It’s Not Too Late to Register for Spring – Late Start Classes Coming to South Suburban College February 11th

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–Registration for the Spring Semester at South Suburban College 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 February 11th and later.

Prospective students should get started with the Online Application at www.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. Both interactive and printable Spring Credit Class Schedules are also accessible online.

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.

Register soon – space is limited and classes may be subject to change. 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. 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.

Seeking Star Awards Nominations for The 2019 Chicago Women’s Conference

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College will be holding its 11th Annual Chicago Women’s Conference on Friday, March 15, 2019. The Women’s Conference Committee is seeking nominations for its 4th Annual STAR Awards. The STAR Awards recognize the accomplishments of fabulous women and encourage other women to also be STARS. The application deadline is Tuesday, February 12th and recipients are expected to be in attendance at the event.

The STAR Awards are presented for two different categories. The Alumna STAR Award will be presented for achievements by an outstanding South Suburban College (Thornton Junior College) alumna, and the Community STAR Award will recognize women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in business, community and/or education.

“How appropriate for our STAR Awards that this year’s theme is Leading the Way through Vision & Action,” said Nancy Burrows, Co-Chair, Women’s Conference Awards Committee. “We hope women from throughout the community and our college alumnae will nominate their deserving friends and colleagues and consider attending this truly enriching conference.”

The link for the STAR Nomination Form can be completed online from www.thechicagowomensconference.org/star-awards. If you have any questions, or for more information about the 2019 Women’s Conference, please contact Nancy Burrows at nburrows@ssc.edu. The Women’s Conference is held at SSC’s Main Campus in South Holland, IL.

Pictured: 2018 Women’s Conference STAR Award recipient Erika Gilchrist.

Bulldogs Basketball to Host Community Day

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The South Suburban College Basketball Programs will host the Bulldogs’ Annual Community Day on Saturday, February 2nd vs. Kishwaukee College. The #20-ranked Lady Bulldogs will tip off at 1:00 p.m. followed by the #1-ranked Men’s Team at 3:00 p.m.

All residents, businesses and employees of SSC District 510 and Lake County, Indiana, are encouraged to come out and see the exciting 2018-19 Bulldogs Basketball Teams free of charge. There will also be special raffles and prizes during the game.

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.

Bulldogs Baseball Program to Host Adult-Child Baseball Camps

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The South Suburban College Baseball Program and Head Coach Steve Ruzich will be conducting Adult-Child Baseball Camps February 15th through 17th for boys and girls ages 6 through 14. The Camps will feature sessions for pitching, catching, hitting and fielding while providing adults and children the opportunity to improve their knowledge of baseball skills and techniques. Kids will be given expert instruction and time to practice and improve their skills through a variety of station drills. Adults will be taught how to use effective teaching methods, provide instruction using proper skill techniques, and utilize effective drills.

Ruzich has coached the SSC Baseball Program for the past 32 years and has accrued over 1,000 wins with a winning percentage over 63%. Not only has he enjoyed success as a college coach and player, he has also established himself as a reputable youth baseball camp director around the state. In addition to Ruzich’s instruction, SSC baseball players will be on hand to help the campers develop and improve their skills. The players’ enthusiasm and expertise always adds to the camp’s success.

Each player should wear gym shoes and workout attire, and bring their own equipment. Adults should dress casual and wear gym shoes. The cost is $45 for one adult and one child per camp, and $40 per camp if enrolled in more than one. The cost is $30 for each additional child. Checks should be made payable to South Suburban College Baseball.

The camp options are as follows:

Pitching
Saturday, Feb. 16th from 9:00 am-11:30 am

Hitting
Saturday, Feb. 16th from 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 17th from 11:00 am-1:30 pm

Fielding
Friday, Feb. 15th from 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

The camps are located at Bulldog Field on SSC’s Main Campus at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL. For more information or to register, contact Coach Ruzich at (708) 225-5843, or email sruzich@ssc.edu.

South Suburban College Dean Anna Helwig Receives Recognition Award From District 228

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College’s Anna Helwig, Ph.D., Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) was presented with a Board Recognition Award from Bremen High School District 228 at their Students in Leadership Board Meeting this week. According to the District, the award is intended to acknowledge individuals who have provided above and beyond service or assistance to its students.

“We presented Dr. Helwig with the award because we are very thankful for all that she has done to help build such an impactful partnership among our schools, and she has been critical in providing many new opportunities for District 228 students,” said Renee Mack, Career Readiness Supervisor for BHSD 228. “Some of these opportunities include STEM Day, Manufacturing Day, the Robotics Olympics, and Dual Credit opportunities. She donated a 3-D printer on behalf of SSC to our IT staff and also trained our Industrial Tech teachers on programs using the College’s Maker Lab.”

Dr. Helwig said she has enjoyed working collaboratively with District 228 to engage high school students in all of the technology opportunities that SSC’s provides, including its Manufacturing Lab, Maker’s Lab, CNC Lab – all housed at its Oak Forest Center (OFC) near BHSD 228 schools. She also serves as the lead contact for the District’s Alternative Education Program and has assisted in creating new college classes for DELTA students, now housed at the OFC.

“It has been my pleasure working with the students of District 228 and alongside their outstanding teachers and administration,” said Dr. Helwig. “SSC looks forward to building new partnerships and seeing all of our students have great success in the years to come.”

For more information about SSC’s STEM programs and services, contact Dr. Helwig at (708) 210-5716 or AHelwig@ssc.edu, or visit options.ssc.edu

Bremen High School District 228 students Alonzo Arostegui (left) Jamal Cole (right) presented SSC’s Dr. Anna Helwig, Dean of STEM, with a Board Recognition Award as part of the District’s Students in Leadership Board Meeting this week.

ICCTA Presents Service Award to South Suburban College Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) Mike Monaghan made a special trip Thursday evening to the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of South Suburban College to acknowledge and present the ICCTA Service Award to Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli.

“The ICCTA would like to recognize Frank Zuccarelli for 40 years of dedicated service to the Board of South Suburban College, Community College District 510, and the Illinois Community College System,” said Monaghan at the open meeting. “Of the more than 2,000 trustees to serve since 1965, Frank is one of only four still serving with 40 or more years of service. So this wasn’t by accident, this is all about his leadership.”

Zuccarelli, a South Holland resident and SSC alumnus, 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 his Associate of Science Degree in 1976 and his Associate of Arts Degree in 1978. 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. He has served in this capacity for the college ever since.

“I would like to thank Mr. Monaghan and the ICCTA for this honor and especially all of the faculty, staff and administrators here now and through the years that I have had the privilege of serving with,” said Zuccarelli. “Our talented faculty are our best asset and they are what have kept me going here—all of us working together—that’s what makes it work and makes SSC so special.”

Established in 1927, South Suburban College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college with a diverse annual student population of more than 10,000. Located in South Holland, Illinois, SSC offers over 100 educational and career pathways through associate degree, certificate and transfer programs.

Frank M. Zuccarelli and Mike Monaghan of the ICCTA–Monaghan
Pictured from left to right: South Suburban College Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli and Mike Monaghan of the ICCTA–Monaghan attended SSC’s Jan. 10th Board Meeting to present Chairman Zuccarelli with a special service award.

SSC Echocardiography Garners Exclusive Accreditation, Graduates Earn 100% Pass Rate on National Licensing Exam

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College was recently notified that 100% of its 2018 Echocardiography Program graduates passed the critical certification exam of the CCI (Cardiovascular Credentialing International) for Registered Cardiac Sonographer. The news comes on the heels of the program’s first year under the exclusive accreditation of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The SSC Echocardiography Program is one of just three accredited by CAAHEP in the State of Illinois.

“We couldn’t be happier for our graduates on their success, and look forward to great things from them in the field of cardiac sonography,” said SSC’s Echocardiography Program Coordinator, Zubeir A. Haroun, MPH, MBChB, RDCS, RCS. “The quality of our program, technology and students just continues to grow. I’m very optimistic about our future and am very proud of the progressive collaboration of our Allied Health Department.”

SSC’s program received the maximum five year accreditation from CAAHEP – the main programmatic accreditor of the health sciences professions. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2,100 individual education programs in 30 health science occupations. CAAHEP accredited programs are assessed on an ongoing basis to assure that they meet the Standards and Guidelines of each profession.

Haroun said the program currently works with eleven regional hospitals providing clinical opportunities, and graduates are employed at Loyola University Medical Center, Advocate Christ Hospital, Advocate Trinity, Ingalls among other prominent Chicagoland and Indiana hospitals and medical centers.

Echocardiography or cardiac sonography, is a medical test that uses sound waves of high frequencies (ultrasonic) to create moving and still images of the heart. These pictures show the size and shape of the heart and how well the heart’s chambers and valves and other structures are working. Echocardiography has become an important tool in diagnosing or helping to diagnose heart diseases and conditions, and skilled cardiac sonographers are in high demand.

Interested applicants must complete prerequisites prior to application to the Echo Program for a fall enrollment cycle. In total with prerequisites, SSC’s Echocardiography AAS Degree requires 71 credit hours for completion, while its EKG Basic Certificate requires 27 hours. For more information, contact Zubeir A. Haroun at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2204 or ZHaroun@ssc.edu, or visit options.ssc.edu.

SSC to Offer a Free, Short-Term Highway Construction Careers Training Program in February

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College is offering a Free Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) this spring at their Oak Forest Center. Orientation and Assessment Testing will take place from January 22-25, 2019, with the program set to begin on February 25, 2019.

The Highway Construction Careers Training Program has been 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 develop the skills necessary for success in the workforce and consideration for well-paying highway construction trades careers. Some of those opportunities include but are not limited to cement mason, electrician, pipefitter, carpenter, laborer, and equipment operator.

Program participants must have a valid driver’s license and must be 18 years or older with a High School diploma or GED.

All orientation and assessment testing will be held at the Oak Forest Center – 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. For more information, please visit our website at www.ssc.edu/hcctp, call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3219, or email hcctp@ssc.edu. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740.

2016 HCCTP Class

HVAC/TC: DDC Conversion And Related Work

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 10:00 a.m. on February 01, 2019 for the following work: HVAC/TC: DDC CONVERSION AND RELATED WORK 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 January 14, 2019, 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. 100% Performance and Labor/Material Bonds 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 satisfactory performance and payment bonds, 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 January 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.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.

“Robin Hood” Coming to South Suburban College Stage

SOUTH HOLLAND – The Children’s Theatre Company of South Suburban College is producing the classic adventure tale The Adventures of Robin Hood, by Michele L. Vacca. The upcoming performances will take place on Saturdays, January 12th and 19th at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Additional performances are January 15th through 18th at 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Seating for weekday performances is limited and advance reservations are required.

The Adventures of Robin Hood is a delightful, fast moving and witty play suitable for a wide range of ages. Robin Hood (Juniper Boerman DeYoung of Thornton) and his Merry Band encounter the nasty and nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham (Malcolm Banks of Riverdale) who is about to collect taxes (again!). They immediately don disguises and the fun begins.

While the Sheriff and his hapless assistant Oswald (Jamel Williams of Chicago Heights) search aimlessly in the forest, Robin encounters a disguised Lady Marian (Taylor Michael of Lansing) and challenges her. She easily wins her right of way and Robin invites her to join him and his Band. In an effort to capture them, the Sheriff entices Robin and the Merry Band with an archery contest. When that doesn’t work, the sly Sheriff kidnaps Maid Marian. Robin vows pursuit.

The members of Robin’s Merry Band are Jonathon Gralewski of Lansing as Little John, Paul Braun of Highland, IN, as Will Scarlett, Pat Nevins of Homewood as Friar Tuck. Also included in the cast are Sandy Wagner of Lansing as Nell the Innkeeper, Betty Neil of Markham as Midge the Miller.

The Adventures of Robin Hood is directed by Ellie Shunko of Lansing; the stage manager is June Wagner of Chicago Heights; costumes are by Joanna Tassin of Park Forest; lighting is Lydia and Dominic Bellamy-Palma of Park Forest; fight choreography is by William Boerman-Cornell of South Holland, and the scenic artist is designed by Kyley Hobgood of Calumet City. Jordan Swierczyna of Robbins is the production assistant.

Tickets are only $5 and large group discounts are also available. Call (708) 210-5741 to make reservations. For additional information, email boxoffice@ssc.edu or visit the theatre website at http://learn.ssc.edu/theatre/.

South Suburban College 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 and is also accessible by Metra. Free, ample, well-lit parking is available.

Cast of "Robin Hood"
Back Row (from left to right): Pat Nevins of Homewood, Sandy Wagner of Lansing, Paul Braun of Highland and Jonathon Gralewski of Lansing.
Front Row (from left to right): Jamel Williams of Chicago Heights, Malcolm Banks of Riverdale, Juniper Boerman DeYoung of Thornton, Taylor Michael of Lansing and Betty Neil of Markham.

It’s Not Too Late to Enroll in College this Spring–Classes begin January 14th at SSC

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– General Registration for the Spring 2019 Semester at South Suburban College (SSC) is currently in progress. Spring classes begin Monday, January 14, at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. The Spring 2019 Schedule is available online from www.ssc.edu. The college is closed for Holiday Break from December 20, 2018, through January 1, 2019. Regular business hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

The deadline to submit an application for Financial Aid for the Spring Semester is January 4, 2019. Current and prospective students are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov using institution code 001769, or from the new myStudentAid app. that is available from both the Apple App. Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android). Students who wish to use financial aid as payment for spring classes must have an official high school or GED transcript on file. Official transcripts must have a school seal and graduation date on them. Transcripts can be hand-delivered to the Admissions Office or mailed to: Office of Admissions (15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473). If a transcript is hand-delivered it must be in the original sealed, unopened envelope.

New students must apply online at www.ssc.edu to begin the enrollment process. Once completed, new students will receive an SSC email account via email which will allow access to the interactive online schedule and class registration.

Contact the Office of Admissions at (708) 210-5718 for enrollment information. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

Carpet and Carpeting Supplies

Please quote us your net cost on the following: purchase of carpet and carpeting supplies. Sealed bids will be received up to the hour of 10:00 AM on January 9, 2019, in room 2115. Bids will be opened at that time in the President’s Conference Room, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. This is a public bid opening.

Only sealed bids will be accepted. The envelope must be clearly marked to indicate it contains a bid, as well as the bid title and opening date and sent to the attention of Purchasing. Facsimiles will not be accepted. The results of the bid will be posted online at www.ssc.edu/purchasing after the bid is awarded. We estimate, but do not guarantee, the bid(s) will be awarded at the February 14, 2019 Board of Trustees meeting.

SSC Lady Bulldogs Basketball Coach Darrell Scott Wins 500

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College Head Women’s Basketball Coach Darrell Scott earned his 500th victory as the leader of Lady Bulldogs. Scott recently reached the milestone with a 78-32 win on the road vs. Oakton Community College. The win catapulted Coach Scott’s career record at SSC to 500-395 since 1992.

“Even though this is a personal accomplishment, it’s still more of a team accomplishment to me,” said Coach Scott. “The number 500 is a testament to all of the student athletes that I have coached over these number of years—they put in the hard work and effort. They allowed me to push them and create an environment of success at South Suburban College. I’m very proud of what these young ladies have given me.”

Coach Scott is a 1987 graduate of Grinnell College and his 26 years at SSC have been his first and only head coaching job in the women’s ranks. He was inducted into to the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Region IV Hall of Fame in 2016.

Darrell Scott’s teams have made five appearances at the national tournament, have won five Regional Championships, and have been region finalists several more times. Scott also has coached 12 NJCAA All-Americans during his tenure.

Coach Scott added, “While we’ve had some great years, many good years, and a few decent years, each team is special and this year is no different. And I believe this 2018 team has a legitimate shot at getting back to the National Tournament.”

The Lady Bulldogs are 6-3 on the season at the time of this publication. SSC Athletics maintains the women’s teams of basketball, softball, volleyball and soccer, and the men’s teams of baseball, basketball and soccer. For more information, please contact Steve Ruzich, Athletic Director at (708) 225-5843 or visit ssc.edu/athletics. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Photo of Coach Darrell Scott
Pictured: SSC Head Women’s Basketball Coach Darrell Scott was all smiles after earning his 500th win in a November road game at Oakton.

Fermin Barbosa’s Exhibition “Un Paseo Por el Mercado” Exhibiting at South Suburban College’s Dulgar Gallery

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College (SSC) is pleased to present an exhibition of art works by Fermin Barbosa. “Un Paseo Por el Mercado” will be on display in the Dulgar Gallery from December 12th through the Artist Reception on January 23, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.

Born in Salvatierra, Guanajuato, Mexico on September 2, 1993, Fermin Barbosa is a Mixed Media artist currently residing in Kankakee, Illinois. He earned a BFA from Governors State University and is currently the Gallery Coordinator at the Feed Arts & Cultural Center in Kankakee.

Within Barbosa’s artwork, there is an established balance between geometric and natural forms. A formalist in practice, Barbosa focuses in on the elements of art, while painting in a spontaneous fashion. Barbosa’s pictures are hashed images rooted in his subconscious that are inspired by the grit and hard edge of urban environments, the contour and color of organic forms, graphic design, fashion, and art history. He uses a variety of methods and materials from painting and collaging to assemblage and drawing.

The public is welcome to visit the art exhibition and reception at no charge. The Dulgar Gallery is on the 1st Floor of SSC’s Main Campus. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and for the holiday season from December 21st through January 1, 2019.

