South Suburban College’s Associate Nursing Program Earns Accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

South Holland, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) announces that its Associate in Applied Science nursing program has achieved accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) through Spring 2028. This recognition follows a review process and on-site visit, leading to the ACEN Board of Commissioners’ approval during their September meeting.

Dr. Linda Brown-Aldridge, the Dean of the Nursing Program, shared her thoughts on the accreditation, “This accreditation stands as proof of the unwavering commitment and hard work demonstrated by our SSC faculty, the institution’s executive leadership, and our dedicated students.” Dr. Stokes, President of SSC, emphasized the significance of ACEN accreditation, saying, “Attaining ACEN accreditation is a pivotal milestone for our nursing program. It underscores the dedication of our team and their unwavering commitment to improving the student experience.”

The accreditation process included an assessment and planning effort aimed at improving the nursing curriculum and education experience. Dr. Brown-Aldridge and her team have submitted data to ACEN, covering nursing curriculum, cohort information, and other pertinent data, reaffirming SSC’s dedication to improvement.

Dr. Tasha Williams, SSC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, voiced her vision for the future,

“This accreditation solidifies our position as a provider of nursing education in the Southland. We remain committed to equipping students with the skills they need to make a positive impact on patient care and the community.”

ACEN accreditation is a voluntary process that uses peer review to assess nursing academic programs. It provides specialized accreditation for nursing education programs, offering certificates, diplomas, or recognized professional degrees. In attaining this status, SSC’s nursing program has showcased its skill in five areas: administrative capacity and resources, faculty qualifications, student support, curriculum development, and program outcomes. This recognition reinforces SSC’s commitment to excellence in nursing education.

SSC’s full-time Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program provides students with specialized training to cultivate an understanding of nursing theory and practice. Graduates are equipped to deliver healthcare services to the community in various roles. Upon program completion, students are prepared to sit for the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

To learn more about the ACEN accreditation or the nursing program, please contact the SSC Nursing Department at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2260. For additional details about the SSC nursing program, visit https://www.ssc.edu/academics/programs-of-study/nursing/. SSC is located at 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, IL.

Fall Concert Series to Feature Winners of Young Musicians’ Competition

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–Winners from the 6th Annual Young Musicians’ Competition will grace the stage alongside their adult counterparts in this year’s Fall Concert Series at South Suburban College (SSC). The competition, held in April and open to District 510 and Northwest Indiana students aged eight to 18, witnessed the participation of 22 talented students. Among the standout winners was Eric Nickerson, a junior from Homewood-Flossmoor High School, who clinched the top spot in the Senior Artist Division for ages 15–18.

Eric Nickerson, reflecting on his journey to success, attributed his discovery of this opportunity to his SSC teacher and conductor. “My private teacher, Ingrid Krizan, is a conductor here,” said Nickerson. “She told me about the opportunity and started preparing me for it.” Originally drawn to the violin and viola, Nickerson’s passion shifted after watching the renowned 2CELLOS on YouTube. “I follow a lot of the famous soloists in the world now, “Nickerson added. “Probably the biggest would be Sheku (Kanneh-Mason). I remember seeing a video of him playing the Elgar at the BBC Proms, and that was a pivotal moment in my life when I decided that this is something I want to pursue.” His aspirations now revolve around becoming an orchestral cellist.

Nickerson is set to join his fellow champions in SSC’s Fall Concert Series, an annual event presented by the SSC Music Department and open to the public throughout October. The series boasts a diverse range of musical performances to cater to various musical tastes.

This year’s series kicks off with the SSC String Orchestra on Monday, October 16, at 7 p.m., featuring violin, cello, and bass arrangements. Under the direction of Ingrid Krizan, the concert will showcase pieces such as “Take Five” by Paul Desmond, “Masquerade Waltz” by Khatchechurian, and “Fireworks Music” by Handel. Violinist David Howard will also lead the Chamber String Ensemble through the First Movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1.

Following that, the SSC Jazz Combo and Jazz Orchestra will take the spotlight on Wednesday, October 18, at 7 p.m. Director Jeff Brath will guide the audience through pieces like “Skylark” by Hoagy Carmichael & Johnny Mercer, and “Black and Tan Fantasy” by Duke Ellington.

Subsequently, an all-inclusive instrumental performance awaits as the SSC Symphonic Band takes center stage on Friday, October 20, at 7 p.m. under the baton of Wesley Woodard. The evening will feature a repertoire including “Gumsucker’s March” by Percy Grainger, “Sea Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and “Lola Flores” by Terig Tucci. The SSC Voices, led by Mike Cierski, will precede the recital, offering choral renditions of “A Song of Thanks” by Carl J. Nygard, Jr., and “What A Wonderful World” by Weiss/Thiele, arranged by Robinson.

The grand finale of the Fall Concert Series will be a Lecture Recital presented by Professor Henry Dickhoff on Wednesday, October 25, at noon. His presentation, titled “The Harmonic Devices in the Compositions of Cedar Walton,” will delve into the life and selected compositions of the late jazz pianist, offering insights into Walton’s contributions to the expansion of hard bop music—a subgenre of jazz that extends from bebop music and emerged in the early 1960s.

Performances for all concerts in the series will be held in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the first floor of the South Suburban College Main Campus, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. Admission to all concerts in the series is free and donations are appreciated to benefit the Music Scholarship Fund. For more information about the Fall Concert Series or to confirm dates and times, contact Jeffrey Ivy at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2316 or email JIvy@ssc.edu. For more information about the Young Musicians’ Competition, contact Dr. Godwin Chou, Music Department Chair, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2296, or gchou@ssc.edu.

