeking Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutors

Adult Literacy Program to provide tutor training classes in September.

 
SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) is seeking tutors and participants for the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. SSC is encouraging area residents to take this opportunity to volunteer as a tutor or encourage someone you know to take advantage of the free program.

New tutor training sessions will take place at the Main Campus in South Holland on August 31st and September 2nd from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., and September 7th and 9th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. SSC is seeking new volunteers to join its Literacy Program to assist students during the Fall Semester. The tutor training is a 12-hour program that culminates with literacy training certification. We also offer online training as well. Once certified, the tutors will go out to visit their adult learners at locations in or near their neighborhoods. Tutoring sites have already been established at the following locations: Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest; Glenwood-Lynwood Library; Harvey Public Library; Phoenix Library; Calumet City Public Library; Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest; Homewood Public Library; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; Oak Forest Center Library, Oak Forest; Lansing Public Library; Dolton Public Library; Riverdale Public Library; Markham Public Library and Midlothian Public Library. Tutoring is scheduled by the availability of the tutors and the learners, and the availability of space and hours of the tutoring sites.

Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating in so many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read have a much more difficult time with many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. SSC’s Office of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE).

Tutors will receive free professional development services throughout this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more. These opportunities are made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.
To register for the upcoming volunteer tutor training or to inquire about adult literacy services, please contact Dianne Needles, Adult Literacy Grants Manager, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email dneedles@ssc.edu. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois.

South Suburban College to Host Virtual Open House for Paralegal and Criminal Justice Programs

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) is hosting a Virtual Open House on Monday, August 2nd at 6 p.m. for its Paralegal and Criminal Justice System. All of SSC’s Virtual Open House links are accessible from ssc.edu/info. Attendees can access the Open House via Zoom or call in to participate and become informed about exciting career pathways with significant expected employment growth.

SSC’s Paralegal/Legal Assistant Program provides a 60-hour Associate Degree track and a 39-hour Certificate – designed to prepare students to become highly trained paralegals and legal assistants. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills and credentials to work in a variety of legal environments. SSC has the only American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal program in the Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana region, arming graduates with a significant advantage entering the workforce. Paralegal job opportunities are expected to grow more than 10% and the median annual salary is $53,000.

The College’s Criminal Justice System Program is designed for individuals seeking employment with, or upgrading skills for police agencies, correctional facilities, or security companies. The field of law enforcement and criminal justice is an exciting and rewarding career choice with the 2020 annual median salary over $67,000 in the field.

For more information about the Paralegal or CJS Programs, please contact Becky Walters, J.D., Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice Program Coordinator at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2579 or email bwalters@ssc.edu.

Fall classes begin Monday, August 16, 2021, and class schedules, registration services and a new “live chat” with staff are all available online from ssc.edu. Future SSC students should get started at admissions.ssc.edu. Once the application process is complete, new students will receive an SSC email account and a Self-Service Username & Password via email which will allow access to student information and class registration. In addition to the live chat function at ssc.edu, prospective students may call (708) 210-5718.

South Suburban College Students Received Over $3,400,000 in New Aid

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–It’s not too late to get registered and take advantage of a significant range of free resources at South Suburban College (SSC) this fall. In fact, returning to school or pursing one’s college dream for the first time is a “no-brainer,” according to college promotions.

“This is truly a unique time in our College history when most students literally are debt free, and in many cases plus direct financial assistance, and plus free laptops,” said Dr. Lynette Stokes, SSC President. “SSC has long provided comprehensive scholarship and tuition waiver packages to students, but this is much more and we want residents of our community to know they have an opportunity. We have worked really hard to secure and thoughtfully distribute multiple sources of funding to help our students manage this difficult year and be successful.”

Those additional funding sources available to students include CARES Act stimulus, several new grant initiatives, and Foundation-sponsored COVID-19 Impact Awards among others. In total, SSC has provided over $3,400,000 in tuition relief, personal checks and technology grants to students last fiscal year, and more is available.

Shanika Mack is a South Suburban College student who has made the best out of the challenges of the past year. “Losing my job forced me to step away and think about what’s important, like pursuing my bigger dreams,” said Mack, a 31-year old returning adult student who previously attended SSC immediately after graduating from Thornton High School. “The pandemic can take away my job but it can’t take away my education.”

Mack received a free laptop, free books, and will have her entire tuition balance waived at the end of the 2021 Summer Semester if she stays on track to receive a “C” or better. She is already enrolled for fall classes with plans to graduate with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies next spring. Mack hopes to pursue a Business Degree at Governor’s State University upon graduation.

According to SSC’s Business Office, 1,219 students have received $1,283,556 in tuition balances waived to date, and another 3,415 students received direct payments of $2,124,600 through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). An additional 141 students received $145,579 in debt relief and 415 students received $133,836 in technology – primarily laptops – through the CARES Act for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEERF). The SSC Foundation awarded $66,221.17 in COVID-19 funding for tuition, books, technology, and living expenses in addition to its traditional annual scholarship awards. Most recently, SSC initiated a new Student Emergency Aid Program through the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) to provide financial support up to $500 per student for short-term, nonrecurring emergencies.

New South Suburban College Student Trustee, Dion Rubin, wants to encourage more students to come back to school. Rubin received a free laptop, hotspot and $950 in direct aid to date. “I have complete confidence in South Suburban College – the faculty have done an amazing job and I have felt extremely safe returning to campus.”