For more information, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2300, visit www.ssc.edu/art, or email etucker@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

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Pictured: “Un Paseo Por el Mercado” by Fermin Barbosa, exhibiting at South Suburban College December 12, 2018 through the Artist Reception on January 23, 2019

South Suburban College Nursing Graduates Receive 100% Pass Rate on National Exam

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– As the South Suburban College (SSC) Nursing Class of 2020 began their journey in August full of excitement and anticipation, the most recent graduates proudly achieved a 100% pass rate on the daunting NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) for registered nurses. 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 recent graduate success is the culmination of four consecutive years above the annual national average pass rates for an average of 94% since the program reopened in 2013.

South Holland resident Catherine Newport, 31, was one of the 2018 graduates. She is a wife and mom of two boys, and worked a full-time night shift while earning her Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at SSC. “I had a few personal struggles during my nursing education, but every single instructor I had was very supportive and willing to work with me,” said Newport. “Passing the NCLEX was surreal – immediately after finishing I remember thinking it was two years of the toughest program for a 35-minute test, but when I got my pass I was elated!”

Just two weeks after graduation Newport embarked on her nursing career at Community Hospital in Munster, IN, on a cardiovascular outpatient floor. “My clinical experience through SSC along with working as a PCT at Rush in the cardiac intensive care unit prepared me well for the workforce,” added Newport. “SSC’s program also showed me how independent and self-motivated I can be. But honestly, nothing fully prepares you for stepping on that nursing unit for the first time with people’s lives in your hands!”

The SSC Nursing Program has undergone a major transformation over the past five years, from revitalizing curriculum to providing innovative new student support systems and cutting-edge technology.

“New students are realizing the benefits of small class sizes and a student-centered approach,” said Dr. Lynette D. Stokes, SSC President. “While the smaller numbers are beneficial to student development and more one-on-one student-teacher instruction, we are really looking forward to growing the program and continuing to support our Nursing students in every way possible in the years to come.”

Immediate growth includes hiring two new full-time faculty and a lab supervisor, said Dr. Stokes. The faculty also look forward to the arrival of their newest acquisition—Victoria—a high fidelity birthing simulator. Long-term, the college is working to increase awareness to expand the Nursing student population with an eye toward a state-of-the-art Allied Health & Nursing Center, which is in the planning and development stage for the college’s Main Campus in South Holland.

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. For more information about enrolling in the SSC Nursing Program at SSC, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2260. For information about the SSC Nursing job postings, please visit www.ssc.edu.

South Holland resident Catherine Newport
Pictured: South Holland resident Catherine Newport was a part of SSC’s Nursing Class of 2018 that achieved a perfect pass rate on the NCLEX.

SSC Bulldog’s Baseball Program Hosting Catching Camp December 26th and 27th

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College Head Baseball Coach Steve Ruzich will be directing a two-day Catching Camp on Wednesday, December 26th and Thursday, December 27th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Coach Ruzich has directed youth camps for the past 33 years and has taught baseball skills at many other baseball camps throughout the state.

This clinic will provide catching instruction in the areas of blocking, calling a game, pick offs, pop throwing times, stance and footwork, drills for practice, pop ups, handling pitchers, and conditioning. In addition to Ruzich’s instruction, Bulldog baseball players will be on hand to help and develop skills. The players’ enthusiasm and expertise always adds to the camp’s success. The Catching Camp is open to boys ages 8-18. All players should bring their glove and gear. All participants should wear baseball or sweat pants and gym shoes, and boys must wear cups.

Coach Ruzich was an All-American catcher at the College of St. Francis. He graduated in 1985 and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. Coach Ruzich had a short stint as a pro catcher before coming to SSC as Head Baseball Coach in 1987, where he has compiled a winning record of 1150-673.

The cost of the Catching Camp is $100, and checks should be made payable to “SSC Bulldogs Baseball.” Enrollment is limited, so early registration is suggested. South Suburban College is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL. For more information contact Coach Ruzich at (708) 225-5843.

South Suburban College December 2018 Music Performances

Please note: This calendar is correct at the time of publication and is subject to change. All events are held in the Kindig Performing Arts Center (PAC) on South Suburban College’s Main Campus and admission is FREE for these events (donations are appreciated to benefit the Music Scholarship Fund). For more information or to confirm dates and times, call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2316 or visit www.ssc.edu/calendar. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

December 3, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
Orchestra & Chamber String Ensemble Concert

The SSC Chamber String Ensemble and the SSC Orchestra will return to perform the second concert in the Fall semester. Join the SSC Orchestra, under the direction of Professor Phil Bauman, as they present classical favorite and seasonal selections sure to warm your hearts. Music from around the world representing various nationalities will be presented. Don’t be surprised if you are encouraged to lend your voice to concert!

December 4, 2018 – 2:00 p.m.
Student Recital

The Student Recital will feature our applied music students singing and playing musical works from the Baroque period to the twenty-first century.

December 5, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
Jazz Orchestra Concert

The SSC Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Professor Sam Hankins, will be performing our winter concert.

December 7, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Concert

Join our annual holiday concert featuring the SSC Symphonic Band, SSC Orchestra, SSC Voices, and PAC Rats Theatre Company.

South Suburban College Cuts Ribbon on SSC Circle

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College hosted a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for a new state-of the-art facility called SSC Circle on November 8, 2018. SSC Circle is a student assistance center that will serve as a “one-stop-shop” for students with questions about the registration, financial aid and payment processes, and will be a new “front door” for first-time students, said Robin Rihacek, Executive Director of Enrollment & Retention Services.

“This facility has been a goal of ours for almost eight years,” said Rihacek. “It is so rewarding to see it come together because of donations as a part of our 90th Anniversary. SSC Circle is going to a great benefit to our students.”

The SSC Foundation launched the 90 for 90 Capital Campaign in 2017 in hopes of finally making SSC Circle a reality on campus. The campaign sought donations from college employees, alumni, board members and community partners throughout the college’s 90th Anniversary year with a goal to raise $90,000, which the college matched. All donors are recognized on a donor display in front of SSC Circle, located on the 2nd floor of the Main Campus in South Holland.
“SSC Circle is a great example of how much we can accomplish when we all work as a team to make a difference,” said Frank M. Zuccarelli, Chairman of the SSC Board of Trustees. “I would like to thank all of our donors who made this project possible so that SSC can continue to grow and provide the best possible services for our students.”
In addition to capital projects, the SSC Foundation provides students of all ages, backgrounds and academic pursuits with critical scholarship assistance. The Foundation once again awarded over $100,000 in scholarship funds for Academic Year 2019 and has now surpassed $2 million in total scholarships since 1989. The Foundation is currently seeking tax deductible donations for its annual Scholarship Donor Drive through the end of the year. Contact the SSC Foundation Office at (708) 225-5846, email foundation@ssc.edu or visit www.ssc.edu/foundation to learn more or to donate.

SSC’s Robin Rihacek, Executive Director of Enrollment & Retention Services and Frank Zuccarelli cut the ribbon to officially open SSC Circle, a new student assistance facility.
Pictured with Scissors: South Suburban College’s Robin Rihacek, Executive Director of Enrollment & Retention Services and Frank Zuccarelli, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, cut the ribbon to officially open SSC Circle, a new student assistance facility at the college’s Main Campus in South Holland.

Court Reporting Program Open House Coming to Oak Forest December 6th

OAK FOREST, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) is hosting a Court Reporting Open House on Thursday, December 6th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Oak Forest Center—Room 5190. The Open House will showcase this unique profession and wide-open job market, along with SSC’s program and curriculum. SSC is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and its Court Reporting Program is one of a few in the Chicagoland area that is certified by the National Court Reporters Association.

Court reporting is an interesting, challenging field that can provide a flexible work schedule with an income potential of $100,000 or more. Many closed-captioning reporters work out of their homes, for example. There is a severe shortage of skilled reporters in the Chicago area, and courts need court reporters to record trials ranging from the Laquan McDonald murder to car accidents. Reporters also provide closed captioning of live television such as the news and sporting events such as football, baseball, and basketball games to aid the hearing impaired.

Court reporters use machine shorthand to capture the spoken word quickly and accurately. The use of sophisticated computer equipment has broadened the nature of the profession. SSC’s program focuses on the theory behind it all, with an emphasis on judicial reporting.

To RSVP or for more information call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3217 or email LCooke@ssc.edu The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois.

Winter Preparedness Snow and Ice Conference Coming to Oak Forest

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College is presenting a Winter Preparedness Snow and Ice Conference designed for Public Works directors, supervisors and operators on November 14th and 15th. These workshops are also valuable for snow plowing company owners/managers and operators. The conference will be offered in three sessions at SSC’s Oak Forest Center and feature award winning presenters Chris Walsh, retired Director of Operations of Beloit Public Works, and Stephen McCracken,The Conservation Foundation. The cost of theses workshops is just $28 per person. New chloride regulations require training as part of compliance.

THREE SEPARATE SESSIONS FOR PUBLIC WORKS MANAGERS, DIRECTORS AND OPERATORS

The Basics of Snow & Ice Wednesday, November 14th from 11:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Planning for winter operations is critical for leaders and involves thinking and planning before,during and after a storm. This session will focus on safety, establishing policies and procedures, fostering excellence in staff, complying with new chloride regulations, and updates and changes in products and the industry.

Thursday, November 15, from 7:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and duplicate session from 11:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Every winter season needs to start out with the basics of preparing for winter operations. The workshops will cover snow and ice basics—safe, efficient and effective winter operations, environmental concerns including new chloride regulations, and communications such as policies and procedures during winter operations.

This conference is partially sponsored by SNI Solutions. For more information, please email Nancy Burrows at NBurrows@ssc.edu. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois.

South Suburban College Students Gain Valuable Insights from Exclusive DLS Conference in Chicago

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) recently sent 10 students to the 2nd Annual DLS Conference at the Swiss Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, from October 19-20, 2018. Created BET media mogul Louis Carr, the exclusive dirty little secrets conference geared towards young African American men promotes leadership, community involvement, and strategies to succeed in work and life. Carr invited South Suburban to select a handful of student participants at no charge to expose them to the notable panel of highly successful leaders and entrepreneurs who were presenting at this year’s two-day event.

“This was a one of a kind opportunity to hear real life stories from highly successful men of color that truly motivated me to stay on the right track,” said Babatunde Adamson, 20, of Hazel Crest. “It was also an excellent networking event, and I was able to meet someone who will serve as my peer mentor.”

Self-proclaimed as “not a traditional conference – it’s a movement,” the DLS event was created to challenge men of color to become leaders in their communities. It aims to change the narrative by not only inspiring, but also by providing men tools and strategies to succeed immediately. Topics include Money, Entrepreneurship, Relationships and Health. DLS provides an environment that allows men to ask anything and give them the courage to hear a transparent, honest answer.

“DLS was a very informative event that had a great mix of celebrity and empowerment leaders sharing an amazing amount of wisdom about different approaches to life, goal setting and responding to challenges,” added Jaleel Harris, 24, of Chicago. “It’s a privilege to be a student and to get to experience unique and inspiring opportunities like these through South Suburban College.”

Louis Carr has generated 7 billion dollars in revenue over his 32-year career at BET Networks. He is the only African American to head up national sales for a major cable company. Serving BET’s President of Media Sales, Carr has transformed some of the biggest brands in the United States. A complete list of speakers and more conference details can be found from www.dlsmen.com

South Suburban College provides a variety of support services and leadership opportunities to its students in addition to a wide range of academic program options. For more information about opportunities at SSC, please visit www.ssc.edu. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois.

Photo of SSC Business Major Jaleel Harris at the 2nd Annual DLS Conference in Chicago with Louis Carr
Pictured from left to right: South Suburban College Business Major Jaleel Harris at the 2nd Annual DLS Conference in Chicago with Louis Carr, President of Media Sales BET Network, Author, Mentor, & Philanthropist.

Veterans Appreciation Day at South Suburban College Nov. 8th

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College will host its annual Veterans Appreciation Day in the MB Financial Bank Business Suite on Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is open to the community.

SSC Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli will provide the introductions. Mr. Zuccarelli is a Veteran of the Air Force. Additionally, a Veterans Panel comprised of SSC faculty, staff, and students who have served their country proudly will assemble and share experiences. U.S. Veteran and Dean of Adult Education, Matthew Beasland, will moderate the discussion and provide historical commentary.

Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life and Leadership at (708) 210-5737. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL 60473

South Suburban College to Host Free Family Reading Night

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College’s Adult Volunteer Literacy Program is hosting its annual Family Reading Night event on Tuesday, November 13th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the college’s Performing Arts Center Lobby. The public is encouraged to join SSC for this free event to find out about community literacy while enjoying stories and presentations. There will also be free books for children, raffles, interactive games and refreshments.

Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating in so many ways for adults and children 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 Adult Education Department administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE/GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE).

For more information about Family Reading Night or the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, please contact Raylynn Stokes, coordinator, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email rstokes@ssc.edu. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois. This event is sponsored in part by the SSC Foundation.

Family Reading Night Flyer

Former South Suburban Basketball Star Drafted into NBA G-League

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–Former Hillcrest High School and South Suburban College (SSC) men’s basketball star player – Jovan Mooring – was drafted in the first round by the Grand Rapids Drive of the National Basketball Association (NBA) G-League during their annual draft on October 13, 2018. Mooring, a 6’2” Guard, was the 13th pick overall.

“Jo Mooring is a ‘once in a lifetime’ player for any coach—he has a great feel for the game and his competitiveness and drive match his incredible talent,” said his South Suburban Head Coach, John Pigatti. “This is a huge day for Bulldogs Basketball to see one of our own get to the NBA, and congratulations to Jovan. He was a hard worker and a good student, and is an even better person. He still comes back to SSC when he’s home and practices with our kids.”

Mooring averaged 26.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.8 assist, and 3 steals per game during the 2015-16 season for the Bulldogs. With his production and leadership, the Bulldogs finished 3rd at the National Championship Tournament with a 34-3 record––good for best in the nation that year and tops in school history. Bulldogs Head Coach John Pigatti was named Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Junior College Division II Coach of the Year after the season.

“It’s ironic that in one of the best performances I have ever seen, Jo scored 51 points for us at Grand Rapids Community College in 2016,” said Coach Pigatti. “He’s the only player I have ever coached to get a standing ovation from the crowd, when he walked off the court that night.”

Mooring was the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Player-of-the-Year at SSC before transferring to University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to play for the Rebels and 2015 Western Athletic Association Coach of the Year (WAC), Marvin Menzies. Mooring recently graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree from UNLV.

Jovan Mooring in action at SSC in 2015
Pictured with ball: Former Hillcrest High School and South Suburban player – Jovan Mooring – was drafted into the NBA G-League last weekend.

Registration is in Progress for Spring 2018 Classes at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–Open Registration for the Spring 2018 Semester at South Suburban College (SSC) is in progress. Spring classes begin Monday, January 14th at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. The deadline to submit an application for financial aid for the Spring Semester is January 4, 2019.

SSC offers over 100 educational pathways through its cutting edge career programs, transferable credits or professional certifications programs. Visit www.options.ssc.edu for more information about SSC’s program options.

Students may apply online at www.ssc.edu to begin the enrollment process. New students will receive an SSC email account and a self-service Username & Password via email which will allow access to the online schedule and class registration. Registration Services are currently open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Current and prospective students are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov using institution code 001769. Students who wish to use financial aid as payment for spring classes must have an official high school or GED transcript on file. Official transcripts must have a school seal and graduation date on them. Transcripts can be hand-delivered to the Admissions Office or mailed to: Office of Admissions (15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473). If a transcript is hand-delivered it must be in the original sealed, unopened envelope.

Please contact the Office of Admissions at (708) 210-5718 for enrollment information. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois

Laurie LeBreton’s “Evidence of Things Unseen” Exhibiting at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College (SSC) is pleased to present an exhibition of art works by Laurie LeBreton “Evidence of Things Unseen,” from October 29th through the Artist Reception in the Lee Dulgar Gallery on November 27th at 10:30 a.m.

“I create my own evidence through sculpture, with handmade paper as my primary medium,” said LeBreton. “The creative interactions of others with their own spirits are a constant source of inspiration for me. Many of my influences come from popular religious culture: Haitian altars, Indian roadside shrines, 15th Century Japanese Buddhas and the simple artifacts sold outside South American cathedrals. For me, paper is the ideal medium to explore these ideas.”

LeBreton has exhibited widely in the Chicago area, across the country and internationally. She will have two solo shows this fall, and later in the year will be part of a three-person show at the Evanston Art Center.

The public is welcome to visit the art exhibition and reception at no charge. The Dulgar Gallery is on the 1st Floor of SSC’s Main Campus. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. For more information, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2445 or ext. 2316, or visit www.ssc.edu/art. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Joyful Things Single: a sculpture
Pictured: “Joyful Noise Single” by Laurie LeBreton, exhibiting at South Suburban College October 29th through the Artist Reception on November 27th.

Nina Weiss Art Exhibition Coming to South Suburban College’s Dorothea Thiel Gallery through November 20th

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College is pleased to present a solo exhibition entitled “A Passion for Landscape: Nina Weiss.” The exhibition will be on display in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery October 22 – November 20, 2018. An Artist Lecture and Reception will take place on October 25th in Room 4340 and Gallery from 12 Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Artist Nina Weiss lives and works in Evanston Illinois. She has taught classes and workshops at colleges and art schools throughout the country and travels to Europe each summer to teach her European Landscape Painting and Drawing Workshops in Italy, France, and Ireland. She has been painting and drawing the landscape for over 30 years. Her work is represented by galleries and in private and corporate art collections including United Airlines, Aetna Insurance, McDonalds, Eli Lilly, and Avon. Her work has been included in Hollywood films and television shows such as “Chicago Fire” and is licensed in prints and posters. Exhibitions include the New York Art Expo, Koehnline Art Museum, J. Petter Galleries, The Art Center Highland Park, Union League Club and more. Weiss’ publications include the books “100 Artists of the Midwest,” “Artists Homes & Studios” and “The Chicago Art Scene.” Her videos include two instructional painting videos for the Craftsy Company, and Prismacolor. Visit ninaweiss.com or learn about Weiss’ workshops from artendeavors.org.