Eric Nickerson playing Cello

South Suburban College and Pace Bus Partner to Offer Fourth Pre-hiring Event on September 19, 2023

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) and Pace Bus are pleased to announce a fourth pre-hiring event to provide a free Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) permit course for the next generation of professional bus operators in the Chicago Southland region. The college and transportation agency will offer a customized two-week course to assist qualified applicants in obtaining their CDL permit. To remove financial barriers for students to pursue and complete the program actively, Pace will cover the costs of tuition, training, books, fees, and other expenses associated with the program. In addition, SSC, in partnership with the Workforce Equity Initiative Grant, will provide a completion incentive for participants who complete the two-week course.

On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., SSC will host a pre-hiring event for job seekers to meet with Pace staff. During the 3-hour event, applicants will complete a screening process in the MB Financial Bank Room on SSC’s Main Campus, including application completion, an assessment questionnaire, and a background check. All candidates must bring a valid Illinois driver’s license and a DMV or Secretary of State Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) (also called Driving Record Abstracts in Illinois) with no more than two infractions or tickets in the last five years. Candidates are responsible for the cost of the MVR, which is $12.

Assessment results will be available 2-4 days after the event when candidates must complete an Illinois Department of Transportation physical and drug screening. Pace Bus will cover the cost of these screenings. Candidates who pass these screenings will be enrolled in a training course that will take place at SSC’s Main Campus in the MB Financial Bank Room from October 16, 2023 through October 27, 2023. Classes will be held Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Qualified candidates who complete the two-week course will transition to six-week on-the-job training with Pace.

For more information or to register for the CDL Class B licensure program with SSC and Pace, please contact SSC’s Continuing Education Program at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5723.

South Suburban College Empowers Students and the Community in Navigating Civility Amidst Turbulent Times

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) is unveiling a series of engaging events celebrating National Civility Month throughout August. The college invites the public and students to participate in activities that foster respectful interactions and cultivate a civil environment. This initiative aligns with National Civility Month, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and unity in promoting a culture of civility.

August kicked off with a Civility Awareness Campaign across the college’s social media platforms on the first of the month. “In today’s society, mutual respect has become a rare commodity. As neighbors and citizens, we are responsible for nurturing our community by extending a helping hand, living by the golden rule, and choosing unity over isolated struggles”, stated SSC Student Trustee Jamesina Collier.

South Suburban College kicked off August with the following engagements for students:

Fall Term Kick-Off – August 21:

  • Civility posters across the Main Campus
  • Civility ice cream at the Main Campus for SSC students
  • Civility swag bag distribution in the SSC Circle on the second floor of the Main Campus featuring empowering affirmations for SSC students

In addition to student-focused activities, the college will facilitate coffee conversations and employee professional development opportunities throughout the month. These initiatives aim to enhance education and awareness while providing a platform for collective dialogue promoting civility.

South Suburban College extends a warm invitation to the public to participate in the highlight event of the month:

Non- Violence Through Civility Panel Discussion

  • Thursday, August 31, 2023
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • SSC Performing Arts Center on the first floor of the Main Campus

The panel discussion will feature SSC students and community experts engaging in conversations about nonviolence through civility. Moderated by Phillip Bradley, President of Nonviolence Works, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois, the panel will explore the vital role of civility in fostering a peaceful society.

SSC Trustee Anthony Williams from Dolton, Illinois, with over two decades of experience in social services and education, will also be a panelist. The discussion addresses violence as a public health crisis and explores ways to create a more civil society. Trustee Williams remarked, “Civility is vital for a healthy civilization and is needed for our youth. I am glad SSC is championing this noble cause.”  More panelists will be announced closer to the event.

South Suburban College is additionally excited to host an Author Spotlight and Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Danielle J. Buhuro on August 30th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, at the SSC library. Dr. Buhuro will conduct a book reading and signing of her work, “Is There a Heaven for a G? A Pastoral Care Approach to Gang Violence,” at the SSC Library on the first floor of the Main Campus.

Throughout August, SSC invites the community to participate in these events, promoting civility and respectful interactions. For more details and updates, please contact Zanetta Miller, Executive Director of Public Relations and Resource Development, via email at zmiller@ssc.edu or by phone at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5846. The SSC Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

South Suburban College Fall 2023 Semester Registration in Progress

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – Registration is open for the upcoming Fall 2023 Semester at South Suburban College. The college has implemented an efficient process that allows students to enroll in classes without being dropped for payment. Eligible students can benefit from special tuition rates, tuition waivers for specific courses, scholarships, and a diverse array of over a hundred educational pathways.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to secure their spots early to ensure their preferred mode of instruction and schedule. South Suburban College remains dedicated to providing accessible and flexible learning options for those pursuing college degrees, offering a variety of course delivery methods. New and existing students can select from five-course delivery options: in-person, online, virtual, simulcast, and blended.

The Fall 2023 Semester classes at South Suburban College are set to start the week of Monday, August 21, 2023. The college’s user-friendly online application, registration services, and comprehensive class schedule are conveniently accessible through the official ssc.edu website.

For inquiries about enrollment procedures at South Suburban College, please get in touch with the Office of Admissions at (708) 210-5718 or email admissions@ssc.edu. Assistance is also available in Spanish by calling (708) 210-5740. The main South Suburban College campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. Additionally, the Oak Forest Center, an extension site of the college, can be found at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.The college’s extension site, the Oak Forest Center, is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

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

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

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

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

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

The August training will take place at the South Suburban College Oak Forest Campus in Oak Forest, IL on Tuesdays and Thursdays from August 1 through August 17, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This 12-hour program culminates with literacy training certification. Tutors will continue to receive free professional development services throughout this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more. For additional information, or to register, please contact David Stephens, Adult Literacy Grants Manager, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email DStephens@ssc.edu.

