Join South Suburban College for Juneteenth Jubilee and Civility Brunch: A Walk in My Journey

South Holland, IL — South Suburban College (SSC) welcomes you to come and walk in the journey of Juneteenth as we learn more about culture, family, freedom, and civility. SSC invites you to join us for a special event, “A Walk In My Journey,” celebrating Juneteenth with a rich array of activities and engaging discussions inclusive for the whole family. Join us Wednesday, June 12, 2024, from 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM in the courtyard of the main campus located at 15800 S. State St, South Holland, IL. The Civility Brunch will take place in the MB Financial Conference Room from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM and will feature inspiring speakers, engaging discussions, and a chance to connect with others who share a commitment to these values. It will be an opportunity to reflect on the significance of Juneteenth, while also exploring how we can promote civility in our daily lives and communities.

Event Highlights:

  • Interactive Displays: Engage with educational exhibits that bring to life the history and significance of Juneteenth.
  • Surprises and Raffles: Participate in exciting giveaways and raffles throughout the event.
  • Traditional Foods: Enjoy a variety of ethnic dishes to keep you energized as you explore.
  • Free Haircuts: In honor of Juneteenth, the SSC Barbershop is offering free haircuts to men, women, and children attending the event. All barbering services will be provided by our talented barber students.

This is a family-friendly event. Activities and entertainment suitable for all ages will be available, making this a perfect event for families. Join us for a day of celebration, education, and community as we honor the journey of Juneteenth. This event is free and we look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, contact Delorah Mims via email at dmims@ssc.edu or call Ext. 2325. If you plan to attend the Civility Brunch please RSVP HERE or visit: https://www.ssc.edu/event/civility-brunch/

Main Campus exterior in autumn.

PHOTO: South Suburban College Aerial Fall View.

Final Week to Register for Summer Classes at South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– South Suburban College (SSC) Attention Attention! This week is the last week to register for summer classes at SSC. Summer classes start on Monday, June 3rd, and spacing is limited. Don’t wait; classes fill quickly. The summer session allows students to begin or continue their college experience with SSC, or to come home from their four-year institution to take additional credits conveniently and at a more affordable rate. Secure your class today before they’re filled.

For more information, visit us online at ssc.edu, in-person, or contact the Office of Admissions at (708) 210-5718 for enrollment information.

The South Suburban College Main Campus Student Entrance

PHOTO: South Suburban College Main Campus: Student Entrance

South Suburban College Welcomes Back “College for Kids” Summer Program

South Holland, IL – The Office of Continuing, Corporate, and Community Education (C3) at South Suburban College (SSC) is excited to announce the return of the College for Kids program. This enriching summer program will be held at the main campus in South Holland and will run from Monday, June 24, 2024, through Thursday, July 25, 2024. Please note that classes will not be held on Thursday, July 4, 2024, in observance of Independence Day.

Children entering grades 2 through 12 are invited to join this exciting program. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of subjects, including reading, study skills, grammar and writing, math, Spanish, arts & crafts, and game creation. Each session is designed to enhance your child’s learning by reviewing and introducing new course materials.

All instructors are certified teachers dedicated to contributing to your child’s academic and personal growth. To ensure quality education, most classes require a minimum enrollment of five students and have a maximum limit. Enrollment is on a “first-come, first-served” basis, and students are encouraged to register at least one week before the start of classes.

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

The College for Kids program will be held at SSC’s Main Campus located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL 60473. For more information or to enroll a child in the College for Kids program, please contact the C3 department at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2231, or ext. 5723. Check us out online at College for Kids.

Children play parachute game outdoors.

PHOTO: South Suburban College: College for Kids Outdoor Fun.

South Suburban College Launches “College & Career Success Center Enhancements” Campaign

South Holland, IL — South Suburban College (SSC) is excited to announce the launch of our “College & Career Success Center Enhancements” campaign. This initiative is designed to significantly improve services for our current and prospective students, ensuring a more seamless and comprehensive enrollment experience.