The Dorothea Thiel Gallery is located on the fourth floor and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The 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 contact (708) 596-2000 ext. 2316.

"Deep Prairie"; media oil on canvas
Pictured: “Deep Prairie,” media oil on canvas by Nina Weiss with her solo exhibition coming to South Suburban College through November 20th.

Ellen Campbell’s “La Louche” Exhibition at South Suburban College with Artist Reception Thursday

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College (SSC) is pleased to present an exhibition of art works by Ellen Campbell titled “La Louche,” through an October 18th Artist Reception in the Lee Dulgar Gallery from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The animate world—the non-technical—what is generally called nature, is receding from the constructed world. What remains are denatured, proliferating and commodified expressions of a largely abandoned place, ersatz images and products that pretend to the natural; the souvenirs of spoliation. Campbell uses these manufactured, denatured renditions of the organic world to create new visual and psychological relationships, accommodating the malformed nostalgia of cheap goods to reanimate them in a fantastical state of nature. Through shifts and palette and an intimate close-up perspective she attempts to mirror the tension between the technological accelerations of modern existence and the wished-for endurance of the natural world.

Ellen Campbell’s paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and cultural centers in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, Iowa and Chicago. Campbell is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Yaddo and Ucross Foundation artist residencies. In addition, her work is in many private and corporate collections. Ellen Campbell received her M.F.A. from the University of Chicago and her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives, works and teaches in Chicago.

The public is welcome to visit the art exhibition and reception at no charge. The Dulgar Gallery is on the 1st Floor of SSC’s Main Campus. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. For more information, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2445 or ext. 2316, or visit www.ssc.edu/art. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Painting entitled "Red Tidybag"

SSC Foundation Seeks Scholarship Donations for Local College Students

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL –The South Suburban College Foundation (SSCF) is seeking year-end gifts from those who wish to help make a difference in the lives of local college students in need of financial assistance. The SSCF Annual Scholarship Donor Drive will continue through the end of the year, providing both a charitable gift opportunity and tax-deduction for all donors.

This support provides scholarship assistance each year to many students who otherwise would be unlikely to begin or complete their college education. One-hundred percent (100%) of Donor Drive donations benefit scholarship and student assistance funds. Whether it is a high school graduate, an unemployed resident looking for a career change, or a single parent pursuing their college degree for the first time, the SSCF offers scholarship opportunities to all students in need. Helping students achieve their college dream can give them the tools to improve their lives and their communities.

All scholarship contributions to the SSCF are 100% tax-deductible (TIN: 23- 7191736). The SSCF staff works cooperatively with individuals and organizations to develop a donor plan of any level. New scholarships can also be established with a $1,000 donation.

Donations may be made online at www.ssc.edu/foundation/, via PayPal to foundation@ssc.edu or mailed to “SSC Foundation” at 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, IL 60473.

At SSC, 90% of students fall under the low income, first generation or disabled criteria. The SSCF once again awarded over $100,000 in total awards to students in 2018, and has now granted over $2 million since 1987. For more information, please contact the Foundation Office at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2697 or foundation@ssc.edu.

“The Mask Behind The Mask” Photographs by David Hauptschein at South Suburban’s Photo Four Gallery

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL –The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College is pleased to announce a special guest artist exhibition titled The Mask Behind the Mask, Photographs by David Hauptschein, in the Photo Four Gallery from now through its closing reception on October 24th at 12:30 p.m. The Photo Four Gallery is located in Room 4338 on the 4th Floor of SSC’s Main Campus.

Hauptschein is currently working on several series of photo-based digital paintings. Selections from Never Before Seen and The Mask Behind the Mask were exhibited at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago in 2016. Additionally, Hauptschein is an award-winning playwright, director, and producer. He also created an award-winning experimental animated short film entitled Fecundation.

SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge.

For more information, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2445 or visit www.ssc.edu/art. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

The Mask Behind The Mask in the Photo 4

Open Auditions for Robin Hood at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The Children’s Theatre Company of South Suburban College announces auditions for its annual play for young audiences. This year’s offering will be Michele L. Vacca’s “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” Auditions are open to all students and community members aged 18 and up.

Readings will be held on October 4th and on October 5th at 7 p.m. in the Kindig Performing Arts Center at the South Suburban College Main Campus, 15800 State Street, in South Holland. No prior experience or prepared material is necessary.

This delightful, fast moving and humorous play is directed by Ellie Shunko, manager of the Kindig Performing Arts Center and Lansing resident. Shunko is looking for five men and four women, plus various and sundry “Merrie Personages” to fill the cast.

“The characters in the show are quite a bit of fun,” says Shunko. “The women in the show are not fluffy set decoration. They are quick, witty and saucy. Maid Marian will best Robin in a duel.” There will be a considerable amount of action in the show including jumping, running and sword play. Actors should be “prepared to run a marathon” for the rehearsals and performances.

Copies of the script are available in the South Suburban College library. Most rehearsals will take place 3-4 evenings each week. Cast members are required to attend all dress rehearsals and performances.

Performances are scheduled for January 12 and 19, 2019, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., January 15-18, 2019, at 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. each day. For more information, email ssctheatre@ssc.edu or visit the Kindig Performing Arts Center website at http://learn.ssc.edu/theatre/. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

South Suburban College Music Events – October 2018

Please note: This calendar is correct at the time of publication and is subject to change. All events are held in the Kindig Performing Arts Center (PAC) on SSC’s Main Campus and admission is FREE (donations are appreciated to benefit the Music Scholarship Fund).

October 10, 2018 – 7 pm – PAC
Jazz Orchestra Concert

Under the direction of Prof. Sam Hankins, the SSC Jazz Orchestra will be performing our first concert.

October 15, 2018 – 7:00 pm – PAC
Orchestra & Chamber String Ensemble Concert

The concert will feature the two new music ensembles in the Music Department: the SSC Chamber String Ensemble (directed by Prof. David Howard) and the SSC Orchestra. Under the direction of Prof. Phil Bauman, the Orchestra will present a diverse program of string music encompassing a wide range of musical styles, including the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with memorable selections from West Side Story and other favorite composers of “Lenny.”

October 17, 2018 – 12:00 pm – PAC
Lecture Recital: “Joy and Sorrow”

Through the lens of music, we will explore the complex mixture of joys and sorrows that comprise the human experience. SSC cellist Patricia White, guest violinist Tamara Ringas and SSC pianist Marilyn
Bourgeois will present, in various combinations, an assortment of works of music that give voice, as only richly glorious music can, to the emotional spectrum.

October 19, 2018 – 7:00 pm – PAC
SSC Voices & Symphonic Band Concert

The SSC Voices, under the direction of Prof. Doug Ulreich, will be performing famous choral works, including Up, Up and Away, Twilight Time, Hush! Somebody’s Calling My Name, The Joy of Living, and I Know that My Redeemer Lives. Under the direction of Prof. Jeff Brath, the SSC Symphonic Band will present various styles of band music.


For more information or to confirm dates and times, call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2316. South Suburban College is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

The PAC Rats Theatre Company of South Suburban College Presents Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – Spies, murder, love, suspense and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life at South Suburban College’s Kindig Performing Arts Center. Performances will take place on September 21 and 28, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., and September 22, 29 and 30, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

Through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is a triple feature that recreates a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence, and a devastating revelation of spies and subterfuge. The stage setting is that of a typical radio station of the 1940s. The PAC Rats Radio Players perform not only the characters for The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, but also generate the wide variety of sound effects needed to bring the stories to life.

The show is directed by Lansing resident Sandra Wagner, who has a passion for the Old Time Radio genre. “The creation of live sound effects is a true art form,” said Wagner. “It’s also called ‘foley’ after movie sound pioneer Jack Foley. Legend has it that Jack walked 5000 miles in the studio doing footsteps. He was a true genius.”

Vintage Hitchcock, written by Joe Landry, features the vocal and foley talents of Heather Young of Chicago, Sabrina Smith of Dolton, Paul Braun of Highland, IN, Bob Colton, Marilyn Kopacz and Pat Nevins, all from Homewood, Charlie Furtek of Lansing, Kevin Hathaway of Park Forest, Kimberly Azana of Posen, Malcolm Banks of Riverdale, Catherine Hundt, Chris Johnson and Ashley Orendorff, all from Thornton.

The behind the scenes artists are costume designer JoAnna Tassin of Park Forest with costume assistants Joan Sehlke of Dolton, and Judy Welch of Sauk Village. The sound engineer is Jordan Swierczyna of Robbins. Angela Martin of Midlothian is the production manager. June Wagner is the stage manager and Ellie Shunko is the set designer, both of whom are from Lansing.

Photo of the cast of Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play
Pictured: SSC’s cast of Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play readies for September performances

BREAKFAST WITH BCI PRESENTS: “Understanding Workers’ Compensation”

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The South Suburban College Business & Career Institute (BCI) presents a Breakfast with BCI Workshop titled Understanding Workers’ Compensation: What You Need to Know to Minimize Risk on Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., with check-in and continental breakfast to begin at 8:15 a.m. This workshop will be held in the South Suburban College Main Campus in the MB Financial Suite on the 1st floor, and will be facilitated by Attorney Sonia D. Coleman and Alexandra Glumac, SSC Client Solutions Specialist.

With job-related injuries and illnesses on the rise, the onus is on managers, supervisors and the HR team to make certain protocols are followed and documentation is timely and accurate. In order to minimize the possibility of lawsuits and other legal actions, those in leadership positions must be knowledgeable about best practices. In this workshop, employment law attorney Sonia D. Coleman, PC and HR specialist Alexandra Glumac, SHRM-CP will review the “whats”, “wheres”, “hows”, and “whys” to successfully managing a workers’ compensation claim from injury to resolution.

Join BCI for this informative discussion on a crucial workplace topic. Business owners, C-Suite executives, HR managers, supervisors and employees are encouraged to attend.

The cost of the workshop with continental breakfast is $15 per person or $10 per person if three or more from the same company attend. Reservations are required by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Monday, October 1st. To register, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3254 or email aglumac@ssc.edu. South Suburban College is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL.


The Business & Career Institute is a regional headquarters for workforce preparation, employee training and business development. BCI provides assessment and training, consulting, and economic and business development resources for the Chicago Southland. BCI works with a number of industries including agriculture, business and information, construction, education, health services, hospitality, manufacturing and transportation.

Golf Outing to Support South Suburban College Bulldogs Baseball Program Coming to Lincolnshire September 21st

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The 2019 South Suburban College Baseball Team is hosting its 13th Annual Bulldog Baseball Golf Outing to raise funds for athletic equipment and travel costs for nationwide tournaments. The Bulldog Golf Outing will take place on Friday, September 21, 2018, at Lincolnshire Country Club—
390 E. Richton Road in Crete, IL.

Registration begins at 11:00am with a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $150.00 per golfer or $500 for a foursome, which includes golf (four‐man scramble) with dinner and door prizes to follow. Hole Sponsorships are also available for $100.00.

For more information please contact Head Coach Steve Ruzich at (708) 596‐2000, ext. 2413, or email sruzich@ssc.edu. Checks should be made payable to “South Suburban College Baseball” and delivered to 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473. Hole Sponsors should indicate what to display on the sponsorship when sending in the check, and must be returned by September 17th.

Bulldog Golf 2018 Registration & Flyer

Marybeth Beno Named Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– Marybeth Beno, of Flossmoor, was recently presented with the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award at South Suburban College. The recognition represents a culmination of emotions rooted in 35 years of distinguished, loyal service to students of all ages and backgrounds. For Beno, who will be retiring at the end of this academic year, it was always about the students.

“I feel very honored. It’s always nice to be recognized for doing a good job, especially after pouring your entire heart and soul into your career for over three decades,” said Beno.

Beno ran into one of her former students who let her know if it weren’t for her teaching methods and encouragement, he wouldn’t have made it through her class and engineering school. “When students thank you at the conclusion of a semester, or when you run into a former student who tells you that your class made a difference in their lives, it’s the best feeling!”

Beno is a firm believer that community college is the best place to start for college degree seekers. All three of her children attended SSC before completing their Bachelor’s Degrees at DePaul and Purdue and becoming gainfully employed in their chosen fields. “Faculty and staff here really care about one another and the students. Our decisions are based on student needs and student success.”

Beno said receiving the award and reflecting on her career is bittersweet knowing she’s facing her “last syllabus, last PowerPoint, last final exam week… I will miss the students, my office, and seeing my friends every day. But, with every ending, there’s a new beginning. I have three little people who mean the world to me. Mikey is 4, Sydney is 1, and Haley is brand new. I will see them as often as I can and watch them grow.”

Marybeth Beno always wanted to teach. She played school with her sister when she was young, and she was always the teacher. They had a blackboard in their basement and worked on math problems together. Soon, it will be time to dust off the old blackboard for her three little people.

SSC’s Marybeth Beno was presented with the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award by College President Donald Manning..
Pictured: SSC’s Marybeth Beno was presented with the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award by college president Don Manning. Beno and Manning will both be retiring this year.

Were you a student positively affected by Professor Beno or another faculty member at SSC? Share your story with 360@ssc.edu for a chance to be featured on one of our social media pages.

Toilet Room Renovations RE-BID

Invitation to Bid

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 10:00 a.m. on September 25, 2018 for the following work: TOILET ROOM RENOVATIONS for SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE. Bids will be opened at that time, or shortly thereafter in the Mi-Jack Room. Work will be let under one prime contract, to the lowest responsible bidder.

Plans and Specifications may be obtained on or after September 4, 2018, 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 September 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.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.

Artist Mark Frazer Opens a Solo Exhibition “Fruit Fly: Summer of the Grasshopper” in Photo Four Gallery of South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL –The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College is pleased to announce a special guest artist exhibition titled “Fruit Fly: Summer of the Grasshopper,” by artist Mark Frazer in the Photo Four Gallery from now through September 12, with a closing reception on September 12 at 12:30. The Photo Four Gallery is located in Room 4338 on the 4th Floor of SSC’s Main Campus.

Mark Frazer has been living in Chicago since 1995 and creating art since about 1990. In 2016, he got a phone with a great camera to document his artwork in color pencil. He had just completed a 10-year mandala series. After documenting his artwork, Frazer got to play with his phone camera. In the process, he discovered a technique of multiple exposures in a single shot and then started creating a series of images which he began to call “grasshopping.” Each image is the same motion, the same rhythm, like a haiku, one shot, like a movie still…a rhythm of a breath of a moment. Mark ended up with almost 3000 different images. He limited the series to his commute to and from work and walks around his Chicago neighborhood.

SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge.

For more information, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2445 or visit www.ssc.edu/art. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Fruit Fly: Summer of the Grasshopper

Art Exhibition Coming to South Suburban College’s Dorothea Thiel Gallery in September

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Art & Design Department of South Suburban College is pleased to present a solo exhibition entitled Day By Day, Artworks by Daniela Kovačić. The exhibition will be on display in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery August 27 – October 11. On September 26, Ms. Kovačić will deliver an Artist Lecture at 12:00 noon in room 4340 with an artist reception to follow at 1:00.

Born and raised in the Chilean Patagonia, Daniela has dedicated her career to oil painting. Her work explores different topics around self-identity, largely through the depiction of women and children. She has a master’s degree from the New York Academy of Art and a bachelor’s degree from Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile. Daniela has received prestigious awards and scholarships such as Fulbright, Becas Chile, Robert Gamblin Painting Award, NYAA scholarships and a residency from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally since 2005.

The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. The Dorothea Thiel Gallery is located on the fourth floor and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The 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 contact (708) 596-2000 ext. 2316. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740.

The Knob, 2017, Oil on canvas
Pictured: The Knob, 2017, Oil on canvas, 48 by 60 inches by Daniela Kovačić

Free High School Equivalency & English as a Second Language Registration Days Coming Soon at South Suburban College

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.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) helps men and women whose skill levels are below the ninth grade. ABE students improve their skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Many adults choose to further build on these 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. Studies will include Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and the US and Illinois Constitutions. Additionally, English as a Second Language (ESL) allows non-native students to improve their English skills from beginning to advanced levels.