Rubin received his High School Equivalency (HSE) before pursuing his college education in the Fall 2020 Semester during the height of the pandemic. “My goal is to make the student experience the best it can be and to promote a positive educational culture. Positivity can do great things.”

Other opportunities for career program funding at SSC include the Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) Grant, and the One Workforce Grant through the Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC). The WEI grant provides wrap-around services including comprehensive financial assistance and academic support to participating students within a variety of program areas providing stackable credentials. Funding for the H-1B One Workforce Grant is provided by the US Department of Labor for tuition, fees and books in short-term advanced manufacturing programs with industry recognized credentials.

All of the funding, grant and programmatic information is available from ssc.edu. Fall classes will begin Monday, August 16, 2021, with the safety and flexibility of five modes of class delivery at SSC. Class schedules, registration services and a new “live chat” with staff are available at ssc.edu. Prospective students may also call (708) 210-5718 or email admissions@ssc.edu to get questions answered.

South Suburban College Announces 11 Academic All-Americans

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The South Suburban College (SSC) Athletic Program announces 11 student athletes placing on the Academic All-American Teams as recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA):

4.0 GPA, First Team:

  • Terry Busse, Baseball, Valparaiso (IN) High School
  • Hailey Heffron, Softball, Joliet West High School
  • Alyssa Rosales, Women’s Soccer, Homewood Flossmoor
  • Janica Van Ghunt, Women’s Soccer, Munster (IN) High School

3.8 – 3.99 GPA, Second Team:

  • Joe Tor, Baseball
  • Cayla Turner, Women’s Basketball, Oak Forest High School
  • Taylor VanDommelen, Volleyball, Highland (IN) High School
  • Edgar Vargas, Men’s Soccer, Thornwood High School

3.6 – 3.79 GPA, Third Team:

  • Noah Gulley, Baseball, Bishop Gorman High School (NV)
  • Jacob Mucha (Baseball): Providence Catholic High School
  • Bruno Ortiz-Trochi (Men’s Soccer): Bremen High School

“I am so very proud of our Academic All-Americans this year,” said Steve Ruzich, SSC Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach. “At South Suburban College, we pride ourselves on fostering student success both on and off the field. I would like to congratulate these student athletes on this great accomplishment.”

SSC offers women’s team sports of Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, and Softball and men’s team sports of Basketball, Soccer, and Baseball. Countless Bulldog student-athletes have transferred to play their respective sports at hundreds of different NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III schools, in addition to NAIA institutions. More than 50 former Bulldogs have further advanced on to play professional and semi-pro sports.

For more information, visit www.ssc.edu/athletics. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

South Suburban College to Host Virtual Open Houses for Student Resources and Workforce Equity Initiative Programs July 27th and 28th

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–It’s not too late to get registered and take advantage of a variety of free resources at South Suburban College (SSC) this fall. To help future students get started, the College is hosting a Student Resources Virtual Open House on July 28th at 6 p.m. and a Workforce Equity Initiative Virtual Open House on July 29th at 6 p.m.

SSC has provided over $3,000,000 in stimulus, tuition relief, and technology grants to students last fiscal year, and more is available. Additionally, the College continues its participation in the Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) Grant. The WEI project is designed to create, support and expand short-term workforce training opportunities in high need areas within SSC District #510. Through new programs, expanded access, opportunity, and support services, the project is anticipated to yield impactful outcomes for individuals, families, communities, and local businesses. The WEI grant provides wrap-around services including comprehensive financial assistance and academic support to participating students within a variety of program areas providing stackable credentials. These programs will be highlighted at the July 29th Open House including Nursing, Patient Care Technician (PCT), Basic Nursing Assistance Training Program (BNATP), Community Healthcare Worker (CHW), Certified Production Technician (CPT), Solar Photovoltaic Installer, Forklift Operator, and the brand-new Barber College at the college’s Main Campus.

SSC is hosting these Virtual Open Houses to provide information to students who could benefit from funding, programs and services in the Fall 2021 Semester and beyond. All of the College’s open house links are accessible from www.ssc.edu/info.

Fall classes begin Monday, August 16, 2021, and class schedules, registration services and a new “live chat” with staff are all available online from ssc.edu. Future SSC students should get started at admissions.ssc.edu. Once the application process is complete, new students will receive an SSC email account and a Self-Service Username & Password via email which will allow access to student information and class registration. In addition to the live chat function at ssc.edu, prospective students may call (708) 210-5718. For more information about the WEI programs at SSC, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2413, or email workforceequity@ssc.edu.

South Suburban College Offering Cannabis Dispensary Operations Certificate Program this Fall

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College will be offering a Cannabis Dispensary Operations Certificate Program starting in the Fall 2021 Semester. Illinois and many other states have made changes on the legality of Cannabis use. These changes have allowed for a developing industry of legal Cannabis companies to operate in Illinois, which allows for new jobs and business opportunities. This economic development is expected to continue to grow for many years.
The new program will assist people to successfully enter this new economic niche. The 18-credit hour (two-semester Certificate) will allow graduates to create new businesses and market themselves to existing businesses.

The first class, Introduction to Cannabis 101, is an 8-week online class that does not require a textbook. The course begins with the biology of the Cannabis plant and continues to cultural, historical, and medical uses of Cannabis. You don’t need to be in the program to take this fun and informative class.