South Suburban College to Offer Barber Instructor Program for Southland Residents

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL –South Suburban College (SSC) is offering Community College District 510 residents the opportunity to start the 1000-hour Barbering Instructor Program. The program will begin July 10th and run Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. The ten-month program will run through SSC’s Office of Continuing, Corporate, and Community Education (C3) office. The program will occur at SSC’s central South Holland, Illinois campus. The Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) Department will provide funding opportunities for participants in the program.

“The barber instructor program is designed to professionally take our graduates and all local licensed barbers to the next level. This program prepares SSC students to be the future Barber instructors for the region,” said Matt Beasland, Executive Director of Extension Services & Workforce Development.

The WEI project is designed to create, support, and expand short-term workforce training opportunities in SSC District #510 high-need areas. The Barber Instructor Program will aid in developing qualified staff to yield impactful outcomes for barbering students attending SSC.

For more information on the Barber Instructor Program, please call Leslie Glenn, Salon Manager, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2269, or email lglenn@ssc.edu. For details on the WEI program at SSC, please visit www.ssc.edu/wei.

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South Suburban College Implements Car Charging Stations with Grant Funds Through the Illinois Green Economy Network

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College (SSC) was recently awarded $113,500 in grant funds from the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN). IGEN is a consortium of Illinois community colleges working together to drive growth of the clean energy economy and green workforce. This grant will greatly advance energy efficiencies on the College campuses with a primary focus on lighting projects.

“The lighting upgrades will provide better aesthetics throughout the college and will result in both significant electrical savings and energy rebates,” said Patrick Rush, Vice President of Administration at SSC. “Additionally, the grant funded the College’s first ever car charging stations. We are very thankful for our partnership with IGEN and the excellent support they are providing for sustainability.”

The first car charging station is available for use on the northwest end of the student parking lot on the College’s Main Campus. SSC’s first ever car charging station is also the first of its kind in the Village of South Holland. A second car charging station will be implemented in the north parking lot on the College’s Oak Forest Campus in April 2023.

The Leviton EV Series Electric Vehicle Charging Solution quickly charges electric vehicles (EV). With an industry standard SAE J1772 cable, the charging station can charge any EV, including Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Subaru, and even Tesla with a Tesla-supplied adapter. The dual-mounted pedestal also allows the single unit to charge two individual EVs simultaneously.

SSC’s partnership with IGEN provides a unique approach to leveraging the power of sustainability within the College and surrounding communities. IGEN provides a platform to expand the deployment of clean energy technologies, increase employment opportunities, improve environmental and human health, foster community engagement and accelerate market competitiveness.

For additional information about grant funds through IGEN, please contact Patrick Rush, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5721, or email prush@ssc.edu. The South Suburban College Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street South Holland, Illinois. The South Suburban College Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. Our mission is to Serve our Students and the Community through lifelong learning.

South Suburban College to Continue On-Campus COVID-19 Testing through SHIELD Illinois in 2023

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) will continue to provide COVID-19 testing services in South Holland through SHIELD Illinois in 2023. A fourth day has been added to the testing schedule when the college reopens from the holiday closure on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Testing services will be offered Mondays and Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m., Tuesdays from 4 – 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

SHIELD provides results quickly and is accessible in the Mi-Jack Room on the first floor of the college’s Main Campus at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. While no appointment is necessary, patients must create an account on Portal.shieldillinois.com using agency code df5brbrj to receive test results. Individuals who need a test may show up during testing hours or preschedule an appointment during the aforesaid timeframes. This service is available to SSC students, administrators, faculty, staff, and the community at large.

Ongoing COVID-19 information, testing changes and other updates are regularly posted on the college’s webpage at ssc.edu/covid19.

South Suburban College to Host Trustee Candidacy Lottery on December 27th, 2022

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) will host lotteries for Trustee ballot ordering for the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election on Tuesday, December 27th at 10:30 a.m. in the Mi-Jack Room at the College’s Main Campus. There will be two lotteries to order candidates on the election day ballot for the following offices:

  • Three South Suburban College Trustee 6-year terms
  • One South Suburban College Trustee 4-year term

SSC’s Main Campus will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays December 20-23 and on December 27 for the purpose of accepting objections to candidate petitions in Room 1233. The Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. For more information, please contact Patrick Rush, Vice President of Administration at (708) 210-5721 or prush@ssc.edu.

Regional High School Art Student Exhibit & Festival coming to South Suburban College in February 2022

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College (SSC) will host its 26th annual SSC Regional High School Art Student Exhibit from January 31 through February 25, 2022. The exhibition includes 20 regional high school districts from Illinois and Indiana. Approximately 300 pieces of student artwork will be featured in galleries and display cases throughout the SSC Art and Design Department for the month of February. In addition to high school student artwork, high school art faculty will display their work for the Bi-Annual High School Art Faculty Exhibition in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery, located near the first-floor atrium during the month of February.

On Friday, February 25, 2022, participating high school students and teachers will spend the morning on the college’s South Holland campus for the festival portion of the exhibit, including a visiting artist lecture, a gallery crawl reception, and tours of various art studios. The festival begins in the Performing Arts Center at 10 a.m. with opening remarks. Rine Boyer, a Chicago-based visiting artist, will follow with a PowerPoint presentation of her artwork and life experiences in the art world. Boyer will tour the exhibit and offer comments to high school students. Jillian Van Volkenburgh is the juror of this year’s high school art exhibition. An award presentation for high school students’ artwork will follow. The SSC art faculty will also discuss studio offerings in the Digital Graphic Arts Studio, Painting Studio, Ceramics Studio, and Sculpture Studio. All events will conclude at 12:00 p.m.  