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. At the time of registration, all students will take a Placement Test. The complete schedule of locations for registrations and classes is as follows:

HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY:

SSC Adult Education Center
South Suburban College (SSC)
15800 South State Street
South Holland, IL 60473

Part-time ABE/ASE/GED®/HSE:
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (September 17 – December 14, 2018)
Register: September 10, 11, 12, 2018 at 6:00pm in Room L233
Classes Begin: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm in Room L233

**NEW** Full-time ABE/ASE/GED®/HSE:
Monday through Friday (September 17 – December 14, 2018)
Register: September 10, 11, 12, 2018 at 9:00am in Room 1243B
Classes Begin: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am-2:30pm in Room 1243B

Part-time ABE/ASE/GED®/HSE:
Monday through Friday (September 17 – December 14, 2018)
Register: September 10, 11, 12, 2018 at 9:00am in Room 1243B
Classes Begin: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am-11:30am OR 12:00-2:30pm in Room 1243B

**NEW** Part-time GED®/HSE Technology Bridge Classes:
Monday through Thursday (October 1 – December 13, 2018)
Register: September 24, 25, 26, 2018 at 10:00am in Room L233
Classes Begin: Monday, October 1, 2018
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm in Room L233

High School Equivalency (HSE) for ESL Students

Full-time ABE/ASE/GED®/HSE:
Monday through Friday (September 17 – December 14, 2018)
Register: September 10, 11, 12, 2018 at 9:00am in Room 2452
Classes Begin: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am-2:30pm in Room 2452

Oak Forest Center, Room 5240
16333 South Kilbourn Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708) 225-6029

Part-time ABE/ASE:
Monday through Friday (September 17 – December 14, 2018)
Register: September 10, 11, 12, 2018 at 9:00am in Room 5240
Classes Begin: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am-11:30am in Room 5240 OR 12:00pm-2:30pm in Room 5240

**NEW** Part-Time ABE/ASE/GED®/HSE:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (October 1 – December 13, 2018)
Register: September 24, 25, 26, 2018 at 5:30pm in Room 5240
Classes Begin: Monday, October 1, 2018
Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm in Room 5240

SSC Adult Education in Riverdale, IL
Thornton Township Center
14323 S. Halsted St.
Riverdale, IL 60827

Part Time ABE/ASE/HSE:
Monday through Thursday (October 1 – December 13, 2018)
Register: September 24, 26, 26, 2018 at 10:00am
Classes Begin: Monday, October 1, 2018
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

 

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE:

SSC Adult Education Center
South Suburban College (SSC)
15800 South State Street
South Holland, IL 60473

Full Time ESL:
Monday through Friday (September 17 – December 14, 2018)
Register: September 10, 11, 12, 2018 at 9:00am in Room L233
Classes Begin: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am-2:30pm in Room L233

Part-time ESL:
Monday through Friday (September 17 – December 14, 2018)
Register: September 10, 11, 12, 2018 at 9:00am in Room L233
Classes Begin: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am-11:00am in Room L233

Part-time ESL:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (September 17 – December 14, 2018)
Register: September 10, 11, 12, 2018 at 6:00pm in Room 1243 B
Classes Begin: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm in Room 1243 B

NEW!!! OAK FOREST PART-TIME ESL PROGRAM

Oak Forest Center
Rooms 5240 & 5320
16333 South Kilbourn Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708) 225-6029

Part Time ESL:
Monday through Friday (September 17 – December 14, 2018)
Register: September 10, 11, 12, 2018 at 9:00am in Room 5320
Classes Begin: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am-11:30am in Room 5230 OR 12:00pm-2:30pm in Room 5320

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.

Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740. To request ADA accommodations allow three weeks. Please contact: Gail Bonds-Carpenter, ADA Coordinator, (708) 596-2000, ext. 2691. For enrollment and class information, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2385 or ext. 2240, or visit www.ssc.edu under “Adult and Continuing Education, Adult Education.”

Photo of the SSC Main Campus

SSC Fall Open House a Success

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College hosted its 5th Annual Open House on Thursday, August 2nd from 4:30-7:00 p.m. with something for everyone. There was fun, excitement and a large dose of enthusiasm provided by college staff. The Open House, geared toward providing College information and pathways to successful careers, saw nearly 300 persons come through its doors seeking just that. Many participated in College tours and raffles for Visa Gift Cards, and other giveaways. WGCI and Tone Kapone were also on campus and rounded out the fun.

Program representatives from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), Manufacturing, Building and Construction, Paralegal Studies, Court Reporting, Allied Health, SSC Maker Lab, Graphic Arts, Nursing, Applied Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Job Training, the new Latino Center and many more were on hand to answer questions and guide potential students with program facts and requirements.

Representation from Admissions, Registration, Counseling, Academic Assistance Center and other supportive services assisted our students in navigating their college and career choices. Students received valuable information on the registration process, course selection options, Financial Aid, as well as Student Life. Despite the lingering budget crisis with the State of Illinois, our doors are open and we remain committed to the mission of South Suburban College by “Serving our Students and the Community through lifelong learning.”

Contact the Office of Admissions at (708) 210-5718 for enrollment information. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740.

SSC’s mascot Bruno the Bulldog was on hand as part of the fun at the South Suburban College Open House.
SSC’s mascot Bruno the Bulldog was on hand as part of the fun at the South Suburban College Open House.

South Suburban College Fall Registration Still in Progress

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – Open Registration for the Fall 2018 Semester at South Suburban College (SSC) is in progress. The Admissions/Registration areas are open Mondays through Thursdays 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For your convenience, Registration Services will also be open Saturday, August 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., including Admissions, Registration, Records, Student Life, Business and Accounting, Financial Aid, AAC, Counseling and Testing.

Apply online at www.ssc.edu to begin the enrollment process. New students will receive an SSC email account and a “My SSC” Username & Password via email which will allow access to the online schedule and class registration. The “My SSC” portal also allows students 24-hour access during college closed periods.

Fall classes begin Monday, August 20 at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. We invite the public to come and register so that they can see for themselves the opportunities that await with lower tuition that could save hundreds, even thousands of dollars versus four-year university costs.

Contact the Office of Admissions at (708) 210-5718 for enrollment information. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740.

Photo of the SSC Main Campus

Lynette D. Stokes, Ed.D., Named Incoming South Suburban College President

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Lynette D. Stokes, Ed.D., the incoming President of South Suburban College.

Dr. Stokes will be the first woman President in SSC’s history.

Stokes, currently serving as Vice President of Academic Services at SSC, will officially assume leadership of the college when the current President, Donald Manning, retires on October 1, 2018.

“The entire Board of Trustees and I believe that Lynette is exactly the kind of leader our college requires as we move forward,” Chairman Frank Zuccarelli said. “She is experienced, energetic and collaborative and places a high value on partnering with the community.”

Asked to describe her purpose in life, Dr. Stokes offered a quote that has always served as an inspiration and guiding light throughout her life: ‘the purpose of life is not to be happy, but to be useful, honorable, compassionate and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.’

“That exemplifies who Lynette Stokes is, Zuccarelli continued. “She has been a youth advocate in the child welfare system – passionately involved with Ada S. McKinley Foster Care Services, an elementary school teacher and active in equal rights organizations.”

“Her commitment to lifelong learning led her to return to school herself – earning both Master of Arts and Doctoral Degrees from Roosevelt University in Public Administration and Educational Leadership. Dr. Stokes has dedicated her life and career to structuring and sustaining strong educational institutions and making a real difference in people’s lives. Every Trustee on the Board and I are enthusiastic about working closely with Lynette to advance our mission and serve our community,” Zuccarelli concluded.

In addition to her vast experience and accomplishments in higher education and child welfare, Dr. Stokes was the recipient of Roosevelt University’s ‘Most Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award” in 2005, the “Kathy Osterman Award for Outstanding Public Service Supervision” and the 2014 Chicago Defender’s “Women of Excellence Award.” Dr. Stokes resides in South Holland with her family.

Stokes will succeed President Donald Manning, who led the college for the past six years and who announced his retirement last March. Manning assumed leadership of the college in 2012 – overseeing increased academic programming options and the transformational revitalization of the college’s Oak Forest Campus.

“I am confident that in Lynette Stokes, the Board of Trustees has chosen a person with the right approach to educational leadership and management and who will lead a renewed commitment to our mission,” Manning said. “Lynette will advance a bright future for this important and critical institution serving the needs of the South suburbs in so many ways.”

Chairman Zuccarelli thanked President Manning for his thirty-one years of exemplary service. “Don has been an indispensable part of our college family and I believe I can speak for all the Trustees and everyone at SSC in saying that we will miss Don’s energy, expertise and dedication. The entire Board and I want to extend our best wishes to Don, as he and his wife Jill move on to this new chapter in their lives. Don, thank you so much for your work, your leadership and friendship.”

Photo of Dr. Lynette D. Stokes, Ed.D.
Dr. Lynette D. Stokes, Ed.D.

Print of College Publications

Please quote us your net cost on the following:

Printing of College publications. Sealed bids will be received up to the hour of 10:00 AM on July 25, 2018, in room 2115. Bids will be opened at that time in the President’s Conference Room, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. This is a public bid opening.

Anticipated Award Date: August 9, 2018

South Suburban College to Host Paralegal Open House at Oak Forest Campus

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College will be hosting an Open House for its Paralegal Program on Thursday, August 9, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. in Room 5190 at the Oak Forest Center.

Attendees will learn about an exciting career that is expected to grow 18% through 2020 according to the US Department of Labor. Information will be provided about SSC’s Paralegal/Legal Assistant curriculum, including the Associate Degree and certificate programs. In addition, former students from the program, working as paralegals, will be present to answer questions.

The curriculum prepares students to work in a variety of legal environments including civil and criminal litigation, insurance, banking, public and governmental agencies, law offices and corporate legal departments. Emphasis is placed on the development of core skills in legal research and writing techniques including compilation and analysis of data, understanding legal vocabulary, law office technology, and preparation of legal documents.

“Whether you are looking for a change in your career path or looking to begin a career, this is an excellent opportunity for anyone who has an interest in the law,” says Jason Cieslik, J.D., Coordinator for the Legal Studies Program.

SSC has the only American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal program in the Chicago Southland region, giving graduates a huge advantage when entering the workforce. The college also requires that all of the instructors in the program are lawyers or judges to ensure the quality of instruction.

While the majority of the paralegal classes are offered at the Oak Forest Center (conveniently located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue), some classes are offered online and some are offered at the Main Campus in South Holland.

For more information, please contact Mr. Jason Cieslik at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2579 or email JCieslik@ssc.edu.

Photo of Oak Forest Center

Upcoming Court Reporting Open House at SSC’s Oak Forest Center

OAK FOREST, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) is hosting a Court Reporting Open House on Thursday, July 26, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., in Oak Forest Center Room 5190. The Open House will showcase this profession which offers a wide-open job market and excellent income potential.

Court reporting is an interesting, challenging career which offers a flexible work schedule, and excellent income potential ($64,672 average yearly income). Broadcast captioners can earn $70,000+ and may work out of their homes. The use of sophisticated computer equipment has broadened the nature of the profession. Our program focuses on the theory behind it all, with an emphasis on Judicial Reporting.

There is a severe shortage of reporters in the Chicago area. The Court Reporting Open House is the perfect opportunity to get an overview of SSC’s Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology program, certified by the National Court Reporters Association. You will be able to talk with a certified court reporter and see a demonstration of real-time writing.

To RSVP or for more information call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3217 or email LCooke@ssc.edu The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois.

Photo of Oak Forest Center

Fall Registration is in Progress at South Suburban College

College-Wide Open House coming to South Holland August 2nd and a Free Class also is now available to first time credit students.

 
SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – Open Registration for the Fall 2018 Semester at South Suburban College (SSC) is in progress. Fall classes begin Monday, August 20th at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. The schedule is available online at www.ssc.edu.

SSC will also host a College-Wide Open House on Thursday, August 2nd from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. featuring tours, demonstrations, and information about the college’s wide range of options, programs and student services. Prospective students 18 and over will be entered in an Open House Raffle for: 1st prize iPad, 2nd prize $200 Visa Gift Card, 3rd prize $100 Visa Gift Card.

Representatives from our new Latino Help Center will be available to offer excellent customer service to prospective and current students and parents by providing interpretation (English/Spanish).

SSC is now offering a Free Class to first time credit students who reside within South Suburban College District 510, qualify for our Lake County, IN or work for an employer within South Suburban College District 510. The Free Class applies to tuition only, and does not apply to courses of more than 5 credit hours. More information is available at www.ssc.edu/freeclass

Our Dual Credit option saves parents and students time and tuition money. Your child can earn credit for both high school graduation and college credit at the same time. Dual Credit at SSC is completely free and is a great opportunity for your child to get a jump start on their college education. Dual Credit is only available for specific high school courses. For more information, please contact your child’s high school counselor.

Students who wish to use financial aid as payment for fall classes must have an official high school or GED transcript on file. Official transcripts must have a school seal and graduation date on them. Transcripts can be hand-delivered to the Admissions Office or mailed to: Office of Admissions (15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473). If a transcript is hand-delivered it must be in the original sealed, unopened envelope.

Prospective students should complete the Online Application Form at www.ssc.edu to begin the enrollment process. New students will receive an SSC email account and a “My SSC” Username & Password via email which will allow access to the online schedule and class registration. The My SSC Portal also allows students 24-hour access during college closed periods.

The complete upcoming open house schedule at SSC is as follows:

  • Court Reporting Open House, Thursday, July 26th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Oak Forest Center Room 5190, Lcooke@ssc.edu
  • SSC College-Wide Open House, Thursday, August 2nd, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Main Campus, www.ssc.edu
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant Open House, Thursday, August 9th, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m., Oak Forest Center, Room 5190.

Contact the Office of Admissions at (708) 210-5718 for enrollment information. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

Photo of the SSC Main Campus

One Million Degrees Student Supports and Volunteer Opportunities Open at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – One Million Degrees (OMD) Chicago, a nonprofit organization that empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work, and in life—is expanding to South Suburban College (SSC). The organization is currently recruiting Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) residents who will be enrolled full-time at South Suburban in fall 2018 to enroll in the OMD program.

Students (“scholars”) enrolled in the OMD Program receive access to the organization’s comprehensive on-campus supports, including free tutoring, monthly mentoring from a volunteer professional, career development services, and up to $1,000 annually in cash stipends.

There are limited spots available so current and prospective SSC students are encouraged to apply today at www.onemilliondegrees.org/apply or contact Neal Spann at nspann@onemilliondegrees.org. Eligible students must be HACC residents or voucher recipients, have a 1.8 GPA or higher, be enrolled full-time in fall 2018, apply and receive the Pell grant, and qualify for in-district tuition at SSC.

To work with the expanded student populations at SSC, OMD is recruiting volunteer mentors (“coaches”) to provide monthly in-person professional guidance and supports. OMD Coaches provide one-on-one and small-group professional and personal support throughout the academic year, while helping broaden scholars’ horizons of career aspirations and possibilities. Coaches are supported with ongoing training by OMD, and also have opportunities to connect with fellow coaches to expand their own professional networks.

Coaches give just a few hours each month and make a profound difference in the lives of OMD Scholars. “I have loved my mentee and everything about my mentoring experience at OMD,” said coach Neha Gupta, HR Specialist at PwC, “The two hours I spend monthly with my mentee are easily the two most meaningful hours of my month!”

Current and retired professionals from a variety of fields are encouraged to apply today to become a volunteer coach, which has a one academic year (September – May) commitment. Applications are now open at www.onemilliondegrees.org/coach.

OMD provides a variety of holistic supports—financial assistance, mentoring, academic interventions and professional development—to hundreds of community college students each year. It is one of the only organizations in the country working directly with low-income community college students. OMD Scholars graduate from college at over two times the national average. Upon completion, its scholars transfer to four-year colleges and universities to earn their bachelor’s degrees and enter the workforce in high-demand fields, such as health care, IT and engineering. OMD Scholars build better futures for themselves, their families and their communities, while helping to strengthen the local and national economy. In the 2018-2019 academic year, OMD will serve up to 850 scholars across all of its program locations including South Suburban College.

One Million Degrees believes that when given a solid system of support, every student has the ability to reach his or her full personal and professional potential. Since 2006, One Million Degrees has provided critical supports to help empower hundreds of community college students to succeed in the classroom and beyond. One Million Degrees Scholars are equipped with the skills necessary to help them reach their full potential in school, in work, and in life. To learn more about One Million Degrees, please visit www.onemilliondegrees.org.

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.

SSC Offering Free Highway Construction Careers Training Program

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College will be offering a Free Highway Construction Careers Training Program this fall at their Oak Forest Campus. Orientation and Assessment Testing will be July 31-August 2, 2018 at the Oak Forest Center, with the program set to begin on August 27, 2018.

The Highway Construction Careers Training Program has been 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.

Career Opportunities Include:

  • Cement Mason
  • Electrician
  • Pipefitter
  • Carpenter
  • Laborer
  • Equipment Operator

Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • 18 years or older
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Drug Test
  • Interest working in the Construction Trades

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.

For more information, please visit our website at www.ssc.edu/hcctp, or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3219, or email hcctp@ssc.edu. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740. All orientation and assessment testing will be held at the Oak Forest Center located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois 60452.

Brent Fogt’s “Re Pose” Exhibition at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College (SSC) is pleased to present a new exhibition located in the Dulgar Gallery on SSC’s Main Campus in South Holland. An exhibition of art works by Brent Fogt titled “Re Pose” is on display through August 30, 2018. Reception date for Fogt is to be announced.

Brent Fogt has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, I-Park Foundation and Yaddo. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Fogt describes his art in this way: “My research and artwork focus on how small, discrete actions—additions, subtractions, divisions—accumulate over time. I create slender, off-kilter sculptures by assembling fallen tree branches, discarded furniture, worn-out clothing, and other cast-off materials that I rescue from the streets and dumpsters of my Chicago neighborhood. I suture the branches and prefabricated furniture by screwing, wrapping, or crocheting them together with cotton yarn or jute. The resulting sculptures may hang from ceilings, lean against walls, or rest precariously on floors. By placing humble, weathered materials into predefined architectural spaces, my artwork points to daily activities like standing, sitting and walking that require us to physically balance ourselves and our surroundings.”

The public is welcome to visit the art exhibition and reception at no charge. The Dulgar Gallery is on the first floor. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays.

For more information, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2445 or ext. 2316, or visit www.ssc.edu/art. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

"Re Pose"

The South Suburban Chicago Chapter of the Links Awards “Full-Ride” Scholarships to Three SSC Students

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban Chicago Chapter of the Links presented $15,000 in scholarship funds to South Suburban College students Jasmine Carter (Country Club Hills), Cherise Miskell (Dolton), and Adeline Hodge (South Holland) at the SSC Foundation’s Academic Achievement Reception May 8th. All three women are excellent students with GPAs ranging from 3.2-4.0, and Ms. Carter is studying Radiologic Technology, Miskell is a Science major, and Hodge is pursuing her Business degree.