First Semester Credits include: CNB 101 Introduction to Cannabis, CNB 102 Dispensary Operations, BUS 108 Introduction to Business, MIS 101 Computer Literacy & Applications, and CNB 103 Cannabis Law.

Semester Two Credits include: ACC 130 Computerized Accounting and CNB 110 Science of Cannabis (Biology and Pharmacology).

For questions, please call (708) 210-5706 or email ahelwig@ssc.edu. Fall Classes begin Monday, August 16, 2021, and class schedules, registration services and a new “live chat” with staff are all available online from ssc.edu. Future SSC students should get started at admissions.ssc.edu.

Auditions Extended for Bleacher Bums through South Suburban College PAC Rats Theatre Company

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The PAC Rats Theatre Company of South Suburban College will extend open auditions for the comedy Bleacher Bums. Additional auditions will take place on July 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2021, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Readings will be held in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the main campus at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland, Illinois.

In the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, die-hard Cub fans root for their team. Members of the group include a sun-worshipper, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio, a professional gambler, a husband and wife, a nerd, and a little kid.

Director Paul Braun of Highland, IN, will cast 7 men and 2 women, of all colors and types, ranging in age from 16 to 70 plus. Braun is planning evening rehearsals. The show, collaboratively written by members of the Chicago’s Organic Theater Company from an idea by actor Joe Mantegna, is set to perform during the last two weekends of September.

Auditions are open to all community members as well as SSC students. Appointments and prepared audition materials are not necessary. Auditioners will read from scenes, which will be available at the time of auditions. Be prepared to list all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule.

“South Suburban College is still concerned for the safety of our students, staff and community members,” said Ellie Shunko, the manager of the Kindig Performing Arts Center. “As such, auditionees will need to enter the building at the Atrium entrance for a temperature check. Masks will be required when not on stage.”

Signs will be posted pointing the way from the Atrium entrance, which is a short walk away.

In addition to acting talent, the PAC Rats are also seeking volunteers who want to try their hands backstage. “Putting on a play takes a lot of hands,” said Shunko. “We hope that those who aren’t ready to step on stage will enjoy working backstage on sets and props.”

For character descriptions, rehearsal schedule and more information, visit the Kindig Performing Arts Center’s website at http://learn.ssc.edu/theatre/ or email ssctheatre@ssc.edu.

Open Auditions on July 14th and 15th for Bleacher Bums through South Suburban College PAC Rats Theatre Company

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The PAC Rats Theatre Company of South Suburban College will hold open auditions for the comedy Bleacher Bums on July 14th and 15th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Readings will be held in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the main campus at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland, Illinois.

In the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, die-hard Cub fans root for their team. Members of the group include a sun-worshipper, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio, a professional gambler, a husband and wife, a nerd, and a little kid.

Director Paul Braun of Highland, IN, will cast seven men and two women, of all colors and types, ranging in age from 16 to 70 plus. Braun is planning evening rehearsals. The show, collaboratively written by members of the Chicago’s Organic Theater Company from an idea by actor Joe Mantegna, is set to perform during the last two weekends of September.

Auditions are open to all community members as well as SSC students. Appointments and prepared audition materials are not necessary. Auditioners will read from scenes, which will be available at the time of auditions. Be prepared to list all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule.

“South Suburban College is still concerned for the safety of our students, staff and community members.” said Ellie Shunko, the manager of the Kindig Performing Arts Center. “As such, auditionees will need to enter the building at the Atrium entrance for a temperature check. Masks will be required when not on stage.” Signs will be posted pointing the way from the Atrium entrance, which is a short walk away.

In addition to acting talent, the PAC Rats are also seeking volunteers who want to try their hands backstage. “Putting on a play takes a lot of hands,” said Shunko. “We hope that those who aren’t ready to step on stage will enjoy working backstage on sets and props.”

For character descriptions, rehearsal schedule and more information, visit the Kindig Performing Arts Center’s website at http://learn.ssc.edu/theatre/ or email ssctheatre@ssc.edu.

South Suburban College Drive-Thru Testing Site Now Providing Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College (SSC) drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is now offering Johnson & Johnson vaccinations. The one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available for individuals ages 18 years and older. Vaccination is available three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and testing is available the same days plus Saturday. No appointment is necessary for the drive-thru set up at the College’s Main Campus northwest parking lot at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

SSC also recently added a second COVID-19 testing site at its Oak Forest Center (OFC) to provide free testing through the SHIELD Illinois program. The OFC-SHIELD testing site is initially limited to two days a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Testing results are available within 24 hours. If demand increases, dates and times will be expanded. To schedule an appointment, a SHIELD Illinois account must be created through Portal.shieldillinois.com using agency code: df5brbrj

The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

South Suburban College Seeks Dean of Allied Health & Careers to Lead Frontline Healthcare Programs into Historic Future

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) is seeking a new Dean of Allied Health & Career Programs to lead its 12 frontline healthcare programs into a period of significant strategic growth. The Dean will report to the Vice President of Academic Services and be responsible for the educational welfare of students and the professional needs of staff within the division. The Dean will work collaboratively with the Vice President, program coordinators and faculty to promote programmatic advancement and innovation. The Dean has the administrative oversight and authority to manage decisions on matters related the division: plan, organize, administer, develop, and evaluate the programs; provide leadership for faculty and staff in offering quality educational services for college students, and supervise and evaluate the performances of assigned personnel.