Enhancing Student Support
With a renewed focus on enrollment, retention, and completion, SSC has made strategic investments to support student success. The “College & Career Success Center Enhancements” (CCSC) campaign is a pivotal step in SSC’s commitment to providing exceptional support to students at every stage of their academic and career journeys. The following services will now transition from a nine month to a 12-month service delivery model, ensuring that students receive continuous support throughout their academic journey. The campaign will focus on the following key areas:

  • Streamlined Enrollment Process: Introducing new technologies and resources making enrollment more efficient and user-friendly for prospective students.
  • Career Services Expansion: Enhancing career advising and career preparedness opportunities to better serve the students.
  • Academic Advising Improvements: Strengthening academic advising to offer more personalized guidance and support, helping students to navigate their educational paths effectively and offering additional hours to meet with Academic & Career Advisors.
  • Resource Accessibility: Increasing awareness and access to educational resources, including tutoring, mentoring programs, and workshops that address the needs of a diverse student body.

We invite everyone to join us at these events to learn more about the benefits of these exciting new improvements.

Campaign Event Schedule:

May 29, 2024 – Welcome to the College & Career Success Center (CCSC)
Join us for an open house at the CCSC. This event will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about the various resources and services available, as well as meet our dedicated Academic & Career Advisors.

June/July – New Student Orientations
Our Academic & Career Advisors will facilitate these orientations to support Fall enrollment, ensuring new students have all the information and guidance they need to succeed at SSC.

September 25, 2024 – Meet and Greet
Students will have the chance to meet their assigned Academic & Career Advisors, gain insights into the services and resources available, and build connections within the SSC community.

“Academic advising is the critical anchor to student success and educational equity. We are extremely excited about the redesign of our Academic & Career Advising model that takes a year-round approach to delivering a holistic and integrated suite of support services designed to better address students’ diverse needs,” stated Dr. Lynette D. Stokes, President of South Suburban College.

The “College & Career Success Center Enhancements” campaign represents SSC’s ongoing commitment to fostering an environment where students can thrive academically and professionally. Our goal is to provide student-centered services and resources by focusing on personalized support and comprehensive advising services. SSC aims to improve student outcomes and help more individuals achieve their educational and career goals.

For more information about the “College & Career Success Center Enhancements” campaign, please contact: Dr. Jones, Dean of Student Development via email at ajones@ssc.edu or call Ext. 5708.

About South Suburban College:
South Suburban College is dedicated to providing high-quality education and support to our diverse student body. With a wide range of programs and services, we aim to empower students to achieve their educational and career goals.

Main Campus exterior in autumn.

PHOTO: South Suburban College Fall Aerial View.

Pace Bus is Hiring at South Suburban College on June 17, 2024

South Holland, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) and Pace Bus are pleased to announce another 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 Monday, June 17, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 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 $20.

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. 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.

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PHOTO: Pace Bus Hiring Photo

South Suburban College Wins 3rd Place in The Times “Best of the Region 2024” for Best Adult Educational Institution

South Holland, IL – May 20, 2024 – South Suburban College (SSC) is thrilled to announce that we have won 3rd place in The Times “Best of the Region 2024” for Best Adult Educational Institution! A ginormous thank you to everyone who voted for SSC. We are honored to be chosen as one of the top winners in this category.

Winning this award validates our continuous endeavors in being committed to providing exceptional support and resources to our students. At SSC, we strive to create an enriching learning environment that caters to the needs of adult learners, helping them achieve their educational and career goals.

Once again, thank you to all who supported us. We look forward to continuing our mission of delivering high-quality education and making a positive impact in our community.
For more information, please contact Dr. Kellie Martin, Executive Director of Public Relations via email at kmartin@ssc.edu or call Ext. 5846

Thank you once again to everyone who voted for us. We are proud to be recognized as one of the best adult educational institutions in the region!