The South Suburban Chicago Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, has served the South Suburban community for over 40 years by providing financial and educational support with social and civic awareness to enrich and ensure the cultural and economic growth of our communities. The Links has had a relationship with the SSC Foundation for nearly 10 years, sharing in like-missions and providing scholarship funding.

“The South Suburban College Foundation’s mission to support the educational objectives of SSC with the primary focus on student scholarships aligns with our mission to give back to our community by providing scholarships to deserving students,” said Jacqueline James Lewis, Links President. “The South Suburban Chicago Links are extremely grateful for the opportunity to support the educational component of this mission by providing three, $5,000 scholarships. We are so pleased with this partnership and the newly established South Suburban Chicago Chapter of The Links Scholarship Fund.”

The SSC Foundation provides students of all ages, backgrounds and academic pursuits with critical scholarship assistance. Many SSC students are struggling to balance family, employment, and school responsibilities while they are often unable to receive Financial Aid. Scholarship money is raised primarily through the annual spring Showcase Gala and fall Scholarship Donor Drive, providing both a charitable gift opportunity and tax-deduction for all donors. The SSC Foundation once again awarded over $100,000 in scholarship funds for Academic Year 2019 and has now surpassed $2 million in total scholarships since 1989.

All three of the Links recipients said their scholarships would have a significant, lasting impact on their lives and Ms. Carter added, “This scholarship is just the beginning to a new journey and helping me to complete my goals.”

For more information, please contact the Foundation Office at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2463 or foundation@ssc.edu.

Members of the South Suburban Chicago Chapter of the Links presented academic scholarships to students at South Suburban College.
Pictured: Members of the South Suburban Chicago Chapter of the Links presented academic scholarships to Jasmine Carter (3rd from left), Cherise Miskell (5th from left), and Adeline Hodge (6th from left) covering a full year of school for each student at South Suburban College.

SSC Bulldog Athletes Receive NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College Athletic Department is proud to announce that we have eight NJCAA All-Academic Student-Athlete Award recipients for 2017-2018. That is two more than last year at this time. One of our athletes even made NJCAA All-Academic First Team with a 4.0 GPA: our very own Annie Zubek from softball!

There are three categories in the NJCAA All-Academic Student-Athlete Awards:

NJCAA All-Academic First Team: 4.00 GPA
NJCAA All-Academic Second Team: 3.80-3.99 GPA
NJCAA All-Academic Third Team: 3.60-3.79 GPA

The recipients are:

Academic | First Team Annie Zubek Softball II
Academic | Second Team Jackson Dvorak Baseball I
Academic | Second Team Nick McAlister Baseball I
Academic | Second Team James Quinn Baseball I
Academic | Second Team Ashley Wiltjer Softball II
Academic | Third Team Kyle Hallberg Baseball I
Academic | Third Team Arrion Pamon Volleyball II, Basketball II
Academic | Third Team Matt Waznis Baseball I

Congratulations coaches and athletes! We know these student-athletes worked very diligently to achieve this goal. “We are very proud of these student-athletes that are not only winners on the field but more importantly in the classroom,” stated Steve Ruzich, SSC Athletic Director. For more information, please contact Coach Ruzich at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5843 or email SRuzich@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

BRUNO the SSC Bulldog

South Suburban College Class Holds 90th Commencement Ceremony

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College hosted its 90th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in the SSC Fitness Center/Fieldhouse on the Main Campus located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

This year’s Commencement Speaker was Marcus C. Evans, Jr., State Representative for the 33rd District, serving in his 3rd term. His district covers parts of Chatham, South Deering, Avalon Park, Burnside, Calumet Heights, South Chicago and south suburban communities; Burnham, Calumet City, Lansing, Lynwood and Sauk Village. Born on the South side of Chicago with limited financial resources, Marcus grew up in a traditional family structure where he was taught three important ideals that would come to define his life’s work: integrity, hard work and community service. Marcus attended Morgan Park High School and Chicago State University, majoring in mathematics.

This year South Suburban College awarded over 500 degrees and certificates to graduating students, in addition to many more transferring students who are finishing up their two years at SSC. Approximately 200 students walked at the ceremony.

Registration for the fall semester at SSC is now in progress. 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.

South Suburban College 90th Commencement Ceremony

SSC High School Equivalency Students Honored at Graduation Ceremony

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College honored its 91, 2018 HSE (High School Equivalency) graduates at a ceremony on Friday, May 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the college’s Performing Arts Center. SSC Board of Trustees Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli presented the graduates with their HSE Certificates. Chairman Zuccarelli spoke at the event followed by Thaddeus Jones, Representative of the 29th Illinois District/General Assembly.

The SSC HSE program helps students develop the skills required to pass the High School Equivalency Exams. Studies include Language Arts, Writing, Reading, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and the U.S. and Illinois Constitution. SSC’s Division of Community Education also offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Acquisition (ELA).

SSC will have its next registration for High School Equivalency and English Language Acquisition classes September 10, 11, and 12. These classes are free for all Illinois residents. For more information about the HSE Commencement Ceremony or Adult Education programs, contact the Adult Education Department at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2385 or ext. 2240. Para información en Español comuniquese al Centro Latino (708)210-5740 o a Latino@ssc.edu. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland, IL.

SSC’s 2018 HSE Graduates
Pictured: SSC’s 2018 HSE Graduates

Custodial Supplies

Please quote us your net cost on the following: custodial supplies. Sealed bids will be received up to the hour of 10:00 AM on June 20, 2018, in room 2115. Bids will be opened at that time in the Board Room, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. This is a public bid opening.

Only sealed bids will be accepted. The envelope must be clearly marked to indicate it contains a bid, as well as the bid title and opening date and should be sent separately from samples. All bids should be sent to the attention of Laurie Czulno, Purchasing Coordinator. Facsimiles will not be accepted.

The results of the bid will be posted on line at www.ssc.edu/purchasing after the bid is awarded. We estimate, but do not guarantee, the bid(s) will be awarded at the July 12, 2018 Board of Trustees meeting.

Bid prices must be good for 1 year. The College reserves the right to reject any and all bids and retains the right to waive any and all bid formalities. The responsibleness of the Bidders will be considered in making awards. Bids must include delivery and/or freight charges.

Voice Actors Needed for Next SSC Play

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The PAC Rats Theatre Company of South Suburban College will hold open auditions for Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play. The auditions will take place on July 11 and 12, 2018, 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, IL.

Playwright Joe Landry has adapted three of Alfred Hitchcock’s earlier films into suspenseful dramas in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast. The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps form a triple feature that recreates a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence and a devastating explosion complete with live sound effects performed on stage.

“We’re looking for good speaking voices for the many characters in the three stories,” says director Sandra Wagner of Lansing. “Some characters have one or two lines each, some are main characters. Actors could play more than one role, so the ability to do multiple voices or dialects is a plus, but not a must.”

Wagner is planning evening rehearsals. Performances are scheduled for September 21 and 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and September 22, 29 and 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

In addition to acting talent, the PAC Rats are also seeking volunteers to create the many live sound effects or who want to try their hands backstage, building and painting scenery. If you want to get your feet wet with something small or large, this is your opportunity!

Auditions are open to all community members as well as SSC students, aged 18 or older. Appointments and prepared audition materials are not necessary. Auditioners will read from scenes, which will be available at the time of auditions. Copies of the script are on reserve in the SSC library. Everyone is welcome to attend both auditions. Be prepared to list all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule.

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.

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.

VINTAGE HITCHCOCK: A Live Radio Play

Volleyball Summer Camp Coming to SSC in June

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College Volleyball Program is now accepting registration for their summer camp June 25-29, 2018. The goal of this camp is to improve each camper’s fundamentals and to have some fun along the way.

Beginner’s Boys and Girls Ages 3-8th Grade Camp:

Dates:
Monday, June 25, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Friday, June 29, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: 5 Sessions $60.00 per camper
*Must pre-register to get a t-shirt
Early-Registration Discount:
Register by June 11, 2018 for $5.00 discount!
Family Multiplayer Discount:
Call Coach Orth

High School Advanced Camp:

Dates:
Monday, June 25, 2018 – Hitters’ Camp
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 – Ball Control Camp
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – Serve Receive/Defense Camp
Thursday, June 28, 2018 – Team Drills
Friday, June 29, 2018 – Tournament Day
**Tournament day-Players will be placed on teams and play mini games. Tournament winners will receive a prize!
Time: 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Cost: 5 Sessions $60.00 per camper or $15.00 per session
*Must pre-register for two days to get a t-shirt
Early-Registration Discount: Register by June 11, 2018 for $5.00 discount! Preregistration discount ONLY for players registering for all 5 days.

For more information or to preregister, please contact Coach Michelle Orth (708) 655-9965 or email morth@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

South Suburban College Student Selected to Visit NASA in July

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – Julia Dixon of South Suburban College in South Holland, IL has been selected to travel to NASA’s Stennis Space Center this summer to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) onsite experience. Dixon has been selected as one of 280 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of the NCAS onsite experience.

The five-week online activity culminates with a four-day on-site event at a NASA Center and offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach. The onsite experience at NASA includes briefings by NASA subject matter experts, information on how to apply for internships and a tour of NASA’s unique facilities.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is activity funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, which is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in authentic learning experiences to sustain a diverse workforce.
With this activity, NASA continues the agency’s tradition of engaging the nation in NASA’s mission. “NCAS not only inspires community college students to advance in STEM fields, but it also opens doors for future careers at NASA. NCAS has a legacy of alumni moving from NASA internships to and ultimately entering the NASA workforce. It is rewarding to see the progression of a student from NCAS participant to NASA colleague,” stated Joeletta Patrick, Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Manager.

For additional information, please contact National Community College Aerospace Scholars by email at JSC-NCAS@mail.nasa.gov or by phone at 281-483-0493.

For more information, visit: http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org/.

For more on MUREP visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education/murep.

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.

Breakfast with BCI Workshop Presents – HR Essentials for Supervisors & Managers

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College Business & Career Institute (BCI) presents a Breakfast with BCI Workshop titled HR Essentials for Supervisors & Managers, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., with check-in and continental breakfast to begin at 8:15 a.m. This workshop will be held in the South Suburban College Main Campus in the MB Financial Suite on the 1st floor, and will be facilitated by Attorney Sonia D. Coleman and Alexandra Glumac, SSC Client Solutions Specialist.

We live in a litigious society and businesses are not immune. Protecting your company involves ensuring your managers and supervisors are trained on important HR laws and best practices. Whether you’ve been recently promoted, are a veteran supervisor or are working a non-HR job with HR responsibilities, this workshop is worth the investment. In this interactive session, participants will:

  • Receive updates and gain understanding on issues related to EEO, ADA, FMLA and other relevant employment laws.
  • Obtain up-to-date information on sexual harassment and bullying.
  • Learn essential best practices for hiring and terminating employees.

The cost of the workshop with continental breakfast is $45 per person or $40 per person if 3 or more from the same company attend. Reservations are required by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22nd. For more information or to register, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3254 or email AGlumac@ssc.edu. South Suburban College is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL.

SSC Offering Free Highway Construction Careers Training Program

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College will be offering a Free Highway Construction Careers Training Program this summer at their Oak Forest Campus. Orientation and Assessment Testing will be June 12-14 at the Oak Forest Center, with the program set to begin on July 9, 2018.

The Highway Construction Careers Training Program has been 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.

Career Opportunities Include: Cement Mason, Electrician, Pipefitter, Carpenter, Laborer, Equipment Operator.

Requirements: Valid driver’s license, 18 years or older, High School diploma/GED, Interest working in the Construction Trades.

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.

All candidates MUST have a valid driver’s license with them to attend orientation. For more information or to download a copy of the study guide for the assessment test, please visit our website at www.ssc.edu/hcctp or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3219, or email hcctp@ssc.edu. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740. All orientation and assessment testing will be held at the Oak Forest Center. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois 60452.

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

South Suburban College Graduates Associate Degree Nurses

SOUTH HOLLAND – South Suburban College recently honored the 2018 graduates of the College’s Associated Degree Nursing Program. The graduates received their nursing pins from faculty members Oluwakemi Adeyemi and LaDonn Dickens.

Graduate Carl Engfer introduced the guest speaker, SSC alumna Michelle Warszalek, MS, RN. Michelle obtained her ADN from Thornton Community College in 1981, her BSN from Governors State University in 1986, and her MS, her Major in Nursing Administration and Minor in Mental Health Nursing from St. Xavier University in 1990. Michelle has 37 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings.

Speaking on behalf of the graduating class were Catherine Newport and Anastasios Koutsis. The closing address was given by Dr. Miriam Anthony, SSC’s Dean of Nursing.

SSC’s ADN Program is a two-year Associate in Applied Science program that provides learning experiences directed by faculty in local hospitals and health agencies to focus on the direct nursing care of patients of all ages. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurse (RN).

The 2018 graduating class is as follows:

Carl Engfer
Anastasios Koutsis
Nzinga Moyenda
Catherine Newport
Nidia Trinidad-Reyes
Elizabeth Valdivia

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Miriam Anthony, Dean of Nursing at 708-225-5840 or Ms. Patricia Mitchell at 708-596-2000, ext. 2260.

SSC Nursing Graduates and Mrs. Adeyemi
Pictured: SSC Nursing Graduates and their instructor Mrs. Adeyemi

South Suburban College, Calvary Baptist Church and Prairie State Partner to Host Career and Job Resource Fair

The Calvary Baptist Church of Glenwood is partnering with South Suburban College (South Holland) and Prairie State College (Chicago Heights) and to hold a special event designed to provide south suburban residents with important information on resources and education opportunities available to help launch a new career. The program will be held on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 801 East Glenwood Dyer Road in Glenwood.

“There are many people in the south suburbs looking for new and better career opportunities, and we are excited to partner with our local community colleges and share the many resources available to our community members,” Pastor Kelon Duke, host of the program said. “This event is an important place to begin that process.”

The half-day program will provide valuable information on career certificate programs in various professions including Health Care and Court Reporting, Apprenticeship and Internship programs, Business Development opportunities, support for veterans, tuition assistance, childcare resources, job placement assistance and more. Guidance in attaining associate degrees, educational grants, financial aid and High School Equivalency (HSE) courses also will be offered.

“This truly is a golden opportunity for people to begin improving the quality of their lives by preparing for the kind of purposeful, fulfilling, career and future they have always wanted,” Pastor Duke continued. “If even a handful of people take advantage of this resource, we can consider the effort a huge success.”

For more information about the career and job resource fair, contact Calvary Baptist Church at (708) 758-2300.

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.

SSC Foundation Awards $100,000 in Scholarships to Local College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL –The South Suburban College Foundation (SSCF) once again awarded over $100,000 in scholarship funds for Academic Year 2019 to local students at the college’s annual Academic Achievement Reception on May 8, 2018. In doing so, the SSC Foundation surpassed the $2 million milestone in total scholarships since it began awarding them in 1989.

“It is an honor to serve on this board and to be able to assist so many deserving students to begin and continue their college dreams,” said Tim Woloszyn of MB Financial Bank, and SSC Foundation President. “The $2 million milestone is tribute to all of the countless donors over the years – SSC employees, alumni, members of our community and Foundation directors who have generously supported these scholarship programs. South Suburban College is a fine institution and plays a critical role in our community.”

Whether the recipient is high school graduate, an unemployed resident looking for a career change, or a single parent pursuing their college degree for the first time, the SSCF offers scholarship assistance to all students in need. Many are struggling to balance family, employment, and school responsibilities while they are often unable to receive Financial Aid. Scholarship money is raised primarily through the annual spring Showcase Gala and fall Scholarship Donor Drive providing both a charitable gift opportunity and tax-deduction for all donors.

Woloszyn added that the SSC Foundation has further assisted the college with nearly $1 million in other special student projects, facility and technology improvements that are otherwise not in the college budget.

Making a donation can be an easy and affordable way to leave a lasting legacy–the SSCF staff works cooperatively with individuals and organizations to develop a donor plan of any level. New scholarships may also be established with naming rights or in memorial for a minimum of just $1,000. Donations may be made online from www.ssc.edu/foundation, via PayPal to foundation@ssc.edu, or via cash, check or bequest.

At SSC, 90% of students fall under the low income, first generation or disabled criteria. Established in 1973, the SSCF is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organization chartered in the State of Illinois and is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (EIN: 237191738). For more information, please contact the Foundation Office at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2463 or foundation@ssc.edu.

Illiana Financial Credit Union scholarship recipients Lilly Martlink, Ivonne Hernandez, and Elizabeth Cervantes pictured with Illiana representatives.
Illiana Financial Credit Union established and awarded three new scholarships to South Suburban College students at the SSC Foundation’s 2018 Academic Achievement Reception May 8th (recipients Lilly Martlink, Ivonne Hernandez, and Elizabeth Cervantes pictured with Illiana representatives).

Student Artwork Purchased By South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – For over thirty years the Board of Trustees of SSC has recognized outstanding art students by purchasing artworks of excellence. The artwork becomes part of the permanent art collection of South Suburban College for use for in our college halls, offices, and galleries. To date there are over 200 student works proudly displayed around South Suburban College.
The selection process involves a jury of art faculty members who nominate artwork from the Fall and Spring Biannual Juried Student Art Exhibit. All selections nominated by the jury are individually evaluated on their merit and as examples of excellence of outcomes the Art & Design faculty have determined to be objectives for the art courses of our college.

Finalists for the college’s art collection are selected at the end of the spring semester and are presented to the Board of Trustees at the May meeting.

