Chicagoland Speakers Network to Host 2nd Annual Public Speaking Symposium at SSC’s Oak Forest Center

OAK FOREST, IL–The Chicagoland Speakers Network would like to help area residents and professionals meet their self-improvement goals in 2015 through a Public Speaking Symposium. The Chicagoland Speakers Network has planned this half-day of educational workshops on various topics related to effective professional speaking at South Suburban College’s Oak Forest Center on Thursday, January 22, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Research has shown that the average American greatly fears speaking in public which may hamper growth in one’s career and professional life. The 2nd Annual Public Speaking Symposium topics include:

  • How to be the Most Organized Presenter in the Room, by Colleen Klimczak
  • Spicing up Your Presentations with Exercises and Icebreakers, Mary Erlain
  • Communicate for the Win, by Lori Klinka
  • Dazzling Your Audiences with PowerPoint, by Alexandra Glumac
  • Panel Discussion Q & A, with the presenters

Advanced registration is $39 through January 15th, or $49 from January 16th through the day of the Speaking Symposium. To RSVP or for more information, please visit www.csnsymposium.eventbrite.com or email Lori Klinka at lklinka@sbcglobal.net. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois.

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 Tuesday, January 6, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 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. Cieslik at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2579 or email JCieslik@ssc.edu. Spring classes begin Monday, January 12, 2015.

MB Financial Bank Presents $25,000 to South Suburban College for Scholarship & Technology Support

mb Financial Presents a check to SSC
Pictured from left to right: Pat Rush, SSC Foundation Executive Director; Vicky Arroyo, President of MB Community Development Corporation; Vince Laughlin, MB Financial Bank Commercial Group President; Frank Zuccarelli, SSC Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Don De Graff, MB Financial Bank Sr. Vice President & Commercial Division Manager; Timothy Woloszyn, MB Financial Bank Assistant Vice President of Commercial Banking; Don Manning, SSC President; Lesly Flores, MB Financial Bank Community Development Officer.

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL –MB Financial Bank (MB) presented a $25,000 check to South Suburban College (SSC) recently at their Main Campus in South Holland. The donation is a part of MB’s $45,000 commitment to support a renovation of the college’s primary conference room and to establish an endowed scholarship through the SSC Foundation (SSCF). The commitment includes an additional $20,000 endowment over the next four years to permanently establish an MB Financial Bank Scholarship Fund at the college. The donation developed through a long-standing partnership between the South Holland branch and its neighboring community college.

“MB Financial Bank and the MB Financial Charitable Foundation believe that education has the power to transform people and communities,” said Vicky Arroyo, President of the MB Community Development Corporation.  “As part of our long-standing commitment to the communities we serve, we’re delighted to help South Suburban College achieve its mission as it brings an affordable education to a large and diverse student population. By working together, MB and South Suburban can help even more people achieve their goals.”

The conference room will be called the MB Financial Bank Suite. Located in the most high traffic area of the college near the Atrium and Cafeteria, the space serves as SSC’s most utilized conference room for meetings and workshops. The renovation will include new signage, modern furnishings and the most current presentation and instructional technologies. The room will be renamed with MB Financial Bank Suite signage heading into the spring semester, and SSC plans to complete the project early next year.

With the cost of higher education on the rise and the level of state funding on the decline, students are finding it more and more difficult to afford a full-time college education.   The MB Financial Bank Scholarship Fund endowment will allow the SSC Foundation to award a new MB Scholarship every year. It will add another opportunity for students to the SSCF’s comprehensive range of scholarship awards based on a variety of qualifications. In 2014, the SSCF awarded over $100,000 for the sixth consecutive year, and has now awarded $1.6 million in scholarships since 1989.

“I would like to thank my friend Don De Graff and MB Financial Bank in South Holland for their commitment to education and improving our community,” said Frank M. Zuccarelli, Chairman of the SSC Board of Trustees. “I would also like to thank the wonderful people from the MB Financial Bank Community Development Corporation and MB Marketing who took the time to visit our campus and speak with our students. This project was truly a team effort that will provide some financial relief to the college and our students while also serving as an extension of the MB Financial Bank mission.”

About MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI)

MB Financial Inc. is the Chicago-based holding company for MB Financial Bank, which has approximately $15 billion in assets and a more than one hundred year history of building deep and lasting relationships with middle-market companies and individuals. MB offers a full range of powerful financial solutions and the expertise and experience of bankers who are focused on their clients’ success. Learn more about MB Financial, Inc. at www.mbfinancial.com.
About South Suburban College

Established in 1927, SSC is a comprehensive community college with a diverse annual student population of over 15,000 students. Nearly 90% of SSC students fall under the low income, first generation, or disabled criteria. The SSCF seeks funding to strengthen college programs with a primary focus on student scholarships. The Foundation is solely governed by a Board of Directors composed of the region’s business, civic and community leaders. Tim Woloszyn, of MB Financial Bank in South Holland, serves on the SSCF Executive Committee.

 

For more information, please email foundation@ssc.edu, or visit www.ssc.edu/foundation

Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolution? Become an Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutor at South Suburban College

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 make a New Year’s resolution and volunteer as a tutor, or encourage someone you know to take advantage of this free program.

New tutor-training sessions will take place on the Main Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. beginning January 20th through February 5th, 2015 in Room 1243c. The tutor training is an 18-hour program that culminates with literacy training certification. 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; 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 volunteer or know someone who would benefit from these services, please contact LaKisha Hillard, M. Ed, Coordinator of the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email lhillard@ssc.edu. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois.

Rebound “Tuition-Free” Program for Unemployed Residents Opens December 8th at SSC

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–Registration for South Suburban College’s tuition-free educational program for unemployed residents–Rebound–will open again on Monday, December 8, 2014. Rebound classes are offered in 19 select academic areas offering short-term certificates or degrees leading to new, rewarding careers. Learn more about Rebound or begin the process to qualify by calling SSC’s Job Training Department at (708) 596-2000, extension 2530 or visiting Room 4461 at the Main Campus in South Holland.

SSC has already assisted nearly 1,000 residents with changing their career paths through Rebound since 2008.

“We are extremely pleased with how the program helped those who need an opportunity to change their career path,” said Frank M. Zuccarelli, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We are encouraging anyone who may have unfortunately experienced a layoff to visit us and see what we have to offer in Job Training.”

To qualify, Rebound applicants must live in College District 510 and have lost their job since 2011 for reasons other than performance, and remain unemployed. Applicants must also provide a current Illinois Wage Information Sheet (it is the form individuals receive from IDES when they file an unemployment claim). If the individual is ineligible to apply for unemployment insurance a letter from the previous employer must be provided with the dates of full-time employment and a statement that the reason for termination was not related to performance.

Seats in these classes are offered on a first come, first served basis. General registration is currently open, while Rebound students must wait until December 8th to begin selecting their courses. Spring classes begin on Monday, January 12, 2015.

For more information, please contact Job Training Department at (708) 596-2000, extension 2530, email JobTrainingDept@ssc.edu or visit www.ssc.edu.

Give a Gift of Scholarship this Holiday Season Through the South Suburban College Foundation Donor Drive

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 who need assistance.  The SSCF Scholarship Donor Drive will continue through the end of the year, providing both a charitable gift opportunity and tax-deduction for all donors.

The SSCF 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 SSC Foundation offers scholarship assistance to all students in need. Helping students achieve their college dream can give them the tools to improve their lives and their communities.

Scholarship opportunities are critical for SSC students.  Many are struggling to balance family, employment, and school responsibilities while they are often unable to receive Financial Aid. The majority of SSC scholarship recipients do not qualify for any other type of financial assistance. Scholarship money is provided primarily through the annual fall Scholarship Donor Drive.

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 $750 donation.