About South Suburban College:
South Suburban College is dedicated to providing high-quality education and support to our diverse student body. With a wide range of programs and services, we aim to empower students to achieve their educational and career goals.

The Times of Northwest Indiana 2024 Best of the Region star logo on an aerial photo of the Main Campus.

PHOTO: Best of the Region Star won by South Suburban College for “Best Adult Educational Institution”

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 (AVL) 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 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 June training will take place at the South Suburban College Oak Forest Campus in Oak Forest, IL on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 4 through June 20, 2024 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 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.

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

PHOTO: South Suburban College Aerial View.

Law Day at South Suburban College: A Resounding Success!

South Holland, IL — South Suburban College (SSC) celebrated Law Day on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, marking a significant milestone in fostering legal education and awareness within the community. The event drew an impressive turnout, with state and local law enforcement agencies, high school students from Bremen, Hillcrest, and Oak Forest, SSC legal studies students, and last but not least, SSC staff converging to partake in a day filled with immersive experiences and insightful discussions.

One of the highlights of the day was the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, First Division hearing oral arguments on a criminal case, presenting attendees with a rare opportunity to witness legal proceedings firsthand. The case was argued by representatives from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Office of the State Appellate Defender, adding an extra layer of authenticity to the experience.

ASA Andrew Yassan and AAD John Breffeilh graciously engaged in a stimulating Q&A session following the oral arguments, providing attendees with valuable insights into the legal profession. Justices Lavin, Pucinski, Coghlan, and Cobbs also remained for a Q&A session, offering further enlightenment on the intricacies of the judicial process.

The event featured a diverse range of activities designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of law enforcement and the legal system. A mock crime scene, meticulously arranged by the Illinois State Police, allowed students to immerse themselves in the investigative process and gain practical insights into forensic analysis. A training Forensic Investigator provided detailed explanations, ensuring that attendees could correlate their observations with real-world forensic practices.

“Master Sergeant, December Melville highlights the Illinois State Police’s ongoing commitment to educating and inspiring future generations through the immersive mock crime scene experience. Now in its second year, this initiative provides invaluable insight into the crucial work of Crime Scene Investigators (CSI), offering attendees a firsthand glimpse into the challenges and responsibilities faced in the field. By fostering understanding and appreciation for the complexities of forensic investigation, the Illinois State Police continues to shape the next generation of law enforcement professionals.”

Throughout Law Day at SSC, participants were not only equipped with knowledge but also inspired by the dedication and expertise demonstrated by legal professionals and law enforcement agencies. The event served as a testament to SSC’s pivotal role in promoting legal literacy and fostering community engagement. The inclusion of a night session focusing on the seamless transition to four-year institutions underscored SSC’s commitment to facilitating academic and professional advancement.

As SSC looks forward to future endeavors in legal education and community outreach, Law Day stands as a shining example of the institution’s unwavering commitment to excellence and inclusivity.

For more information about SSC’s Legal Programs and its upcoming events, please contact, Becky Walters, Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice Program Coordinator via email at bwalters@ssc.edu.

Justice M. Coghlan, Justice T. Lavin, Justice A. Pucinski, and Justice C. Cobbs at Law Day 2024.

PHOTO: South Suburban College Law Day. Pictured left to right: Justice M. Coghlan, Justice T. Lavin, Justice A. Pucinski, and Justice C. Cobbs

Lending Library Open

The SSC Lending Library is open and conveniently situated near the SSC bus stop on State Street. This community hub for literary exchange has been revitalized. With a diverse selection of titles spanning various genres and subjects, there’s something for everyone to discover.

Book donations are important to ensure the SSC Lending Library can consistently evolve to enrich the reading experience for all with fresh titles. If you have books gathering dust on your shelves, consider giving them a new lease on life by putting them in the Lending Library. The shelves can hold as many as 30 books.