For over 90 years South Suburban College has been preparing caring people to provide exceptional care – offering a wide range of Certificate and Associate Degree healthcare career pathways with graduates exceeding the national certification exam pass rates in all programs.
As the critical need for qualified health care professionals continues to grow, South Suburban College was awarded a historic $51 million capital improvement grant through the State of Illinois’ 2019 capital bill to build a 130,000 square foot, four-story state-of-the-art Allied Health & Nursing Center (AHNC). The proposed Center will provide cutting-edge technology and instructional space that will expand SSC’s capacity for its current programs by more that 260%, while launching four new healthcare programs for future students in Southland community.

For more information about the role of the Dean of Allied Health & Career Programs, please contact Dr. Tasha Williams, Vice President of Academic Services at twilliams@ssc.edu. Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and transcripts to resumebank@ssc.edu or to the Office of Human Resources, Room 1245.

South Suburban College is a community college located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois. SSC serving 21 communities including parts of the Chicago Southland and northwest Indiana. SSC provides support services and leadership opportunities to its students in addition to a wide range of academic program options. For more information about SSC, please visit www.ssc.edu.

Barber College Provides New Opportunities for Southland Residents

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL –South Suburban College (SSC) is offering a new and unique program to residents of Community College District 510 – Barbering. The first cohort of students recently completed their initial semester within the Barber College, a brand new state-of-the-art, fully equipped facility on the first floor of the college’s Main Campus in South Holland. The Barber Shop is also now open for appointments during summer class instruction Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Barbering curriculum is a 17-month credit program leading to professional certification. SSC is offering a 41-hour Barber Technician (BT) Certificate and a 60-hour Associate of Applied Science Degree in Barbering track for students seeking a college degree as a part of the program. The BT Certificate is a hands-on learning experience that leads to quick employment. Both tracks will include preparation and testing for National Barbering Written Licensing Examination, which is essential to applying for licensure in Illinois. The program is unique in more ways than its curriculum.

“South Suburban College’s Barbering Program was the first active public Barber School in the state, and is now just one of two,” said Matt Beasland, Dean of Adult & Continuing Education and administrator over the Barber College. “It will provide our constituents with a much more affordable career credential leading to excellent earning and entrepreneurship potential.”

The SSC Board of Trustees and Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli first announced the establishment of the program in December of 2019. The College subsequently received full approval from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) this year as well as its licensure from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

All books, supplies, and materials required to complete the program are included, and tuition may also be covered. The SSC Barbering program was established in part by a Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) grant the college received through the Illinois Community College Board which included funding for several new in-demand programs. The WEI project is designed to create, support and expand short-term workforce training opportunities in high need areas within SSC District #510. Through expanded access, opportunity, and support services, the project is anticipated to yield impactful outcomes for individuals, families, communities, local businesses.

According to BLS data, the average salary for a Barber in Illinois is $42,930, or $20.64 per hour with an increase in demand by 10.8% locally and 13% nationally over the next 10 years. In the Southland area, there are currently 286 new job openings for barbers.

For more information about Barber School and the WEI programs at SSC, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2413, email workforceequity@ssc.edu or visit www.ssc.edu/wei.

Free Highway Construction Careers Training Program Coming to South Suburban College’s Oak Forest Center in September

OAK FOREST, IL–South Suburban College is preparing for its next session of the popular free Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) this fall. Orientation and Assessment Testing will be August 24-26, 2021, at the college’s Oak Forest Center, with the program set to begin on September 13th Instructional methods incorporate an outdoor classroom, social distancing and personal protective equipment.

SSC has offered HCCTP since 2014 with hundreds of students completing the 12-week specialized training program at a 70% completion rate. HCCTP was originally implemented to increase the number of minorities, women, and disadvantaged individuals working on IDOT highway construction projects.

The training consists of an intensive 12-week program to learn the skills necessary for acceptance into the highway construction trades and gives the opportunity for a career with high wage potential. Construction will always be needed for new buildings, roads, bridges, and other structures. Some of the more skilled construction careers such as engineer require higher education while others such as cement masonry can be learned as an on-the-job apprentice.

Career opportunities for program completers include: Cement Mason, Electrician, Pipefitter, Carpenter, Laborer and Equipment Operator, and more. Requirements are a valid driver’s license, 18 years or older, High School diploma/GED, and passing a drug test (including THC).

Orientation and assessment testing will be held at the Oak Forest Center located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. All candidates must have a valid driver’s license with them to attend orientation. To register please visit www.ssc.edu/hcctp or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3219.

Cook County Closes South Suburban College Vaccination Site

SSC continues COVID-19 testing in South Holland and rapid testing in Oak Forest.

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – Cook County Health (CCH) announced the closing of its mass vaccination site at South Suburban College (SSC) on May 29th. CCH President Toni Preckwinkle, SSC President Dr. Lynette Stokes and Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli were among the dignitaries who were present for a “clap-out” ceremony to voice their thanks and recognition for the countless individuals who worked to make the College vaccination site one of the County’s most efficient.

“Thank you to President Preckwinkle, Cook County Health, the National Guard, and our entire team here at South Suburban College for providing a significant service and sacrifice to protect our community,” said Chairman Zuccarelli. “Our success here is a demonstration of how the South Suburbs works together to accomplish our goals and lift each other up.”