Donations may be made online at www.ssc.edu/foundation via PayPal, to foundation@ssc.edu or mailed to:

“SSC Foundation”
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 these students in 2014, and has now granted over $1.6 million since 1987.

For more information, please contact the Foundation Office at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2697 or foundation@ssc.edu.

New Exhibition of Photographs at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College (SSC) is pleased to announce a new exhibition on display in the Photo Four Gallery on the college’s Main Campus in South Holland.

The exhibition, entitled LIGHTFALL, is a series of photographs by Kevin Nance. LIGHTFALL will exhibit through a closing reception with Nance on Tuesday, November 18th at 12:30 p.m.

Kevin Nance is a Chicago-based photographer, journalist and critic. His photographs have been shown in solo exhibitions in Chicago and Lexington, Kentucky, as well as in group shows in Portland, Oregon; Danville, Kentucky; and Park Ridge, Illinois. Nance’s writing has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times (where he served as the art and architecture critic), the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Gallery News, Art in America, ArtNEWS, Art + Auction, and many other publications. To see more of his images—whose genres range from street photography and portraiture to landscapes and art photography—visit www.kevinnance.tumblr.com.

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.

South Suburban College Volleyball Team to Host Regionals Monday

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The South Suburban College Women’s Volleyball Team will host their National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region IV playoff matchup on Monday, November 3rd at 6:00 p.m. The #3-seeded Lady Bulldogs will play host #6 Morton College in South Holland. The winner will travel to #2 Waubonsee on Wednesday, November 5th at 6:00 p.m.

“We are excited to get into the playoffs and defend our Regional Championship,” said Head Coach Larry Babcock. “This team has grown as the season has gone on and I expect us to go deep in the tournament.”

The 2013 Lady Bulldogs advanced all the way to the National Tournament in Toledo, Ohio.

Tina Massey and Becky Dent were named to the Region IV All-Region Team. Massey was a 1st Team selection and is a candidate for NJCAA All-American. Dent made the 2nd Team All-Region for the second consecutive year.

For more information, Coach Babcock can be reached at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2575. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois.

South Suburban College to Host Family Reading Night

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College’s Adult Volunteer Literacy Program is hosting their fifth annual Family Reading Night event on Wednesday, November 19th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to join SSC to find out about community literacy while enjoying stories and presentations. There will also be free books for children, raffles and refreshments.

This year’s event will feature three local authors, who will read excerpts from their books to the community. The first author, Sandra Dyson from Harvey, Illinois, will be reading an excerpt from her book “Sweet Water.”  Next, Courtney Harris, Ph.D., will speak to the audience about the importance of family while referencing excerpts from his book titled American Society:  The Enemy of the Family Structure.” Lastly, Theo Chapman will discuss excerpts from his book Why Do Teenagers Talk Like That—written as a tool to help bridge the communication gap that is growing between adults and youth.   All three authors will be available for questions, comments and book signings after they speak.

This year at Family Reading Night, SSC will hand out free children’s books to all children attending, raffle Barnes and Nobles gift cards, and perform an Interactive Reading Activity called “Read that Word”—author Theo Chapman will have the audience journey through time, uncovering the present and past of youth vernacular.  Time will also be set aside for the families to read with their children.

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 Division of Adult Education 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 Lakisha Hillard, coordinator, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email lhillard@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.

Spring Registration Now Open at South Suburban College

South Holland, IL – General Registration for the Spring 2015 Semester at South Suburban College (SSC) is now in progress. Spring classes begin Monday, January 12, 2015, at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. Students are encouraged to register as early as possible to secure their seat in select classes. Residents considering attending college in 2015 should begin the process by completing the online application at www.ssc.edu. 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.

Current and prospective students who have not yet applied for Financial Aid are strongly 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 must have an official high school or GED transcript on file at SSC.  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.

Contact the Office of Admissions at (708) 210-5718 for more enrollment information or to schedule a tour. 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.