Born out of a service-learning initiative, this updated location has become a cherished space for book enthusiasts and knowledge seekers alike. Spread the word and foster a love for learning within the community today!

A photo of the Lending Library on the Main Campus.
IMAGE: Lending Library on the Main Campus.

Finals Kickback Event

The South Suburban College (SSC) Latino Center and Multicultural Wellness Center hosted a Finals Kickback event on Wednesday, April 24, providing students with a break from the stress of studying for finals. The event offered a creative and relaxing atmosphere where students could unwind, connect with peers, and engage in a fun activity.

One of the highlights of the event was the opportunity for students to create mini piñatas. This activity not only allowed students to tap into their creativity, but also provided a unique way to relieve stress. Laughter and lively conversation filled the room, creating a sense of camaraderie among attendees.

The event also served as a platform for students to connect with fellow SSC students. Whether they were sharing study tips, discussing their finals preparation, or simply enjoying each other’s company, students found a supportive community at this special event.

As the semester draws to a close, events like the Finals Kickback serve as a reminder of the importance of self-care and community support, especially during challenging academic periods. By offering students a chance to relax, create, and connect, SSC’s Latino Center and Multicultural Wellness Center demonstrated their dedication to student well-being and academic success.

A photo of students working on a hands-on activity.
IMAGE: Students work on piñata activity during Finals Kickback event.

South Suburban College WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker Orientation

South Holland, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) in partnership with Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership is offering the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Dislocated Worker Program Orientation. Orientation will be held at the South Suburban College Oak Forest Campus, located at 16333 S. Kilbourn Ave., Oak Forest, IL on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 10:30am. These programs aim to empower individuals by providing them with various workforce opportunities. The programs offer a wide array of services including career choices, training, work experience, and job search assistance.

One of the key benefits of WIOA Programs is the provision of career choices. Participants have the opportunity to explore different career paths and find the one that aligns with their interests, skills, and goals. This support enables individuals to make informed decisions about their career trajectory, increasing the likelihood of long-term job satisfaction and success.

In addition to career choices, WIOA Programs offer comprehensive training programs to enhance the skills of participants. Through partnerships with educational institutions, vocational training programs, and industry experts, individuals gain access to high-quality training designed to meet the demands of the job market. This equips them with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their chosen fields.

Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) is funding provided to assist workers who have been laid off or terminated through no fault of their own. These grants are typically awarded in response to significant events such as mass layoffs, plant closures, or natural disasters that result in a large number of workers becoming unemployed. The goal is to help dislocated workers quickly re-enter the workforce and regain employment.

Overall, both programs aim to empower individuals with the resources and support they need to obtain meaningful employment, advance in their careers, and achieve economic self-sufficiency. To participate in these programs, individuals must meet the established eligibility and suitability criteria. Click on the link below to register or go to Eventbrite.com and search Adult and Dislocated WIOA Orientation https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adult-and-dislocated-wioa-orientation-tickets-861537159837

For more information on either program, please contact Brianna Wells, Manager of Workforce Development via email at bwells@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000 Ext. 3230 or Kenneth Cohn, Director of Workforce Development via email at kcohn@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000 Ext. 6040

Main Campus exterior in autumn.

PHOTO: South Suburban College Main Campus.

South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Player Jemel Jones Named NJCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL Player-of-the-Year. It’s the Fourth Player in the Last Five years for Head Coach, John Pigatti.

South Holland, IL– South Suburban College (SSC) Men’s Basketball player, sophomore guard Jemel Jones (Eisenhower HS) was named NJCAA Division II NATIONAL Player-of-the-Year. This is the Fourth Player in the last 5 years to be named “National” Player-of-the-Year played for Head Men’s Basketball Coach John Pigatti. Jones averaged 33.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 3.3 steals per game during the 2023-’24 season. This award puts a cap on all of the accomplishments acquired by Jones this season. He was named to the All-Tournament Team at the NJCAA National Championship Tournament, MVP of the Midwest District A Tournament, Region IV-A Player-of -the Year, and NJCAA 1st Team All American. Jones led his team to a 34-3 record and scored 1245 points this season.