The Art and Design Department of SSC is located on the fourth floor, northeast section of the main building on the South Holland campus. The Dorothea Thiel Gallery and Photo-Four Gallery are both located within the Art and Design studio complex. The Bi-Annual High School Art Faculty Exhibition, in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery is located on the first floor near the atrium area of the college. 

Masks and social distancing are required. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and college holidays. More information is available from Eric Tucker, SSC art instructor and exhibition coordinator, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2300.

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

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

The cost for each course is $179.00 per person or FREE for qualified applicants. The Spring sessions will be held as follows:

  • February 19     8:30am – 4:30pm
  • March 18         8:30am – 4:30pm
  • March 26         8:30am – 4:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students who complete the program earn the National Safety Council forklift certification and the OSHA 10 safety standards certification. They will also receive plant tours, interviews with potential employers and the opportunity to connect with college representatives.

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

The Manufacturing Skills and Training Program begins on Monday, February 28, 2022, and concludes on Monday, April 4, 2022. Classes will take place Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Seating is limited and registration is required. A form to request additional details is available at: www.ssc.edu/caic.

For more information or to register, call Nancy Burrows at (773) 517-3708 or e-mail nancy@calumetareaindustrial.com.

Funding for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs are made possible through a grant provided by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Additional funding is provided by an H-1B US Department of Labor One Workforce Grant.

Visitation Services for Frank M. Zuccarelli to be held at South Suburban College Fieldhouse on January 14

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) will host visitation services for longtime Board Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli at the SSC Fieldhouse on Friday, January 14 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. A memorial presentation will begin at 5 p.m. with opening remarks from Governor J.B. Pritzker, followed by speeches from those among Zuccarelli’s closest colleagues, dignitaries, and friends, and with closing remarks from family members.

The memorial presentation will be live-streamed on YouTube–Frank Zuccarelli. Media will be allowed into the services and permitted to record video and photography only during the memorial presentation portion of the visitation.

South Suburban College is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. Public parking will be available on the north side of the gymnasium and shuttles will run throughout the day from remote campus parking areas.

A private funeral and burial are planned for Saturday, January 15. Zuccarelli’s obituary is available at  https://www.smitsfh.com/obituary/frank-zuccarelli and the official SSC news release from https://www.ssc.edu/category/news.

South Suburban College Vaccination Site Now Open for Walk-Ins

Walk-ins experiencing virtually no wait times as the community becomes protected.

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – Cook County’s mass vaccination site at South Suburban College’s Gymnasium is now open for walk-in service. All individuals ages 16 or older can (ages 16 and 17 with parent or guardian) may get vaccinated between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. No special residency, preregistration nor appointments are required.

While walk-ins are currently being vaccinated with little or no wait times, appointments may still also be scheduled at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov. South Suburban College – located at 15800 South State Street in South Holland, Illinois – was the third large-scale site Cook County operationalized in February. The National Guard now administers up to 1,200 Pfizer vaccines per day at the site.

South Suburban College also continues to maintain its COVID-19 drive-thru testing four days a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health. No appointment is necessary for the drive-thru tents set up at the College’s Main Campus northwest parking lot. Testing site inquiries may be made by calling (888) 297-7208.

Students Seeking Signatures for their Petitions for 2021 Student Trustee Election

Students are asking for help! Support them by signing their Student Trustee petitions so they can qualify to run in the upcoming Student Trustee Election.


Dion Anthony Ruben

Hello, my name is Dion Anthony Ruben and I hope this message finds everyone well. First and foremost, I would like to thank you all for taking the time to read over this email. Also, congrats on an almost finished spring semester. Continue your hard work and finish strong and make your friends, family, and, most importantly, yourself proud. I reach out to you all today in hopes that I can gain your support to run for Student Trustee at South Suburban College. To qualify to be on the ballot, I need your help with at least 50 signatures. While I don’t know many of you personally and because of Covid-19, its been more difficult to connect. Becoming Student Trustee not only gives me an amazing opportunity to connect and get to know my fellow classmate better, but it also gives me the perfect opportunity to help ensure our voices as students are heard. So, I ask please click on the link below and sign my petition to be on the Student Trustee Election Ballot.

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I appreciate you taking the time to sign my petition and look forward to sharing Student Trustee Election information in the coming weeks.

Thank You,
Dion Anthony Ruben


Nellie Atkins

Hello Fellow Students!

My name is Nellie Atkins and I am reaching out to gain your support to run for Student Trustee at South Suburban College. Please click on the link below and sign my petition to be on the Student Trustee Election Ballot.

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I appreciate you taking the time to sign my petition and look forward to sharing Student Trustee Election information in the coming weeks.

Nellie Atkins


Kimberly Sutton

My name is Kimberly Sutton, and I am reaching out to gain your support to run for Student Trustee at South Suburban College. Please click on the link below and sign my petition to be on the Student Election Ballot

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I appreciate you taking the time to sign my petition and look forward to sharing Student Trustee Election information in the coming weeks.

Kimberly Sutton


Yaquelin Hinojosa- Fuentes

Hello South Suburban classmates, I hope everyone is having a smooth and productive semester!

It’s been a tough couple of years because of COVID, but let’s keep optimistic that soon everything will return to normal! Though I have not had the pleasure of meeting you all, I am hoping to gain your support to run for Student Trustee at South Suburban College.

Please click on the link below and sign my petition to be on the Student Trustee Election Ballot.