Breakfast with BCI Workshop Series Presents Implementing Tablets and Smart Phones into Your Small Business

South Holland, IL – The South Suburban College Business & Career Institute (BCI) presents a Breakfast with BCI Workshop: Implementing Tablets and Smart Phones into Your Small Business. This workshop will be facilitated by Allen Babiarz, BCI Client Solutions & Project Manager on Thursday, November 6, 2014, in the Heritage Room from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (check-in and continental breakfast to begin at 8:15 a.m.).

Today, people are constantly on their phones and look to their phones and tablets to access information more efficiently. Business partnerships are formed, appointments are made, transactions are conducted and data is organized and stored on our devices. This workshop will bring any small business into the 21st Century by demonstrating how to utilize smart phones and tablets to your advantage. Topics covered include setting up email, calendars, Square (payments), and cloud storage, among others. Attendees are encouraged to bring their devices and get started right away during the workshop.

The cost of the event and continental breakfast is $15 per person, or $10 per person if three or more individuals from the same company attend. To register, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2346 or email AGlumac@ssc.edu. The Heritage Room is on the 1st Floor of South Suburban College’s Main Campus, located at 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

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 on the Main Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. from October 28th through November 13th in Room 1243c. The tutor training is an 18-hour program that culminates with literacy training certification. 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; 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 volunteer or know someone who would benefit from these services, please contact LaKisha Hillard, M. Ed, Coordinator of the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email lhillard@ssc.edu. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois.

New Exhibitions Coming Soon to South Suburban College Galleries

Picture 1: Untitled work by Michael Hopkins will be part of the X-Ray Series exhibition coming to South Suburban College’s Dorothea Thiel Gallery.
Untitled work by Michael Hopkins will be part of the X-Ray Series exhibition coming to South Suburban College’s Dorothea Thiel Gallery.

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College (SSC) is pleased to announce two new exhibitions coming to galleries on the Main Campus in South Holland.

First, an exhibition titled The X-Ray Series will be on display October 21st through a closing reception with artist Michael Hopkins on November 17th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Hopkins has exhibited throughout the United States, in Canada and Europe. He has art in numerous museum permanent collections including The Art Institute of Chicago. The X-Ray Series was completed between 2004 and 2007. The media is white ink on slate comprised of slightly altered images of both human and animal X-rays. Twenty (20) pieces from The X-Ray Series will exhibit at SSC as part a larger collection on display internationally including The Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Village, Ohio–rated as one of the best collections by Forbes Magazine, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin, and permanent collections at The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor Michigan and The Wellcome Trust Collection, London, England–Nobel Peace Prize winner James Watson spoke at the opening.
“I was interested in The X-Ray Series at the beginning based on formal elements,” said Hopkins. “From there, I became intrigued by how looking at the human and animal skeletal system may evolve into other topics.”

Isolation
“Isolation” is part of the Faint Perceptions exhibition coming to South Suburban College’s Lee Dulgar Gallery courtesy of artist Connie Wolfe.

Additionally, Faint Perceptions is an exhibition by artist Connie Wolfe that will run October 27th through the closing reception on November 20th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Three installations will be featured in the exhibit. Wolfe earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, Wisconsin, and his Master of Fine Arts from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Wolfe is inspired by the rich colors and textures in natural environments that typically go unnoticed in the everyday rituals of our society.

“Most recently I have been making mixed-media installations that are pieces on their own, yet they become the inspiration for my two-dimensional work,” said Wolfe. “This process simulates my experience to nature in that subtle differences in light, time of day, and vantage point of the installations are used as source material for my drawings, prints, and paintings. As a result, the subject of all of my work shares the hidden intricacies inherent in our environment.”

The X-Ray Series can be viewed during gallery hours in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery on the 4th floor in the Art & Design hallway. Faint Perceptions will be exhibiting in the Lee Dulgar Gallery on the first floor near the college Atrium. 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.