Coach Pigatti said: “I am extremely happy for Jemel. This award is well deserved. He led all of college basketball (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA) in scoring and did it with a versatile game. He grabbed almost 10 rebounds, dished out almost 6 assists and snatched over 3 steals a game. This award validates all of his hard work he put in this season on the court and in the classroom. His game will greatly transpire to the next level of his basketball career and his future is very bright. It was an honor and privilege to coach this fine young man this season”.

South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland, IL. For additional information please contact Coach John Pigatti at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2524, or email JPigatti@ssc.edu.

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PHOTO: Jemel Jones, South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Team

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 (AVL) 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 will visit adult learners at locations in or near their community. 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 in Oak Forest, Glenwood-Lynwood Library, Harvey Public Library, Phoenix Public Library, Calumet City Public Library, Grande Prairie Library in Hazel Crest, Homewood Public Library, South Holland Public Library, South Suburban College Main Campus Library in South Holland, South Suburban College Oak Forest Center Library in 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 have not received the proper instruction and it can have profound effects on various aspects of their lives. Adults who are unable to read experience difficulty completing many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a disadvantage in today’s competitive job market.

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

The May training will take place at the South Suburban College Main Campus in South Holland, IL on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 7 through May 23, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 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.

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

PHOTO: South Suburban College Main Campus Aerial View.

South Suburban College and Pace Bus Partner to Offer a Pre-hiring Event on May 6, 2024

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) and Pace Bus are pleased to announce another 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 Monday, May 6, 2024 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. Classes will be held Monday thru Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. the start date will be announced. 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.

About South Suburban College
South Suburban College (SSC) is a public community college in South Holland, Illinois with a second campus located in Oak Forest, Illinois. The College offers over 100 program options from a wide selection of career education and college transfer credit programs. Additionally, SSC offers non-credit customized training, short-term instruction for business, and dozens of special interest classes. The College has a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. A variety of cultural events are sponsored by the College, including plays, comedy acts, special lectures, and concerts, adding to the richness of the performing arts in the south suburbs.

About Pace Suburban Bus
Pace Suburban Bus safely and efficiently moves people to work, school, and other regional destinations with its family of public transportation services. Pace offers affordable and environmentally responsible transit options for the residents of 274 municipalities in Cook, Will, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties. The backbone of Chicago’s suburbs, Pace serves tens of thousands of daily riders. One of the largest bus services in North America, Pace covers 3,677 square miles, an area nearly the size of the state of Connecticut and about 15 times the size of the City of Chicago. Pace’s innovative approach to public transportation gives the agency a national reputation as an industry leader.

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PHOTO: Pace Bus Hiring Photo

South Suburban College Presents Women Wearing Many Hats Spring Tea

South Holland, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) Is happy to announce its first Spring Tea as a precursor for the much anticipated Chicago Women’s Conference that will be reintroduced in 2025. Gear up for a wealth of information, inspiration, and personal empowerment at the upcoming Women Wearing Many Hats Spring Tea “Women Building Each Other Up!” on Friday, May 10, 2024 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The Spring Tea will be held at the main campus in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

The Spring Tea will be hosted by the renown Felicia Houston, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Speaker, and Mental Health Consultant. The featured guest speakers will ignite inspiration and growth and encourage all women to make self-care a priority. Our phenomenal speakers will educate the audience on health, wellness, personal empowerment, business and finance, and the importance of work-life balance.

Women of all background ages 18 and over are encouraged to attend this Spring Tea that is dedicated exclusively to women. Admission is free but registration is required. Each attendee will be provided brunch, an opportunity to network, and to hear firsthand from guest speakers on how to manage the many hats that are worn as women and being intentional about personal wellbeing.