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I appreciate you taking the time to sign my petition and look forward to sharing Student Trustee Election information in the coming weeks.

Best regards,

Yaquelin Hinojosa- Fuentes
yhinojosa-f100@student.ssc.edu


Mikia Stewart

To my fellow student body,

I would like you to sign the petition on my behalf to represent you. Currently, I am a freshman nursing student apart of the Honors Society and Phi Theta Kappa organizations. I am the current President of SSC chapter of National Student Nurse’s Associations. I would like to be your voice among the Board of Directors. I appreciate your efforts of signing the petition.

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Truly,


Mikia Stewart, Student Nurse
mstewart106@student.ssc.edu


Mauriel Henry

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Pre-Filing Notice for South Suburban College Board

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–Notice is hereby given that the Office of the Secretary of the Board will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. beginning December 14, 2020 through December 21, 2020, for the purpose of accepting candidate petitions or certificates for the consolidated election to be held on April 6, 2021, for the following offices:

  • Two full-term (six-years) members of the Board of Trustees of South Suburban College, Community College District 510

South Suburban College to Host Workforce Equity Initiative Grant Virtual Open Houses to Promote Benefits for Current and New Students

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) recently announced an award of $1,200,000 for the continuance of the Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) Grant at South Suburban College. The WEI project is designed to create, support, and expand short-term workforce training opportunities in high need areas within SSC District #510.  Through new programs, expanded access, opportunity, and support services, the project is anticipated to yield impactful outcomes for individuals, families, communities, and local businesses.

Additionally, the WEI grant provides wrap-around services including comprehensive financial assistance and academic support to participating students within a variety of program areas providing stackable credentials. These programs will be highlighted at the upcoming Open Houses including Nursing, Patient Care Technician (PCT), Basic Nursing Assistance Training Program (BNATP), Community Healthcare Worker (CHW), Certified Production Technician (CPT), Solar Photovoltaic Installer, Forklift Operator, and the brand-new Barber College at the college’s Main Campus. When SSC’s Barbering Program opens this spring, it will become the only active public barber school in the State of Illinois.

SSC is hosting two WEI Virtual Open Houses to provide information to students who could benefit from WEI funding, programs, and services in the Spring 2021 Semester and beyond. The Open House Zoom links are accessible from www.ssc.edu/info.

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

Spring classes begin Monday, January 11, 2021, and class schedules, registration services, and a new “live chat” with staff are all available online from ssc.edu. Future SSC students should get started at admissions.ssc.edu. Once the application process is complete, new students will receive an SSC email account and a Self-Service Username & Password via email which will allow access to student information and class registration. In addition to the live chat function at ssc.edu, prospective students may call (708) 210-5718.

South Suburban College Paralegal & CJS Programs to host Virtual Open Houses

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College is hosting a Virtual Open House for its Paralegal and Criminal Justice Programs in December. All of SSC’s upcoming Virtual Open House Zoom links are accessible from ssc.edu/info. Attendees can access the Open House links or call in to participate and become informed about exciting career pathways with significant occupational growth outlook.

The Paralegal Virtual Open House will take place on Thursday, December 10th at 6:00 p.m. The Paralegal Program is offering an entry-level class in the Spring 2021 Semester at SSC. Information will be provided about the curriculum including a 60-hour Associate Degree program and a 39-hour Certificate, both designed to prepare students to become highly trained paralegals and legal assistants. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and credentials to work in a variety of legal environments. SSC has the only American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal program in the Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana region, arming graduates with a significant advantage entering the workforce.

SSC’s Criminal Justice System (CJS) program will host its CJS Virtual Open House on Monday, December 14th at 6:00 p.m.  The Criminal Justice programs at SSC are designed for those individuals either desiring employment with, or upgrading of their skills for, police agencies, correctional facilities, the courts systems, or security companies. Theoretical and practical coursework is provided for maximum flexibility in career choice. The college offers a 63-credit hour Associate Degree program, a 64-hour Correctional Officer track, and a 36-hour Criminal Justice Certificate.

For more information, please contact Becky Hougesen Walters, J.D., Paralegal/Criminal Justice Coordinator at bwalters@ssc.edu or (708) 596-2000, ext. 2285. SSC has announced spring classes will be offered through its virtual classroom beginning Monday, January 11, 2021, and class schedules, registration services and a new “live chat” with staff are all available online from ssc.edu. Future SSC students can get started at admissions.ssc.edu.

A Message from President Stokes regarding South Suburban College’s COVID-19 efforts and initiatives

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Administration,

South Suburban College has extended our Virtual Classroom Model through the Summer Semester. Our facilities will open on June 1, 2020, pending new developments.

While SSC continues to be proactive, we do not want you to be deterred from pursuing your educational goals or completing your studies. Summer and Fall 2020 Registrations are open! The class schedules are available online via Self-Service. Please contact registration&records@ssc.edu for assistance with registration.

This will get better. I am so grateful for your continued support and for the way our community has united around these efforts.

Thank you, and be safe.

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

ICCTA’S Monaghan Presents Service Award to South Suburban College Trustees DeFilippo and Daly, Receives Honorary Degree

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) Mike Monaghan made a special trip to the June Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of South Suburban College to acknowledge and present the ICCTA Service Award to both Vice-Chair John Daly and Trustee DeFilippo.

“The ICCTA would like to recognize and congratulate Trustees John Daly and Tony DeFilippo on their 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.