Individuals who will need their second vaccination shots have been scheduled for the Matteson location, or another site closer to their residence. Other regional sites are also being closed due to a significant slowing of demand for vaccination. SSC’s site was delivering 1,200 vaccinations per day during its peak, and has provided more than 71,000 vaccinations in total.

Cook County Health is encouraging individuals who are seeking vaccination to walk-in at the Matteson location at 4647 Promenade Way, or visit myshotcookcounty.com for an updated list of vaccination sites.

South Suburban College’s drive-thru testing will continue four days a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. A second COVID-19 testing site recently opened at the College’s Oak Forest Center to provide free rapid testing through the SHIELD Illinois program. The OFC-SHIELD testing site is initially limited to two days a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. If demand increases, dates and times will be expanded. To schedule an appointment, a SHIELD account must be created through Portal.shieldillinois.com using agency code: df5brbrj. SSC will be providing the SHIELD test at no cost, compared to $100 or more for a standard nasal swab test. Current notification time for the saliva test is less than 24 hours.

South Suburban College’s Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. The Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.
 
Photo of the SSV Mass Vaccination Site team and CCH officials

South Suburban College Holds Pinning Ceremony for Associate Degree Nursing Graduates

Program plans for growth, new LPN bridge curriculum in development.

SOUTH HOLLAND-South Suburban College honored its 2021 graduates of the College’s Associated Degree Nursing (ADN) Program with a special pinning ceremony last week. The graduates received their nursing pins from senior nursing faculty and class of 2021 advisor Naomi West. This year, 18 students successfully completed the ADN program. They will now prepare to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses (RN) this summer.

The NCLEX is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice. SSC’s graduates have enjoyed five consecutive years above the annual national average pass rates including multiple 100% passing graduated classes since the program reopened in 2013. SSC was recently named the #3 Ranked Nursing Program in Illinois by RegisteredNursing.org – a nursing advocacy organization. RegisteredNursing.org recently released its annual list of Best RN Programs.

“The graduates’ hard work and resilience was inspiring, especially with the challenges of the past year,” said Dr. Linda Brown-Aldridge, SSC’s Dean of Nursing. “I am very proud of the way our faculty and students remained focused and adapted well to a blended learning environment. I have no doubt the future is bright for the class of 2021 and they will provide excellence in nursing to our community for many years to come.”

Dr. Brown-Aldridge brings more than 30 years of experience to SSC’s Nursing Program, previously working in hospitals and schools in many roles including nursing, teaching, administration and serving as the Chief Nursing Officer at Provident Hospital. She will enter her third academic year as the Dean of Nursing this fall with more than 50 students in the program. Under her guidance, the program has undergone a major transformation, from revitalizing curriculum to providing innovative new student support systems and cutting-edge technology.

While the fall admission cycle is closed, new prospective students are encouraged to begin their prerequisites as early as this summer by creating a plan with an SSC Counselor. The College has plans for launching an LPN-RN bridge pathway this year and has made progress towards its state-of-the-art Allied Health & Nursing Center at its Main Campus in South Holland, Illinois.

The SSC Nursing Program is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations (IDFPR) and the college is accredited by the North Central Higher Learning Commission (HLC), both critical components to proper credentialing and certification upon graduation. It is a two-year Associate in Applied Science curriculum that provides learning experiences directed by faculty in local hospitals and health agencies to focus on the direct nursing care for patients of all ages.

For more information about Nursing and other Allied Health Programs at SSC, please visit ssc.edu/success or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2260. Email CounselingCenterQuestions@ssc.edu for information about prerequisites and scheduling.
 

Photo of South Suburban College Associate Degree Nursing graduates receive their pins.South Suburban College Associate Degree Nursing graduates receive their pins.

Photo of South Suburban College Associate Degree Nursing graduates.South Suburban College Associate Degree Nursing graduates.

BCI Webinar: Building a Company Culture of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Business & Career Institute (BCI) of South Suburban College presents a four-part webinar entitled Building a Company Culture of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion starting Thursday, June 10th from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., with subsequent dates of June 24th, July 8th and July 22nd.

Research shows that companies that embrace diversity and inclusion drive innovative and profitable results, improve brand reputation and increase employee retention. Where do businesses start in creating a DEI program or build a DEI culture? How is an initiative like this even approached? Facilitated by Diversity, Equity & Inclusion expert Coya Castro, this series of webinars is designed to start meaningful conversations that foster profound change, contributing significantly to bridging the gap between diversity divides.

Who should attend?

  • Business owners, administrators, C-suite executives
  • Members of BODs
  • Supervisors, managers, team leaders
  • Human resources professionals
  • Employees

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: As an organizational development consultant, Castro’s ultimate goal is to help ensure the sustainability, health, and growth of organizations in order to maximize the support and empowerment of individuals, families, and communities. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from the University of Chicago, three Master’s Degrees and several certificates from North Park University. Castro’s expertise includes a multidisciplinary approach to researching and applying best practices in executive/leadership coaching, strategic planning and management, change management, HR, operations, finance, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to improve employee and organizational performance. There are 1.5. PDCs available for SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP and HRCI certification holders for each session attended.

The cost is $60 for all four sessions, or $20 per session. Once registered and paid, attendees will be sent a link for the webinar. To register, please email bci@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000 ext. 3251.

RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENT REQUIRED BY 5:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, JUNE 7th. For more details about the content of each workshop, please visit ssc.edu, call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3254 or email aglumac@ssc.edu.

South Suburban College Baseball Wins 13th Division I Regional Championship

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College Baseball Team captured their 13th Regional Championship on Friday following a 3-0 tournament sweep at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs earned a 16-8 victory over Kishwaukee College, followed by 8-4 and 16-6 wins over Triton College. The Bulldogs improved their season record of 41-17 – the 12th time they have reached the 40-win mark in school history.

“I am very proud of the hard work and dedication this group of players and coaches have put in,” said Head Coach Steve Ruzich. “It’s been four years since our last title and it feels good to bring the Regional Championship back to SSC.”

In the 16-6 Championship win over Triton, the Bulldogs were led by a solid start from freshman RHP Tommy Windt, who gave up just 1 earned run in 7 innings to get the win. The Bulldogs struck early and often with a 5-run second inning capped by sophomore Logan Anderson’s bases clearing double. The rest of the offense was provided by Tommy Windt (3-4), Conner Tomasic (2-4), JJ Rivera (1-3 with 4 RBI) and Jake Mucha (1-3 with 3 RBI). South Suburban’s Conner Tomasic, RHP and IF, was named the Regional Tournament MVP. The sophomore was lights out on the mound with a win and 8 strikeouts while going 5-9 at the plate with 4 RBI for the Bulldogs.

The 2021 Baseball Team boasts one of the top offenses in school history with an overall team batting average of .342 and 558 total runs scored – both top 5 in the Bulldogs record book. The team also had a season high 15-game winning streak from March 10 – April 1.

“This has been the hardest working group of guys I have been around,” Assistant Baseball Coach Marty Joyce. “We pushed them extremely hard this offseason, and they showed up every day with a willingness to get better. That is all you can ask for as a coach.”

Next up for the Bulldogs is their District Tournament opener on Wednesday, May 19th versus Wabash Valley College at 12:00 noon. The District Tournament will consist of South Suburban, Wabash Valley, Indian Hills (IA), and Kaskaskia. The winner of the four-team tournament will advance to the NJCAA Division I World Series, located in Grand Junction, Colorado.

For more information, contact Coach Ruzich at sruzich@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

2021 NJCAA Division 1 Region 4 Baseball Champions
PICTURED: The South Suburban College Bulldogs Baseball Team earned the Regional Championship at Bulldog Stadium last Friday.

Athletic Uniforms and Supplies

Please quote us your net cost on the following: athletic uniforms and supplies. Sealed bids and samples will be received up to the hour of 1:00 PM on June 2, 2021, in room 1233. Bids will be opened at that time in the Board Room, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. This is a public bid opening.

Bid is to be awarded on July 8, 2021.

South Suburban College’s Deshawndre Washington Named NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Player of the Year

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – For the second consecutive year, a South Suburban College Men’s Basketball player has been named National Player of the Year for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II. Sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington, of Morgan Park High School, added the highest accolade to his multiple awards garnered this season in leading the Bulldogs to a 20-6 record and 8th Place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

“I am extremely happy for, and proud of Deshawndre,” said Coach Pigatti. “He carried this team on his back all season long – quite an accomplishment considering the impact of COVID-19 this year. He really matured and developed his overall game. Deshawndre has a bright future and great things are destined for him.”

Washington averaged 27 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 2.7 steals per game during the 2021 campaign. He was also named to the NJCAA National Championship All-Tournament Team, Region IV Player-of-the Year, Midwest District Tournament MVP, and NJCAA 1st Team All-American. This is the second year in a row and now fourth player nine years to win National Player of the Year for the South Suburban program and Coach Pigatti.

For more information, contact Coach Pigatti at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2524, or email jpigatti@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

PICTURED ABOVE RIGHT: From the NJCAA Division II National Tournament: Bulldogs’ guard Deshawndre Washington was recently named NJCAA Division II National Player of the Year.

South Suburban College to Provide Rapid Testing in Oak Forest

Cook County Health expands walk-in service hours at SSC’s vaccination site.

OAK FOREST, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) is adding a second COVID-19 testing site at its Oak Forest Center (OFC) to provide free rapid testing through the SHIELD Illinois program. The OFC-SHIELD testing site will open on May 17th with availability initially limited to two days a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. If demand increases, dates and times will be expanded. To schedule an appointment, a SHIELD account must be created through Portal.shieldillinois.com using agency code: df5brbrj

SHIELD Illinois is a screening testing program and infrastructure that deploys the University of Illinois’ innovative saliva test across the state. SSC will be providing the SHIELD test at no cost, compared to $100 or more for a standard nasal swab test. Current notification time for the saliva test is less than 24 hours, compared to a several-day turnaround time for most available tests. Through advantages in cost, speed and accuracy, the saliva tests can increase access to testing and control spread.

Additionally, Cook County Health is further expanding its walk-in vaccination hours at South Suburban College’s Main Campus Gymnasium in South Holland. Walk-in vaccinations will now be available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last walk-in will be accepted at the posted closing times). No special residency, preregistration nor appointments are required. Anyone ages 16 and older (ages 16 and 17 with parent or guardian) may get vaccinated. Check ssc.edu for updates including the pending opening for ages 12-15 soon.