To register for this event please visit https://forms.office.com/r/cn2TfZMm8f. For more information, please contact Gervaise Edwards, Manager of C3 via email at gedwards@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000 Ext. 5723.

The South Suburban College Main Campus Student Entrance

PHOTO: The South Suburban College Main Campus Student Entrance.

South Suburban College President, Dr. Lynette Stokes is being Honored at the Chicago Southland Black Chamber of Commerce Juneteenth Awards Gala

South Holland, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) is ecstatic to announce President, Dr. Lynette Stokes has been chosen as a recipient of the Excellence in College Administration Award by the Chicago Southland Black Chamber. Dr. Stokes will receive this prestigious award on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, during the Chicago Southland Black Chamber of Commerce annual Juneteenth Awards Gala. Dr. Stokes has been a diligent administrator, working to transform the way the college conducts business with outside contractors to ensure that SSC meets its minority participation goals. She has demonstrated exceptional leadership by engaging current students of SSC in professional contracts, highlighting her excellence in college administration. 

The mission of CSBCC and Industry is to facilitate the creation, growth, and sustainability of Black businesses throughout the Southland and Illinois regions while fostering economic growth and development within our communities. CSBCC provides their members with a networking environment for all business types and advocates on behalf of businesses at the local and state levels.

You are invited to attend the Annual Juneteenth Awards Gala hosted by the Chicago Southland Black Chamber of Commerce. Your attendance will not only signify your support for their ongoing mission to empower minority businesses but also provide an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable contributions of Dr. Lynette Stokes. Dr. Stokes will be honored for her deliberate commitment to promoting black businesses and her remarkable adaptability to evolving industry trends.

Take advantage of this opportunity to be a part of a momentous ceremony. Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at 6:00pm at the Double Tree Hilton located at 5000 W. 127th Street, Alsip, IL.

 For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and more information, please visit https://www.tickettailor.com/events/chicagosouthland/1188031

Photo of South Suburban College President, Dr. Lynette Stokes

PHOTO: South Suburban College President, Dr. Lynette Stokes

South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Team Historic Journey to the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) proudly announces the exceptional achievements of its Men’s Basketball Team during the 2023-2024 season, culminating in a historic journey to the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament.

The team’s remarkable season, marked by perseverance, teamwork, and outstanding performances, is exemplified by their impressive 34-3 record. Key victories include a decisive triumph in the Midwest District A Championship over Waubonsee CC, with a final score of 94-82. Standout players Quentin Heady and Reggie Abram were recognized for their exceptional performances, earning spots on the District Tournament All-Tournament Team, while Jemel Jones secured the title of Tournament MVP.

Advancing to the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament, SSC continued its winning streak, securing victories against formidable opponents. In an exhilarating journey to the championship game, the team displayed their skill and determination, ultimately securing the title of National Runner-Up.

Notable individual achievements and recognitions further highlight the team’s excellence. Head Coach Pigatti was honored as the Midwest District A Coach of the Year, a testament to his leadership and dedication. Jemel Jones, named Region IV Player of the Year, achieved remarkable milestones, including scoring over 1000 points in the season and leading college basketball. Quentin Heady and Julius Byrd were also recognized for their exceptional contributions, earning spots on the Region IV 1st and 2nd teams, respectively.

Throughout the season, SSC Men’s Basketball Team achieved numerous milestones, including Coach Pigatti’s 500th career win and the team’s 64th consecutive home game victory. Their consistent dominance in college basketball is reflected in their impressive rankings, finishing the regular season ranked #3 in the country. Additionally, SSC holds the distinction of being the winningest basketball program in college basketball over the past 18 seasons.

“It was quite the season. Our players accomplished a lot this season. I am very proud of their commitment, work ethic and their ability to overcome a lot of adversity this season. To get to the National Championship game was quite an accomplishment. We had a lot of accolades this season, but more importantly was their ability to come together as a team and grow as young men. The 2023-24 Men’s Basketball team has a lot to be proud of.”