Daly, an Oak Forest resident, has served as a member of the SSC Board of Trustees since 1991. He became Vice-Chairman in 1994 and served as Chairman of the Presidential Search Committees. As Vice-Chair of the Board, Daly leads SSC’s ongoing efforts to improve services while maintaining a stable or reduced tax rate. DeFilippo, a Calumet City resident, works as a registered pharmacist and is responsible for the advancement of medical education and clinical trial opportunities at academic and medical centers. He serves in this capacity throughout the country. On the board level, DeFilippo serves as the SSC’s Finance Chair, a role he has filled for nearly his entire tenure while the college has collected 24 consecutive COE awards for excellence in financial reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO).

Not to be outdone, the SSC Board of Trustees surprised Monaghan with an award of their own in advance of his June 30th retirement when they presented him with an Honorary Associate of Arts Degree from SSC.

“On behalf of South Suburban College and our Board of Trustees, I would like to thank Mr. Monaghan for all of the visits he has made to our campus, for all of the support he has provided to SSC and the ICCTA for the past 15 years,” said Chairman Zuccarelli. “It is our honor and privilege to bestow this rare Honorary Degree to you as we wish you the very best in your retirement.”

Michael S. Monaghan became the Illinois Community College Trustees Association’s fifth executive director on January 1, 2005. As the leader of one of the nation’s premier trustee associations, Monaghan brought 40 years of experience in higher education and the legislative arena while advocating on behalf of lllinois community colleges. He previously served as ICCTA’s director of government relations from 1989 to 2004, where he developed a statewide advocacy program and organized annual Lobby Days in Springfield and Washington, D.C. He also received the Illinois Society of Association Executives’ 1998 Government Relations Award for his successful efforts to establish a state health insurance program for community college retirees. Most recently, the ICCTA renamed its Meritorious Service Award in his honor.

Monaghan added, “I am honored and humbled to receive this honorary degree. Furthermore, I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to work with this Board and college regarding State issues. Truly, South Suburban College is a friend and stellar partner to the Illinois Community College System.”

Established in 1927, South Suburban College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college with an 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.

Trustees DeFilippo & Daly receive service awards

Monaghan receives honorary degree

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 August 30, 2017, 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: September 14, 2017

Cafeteria and Food Vending Services

South Suburban College is interested in receiving proposal for the provision of cafeteria and food vending services, for a term of five (5) years, as per the attached requirements and specifications.
Full cafeteria service must be in place no later than August 21, 2017.

Mandatory Pre-proposal meeting
July 12, 2017 — 10:00 AM — President’s Conference Room

Proposal submittal and acknowledge deadline
July 19, 2017 — 9:00 AM — Board Room

Echocardiograph Machine

Please quote us your net cost on the following: Echocardiograph Machine. Sealed bids will be received up to the hour of 9:30 AM on September 21, 2016, 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.

PLEASE NOTE: THE RESULTS FOR THIS BID HAVE BEEN REVISED.

Water Infilration Repairs

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 9:00 a.m. on May 21, 2014, for the following work: : WATER INFILTRATION REPAIRS 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 6, 2014, 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 13, 2014, 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.

Satellite Copiers

Please quote us your net cost on the following: Satellite Copiers on a Cost per Copy Basis

Sealed proposals will be received up to the hour of 9 AM on April 22, 2014, in room 2175. Proposals will be opened at that time in the Board Room, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. This is a public proposal opening.

Mandatory Pre-proposal Meeting:
April 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Board Room

Proposal Opening:
April 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM in the President’s Conference Room

Surplus Property Auction

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

AUCTION CONDITIONS

  1. Only sealed bids will be accepted. Bid must be clearly marked as a bid. Envelopes must be marked as a bid for Surplus Property.
  2. The College reserves the right to remove any item from the surplus list prior to 9:00 A.M. November 20, 2013.
  3. All items should be bid “each.” Individuals may bid for one or more of multiple items.
  4. All items should be bid by the item number and description.
  5. In case of a tie, a lottery will be held at the time of opening.

PURCHASING CONDITIONS

  1. Bids must be delivered to South Suburban College, 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, Illinois 60413, room 2115 nolater than November 20, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. The bid opening will be held at that time in the President’s Conference Room.
  2. All surplus property is sold where is, as is, and with no written or implied warranties.
  3. Payment must be made by cash, check or money order by November 25, 2013. If payment is not made, the item may be offered to the next highest bidder. All items must be removed at the time of payment.
  4. The successful bidder must provide any and all equipment and personnel necessary to remove their items.

INSPECTION

All items will be available for your inspection, November 13 and 14 between the hours of 9 AM and 1 PM, by appointment only.

QUESTIONS

Please contact Laurie Czulno, (708) 210-5151 in order to make an appointment.

Request for Proposal: Cafeteria & Food Vending Services

Mandatory Pre-Proposal Meeting:

May 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM in the Mi-Jack Conference Room

Deadline for Submission of Proposals:

May 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM in the President’s Conference Room

Proposal Acknowledgement:

May 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM in the President’s Conference Room

Award of Contract:

Five year contract for the provision of cafeteria and food vending services to Daily Feed Vending and Food Service, South Holland, Illinois awarded on June 11, 2013.

HVAC Rehab and Related Work to HR, 1245 and ABE-ASE, 1243

Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting: 
March 27, 2013
10:00 AM
Mi-Jack Room | Main Campus

Bid Opening:
April 2, 2013
10:00 AM
President’s Conference Room | Main Campus

LEGAL NOTICE

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 April 2, 2013, for the following work: HVAC REHAB AND RELATED WORK TO HR SUITE 1245 & ABE-ASE SUITE 1243 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 March 19, 2013, at the office of the Architect, PLANERA ARCHITECTS 20060 Governors Dr., Suite 101, Olympia Fields, Illinois, 60461. 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 March 27, 2013, 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.