SSC’s drive-thru testing also continues four days a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary for the drive-thru tents set up at the College’s Main Campus northwest parking lot (not a rapid testing site).

South Suburban College’s Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. The Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

South Suburban College to Offer Ultimate Flexibility for College Degree Seekers for the Fall Semester – UPDATE

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) continues its efforts to provide flexibility to college degree seekers interrupted by the pandemic with a wide range of course delivery options for students to choose for the Fall 2021 Semester. While summer registration continues with online classes and a limited in-person schedule, the College announced the beginning of fall registration with its High Five modes of class delivery:

  1. In-Person Classes: In-person classes will be run at less than 50% classroom capacity with social distancing.
  2. Online Classes: Online classes are delivered entirely through the D2L Virtual Classroom. Look for section numbers between 300-399. TBA indicates asynchronous instruction.
  3. Virtual Classes: Virtual refers to synchronous online instruction through the D2L Virtual Classroom. Days, and times will be listed in the schedule for required live sessions. On-campus labs maybe required.
  4. Simulcast Delivery: Dual delivery class selection of limited in-person seating or virtual using D2L. Students must choose their preferred delivery mode section when registering. Virtual students are expected to be available at the scheduled class and lab times.
  5. Blended Delivery: Blended is a hybrid requiring students to meet in-person as well as complete additional requirements independently. Look for section numbers between 200-299. Days, times, and room numbers will be listed in the schedule for required live sessions.

SSC’s Online Application, Registration Services and Class Schedules are easily accessible from ssc.edu. The 2021 Summer Semester begins the week of Monday, June 7th and Fall Semester begins Monday, August 16th. Students are encouraged to register early to secure their preferred mode of instruction and schedule.

SSC previously announced the free laptop application and other technical supports such as hotspots to assist students with the virtual learning environment. Applications are accepted from www.ssc.edu/technology-relief-fund/. Former students make take advantage of a new one-time SSC Student Debt Relief Fund from www.ssc.edu/student-debt-relief-fund.

In addition to utilizing a live chat button at ssc.edu, prospective students may seek assistance with registration at (708) 210-5718 or email to registration&records@ssc.edu

South Suburban College to Host Legal Studies Virtual Open Houses in May

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College is hosting three Virtual Open Houses in May for its Legal Studies Programs of Court Reporting, Paralegal and Criminal Justice System. All of SSC’s Virtual Open House links are accessible from ssc.edu/info. Attendees can access the Open House via Zoom or call in to participate and become informed about exciting career pathways with significant expected employment growth.

SSC’s Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Program is offering a FREE Court Reporting A to Z class this summer, starting June 7th. The Court Reporting Virtual Open House will take place on Thursday, May 6th at 7 p.m. Court reporting is an interesting, challenging profession which offers a wide-open job market, flexible work schedule, and excellent income potential. Sophisticated technology has created exciting work in broadcast captioning and stenointerpreting. Court reporters and captioners can earn well over $80,000 per year, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data.

SSC’s Paralegal/Legal Assistant Program is hosting its Virtual Open House on Tuesday, May 18th at 7 p.m. Information will be provided about the curriculum – a 60-hour Associate Degree program and a 39-hour Certificate – designed to prepare students to become highly trained paralegals and legal assistants. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills and credentials to work in a variety of legal environments. SSC has the only American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal program in the Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana region, arming graduates with a significant advantage entering the workforce. Paralegal job opportunities are expected to grow more than 10% and the median annual salary is $53,000.

SSC’s Criminal Justice System Program is hosting its Virtual Open House on Monday, May 17th at 7 p.m. The CJS Program is designed for individuals seeking employment with, or upgrading skills for police agencies, correctional facilities, or security companies. The field of law enforcement and criminal justice is an exciting and rewarding career choice with the 2020 annual median salary over $67,000 in the field.

For more information about the Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Program, please contact LaTherese Cooke, Court Reporting Coordinator at (708) 596-2000, ext. 3217 or email LCooke@ssc.edu.

For more information about the Paralegal or CJS Programs, please contact Becky Walters, J.D., Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice Program Coordinator at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2579 or email bwalters@ssc.edu.

Summer and Fall Registration are open at SSC. Summer classes begin Monday, June 7th. Future SSC students can access more information, registration services, or Live Chat with SSC staff from ssc.edu.

South Suburban College to Host 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony with Keynote Dr. Ngozi Ezike

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College (SSC) will host its 93rd Commencement Ceremony on Facebook Live Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. SSC is committed to honoring the accomplishments of its Class of 2021 through a virtual platform that keeps health and safety a priority and eliminates potential health risks. Student recognitions, cap and gowns and commencement photos, and messages from several key stakeholders will be included in the program. Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), will serve as the College’s 2021 Commencement Speaker.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Ngozi Ezike as our Keynote Speaker,” said Dr. Lynette Stokes, South Suburban College President. “Dr. Ezike is a trailblazer who has been a thoughtful leader for our State while navigating challenging issues. We look forward to her commencement message for our future leaders.”
Dr. Ngozi Ezike is the first Black woman appointed to lead the IDPH, a 143-year old state agency. Dr. Ezike is a board-certified internist and pediatrician who previously worked for the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), where she served for more than 15 years. She also was medical director at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Dr. Ezike is a nationally recognized expert in the area of healthcare within the juvenile detention and justice systems. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, she is a Certified Correctional Health Professional and Diplomate of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.