South Suburban College congratulates the Men’s Basketball Team on their outstanding season and looks forward to continued success in the years to come.

A photo of the 2023-2024 Men's Basketball Team.

Pace Bus is Hiring at South Suburban College on April 3, 2024

South Holland, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) and Pace Bus are pleased to announce another 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 Wednesday, April 3, 2024, from 5:00 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 $20.

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. 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.

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PHOTO: Pace Bus Hiring

Postseason Honors: 2023-2024 Men’s Basketball Program

Congratulations to Coach John Pigatti and the SSC Men’s Basketball Team! The Bulldogs completed the 2023-2024 season with a record of 34-3, and a 2nd place finish at the national tournament on March 23, 2024.

View Postseason Honors:

Won the NJCAA Midwest District A Championship:
*Defeated Waubonsee Community College (94-82) for the Title
*2 Players Named to the District All-Tournament Team: Quentin Heady and Reggie Abram
*Tournament MVP: Jemel Jones

Runner-Up at the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament:
*1st Round: Defeated Florida State College – Jacksonville (86-79)
*Quarterfinal Game: Defeated Parkland College (79-70)
*Semifinal Game (Final 4): Defeated Ellsworth Community College (89-75)
*Championship Game: Defeated by National Park College (84-79)
*3 Players Named to the National All-Tournament Team: Jemel Jones, Julius Byrd and Quentin Heady
*Jemel Jones Led All Players in Scoring at the National Tournament with 147 Points

More Notable Recognition for Student-Athletes and Coaching Staff:
*National Association of Basketball Coaches selected Jemel Jones to the ’23-’24 NJCAA DII All-America Team The NABC also named Jones the National 2-Year College Player-of-the-Year
*Jemel Jones Named NJCAA DII National Player-of-the-Year: Jones is the Fourth Student-Athlete in the Last Five Years to Earn this Recognition Under Coach Pigatti’s Leadership
*Coach Pigatti Named Midwest District A Coach of the Year (13th Time in 18 Seasons at SSC)
*Jemel Jones Named Region IV Player-of the Year (This season, Jemel was named National Player of the Week twice, scored over 1,000 points, and led all of college basketball (regardless of division: NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA) in scoring.)
*Quentin Heady Named Region IV 1st Team All-American
*Julius Byrd Named Region IV 2nd Team All-American

Ranking & Milestones Reached in 2023-2024 Season:
*Bulldogs Won Their 64th Consecutive Home Game
*Coach Pigatti Earned 500th Career Win at Game on December 16, 2023
*Coach Pigatti’s Record as SSC Men’s Head Basketball Coach: 523-93
*Coach Pigatti has Most Wins at the National Championship Tournament of Any Coach in History
*SSC Men’s Basketball Team Has the Most NJCAA Division II National Tournament Appearances of Any Team in the Country
*Over The Past 18 Seasons, the Men’s Basketball Team had the Most National Players of the Year, and the Most 1st Team All Americans of Any School in the Nation
*SSC Men’s Basketball Team Finished the Regular Season Ranked 3rd in the Country
*SSC Men’s Basketball Team Ranked #1 at Least 9 Times in the Past 18 Seasons
*SSC Men’s Basketball Team Ranked in Top 15 Poll Every Year Under Coach Pigatti’s Leadership (18 Seasons)
*Over the Past 18 Seasons, the Bulldogs are Winningest Program in All of College Basketball

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IMAGE: National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) logo.

Summer Registration is Happening Now at South Suburban College

South Holland, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) Summer registration is now in progress and we have ample convenient course offerings set to begin June 3, 2024. SSC offers a wide selection of career education and college transfer programs individually tailored to the unique needs of every student. SSC serves 21 communities including parts of the Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana. We provide a variety of support services and leadership opportunities to our students in addition to a wide range of affordable academic programs.