Business & Career Institute to Offer “The Global Food Safety Initiative: Safe Quality Food” Hot Topic in Oak Forest

8/7/2014

OAK FOREST, IL–The Business & Career Institute (BCI) of South Suburban College (SSC) will offer another course in their Hot Topics on the Go sequence geared to provide information for a variety of industry sectors about issues and solve problems associated with business growth. The next Hot Topic – “The Global Food Safety Initiative: Safe Quality Food” – is targeted for food manufacturers and anyone in the food manufacturing supply chain. It will take place on Wednesday, August 27th from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.) Hot Topics on the Go sessions are all free of charge and located at the college’s Oak Forest Center.

The need for worldwide standardization in both food safety and quality assurance within all channels of the food supply chain is being driven by the rapid growth in global food supply and demand. This quick 90-minute information and question/answer session will provide valuable information about the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and the Safe Quality Food (SQF) program and how they are impacting the food industry. As a bonus, information will be provided about SSC’s ongoing support to the food industry with a basic food curriculum for new and current employees.

Hot Topics on the Go sessions are free of charge, but reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Nancy Burrows at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2556 or email NBurrows@ssc.edu . The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn Avenue, across from the AMC Loews Theater on 167th Street.

New Art Exhibition on Display Starting August 18th 2014

8/6/2014

Pictured: Local artist Matthew Groves’ “Glazed Earthenware” will exhibit at SSC this month.

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College (SSC) is pleased to present a new exhibition titled Welcome to Earth to open the college’s fall semester exhibits. Welcome to Earth is a select body of ceramic sculptures from Chicago based artist Matthew Groves that will be on display in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery at the South Holland Campus August 18 through September 15, 2014.

Figurative and narrative, the work reflects Groves’ unique point of view, demonstrates his passion for craft and traditional forms, and recognizes ceramics as a vital cultural medium.

The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. The Thiel Gallery is on the 4th floor in the Art & Design hallway. 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 visit www.ssc.edu/art . SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

SSC Seeks Tutors & Participants for Adult Volunteer Literacy Program

7/31/2014

Celebrate International Literacy Day by becoming a volunteer tutor!

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–SSOUTH 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 this free program.

New tutor-training sessions will take place on the Main Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. from August 26th through September 11th 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; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; Oak Forest Center Library; Lansing Public Library; Dolton 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 Division 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 one free professional development hour through this program in Adult Education, Reading, Writing, and many other subjects. 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.

In just its third year of operation, SSC’s Adult Volunteer Literacy Program has enlisted hundreds of volunteers to date and is already an award-winning program, earning two prestigious Spotlight on Service (SOS) Awards from the Secretary of State and Illinois Press Association. Volunteer tutor Mary Gercken won an SOS Award in 2012 and a literacy learner Tennie Fitts won the Spotlight on Achievement SOS Award in 2013. Gerken and Fitts are featured in a video accessible on YouTube entitled Improving Lives through Literacy. Also featured is author Ruth J. Colvin–a 96 year old SSC alumnus. (Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttli_Xa73pc to see the video or access it from www.ssc.edu under the “Adult Education” link.)

If you would like to volunteer or know someone who would benefit from these services, please contact Christopher McElroy, Coordinator of the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email cmcelroy@ssc.edu . South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois.

Basic Nurse Assistant Training Classes Starting August 11th at South Suburban College

7/29/2014

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban non-credit Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program (CNA) is running a daytime cohort session from August 11th through October 2nd at the Oak Forest Center. Successful completion of this non-credit course is required in order to become eligible to take the State of Illinois Nursing Assistant Certification Examination–SSC offers more contact hours for training than traditional CNA programs along with an additional free refresher course prior to this critical certification exam.

Instruction includes basic nursing skills through lecture, campus laboratory and supervised clinical experiences at a long-term health care facility. The classes meet at the Oak Forest Center on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with lab and clinical instruction rotating on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., respectively. Each individual who successfully passes the certification exam will then be placed on the State Registry for Health Care Workers.

Students must submit a health physical, proof of health insurance or signed release of liability waiver, and completion of a fingerprint criminal history record. The total cost of the program is $1,299.00 which includes tuition, textbook/workbook, stethoscope and blood pressure cuff, gait belt and the cost of the state competency exam upon successful completion of the course. (Financial Aid cannot cover the cost of this program, nor the physical and background check.)

There will also be another round of fall sessions running in both the daytime and evening from October 14th through December 4th. Please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2497 or email JMabry@ssc.edu for more information. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

SSC is hosting a college-wide Open House on Thursday, August 7th from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Main Campus in South Holland. Visit www.ssc.edu for information about Open Houses, to access the Online Application, and to view the dynamic schedule.

Free Adult Education and English as a Second Language Registration and Assessment Coming to Oak Forest Center in September

7/24/2014

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College’s Division of Adult Education 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, and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) helps men and women whose skill levels are between the ninth and twelfth grade. ABE/ASE students improve their skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Additionally, English as a Second Language (ESL) allows non-native students to improve their English skills from beginning to advanced levels.

New this fall, SSC is offering part-time ESL courses at the Oak Forest Center. Most of SSC’s Adult Education programs are now offered both full and part-time at the Main Campus in South Holland or the Oak Forest Center.

The registration and assessment at the Oak Forest Center for these programs this fall will take place on September 8th at 9:00 a.m. for ABE/ASE, and September 10-11th at 9:00 a.m. for ESL, with classes beginning Monday, September 15, 2014. The Adult Ed ABE/ASE is five days per week, five hours per day from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Room 5230. The ESL class will run five days per week, two hours per day from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Room 5320. The registration and assessments will take place in their respective classrooms.