The public is welcome to visit our art galleries at no charge. The Dulgar Gallery is on the first floor. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. For more information, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2445 or ext. 2316, or visit www.ssc.edu/art. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

SSC Student artist along with Art Professor Jack Kirkpatrick and Board of Trustees Vice Chairman John Daly
Pictured: SSC Student artist along with Art Professor Jack Kirkpatrick and Board of Trustees Vice Chairman John Daly at the May Board Meeting

South Suburban College Presents Faculty Awards, Recognizes Retirees

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College recently hosted their annual Spring Tea Awards to recognize employees’ years of service, retirements, and announce the Faculty Appreciation Awards.

The SSC Faculty Appreciation Awards have now become an annual tradition under direction of college president Don Manning and vice president of academic services, Lynnette Stokes. “We have so many wonderful, talented faculty members at SSC,” said President Manning. “It is only fitting that we begin recognizing them appropriately with a formal expression of our appreciation.”

This year’s annual Faculty Appreciation Award recipients were:

Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award – Beth Beno, Math
Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year Award – Marianna Troupe, Psychology in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department
The Dr. William E. McVey Teamwork Award – Millicent Collier and the Service Learning Committee
The Outstanding Adult Educator of the Year Award – Camille Johnson, Adult Education

SSC’s 2018 retiring employees were recognized at both the Spring Tea Awards and the college’s May Meeting of the Board of Trustees. The following employees are retiring from SSC in 2018:

Sandra Bein, Communications & Humanities – 21 years
Marcia Bult, Business & Accounting – 28 years
Patrice Burton, Student Services – 35 years
Susan Cline, Reading – 11 years
Leslie Cooper, Bookstore – 34 years
Caryl Damiani, Business & Accounting – 16 years
Kathryn Eberhardt, Allied Health – 30 years
Don Manning, President – 28 years
Carol Weber, Art & Design – 23 years

Also at the meeting, SSC’s Dr. Jennifer Medlen was presented with the Village of South Holland’s Red Tulip Award. The award is given to a certified teacher in South Holland, IL who has demonstrated outstanding service by going beyond their daily duties to effectively change student lives.

SSC is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college with locations in South Holland and Oak Forest. SSC offers over 50 career education and transfer programs awarding Associate Degrees, professional certifications and transferable credits. SSC also has numerous community outreach programs including Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), Continuing Education and a Business & Career Institute. 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
South Suburban College Presents Faculty Awards, Recognizes Retirees.

Dr. Jennifer Medlen received the Red Tulip Award from South Holland officials
Pictured: SSC’s Dr. Jennifer Medlen received the Red Tulip Award from South Holland officials

SSC Bulldogs Basketball Camp coming to South Holland this Summer

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College Basketball Program is currently accepting registrations for their summer camp in June. The SSC Bulldogs will host a Bulldog Championship Basketball Camp June 18-21 from 9:00am to 3:00pm, and a Championship Shooting Camp June 25-28 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the SSC Fitness Center/Fieldhouse. The camps are designed for Boys and Girls ages 7-17, and will be directed by Head Coach John Pigatti and current players. The cost of the Basketball Camp is $110 and the Shooting Camp is $60, with a special price of $150 for both camps. Campers will need shorts, basketball shoes, and a T-shirt or practice uniform. Players will receive a Camp T-shirt and basketball. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase every day of the camps.

The main goal of these camps is to give each individual a chance to become a better player and to have some fun along the way. In order to accomplish these goals, the emphasis will be on the fundamentals of basketball. Coach John Pigatti has just completed his twelfth season as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at South Suburban College. Pigatti has received 9 Region IV Coach of the Year Awards, has been named Illinois Basketball Coach Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year, and District 3 Coach of the Year 9 times.

For more information, or to register for the Basketball Camps, please contact Coach Pigatti at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2524. Para información en Español comuniquese al Centro Latino (708)210-5740 o a Latino@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Small Bulldog Head

South Suburban College Receives Award From State Historical Society

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The Illinois State Historical Society recently presented their annual awards to groups or organization that have furthered the collection, preservation, and/or interpretation of an aspect of Illinois history. Judging was done by an Awards Committee appointed by the President of the Society and presentation of awards took place at the Illinois State Historical Society Annual Awards Luncheon in the old State Capitol building in Springfield.

South Suburban College received a Certificate of Excellence for their project: South Suburban College: 90-Year Anniversary Historic Wall Display. “The project provides its audience with both an immediate and long-lasting recognition for the significance of this milestone anniversary, said the State Historical Society. “The timeline book and community activities were well-planned, thus ensuring the college’s anniversary was celebrated by past and future graduates. The college has a tradition of creating individual walls to display the history of the various towns they serve. How appropriate that the college dedicates a wall for their own story.”

The College hosted a dedication ceremony for the new College History Wall and Display on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in the atrium of the College’s Main Campus. The display features photos and memorabilia from the college’s 90-year history. Many students, faculty, staff and administrators joined in honoring the institution that has made its place in the community and enriched the lives of so many.

South Suburban College continues to grow with the changing cultural, technological and educational needs of the 21st century. Throughout our many years of service, thousands of people have received their education and gone on to improve their lives and their community. We at SSC are proud of our history of quality, convenience and affordability. The wall and display are now permanent features of the college located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL. The public is invited to stop by Monday through Friday to view the display.

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.

South Suburban College Alumna Finds Success in Legal Field

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – LaTanya Allen, who in 2010 earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree from the Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Program at South Suburban College (SSC), was recently sworn in as President of the Mississippi Court Reporters Association, making her the third African-American to hold that position in their 53-year history. She is also a member of the National Court Reporters Association, serves on the National Committee of State Associations (NCSA), and was featured in the Journal of Court Reporters magazine for her dedication to her profession. LaTanya said, “I love court reporting and it has definitely delivered the results I anticipated.”

LaTanya credits the program and instructors at SSC. “I entered an environment where my teachers really cared about me and my education – especially LaTherese Cooke. She was always there for me during school and continues to be there for me to this day when asking for advice about choices to make in my profession.”

After graduating from SSC, LaTanya passed the Registered Professional Reporter examination given by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). This certification allowed her to become a court reporter in any state in the nation. She eventually moved back to Mississippi and is currently the official court reporter for the 11th Chancery Court District (sub-district 1). She works with a chancellor and travels between three different locations in her position. She enjoys her current role in the judicial system stating, “I’ve been a part of some really amazing hearings and court trials.”

LaTanya’s admiration for the legal field is just beginning with court reporting. She stated, “The knowledge that comes within the field, in addition to the research, studying and strategy of it all made me want to go back to get my paralegal degree.” LaTanya also holds the title of “Certified Court Administrator” and she will be taking her entrance exam for law school soon.

“I would definitely not be where I am today if SSC didn’t initially reach out to me and open the door to the amazing field of court reporting,” said LaTanya. “I’m proud to be an alumni and can’t wait to see what else the legal field has in store for me.”

A Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Program open house will be held on July 26, 2018 between 7 PM and 8:30 PM in room 5190 at SSC’s Oak Forest Center. Contact (708)596-2000 ext. 3217 or visit www.ssc.edu for more information.

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Pictured: South Suburban College alumna, LaTanya Allen

College for Kids and Day Camp Programs Coming to South Suburban College This Summer

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College’s Continuing Education Department is offering courses to help fill the summer days with activities that will entertain and challenge children and young adults. The College for Kids classes scheduled for this summer will begin the week of June 11 at SSC’s Main Campus in South Holland.

In addition, SSC will offer a Jam Session Day Camp for $299, beginning on June 11, 2018. This four-week summer school program is less than $5 per hour for academics and fun enrichment programs two days a week. Math will consist of review and instruction of the basic arithmetic skills. In addition to Reading and Math, students will enjoy a variety of other stimulating activities, such as Spanish.

The following Learning Enrichment Classes will be offered for preschoolers and kindergartners at a cost of $49 each:

  • ABC’s and 123’s
  • Jump Start on Kindergarten

The following classes will be offered for elementary school kids for $69 each:

  • Well Written Essays
  • Study Skills
  • Fun With Phonics
  • Grammar No Problem
  • Reading, Accelerated or Refresher
  • Math Refresher
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Spanish
  • Personal Enrichment

The following high school classes will be offered for $79 each:

  • Written Essays
  • Study Skills
  • Introduction to Algebra
  • Pre-Algebra/Geometry
  • Conversational Spanish
  • Personal Enrichment

STEM Camp at College For Kids

Explore various areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Students will learn to design robots, explore engineering concepts, coding, video game design and more! Students must bring their own lunch each day. Instructors will supervise students in the lunchroom for 30 minutes.

KFK C10-STEM Camp-Week 1-Civil Engineering & Robotics

Fee: $159 Grades K-8
KFK C10 731 9:00-2:00p M-TH MA-3367 Grades: K-3 Poole July 9-July 12
KFK C10 733 9:00-2:00p M-TH MA3369 Grades: 4-8 Poole July 9-July 12

KFK C11-STEM Camp-Week 2-Aerospace Engineering & Video Game Design

Fee: $159 Grades K-8
KFK C11 731 9:00-3:00p M-TH MA-3367 Grades: K-3 Poole July 16-July 19
KFK C11 733 9:00-3:00p M-TH MA-3369 Grades: 4-8 Poole July 16-July 19

SouthWorks Maker Lab STEM Camp

Topics will include: 2D and 3D Design, 3D printing, electronics, programming and raspberry pi technology. All of these areas will be used as students work to build their own electronic gaming device, which they will take home with them at the end of the camp.

KFK CO3-Maker Lab STEM Camp

Fee: $300; includes lab materials Grades 4-8
KFK CO3 701 8:30a-12:00p M-TH OFC-5160 June 18-21

KFK CO3-Maker Lab STEM Camp

Fee: $300; includes lab materials Grades 9-12
KFK CO3 702 1:00p-4:30p M-TH OFC-5160 June 18-21

Students with classes totaling $100 or more may be eligible for the FACTS deferred tuition payment plan. For more information about FACTS please contact the Business and Accounting Services Office at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5720. Access class schedule online from www.ssc.edu to search the Summer Continuing Education Schedule, or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2231. Contáctanos al (708) 210-5740 o a Latino@ssc.edu. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

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South Suburban College Adult Volunteer Literacy Program Seeking Volunteer Tutors and Offering 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 May 22nd & 24th from 4pm until 6pm and May 29th & 31st from 4pm until 6pm. Come join our Literacy Program and help us start this summer off right! The tutor training is a 12-hour program that culminates with literacy training certification. We 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.

If you would like to register for the upcoming volunteer tutor training class please register, or if you know someone who could benefit from tutoring services, please contact Raylynn Stokes, Literacy Coach of the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email rstokes@ssc.edu. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois.

STEM for Kids Summer Programs coming to South Suburban College in June

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College’s Office of Continuing Education and STEM Department are partnering to offer courses to help fill the summer days with activities that will inspire and challenge kids and young adults.

Explore various areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) utilizing tools available in the SouthWorks Maker Lab. Topics will include: 2D and 3D Design, 3D printing, electronics, programming and raspberry pi technology.
All of these areas will be used as students work to build their own electronic gaming device, which they will take home with them at the end of the camp.

KFKSSC is pleased to offer several STEM for Kids classes at the Oak Forest Center in June for grade school and high school students:

KFK CO3 701-STEM CAMP
Cost: $300; includes lab materials
Students entering 4th-8th grade
June 18-21 MTh, 8:30am – 12:00pm
OFC RM 5160

KFK CO3 702-STEM CAMP
Cost: $300; includes lab materials
Students entering 9th-12th grade
June 18-21 MTh, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
OFC RM 5160

First time non-credit students should visit the Admissions Office, Room 2348, or call Continuing Education at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2231 to get started. For questions about these classes or STEM programs at SSC, please contact Anna Helwig, STEM Dean, at (708) 210-5706. 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.

SSC’s 10th Anniversary Women’s Conference a Huge Success

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – Women’s History Month may have come and gone, the event chairpersons (Alexandra Glumac and Rebecca Garcia-Westburg) of South Suburban College’s 10th Anniversary Women’s Conference now know what others have suspected all along—this year’s Women’s Conference was a huge success!

From the thought-provoking line-up of guest speakers to the exciting display of vendors, women from across the Chicagoland region showed their support for this year’s conference by participating in a day of events dedicated to them. With the theme, “Be Your Own Superhero,” women certainly embraced this motto and came out to hear how they too can be their very best and begin their “Superhero” journey of self-empowerment and improvement.

The event began with a continental breakfast followed by the dynamic keynote speaker, Felicia Houston. Ms. Houston, Community Development Liaison with U of Chicago Medicine Ingalls and current President of the Professional Women’s Network, began her presentation with audience engagement and gave the participants something to hang onto with her version of what each letter of the word, “SUPERHERO” stands for such as S=Strong, Supportive to O=Optimistic, Open-Minded! The participants then chose workshops sessions to attend and from the positive feedback received, the sessions were both informative and educational. An afternoon break with lunch was followed with a fashion show, more sessions and line dancing.

The conference also recognized individual women through the STAR Awards, given to acknowledge remarkable women for their professional and/or volunteer accomplishments and leadership. This year three women received awards: The special South Suburban College Lifetime Alumna Award recognized Coreen (Cory) Clark, a graduate of the SSC Registered Nursing Program. The STAR Award was presented to Erika Gilchrist and an honorable mention STAR Certificate was awarded to Rhonda Zaluckyj. For the first time ever, The Chicago Women’s Conference also offered a competitive selection scholarship for women and high school girls who attended this year’s conference. Selection of the winner is in progress.

With the successful event now completed and the Women’s Conference Committee having seen the fruits of their labor, a special thanks is given to the following various sub-committees and/or individuals for their dedication and commitment to the 10th Anniversary Women’s Conference: Rhonda Browne, Patrice Burton, Felicia Houston, Erica Humphrey, Blevian Moore, Jacki Rivera, Alysia Robinette, Hella Bowker and LaTasha Binder.

More photos can be seen at www.ChicagoWomensConference.org.

2018 Star Award Winner Erika Gilchrist
Pictured: 2018 Star Award Winner Erika Gilchrist.
2018 Women’s Conference Keynote Speaker Felicia Houston.
2018 Women’s Conference Keynote Speaker Felicia Houston.

Community Job Fair May 22 at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College and Thornton Township are partnering to offer a 2018 Community Job Fair on Tuesday, May 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This free event is open to the public and will be held in the South Suburban College Fitness Center at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. SSC and Thornton Township invite all job seekers to participate at this special event. For your convenience, free resume writing assistance will also be offered.

The following employers/service organizations have committed to attend to date, and more are expected to confirm soon:

160 Driving Academy
ABF Freight
Advocate Health Care
Allied Universal Security
AMTRAK
Blommer Chocolate Company
Blue Cap
Bria of River Oaks
Childcare Careers
Command Center
Cook County Health & Hospital System
CTF Illinois
DeVry University
Dot Foods, Inc.
Ed Miniat LLC
Elite Staffing
Friends of the Forest
GCA
Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel
Illiana Financial Credit Union
Integrity Trade Services
JMJ Talent Solutions and Staffing
Manor Care Health Services
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Mi-Jack Products
Pace Suburban Bus
Positive Connections/ STA
Professional Transportation Inc.
Roseland Community Hospital
Safety Service Systems Inc.
Schillings
Schneider

The Community Job Fair is an excellent opportunity for employers to recruit upcoming SSC graduates and alumni, current students, and community residents. For more information please call Diamond Wright at (708) 210-5748 or email: dwright@ssc.edu. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740.

Job Seekers at the South Suburban College and Thornton Township Job Fair at the College

2018 Community Job Fair flyer

Toilet Room Renovations – Phase One

Toilet Room Renovations – Phase 1

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 10:00 a.m. on May 30, 2018, for the following work: TOILET ROOM RENOVATIONS – PHASE ONE 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 May 7, 2018, 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 $100.00 deposit is required. Deposit is refundable if a bid is submitted; forfeited if no bid is submitted.

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 May 16, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in the Board 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.

Roof Coating & Related Work – Phase One

Roof Replacement and Related Work at South Suburban College

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 10:00 a.m. on May 22, 2018, for the following work: ROOFING COATING AND RELATED WORK – PHASE ONE 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 May 7, 2018, 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 $100.00 deposit is required. Deposit is refundable if a bid is submitted; forfeited if no bid is submitted.

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 May 15, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in the President’s Conference 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.

SSC Dean of Student Services Welcomes “BRUNO” the Bulldog Mascot

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – “Bruno,” SSC’s Bulldog Mascot, stopped by the Office of Student Life and Leadership on Monday, April 23, 2018 and was welcomed to campus by Patrice Burton, Dean of Student Services. “Bruno” was excited to visit and wanted to thank the hundreds of students who submitted names on his behalf with the winning entry being submitted by SSC student Monica Bondi.

Burton assured “Bruno” that he will have that chance to thank the students on Thursday, May 3rd at the annual “Bulldog Bash.” “This student-centered day will be especially exciting as Bruno will join the Student Life and Leadership staff to thank our students for choosing SSC and wish them the best in upcoming semesters. There will be current information on Summer and Fall Enrollment, Clubs and Organizations, the Veteran’s Center, Student Life, Student Assistance Program, Service Learning, Student Leadership and student resources from a variety of agencies such as PACE, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, etc.” Burton looks forward to officially introducing the new Manager of Student Programming and the recently elected Student Trustee Elect to the students, faculty and staff. “There will be food, giveaways, music, a raffle, and a good time will be had by all,” stated Burton.

If you want to have a good time as well, then join the bevy of students already registered at South Suburban College and begin your educational journey. Please visit www.ssc.edu or contact the Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718.