South Suburban College October PAC Performances

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

Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
The South Suburban Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Orchestra perform in their exciting first fall concert.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
The South Suburban College Voices and Jazz Ensemble perform in their exciting first fall concert.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:00 p.m.
David L. Howard, SSC Violin Professor, lectures on works by Bach, Sarasate, and Paginini. Marilyn Bourgeois, SSC Piano Professor, will accompany in recital.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
The SSC Symphonic Band will perform in concert.

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

Representative Jones Secures Additional Funds for Adult Education Technology at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–State Representative Thaddeus Jones (D-29th District) has announced a $225,000 legislative award for South Suburban College’s Division of Adult Education. This represents the second consecutive year Jones has secured funds to enable SSC’s Adult Education to create new state-of-the-art technological classrooms for its English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) programs.

“Technology is essential to everything we do today, and it starts with education,” said Representative Jones. “The Illinois GED Exams have now become entirely computer-based, so it is critical to modernize these programs to help more adult students succeed in the classroom and in the workforce.”

Funds have been used to purchase Epson Interactive White Boards, classroom projectors, laptops, charging carts, student tables and more. The new grant funds will continue the classroom upgrades with enhanced technology including expansion of programs at the college’s Oak Forest Center and Calumet City adult education sites.

“We are very pleased to receive these funds for programs that are so important to thousands of adults in our community who need our help,” said SSC Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli. “Our mission is to help residents improve their education and employment through lifelong learning. We are thankful to Representative Jones for securing these funds and sharing our commitment to education.”

SSC’s Division of Adult Education offers a wide range of opportunities for adults to build the basic skills required for success. ABE helps men and women whose skill levels are below the ninth grade, and ASE helps men and women whose skill levels are between the ninth and twelfth grade. Many adults choose to further build on these skills and pursue a high school education through the High School Equivalency (HSE) program which will develop the skills required to pass the GED exams. Additionally, English as a Second Language (ESL) allows non-native students to improve their English skills from beginning to advanced levels. 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 $307,398 provides approximately 36% of the support of these programs.

In Fiscal Year 2014, SSC serviced 660 students through adult education programs including approximately 40 students that received their GED certificates, many of whom moved on to their postsecondary education at SSC.

For more information, please contact Jane Ellen Stocker, Vice President of Enrollment and Community Education, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2227, email jstocker@ssc.edu or visit www.ssc.edu. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

Consumer Wellness Advocate Certification Training Workshop Coming to SSC

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The South Suburban College (SSC) Business & Career Institute (BCI) is hosting Consumer Wellness Advocate (CWA) Certification Training for individuals who wish to gain the tools to promote wellness at home and in the workplace. This unique program will be facilitated by Alexandra Glumac, MS, NCC, LCPC, RDDP, CWA, BCI Client Solutions Specialist. The CWA Training will take place in the Mi-Jack Room on the 1st Floor of SSC’s Main Campus, on Wednesday, October 29th from 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon, with registration and continental breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m. and training to begin at 8:15 a.m.

The CWA certification training is available for anyone ages 18 or older (college degree not required) who work in the fields of health and fitness, human resources, corporate wellness or education, or simply anyone who has a desire to make a difference in the community. The program is composed of one half-day comprehensive workshop culminating with a certificate of completion and certification. Additional benefits include an interactive program workbook, an innovative personal well-being profile “The Rating of Perceived Wellness,” official status as a certified CWA on the Wellness Registry and membership in the online CWA Network.

The cost is $299 with advance registration by October 1st, or $349 thereafter. Checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. Please call (708) 596-2000 ext. 2346 or email aglumac@ssc.edu for more information or to register. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.

SSC’s Business & Career Institute serves as a regional headquarters for workforce preparation, employee training, business development and technology deployment. BCI provides training, consulting, and economic and business development resources for the Chicago Southland. For their efforts, BCI has been recognized as a High Performance Business & Industry Center by the Center for Adult and Experiential Learning, among other accolades.