Please Note: An Adult education student enrolling for the first time at an SSC Adult Education Center must have:

CURRENT STATE I.D. or DRIVERS LICENSE INDICATING ILLINOIS RESIDENCE (MUST BE AN ILLINOIS RESIDENT)UNDER AGE 18–WITHDRAWAL FORM FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL OF CURRENT RESIDENCEPROOF OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

Many adults choose to further build on these skills and pursue a high school education through the High School Equivalency (HSE) program. The HSE program will develop the skills required to pass the GED exams. 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.

For enrollment and class information, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2385 or ext. 2240, or visit www.ssc.edu under “Non-Credit Offerings, Adult Education.” The Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois.

SSC Approved for New Manufacturing Certificate Program

7/22/2014

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) was notified in a letter last week from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) of their approval for a new Manufacturing Basics 16-hour Certificate, effective immediately. SSC plans to roll out the new credit program at the start of the fall semester–August 18, 2014.

Within SSC’s district and region, manufacturing companies are expanding their workforce to include a variety of levels of skills. For example, a local furniture manufacturer has tripled its workers in the past five years and is now in the process of adding still another location. This new certificate will prepare students for entry-level and promotional opportunities in the field of manufacturing. The courses are designed to provide students with foundational information, principles, theories and techniques, and current technologies necessary to work in a manufacturing environment. Students will be introduced to manufacturing scenarios to enhance the learning process, as well as have the opportunity to conduct research and interviews of those who have been successful. They will receive information developed by a labor market-based program as well as industry-recognized credentials from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), by taking the four assessments leading to the Certified Production Technician certification. Math is included through a course that will be contextualized for the manufacturing environment. The final course will be an internship, allowing students a hands-on opportunity to be part of the world of manufacturing.

“We are extremely pleased to receive these INAM funds so that we can meet the needs of our workforce while helping residents achieve gainful employment,” said Becky Admave, Dean of Extension Services. “This program could be very beneficial to manufacturers in the south suburban and northwest Indiana region, and we look forward to putting it into action immediately alongside our other new programs.”

The new program is funded by the INAM grant. INAM (Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing) is a network of 21 community colleges across the state of Illinois. INAM has been tasked, through a multi-million dollar grant from the Department of Labor, to train and certify students for entry into the rewarding field of advanced manufacturing. The funding has assisted community colleges throughout Illinois to upgrade their advanced manufacturing facilities with the latest equipment, expand welding and mechatronics labs, and update curricula to reflect the changing face of manufacturing.

SSC and its Business & Career Institute (BCI) have been called upon by local manufactures over the past few years more than ever to develop curriculum to meet the wide range of skills needed for their growing labor demands. SSC also opened a state-of-the-art Welding Lab last January and is offering a variety of welding classes crossing over several new programs. Plans are in place for a comprehensive credit welding curriculum coming in 2015. Additionally, BCI is near completion on the construction of a high-tech, hands-on Manufacturing Lab at the college’s Oak Forest Center. Other new cutting-edge, short-term programs include Industrial Maintenance Technician, Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP), Industrial/Brownfield Safety, Land Reuse and Public Safety Certificate, Green Entrepreneur and Green Construction, and more.

“Growth in manufacturing and in the TWL [transportation, warehousing and logistics] fields is both significant and rapidly evolving in our region, and represents an opportunity for our area,” said Admave. “This new program is just another step to ensure that SSC plays a vital role to foster this growth and provide the career pathways for our residents now and in the future.”

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.

For more information, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2522. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The college’s Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois.

Fall Registration in Progress at South Suburban College

Open House Coming to South Holland August 7th.

South Holland, IL – Open Registration for the Fall 2014 Semester at South Suburban College (SSC) is in progress. Fall classes begin Monday, August 18th at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. SSC will also host an end-of-summer Open House on August 7th from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. featuring tours, demonstrations, and information about the college’s wide range of options, programs and student services. Prospective students ages 18 and over attending the Open House will be entered in a drawing for a trip for two to the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas September 19 and 20th.

New students should visit the Admissions Office in Room 2348 to complete the Application Form, or apply online 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.

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 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.

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.

South Suburban College’s Letz Named All-American

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The South Suburban College Baseball Program’s sophomore outfielder Stephen Letz (Lake Central High School) was selected as a 1st Team All-American by the Division I National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). This is the second consecutive year Letz has received All-American honors, an impressive feat never previously accomplished throughout SSC’s rich baseball history.

“Stephen has accomplished something nobody else has done here—to be named 1st Team All-American twice,” said SSC’s Hall of Fame head coach Steve Ruzich. “I am so proud of him because Stephen worked extremely hard and he was a great team player for two seasons.”

Letz performed among the top outfielders in the nation all season finishing with a .424 batting average, 11 home runs and 75 RBI’s. He was also named the top player in both the NJCAA Region and Northern District for the second consecutive year. Letz was additionally selected by Marucci as the top hitter in the Midwest.

Ruzich added, “Stephen deserves every award he received this year and his numbers speak for themselves. He will continue his career at Northern Illinois University where has accepted a baseball scholarship beginning the fall of 2014.”

Ruzich was also recently inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. He has now coached 15 All-Americans and his program boasts an 80% graduation rate, including 253 players that have continued on to four-year institutions. Twenty-two of his players have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams, five of whom have reached the big leagues. Letz will also be among the SSC players helping Coach Ruzich host the 2014 Bulldog Baseball Camp Monday, June 23rd through Thursday, June 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Bulldog Stadium. The camp is designed for kids ages 6-14.

For more information, please contact Coach Ruzich at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2413 or email SRuzich@ssc.edu. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.