SSC Bulldog Mascot Bruno and Dean of Student Services Patrice Burton
Pictured: SSC Bulldog Mascot Bruno and Dean of Student Services Patrice Burton

South Suburban College Students Recognized at Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team Banquet

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – Two South Suburban College (SSC) students were recognized at the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Illinois Academic Team Banquet in Springfield, Illinois on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Students Jada Muldrow and Ifeoma Onwumelu were accompanied by Joan Rosen, faculty advisor for Phi Theta Kappa at SSC, and Dr. Lynette Stokes, Vice President of Academic Services at SSC.

“Travelling to Springfield was an awesome experience,” said Onwumelu. “I appreciate how PTK recognizes our achievements because it pushes me to do more academically. Being surrounded by so many positive people in this honor society makes me a more positive person. It’s an honor to be a member of this organization.”
The PTK Honor Society is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs, particularly state and community colleges. The society has recognized and encouraged scholarship among two-year college students by providing 100 years of stimulation and enrichment, while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. The society is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi and has more than 2 million members in more than 1,250 chapters. South Suburban College has a local chapter of PTK Honor Society.

“PTK is an amazing organization that helps bring out the best in its members – academically and socially – and showcases the achievements made by everyone included,” added Muldrow. “Some of the major benefits of joining PTK include getting to indulge in an honor society that truly cares for its members, helping out the community in and around SSC, and being part of a club/fraternity that is internationally based.”
The mission of PTK is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. To achieve this purpose, PTK provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. The PTK All-USA Academic Team is sponsored annually by PTK, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.

For more information about becoming a member of PTK, or registering for summer classes at South Suburban College, call (708) 596-2000 and ask to speak with a recruiter. Summer classes begin on June 4, 2018.

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Pictured: Jada Muldrow (left), Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisor Joan Rosen (middle) and Ifeoma Onwumelu (right) at the Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team banquet

South Suburban College to Host Live First District Court Oral Arguments at 5th Annual Law Day on May 1st

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College Legal Studies Department will host their fifth annual Law Day on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. This year’s event will feature a special live court case. Oral arguments for a real criminal First District Appellate Court case will be heard in the Performing Arts Center. This is a rare opportunity for the community to observe the First District at work at an off-site location. The general public–especially educators and students–is encouraged to attend this unique opportunity to witness some of the area’s most talented, professional litigators in action.

Opening remarks will begin at 10:00 a.m. with doors opening at 9:30. Following the arguments, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the Appellate Prosecutor and Appellate Defender. The justices will return to the PAC for another question and answer session at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Attendees are welcome to stay for a Mock Crime Scene Demonstration from 12 noon–2:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Main Campus, as well as a Court Reporting Demonstration from 12 noon–2:00 p.m., in the Heritage Room. This event also provides guests with an opportunity to find out more about educational and career opportunities in the judicial field, and to learn about SSC’s Paralegal, Court Reporting and Criminal Justice programs.

For more information about Law Day, or to RSVP for the day’s events, please email jcieslik@ssc.edu or contact Jason M. Cieslik, J.D., Paralegal Coordinator, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2579.

SSC’s Coach John Pigatti Named Region IV-B Coach of the Year for 2018

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – Coach John Pigatti just completed his 12th year as head coach of the SSC Bulldogs and has accumulated a tremendous career coaching record of 353-71. He has won nine Region IV Championships, his teams have been to nine NJCAA Division II National Championships in 12 years and have also been ranked #1 in the country. The Bulldogs have also been ranked in the top ten every season since Pigatti has been at South Suburban College.

Coach Pigatti has been named the 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, and 2007 Coach-of-the Year in Region IV, District 4, and by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. More importantly, the sophomores he recruited have signed a scholarship to play at a 4-year college or university.

Congratulations to Coach Pigatti and the 2018 Bulldogs who qualified for the National Championship Tournament. Jordan Matthews was named NJCAA, Region IV 1st Team and MVP of Regional Tournament and Courtney Carter 2nd Team All Region. Jamal Bailey and Lawrence Lemon were Region IV All-Tournament Team. It’s been an outstanding, exciting, successful season!

For more information, contact Coach Pigatti at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2524. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL. 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.

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SSC Men’s Basketball Head Coach John Pigatti

South Suburban College Guard Named All American

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College’s Men’s Basketball player sophomore guard Jordan Matthews was rewarded for his efforts this season by being named to the NJCAA Division II All-American 2nd Team. Matthews averaged 21.7 points, 3 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals. He is the 11th All-American that Coach John Pigatti has had in his 12 seasons as the head coach at South Suburban College. Matthews led the Bulldogs at the Region IV-B Championship and an appearance at the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament.

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

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Free High School Equivalency & English Language Acquisition Registration Days Coming Soon at SSC

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.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) helps men and women whose skill levels are below the ninth grade. ABE students improve their skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Many adults choose to further build on these 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. Studies will include Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and the US and Illinois Constitutions. Additionally, English as a Second Language (ESL) allows non-native students to improve their English skills from beginning to advanced levels.

Adult Education programs are offered both full and part-time at the Main Campus in South Holland or the Oak Forest Center. At the time of registration, all students will take a Placement Test. The complete schedule of locations for registrations and classes is as follows:

SSC Adult Education Center
South Suburban College (SSC)
15800 South State Street,
South Holland, IL 60473

Full-Time High School Equivalency (HSE)
Full-Time ABE/ASE/GED/HSE: Monday through Friday (April 16 – June 21, 2018)
Register: April 9, 10, 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 1243
Classes Begin: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Room 1243

Part-Time ABE/ASE/GED/HSE: Monday through Friday (April 16 – June 21, 2018)
Register: April 9, 10, 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 1243B
Classes Begin: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. in Room 1243B

Part-Time ABE/ASE/GED/HSE: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (April 16 – June 20, 2018)
Register: April 9, 10, 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Room L233
Classes Begin: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Room L233

High School Equivalency (HSE) for ESL Students
Full-Time ABE/ASE/GED/HSE: Monday through Friday (April 16 – June 21, 2018)
Register: April 9, 10, 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 2452
Classes Begin: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Room 2452

SSC Adult Education Center Oak Forest
Oak Forest Center
Room 5240
16333 South Kilbourn Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708) 225-6029

Part-Time GED/HSE/ABE/ASE: Monday through Friday (April 16 – June 21, 2018)
Register: April 9, 10, 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 5320
Classes Begin: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Room 5240

***NEW*** Part-Time ABE/ASE/GED/HSE: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (April 16 – June 20, 2018)
Register: April 9, 10, 11, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 5240
Classes Begin: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Room 5240

SSC Adult Education in Riverdale
Thornton Township Center
14323 S. Halsted St.
Riverdale, IL 60827

Part-Time ABE/ASE/HSE: Monday through Thursday (April 16 – June 21, 2018)
Register: April 9, 10, 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Classes Begin: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

SSC Adult Education Center
South Suburban College (SSC)
15800 South State Street
South Holland, IL 60473

Full-Time ESL: Monday through Friday (April 16 – June 21, 2018)
Register: April 9, 10, 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Room L233
Classes Begin: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Room L233

Part-Time ESL: Monday through Friday (April 16 – June 21, 2018)
Register: April 9, 10, 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Room L233
Classes Begin: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Room L233

Part-Time ESL: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (April 16 – June 21, 2018)
Register: April 9, 10, 11, 2018 in Room 1243B at 6:00 p.m.
Classes Begin: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Room 1243B

NEW!!! OAK FOREST PART-TIME ESL PROGRAM

SSC Adult Education Center Oak Forest
Oak Forest Center
Rooms 5240 & 5320
16333 South Kilbourn Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708) 225-6029

Part-Time ESL: Monday through Friday (April 16 – June 21, 2018)
Register: April 9, 10, 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 5320
Classes Begin: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Room 5320

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 $381,670 provides approximately 38% of the support of these programs. Indiana residents are not eligible to participate in the Adult Education programs.

To request ADA accommodations allow three weeks. Please contact: Gail Bonds-Carpenter, ADA Coordinator, (708) 596-2000, ext. 2691. For enrollment and class information, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2385 or ext. 2240, or visit www.ssc.edu under “Adult and Continuing Education, Adult Education.”

Photo of SSC High School Equivalency Graduates
SSC High School Equivalency Graduates

“100 Years of American History” Coming to South Suburban College March 24 and 27

SOUTH HOLLAND — A three-hour seminar touring through Illinois community colleges that recounts the past 100 years of American history in news photos and Hollywood film clips will be presented by the Continuing Education department of South Suburban College at its Oak Forest campus March 24, and at the main campus in South Holland March 27. Everyone is invited to register to attend.

“U.S. History and Today,” is a fast-paced, visually-rich presentation that features 600 historic photographs and 44 popular film and music clips highlighting American life between 1914 and present day. Topics range from both World Wars and The Great Depression to Vietnam, the turbulent 1960s, and surprising presidential elections. Entertainment highlights include Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Elvis Presley, Emma Stone, scenes from “Back to the Future, “The Andy Griffith Show” and more.

“It’s a century of American history at high speed,” said one attendee, who applauded the mix of hard-hitting, fact-based history and pop culture. Reviews from showings at five Illinois community colleges to date have been enthusiastic.

The show is presented by John LeGear, a builder and promoter of national not-for-profit organizations who turned his attention to American history late in his career. He employs skills acquired as a journalist, photographer, video editor and public speaker to assemble the presentation. LeGear created the show to lend balance and historical perspective to today’s rollercoaster ride of news events. The seminar is suitable for audiences of high school age and over. Senior citizens have been especially supportive of the show, often describing it as “a walk down memory lane.”

“U.S. History and Today” is a visually-rich three-hour show that is touring through 15 Illinois community colleges this year. A registration fee of $10 is required. The seminar will be held at SSC’s Oak Forest Center, 16333 S. Kilbourn Ave., on Saturday, March 24 from 9 am to noon. An evening presentation starting at 6 pm is scheduled on March 27 in Room 3339 at SSC’s main campus building, 15800 S. State Street, South Holland. SSC’s Continuing Education members can enroll online. In-person registration is welcomed at both facilities from 8 am to 6:45 pm Monday thru Thursday, and until 3:45 pm on Friday. For more information, call the Oak Forest Center at 708-225-6000 or SSC’s Deborah Ravazee at 708-596-2000 (ext. 2231).

For information about all of SSC’s programs, admissions and registration, please visit www.ssc.edu or contact the Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718.

Photo of John LeGear, U.S. History & Today
John LeGear U.S. History & Today

SSC Men’s Basketball Wins the NJCAA Region IV-District 4 Championship Game!

Several Bulldogs receive post-season awards.

SOUTH HOLLAND — The SSC Men’s Basketball Team defeated Morton College 76-67 on Saturday to win the NJCAA Region IV-District 4 Championship Game. They will play in the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament in Danville, IL. The tournament runs from March 20-24, 2018.

The Bulldogs are currently 28-5 on the season. It is the 9th Regional Championship won by Head Coach John Pigatti during his 12 seasons at South Suburban College. Coach Pigatti was rewarded for his efforts this season by being named Region IV-District 4 Coach-of-the-Year. It is his 9th Coach-of-the-Year award.

Sophomore guard Jordan Matthews was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Sophomores Jamal Bailey and Lawrence Lemon were named to the All-Tournament team.

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

2017-18 Region 4 Champions
SSC Bulldogs with Region IV-A Coach of the Year John Pigatti (far left).

South Suburban College Celebrates Student Appreciation Week

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– Lots of exciting things took place at South Suburban College for Student Appreciation Week, including a contest to name our school mascot, the bulldog. Free t-shirt were given out, and Legacy Barber College provided free haircuts while TRENZ Beauty School offered free manicures.

“We wanted to show our incredible student body that we appreciate them,” said Ernst Lamothe, event coordinator for Student Appreciation Week. “At South Suburban College, we are a family and our students help us elevate our status as a quality higher education institution. We just wanted to thank them for being part of our family and choosing South Suburban.”

“Jus Words” (followed by students and staff) took the stage during the Poetry Slam, the men’s and women’s basketball teams were spotlighted during a Pep Rally, and the winning name of Bruno for the Bulldog Naming Contest was revealed!

The SSC Men’s Basketball defeated Waubonsee Community College 59-51 to advance to the NJCAA Region IV Championship Game on Saturday, March 10, 2017. They will play #1 seeded Morton College at 7:30 pm. The game will be streamed live at www.gochiefs.com/regionIV. The Bulldogs are currently 27-5 on the season and are the #2 seed in the tournament. It is the 11th time in 12 seasons that Coach John Pigatti’s Bulldogs have advanced to the Region IV Championship Game. Congratulations Bulldogs!

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.

SSC Students Celebrate Student Appreciation Week

South Suburban College Kicks Off Women’s History Month with Free One Woman Stage Act (Harriet Tubman)

SOUTH HOLLAND – South Suburban College kicked off Women’s History Month with a free one-woman stage act about Harriet Tubman on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in the Kindig Performing Arts Center at 11:00 a.m. Veteran actress, vocalist, director, and playwright Cynthia Maddox wowed the crowd that included students from elementary, high school, and college as well as community members. History and heritage have long been dominant and recurring themes in her performances.

Maddox’s one-woman stage act highlighted the trials and tribulations of Harriet Tubman, a true American “she-ro.” Tubman was an abolitionist, humanitarian, and during the American Civil War, a Union spy. She is best known as a “conductor” for the Underground Railroad. This “railroad” had numerous stops in Illinois.

If you missed this sensational performance, don’t miss the upcoming Chicago Women’s Conference on Friday, March 16, 2018 or the Non-Traditional Career Panel for Men and Women on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The community is invited to both. More information about the Chicago Women’s Conference is available at www.TheChicagoWomensConference.Org. This conference includes a fee for attendance with a breakfast, lunch, workshops, and vendors and will celebrate its 10th Anniversary this year!

The Non-Traditional Career Panel for Men & Women will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 12-2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). The panel will feature women and men in non-traditional roles and how South Suburban College can assist you in reaching them. Men who are interested in Nursing, Administrative Assistants, Elementary Education, etc. and women in Computer Science, Truck Driving, Welding, Building Construction & Trades, Highway Construction, etc. are all considered non-traditional. The panel will feature individuals in these roles and specific career programs will be on hand to answer questions and get students prepared to enter these exciting careers.

A luncheon will follow the presentation which begins at 12 Noon in the PAC. The public, as well as interested high schools and community groups are invited to attend this free, dynamic presentation that will help you consider these often overlooked careers with some having annual salaries above $50,000. Funding for this free panel presentation is partially funded by a Perkins Grant. More information is available at 708.596-2000, ext. 2499 or 5841.

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.

Cynthia Maddox as Harriet Tubman
Pictured: Cynthia Maddox as Harriet Tubman

2018 Chicago Women’s Conference & Expo Coming to SSC on March 16

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) proudly announces Felicia Houston as the Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Chicago Women’s Conference on Friday, March 16, located at the college’s Main Campus in South Holland, Illinois. Ms. Houston is the current President of the Professional Women’s Network and is passionate about inspiring and empowering women to make self-care a priority. Through dynamic workshops and presentations, Felicia educates her audiences about mental health, wellness and the importance of work-life balance. With more than 20 years of experience in the mental health field, a BA in Psychology and an MA in Human Development Counseling from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, Felicia is currently the Community Development Liaison for UChicago Medicine at Ingalls Hospital. She also believes in the value of volunteerism and is a member of several community and national organizations.

This year’s theme “Be Your Own Superhero!” marks the 10th annual event planned through the college’s Business and Career Institute (BCI). Women of all backgrounds ages 18 and up are welcome to come together for one day dedicated exclusively to women.

What started off as a small series of workshops in 2009, has turned into a yearly event that continues to grow. Last year over 350 participants and 50 vendors attended this truly unique opportunity. SSC invites all women to join in the experience, celebrate our 10th anniversary with us and connect with hundreds of other women this March.

In addition to an exciting keynote from Ms. Houston, this year’s event will again include networking, shopping, and will present over 15 speakers on topics including Personal Empowerment, Health & Wellness, and Business & Finance. Also featured is a “Women in Leadership” panel that will include a poignant discussion with powerful women who rose to the challenge and are making profound differences in their communities. We will also be bestowing our annual STAR awards to two well-deserving women. Additional information about our speakers and vendors can be found on our website www.TheChicagoWomensConference.org.

The cost of admission is just $25 per person with advance registration, or $35 at the door. The conference fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and admission to all of the break-out sessions. Each attendee will receive a raffle ticket with numerous chances to win prizes donated by our vendors, so get your best gal pals together and make a day of it!

If you plan to attend, please support this year’s charitable recipient, Reclaim13, an organization devoted to ending human trafficking. We will be collecting $10 gift cards to a major retailer (i.e. Target, Walmart or Meijer) to help these young girls get back on their feet.

For more information, or to register for the 2018 Chicago Women’s Conference, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 6055 or visit www.TheChicagoWomensConference.org. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Photo of Felicia Houston
Felicia Houston (above) will deliver the keynote address at SSC’s 10th Annual Chicago Women’s Conference on Friday, March 16, 2018, in South Holland.

Playwright Wesley Perkins Returns to South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The SSC Playhouse announces the return of alumnus Wesley Perkins in a very different role. “Happy Birthday, Henry Snikrep” is Perkins’ first full-length comedy and is also the first play written by a former student to be performed at the college under the direction of South Suburban College’s Theatre Program Coordinator and SSC Playhouse Director Bobbie Saltzman.