Frank M. Zuccarelli will also provide his annual words of congratulations and advice to his future colleagues. “As an alumnus of South Suburban College and Chairman of the Board for over 40 years, Commencement is still my favorite occasion of the year. While I miss the opportunity to present diplomas in person to our graduates, I am proud that we are once again able to provide a fun and proper send-off, virtually. The Class of 2021 certainly deserves it!”

This year, South Suburban College will award over 500 degrees and certificates to graduating students. SSC completed a successful virtual commencement in 2020 with over 20,000 views on social media. Follow SouthSuburbanCollege on Facebook, or visit ssc.edu for more information.

Forklift Operator Training Coming to Oak Forest Center – REVISED

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College’s Business & Career Institute is offering Forklift Operator Training in April and May at the Oak Forest Center. This one-day certification course covers the basic forklift driving skills needed to obtain a Forklift Operator Certification.

The cost for each course is $175.00 per person. The April sessions will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, April 26th and Friday, April 30th. The May sessions will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 27th and Friday, May 28th.

The Forklift Operator Certification from the National Safety Council is available through these sessions at SSC for individuals who are looking for new career skills or for employers who are ensuring a safe and compliant workplace. Illinois requires all forklift operators to obtain a license to avoid OSHA sanctions and possible penalties. Forklift driving is no simple matter; it causes more than 100 deaths each year. A Certification Card from the National Safety Council will be issued to the student upon successful completion of the program. The course will enforce social distancing and use of PPEs.

WEI Sponsored Program: The Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) project is funded through ICCB to support qualified participants through the completion of short-term educational opportunities leading to employment. Benefits of the grant include free tuition and technology assistance, tutoring, academic and employment advising, and more. Email workforceequity@ssc.edu or visit ssc.edu/wei for more information.

For more information, please contact Gervaise Edwards at (708) 225-6032 or email gedwards@ssc.edu. SSC’s Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois, with convenient access from I-57, I-80, and I-294.

South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Team Advances to National Tournament

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Team defeated Bryant & Stratton College by a score of 82-71 on Friday to win the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region-IV Championship.

The Bulldogs were led by sophomore guard Deshawndre Washington’s 31 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore forward Chance Love chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds, and sophomore forward Tyronn Mosley scored 13 for the Bulldogs. Washington was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament, and Love was also named to the All-Tournament Team. Head Coach John Pigatti was named Region-IV Coach of the Year – marking the 11th time Pigatti has earned the award in 15 seasons at SSC.

“I am just very happy for the players – they have gone through so much this year,” said Coach Pigatti. “First, managing practice and games with COVID-19 restrictions. We were also proud to give up our home court so that SSC could provide the community with a mass vaccination site in our Gymnasium, but playing at a rec center was a big hurdle. I am happy this team has been rewarded with a Regional Championship. Now let’s see what happens at the National Championship Tournament!”

The Bulldogs now head to the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament which will be held April 20-24, 2021, with all game to be played at Danville Area Community College. The Bulldogs enter the tournament as the #3 seed and will play #14 Henry Ford (MI) College on Tuesday April 20th at 11 a.m. The Bulldogs qualified last year but were not able to participate due to the pandemic.

For more information, contact Coach Pigatti at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2524, or email jpigatti@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.
 

Photo of Bulldogs Head Coach John Pigatti is presented the 2021 Coach of the Year Award by Harry McGinnis, Triton College Athletic Director.

Photo of Bulldogs forward Deshawndre Washington is presented the Regional Tournament MVP Award by Harry McGinnis, Triton College Athletic Director.

PICTURED: Bulldogs Head Coach John Pigatti (pictured at left) and Tournament MVP Deshawndre Washington (right) were presented awards by Harry McGinnis, Athletic Director for tournament host Triton College, after the Bulldogs earned the Regional Championship on Friday.

BCI to Host Virtual Workshop: Navigating the Nebulous Waters of HR Documentation

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Business & Career Institute (BCI) of South Suburban College presents a virtual workshop entitled Navigating the Nebulous Waters of HR Documentation on Thursday, May 13th from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Managing the stacks of HR paperwork can be a daunting task. There seems to be a form for everything, making it difficult to keep track of what is important and what can be placed on hold. In this webinar, attorney Sonia D. Coleman will walk you through the most integral documents needed for recording purposes. She will cover three distinct areas: The Hiring Process (job offer through onboarding), Separation from Employment (letters of termination to acknowledgement of back pay) and various Policies and Procedures (disciplinary action to sexual harassment). There are 1.5. PDCs available for SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP and HRCI certification holders for each session.

This session is designed for veteran and new human resource professionals; supervisors, managers, team leaders; and anyone with designated HR responsibilities

Sonia D. Coleman, the founder and managing attorney of The Law Office of Sonia D. Coleman, P.C., is an accomplished attorney with experience in the counseling and representation of clients on a wide range of matters. Sonia is skilled in advising global clients on legal and business matters, including federal and state employment laws, such as: the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964). Sonia earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Howard University and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.

The cost to attend this virtual workshop is just $15. To register, please email bci@ssc.edu or call (708) 225-6055. RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENT ARE REQUIRED BY 5 PM ON TUESDAY, MAY 11th. For additional information, visit www.ssc.edu/bci, call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3254 or email aglumac@ssc.edu. Registrants will be emailed a link for access to the webinar.