Markham resident Perkins majored in theatre while he was an SSC student. He chose South Suburban College because it was convenient. While there he became a part of the SSC Playhouse, acting in productions such as “Godspell,” “Oklahoma,” “Grease” and “Man of LaMancha.”

Said Perkins, “The main mentor I had was Bobbie Saltzman…Bobbie has always put these shows together effortlessly, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. Not just acting in shows, but eventually write them, do the lighting, and build the structures… She’s always been there and she has such a kind and open heart. I’ve always just looked at her not only as an instructor and mentor, but as family.”

Inspired by Tyler Perry’s rags to riches story, Perkins’ eventual goal is to become an actor and own his own small theatre. Wesley got hooked on theatre early when his 4th grade class went to see “The Wizard of Oz. “Working in theatre isn’t a hobby, noted Perkins, “That’s actually what I hope to do.”

“Happy Birthday, Henry Snikrep” took about five years to write and is based upon Perkins’ own experiences. In this wild comedy, the title character, crabby old Henry Snikrep, is about to have a surprise party, but don’t tell him the news. He hates his family and a party would kill him, which it does. Now just about every crazy relative is coming to his funeral. The question is: will any one of them survive the mess? Perkins will also be acting in the play. “This is the biggest play I’ve written,” he said, “and the first one that will actually be open to the community.”

South Suburban College is located at 15800 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 parking is available.

Performances will run April 25 to April 29, 2018 with Wednesday through Saturday shows at 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the 24/7 box office voicemail line at (708) 210-5741. Leave your name and phone number and someone will return your call. You may also reserve tickets by e-mail at boxoffice@ssc.edu.

Breakfast with BCI Workshop Presents – Crucial Conversations: The Crisis of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College Business & Career Institute (BCI) presents a Breakfast with BCI Workshop titled Crucial Conversations: The Crisis of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., with check-in and continental breakfast to begin at 8:15 a.m. This workshop will be held in the South Suburban College Main Campus in the MB Financial Suite on the 1st floor, and will be facilitated by Attorney Sonia D. Coleman and Alexandra Glumac, SSC Client Solutions Specialist.

Allegations of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct permeated the news in 2017. As a result, several movements have been created to bring awareness to the egregious improprieties taking place in many industries. In order to support these initiatives, Attorney Sonia D. Coleman and HR Consultant Alexandra Glumac will answer three important questions:

  • What is sexual harassment?
  • What do you do if you experience or witness it?
  • Whose responsibility is it to stop it?

Join us for this frank discussion on a crucial workplace topic. Business owners, C-Suite executives, HR managers, supervisors and employees are encouraged to attend.

The cost of the workshop with continental breakfast is $25 per person or $20 per person if 3 or more from the same company attend. Reservations are required by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9th. To register, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3254 or email AGlumac@ssc.edu. South Suburban College is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL

Seeking Star Awards Nominations for the Chicago Women’s Conference at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College is seeking nominations for The Star Awards, which will be presented at the 10th Annual Chicago Women’s Conference being held at South Suburban College on Friday, March 16. The two awards recognize women for their outstanding leadership in business, community activities and/or education and their encouragement of others to also be STARS. One of the awards recognizes lifetime achievement of a South Suburban College alumna. STAR awardees are role models because they not only focus on achieving their own goals, but through inspiring actions profoundly motivate others to do the same. Applications are being accepted through February 13 and are available on the website: www.thechicagowomensconference.org.

This year marks the third year of the Star Awards. This year’s conference theme is “You Can Be Your Own Superhero.” Last year’s Star Award winners were SSC Lifetime Alumna winner Janice Crowe, a graduate of the college’s nursing program and Star Award winner Bridgett Annicks, an outstanding elementary school educator.

“We are excited to see this year’s nominations. It is so rewarding to read about the many remarkable women who excel in their endeavors and care about others,” reports Nancy Burrows, Co-chair of The Star Awards committee. Women can nominate themselves and others by going to the website for more information www.thechicagowomensconference.org and register now to come to the event on March 16.

LaTasha Binder, Bridgett Annicks, Janice Crowe, and Nancy Burrows
Pictured: (I to r) LaTasha Binder Star Award co-chair, Star Award winner Bridgett Annicks, SSC Lifetime Alumna Star Award winner Janice Crowe, and Nancy Burrows Star Award co-chair.

Optimize Your Business’ Social Media Presence Offered at SSC

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–There is quite a difference between writing on your own personal Facebook page and a company’s Facebook page. For example, sharing details of your day-to-day life is not something to be written on your company page. Writing a professional message in 140 characters can be difficult.

The Business and Career Institute of South Suburban College is offering an Optimize Your Business’ Social Media Presence workshop on two dates: Wednesday, February 7, from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and again on Wednesday, April 25 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. Both workshops will be held in the MB Financial suite at South Suburban College’s main campus in South Holland.

Why You Should Attend:
Learn how to skillfully express your ideas and thoughts while staying within the boundaries of social media for business etiquette. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram will be discussed, as well as creative marketing strategies. Learn to market and communicate smarter, rather than harder.

Location:
South Suburban College
MB Financial Suite, 1st Floor
15800 South State Street
South Holland, IL 60473

Cost:
Price for attendees is $75 per individual. Ask about our discount for registering 3 or more people.

Registration:
You may register online or over the phone. For more information please contact Mike Schoettle, Client Solutions Specialist, at MSchoettle@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3253.

Photo Exhibit: Chicago Freedom Movement of 1965-66

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, South Suburban College’s Office of Student Life, along with the South Suburban Housing Center, will be presenting an exhibit of photographs by Bernard J. Kleina entitled “The Chicago Freedom Movement 1965-1966” from January 15-24 in the college’s first floor MB Financial Bank Room.

Included in the exhibit are rare color images of Dr. King, Coretta Scott-King, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Al Raby, and Ralph Abernathy, as well as images of those who attempted to disrupt the peaceful marches.

Mr. Kleina’s photos has been shown in more than 35 cities as well as at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, the Illinois State Capital Building, the Cincinnati Museum Center, a permanent exhibit at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, and the Toledo Museum of Art.

Dr. King was instrumental in the fight for open and fair housing both nationally and locally in the City of Chicago. Upon his assassination and the public reaction that followed, advocates gained the momentum necessary to pass the Fair Housing Act just 7 days later. This exhibit demonstrates the devotion King and marchers had amongst strong opposition that allowed for the protections that we see today, 50 years later.

Admission is free. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State Street. 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.

Open Auditions Called for Comedy “Happy Birthday, Henry Snikrep!” at SSC

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The SSC Playhouse announces open auditions for its 2018 world-premiere of the hilarious down-home comedy, “Happy Birthday, Henry Snikrep!” written by Markham native, Wesley Perkins, on Thursday, February 1st from 4 – 8 pm and Saturday, February 3rd from 12 – 3 pm in the Kindig Performing Arts Center of South Suburban College, 15800 State Street, South Holland, IL. No experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome. You will be asked to read from the script, but you do not need to prepare a song.

“Happy Birthday, Henry Snikrep” is Wesley Perkins’ first full-length comedy. The play is based upon Perkins’ own experiences, but as he himself admits, his work was greatly influenced by Mr. Tyler Perry. Some will argue that Perkins’ play lacks distinction for the black community or that there is compliance in the playwright’s voice. But if a playwright’s voice is his own, then in that capacity his work is revolutionary and highly entertaining. Mr. Perkins agrees. In this wild comedy, the title character, crabby old Henry Snikrep, is about to have a surprise party, but don’t tell him the news. He hates his family and a party would kill him, which it does. Now just about every crazy relative is coming to his funeral. The question is: will any one of them survive the mess?

Actors are needed to fill 16 roles that vary in age from 16 to 60 and every age in between. Rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday evenings and middays on Saturdays, with a first read-through on Saturday, February 17. Not all performers will be required to be at all rehearsals. Performances will run April 25 to April 29, 2018 with Wednesday through Saturday shows at 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.

Since talent doesn’t discriminate, actors of all colors, ages, shapes, and sizes are encouraged to audition. Scenes from the play will be available for review at auditions. The production will be staged by Mr. Perkins under the direction of Bobbie Saltzman. For more audition information, you may contact Bobbie Saltzman at bsaltzman@ssc.edu or call the South Suburban College box office at 708/210-5741 to leave a message. Phone calls will be returned. The SSC Playhouse: Because Talent Doesn’t Discriminate.

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.

Rapunzel and the Frog Prince at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The Children’s Theatre Company of South Suburban College presents Rapunzel and the Frog Prince, a uniquely comical mashup that cleverly blends the two Grimm tales into one story. Playwright Michele L. Vacca and director Ellie Shunko team up once again to turn fairy tales upside down for a spirited adventure for young and old alike.

Performances will take place in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on SSC’s Main Campus on Saturdays, January 13 and 20, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Additional weekday performances will take place Tuesday through Friday, January 16 through 19, 2018, at 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. each day.

The local witch, Gruesomella Jones (Cheryle Barham of South Holland) conjures a spell that will make handsome Prince Beauregard (Zachary Scalzitti of St. John, IN) fall in love with the first woman he sees – Miss Jones herself. In walks Princess Rapunzel (Lauren Bryant of South Holland) and the Prince immediately falls head over heels for her. Annoyed by this turn of events, Gruesomella turns Beauregard into a frog so he can’t marry Princess Rapunzel.

Not knowing his true identity, Rapunzel befriends the frog. Her bird-watching mother, Queen Alexandra (Betty Neil of Markham), attempts to find her daughter a proper princely husband. She calls in a series of candidates – each one more peculiar than the next – to present to Rapunzel in hopes that one will be able to replace her lost Prince Beauregard.

The hopeful suitors are the ancient Prince Feeble and histrionic actor Steve Prince (both played by Pat Nevins of Homewood), the shy, clumsy Melvin Prince and the beat-boxing poet Leonardo (both played by James Hudson of Chicago), greaser wannabe Da Prince and the lunatic pirate Captain Dedalus Darkwater (both played by Paul Braun of Highland, IN).

Meanwhile, back in the forest, Gruesomella and her wacky, multilingual sidekick Laguna Loxley (Juniper Boerman DeYoung of Thornton) plot to capture Rapunzel and keep her from her friend and true love.

The production staff includes director and Kindig Performing Arts Center manager Ellie Shunko, a Lansing resident. The lighting designers are the husband and wife team of Lydia and Dominic Bellamy-Palma of Crestwood. Costumes are created by Joanna Tassin of Park Forest. Prop mistresses are Rochelle Walters of South Chicago Heights and Heather Young of Chicago. The sets are built by Pat Nevins of Homewood and Anne and Michael Begora of Hegewisch. Spinning tunes at the sound board will be Jordan Swierczyna of Robbins. The production stage manager is Angela Martin of Midlothian.

South Suburban College is located at 15800 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 parking is available.

Tickets for Rapunzel and the Frog Prince are only $5 per person. Reservations for weekday shows are suggested as some performances are sold out. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the 24/7 box office voicemail line at (708) 210-5741. Leave your name and phone number and someone will return your call. You may also reserve tickets by e-mail at boxoffice@ssc.edu.

Cast of Rapunzel and the Frog Prince
Top: Pat Nevins, James Hudson, Paul Braun; Middle: Cheryle Barham, Juniper Boerman DeYoung; Bottom: Betty Neil, Lauren Bryant, Zachary Scalzitt

Registration in Progress for Spring 2018 Classes at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – General Registration for the Spring 2018 Semester at South Suburban College (SSC) is currently in progress. Spring classes begin Tuesday, January 16, at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. For your convenience the college will be open for registration on Saturday, January 13 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. We will be closed on Monday, January 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

You may apply online at www.ssc.edu to begin the enrollment process. New students will receive an SSC email account and a “My SSC” Username & Password via email which will allow access to the online schedule and class registration. The “My SSC” portal also allows students 24-hour access during college closed periods.

Contact the Office of Admissions at (708) 210-5718 for enrollment information. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

Bulldogs Baseball Program to Host Adult-Child Baseball Camps

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College Baseball Program and Head Coach Steve Ruzich will be conducting Adult-Child Baseball Camps February 9, 10, 16, 17 and 18 for boys and girls ages 6 thru 14. The camps will feature sessions for pitching, catching, hitting and fielding while providing adults and children the opportunity to improve their knowledge of baseball skills and techniques.

Kids will be given expert instruction and time to practice and improve their skills through a variety of station drills. Adults will be taught how to use effective teaching methods, provide instruction using proper skill techniques, and utilize effective drills. The campers will work together, have fun, and develop talents in a wholesome, supportive environment.

Ruzich has coached the SSC Baseball Program for the past 31 years with a winning record of 1112-654. Not only has he enjoyed success as a college coach and player, he has also established himself as a reputable youth baseball camp director around the state. In addition to Ruzich’s instruction, SSC baseball players will be on hand to help the campers develop and improve their skills. The players’ enthusiasm and expertise always adds to the camp’s success.

The cost is $45 for one adult and one child per camp, and $40 per camp if enrolled in more than one. The cost is $30 for each additional child. Checks should be made payable to South Suburban College Baseball.

CAMP SELECTION

Pitching
Friday, Feb. 9 • 6:30 pm-9:00 pm & Saturday, Feb. 17 • 9:00 am-11:30 am

Hitting
Saturday, Feb. 10 • 9:00 am-11:30 am & Sunday, Feb. 18 • 11:00 am-1:30 pm

Fielding
Friday, Feb. 16 • 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

The camps are located at Bulldog Field on SSC’s Main Campus at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL. For more information or to register, contact Coach Ruzich at (708) 225-5843, or email sruzich@ssc.edu.

SSC Offering Free Highway Construction Careers Training Program

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College will be offering a Free Highway Construction Careers Training Program this spring at their Oak Forest Campus. Orientation and Assessment Testing will be January 30-February 1, 2018 at the Oak Forest Center, with the program set to begin on February 26, 2018.

The Highway Construction Careers Training Program has been 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.

Career Opportunities Include:

  • Cement Mason
  • Electrician
  • Pipefitter
  • Carpenter
  • Laborer
  • Equipment Operator

Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • 18 years or older
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Interest working in the Construction Trades

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.

For more information, please visit our website at www.ssc.edu/hcctp, or call (708) 225-6042, or email hcctp@ssc.edu. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois 60452.

Paralegal Program Open House Coming to Oak Forest

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College will be hosting an Open House for its Paralegal Program on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at the college’s Oak Forest Center in Room 5190. Information will be provided about SSC’s Paralegal/Legal Assistant curriculum, including the Associate Degree and certificate programs. In addition, former students from the program, working as paralegals, will be present to answer questions.

The curriculum prepares students to work in a variety of legal environments including civil and criminal litigation, insurance, banking, public and governmental agencies, law offices and corporate legal departments. Emphasis is placed on the development of core skills in legal research and writing techniques including compilation and analysis of data, understanding legal vocabulary, law office technology, and preparation of legal documents.

“Whether you are looking for a change in your career path or looking to begin a career, this is an excellent opportunity for anyone who has an interest in the law,” says Jason Cieslik, J.D., Coordinator for the Paralegal Studies Program.

SSC has the only American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal program in the south and southwest suburban Chicago region, giving graduates a huge advantage when entering the workforce. The college also requires that all of the instructors in the program are lawyers or judges to ensure the quality of instruction.

While the majority of the paralegal classes are offered at SSC’s Oak Forest Center (conveniently located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue), some classes are offered online. For more information, please contact Mr. Jason Cieslik at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2579 or email JCieslik@ssc.edu.

SSC Bulldog’s Baseball Program Hosting Catching Camp December 26 and 27

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College Head Baseball Coach Steve Ruzich will be directing a two-day Catching Camp on Tuesday, December 26th and Wednesday, December 27th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Coach Ruzich has directed youth camps for the past 32 years and has taught baseball skills at many other baseball camps throughout the state.

This clinic will provide catching instruction in the areas of blocking, calling a game, pick offs, pop throwing times, stance and footwork, drills for practice, pop ups, handling pitchers, and conditioning. In addition to Ruzich’s instruction, Bulldog baseball players will be on hand to help and develop skills. The players’ enthusiasm and expertise always adds to the camp’s success. The Catching Camp is open to boys ages 8-18. All players should bring their glove and gear. All participants should wear baseball or sweat pants and gym shoes, and boys must wear cups.

Coach Ruzich was an All-American catcher at the College of St. Francis. He graduated in 1985 and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. Coach Ruzich had a short stint as a pro catcher before coming to SSC as Head Baseball Coach in 1987, where he has compiled a winning record of 1112-654.

The cost of the Catching Camp is $100, and checks should be made payable to SSC Bulldog Baseball. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is suggested. South Suburban College is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL. For more information contact Coach Ruzich at (708) 225-5843.

South Suburban College Swears In New Trustee

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL –At a special meeting of the Board of Trustees of South Suburban College held on November 16, Vivian Payne was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Trustee Jacqueline Martin. The vote was unanimous and Ms. Payne was sworn in immediately.

Payne, a Lansing resident of more than 23 years, presently serves as Lansing’s Village Clerk. She is currently President and past Secretary of the Lansing Business Women’s Association, past Executive Director of the Lansing Chamber of Commerce and past Secretary of the Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals. Payne is eager to represent South Suburban College District 510 which encompasses 18 villages.

She stated, “I’m extremely grateful to the Board of Trustees and Chairman Frank Zuccarelli for their expression of trust and support. As a former SSC student myself, I want everyone to know that I’ll begin each day with a commitment to ensure that our college continues to offer the widest range of academic options to help each student achieve their dreams.”

The college is located at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland, IL. 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.

Vivian Payne is sworn in by SSC Vice President of Administration Martin Lareau
New Trustee Vivian Payne is sworn in by SSC Vice President of Administration Martin Lareau.