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

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

The South Suburban College Main Campus Student Entrance

PHOTO: The South Suburban College Main Campus Student Entrance.

South Suburban College Foundation Invites You to Our Annual Scholarship Gala, Hollywood Awards: A Black & White Affair

South Holland, IL – South Suburban College is thrilled to announce the long-awaited return of its annual Gala after a hiatus due to the pandemic. This year’s event “Hollywood Awards: A Black & White Affair,” promises an unforgettable evening dedicated to Dreams, Success, and Scholarships. 

Scheduled to take place at the prestigious Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park, IL, on Saturday, April 27, 2024, doors will open at 5:00pm for an elegant night filled with dinner, dancing, a silent auction, special awards, and NAACP Image Award Nominee and SSC Alumnus, LaRoyce Hawkins as the keynote speaker.

Hawkins, a proud product of the South Chicago Suburbs, has captivated audiences with his role as Officer Kevin Atwater on the NBC hit drama Chicago PD. His journey from SSC to Hollywood serves as an inspiration to our students and community members alike.

Additionally, we are thrilled to welcome WGN Evening News Anchor and SSC Alumnus Ray Cortopassi as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. 

The Gala proceeds will directly contribute to scholarships, cultivating a culture of success and pride among our students and communities and fostering lifelong learning. By supporting this event, local businesses and community members will be vital in empowering students to pursue their dreams and achieve academic success.

“We are excited to bring back our annual Gala, and this year’s ‘Hollywood Awards: A Black & White Affair’ promises to be an extraordinary event,” said Dr. Lynette D. Stokes, President of South Suburban College. “We invite the entire community to join us for an evening of celebration and support for student success!”

Take advantage of this opportunity to be a part of a remarkable evening. Mark your calendars and join us for a night of glamour, entertainment, and philanthropy as we come together to make a difference in the lives of our students.

For sponsorship opportunities, tickets, and more information, please visit https://www.ssc.edu/gala. If you have any questions, please email Foundation at foundation@ssc.edu.

2024 Foundation Gala Flyer

PHOTO: The South Suburban College Foundation Gala 2024

South Suburban College Invites You Join Our GED and ESL Classes – Registration Now Open!

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The Adult Education Department at South Suburban College (SSC) is excited to kick-off the General Education Diploma (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs. Classes begin on Monday, April 15, 2024.

Are you or someone you know interested in furthering their education? Our Adult Education programs offers comprehensive instruction to help individuals achieve their academic and professional goals. To register for GED classes, please call extension 2411 or 2475 or to register for ESL classes, please call extension 2408 to schedule an appointment.

SSC is dedicated to making a positive impact on our community’s education and workforce development through lifelong learning.

For more information, please contact Raylynn Stokes, Director of Adult Education via email at rstokes@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000 Ext. 5762. Please visit www.ssc.edu for a comprehensive listing of non-credit classes.

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

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

Exhibition of Artwork by Tracie Cheng on Display in South Suburban College Dulgar Gallery

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The South Suburban College (SSC) Art & Design Department is presenting an exhibition of work by artist Tracie Cheng entitled “Pattern Recognition” in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery on the first floor of the Main Campus. Her work is available for viewing from March 18 through April 18, 2024. A closing reception will be held on April 18 at 11:00 a.m.

Tracie Cheng is a Taiwanese American artist weaving lines and paint into dynamic visual dreamscapes. She very consciously observes life around her-absorbing stories and experiences-subconsciously watching as they unfold onto the canvas. Her work is meant to be a reflection of life’s textured complexities, giving voice to her ever-evolving relationship with faith, culture, ethnicity and narrative.

Tracie attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated with a degree in architecture. After several years of architectural work, her desire to shape environments shifted to the visual arts. Her artistic style channels aspects of Chinese brush painting, abstraction, with some architectural sensibilities sprinkled throughout, continually shaped by the beauty and intricacies of the different cultures around her. Tracie finds joy navigating this artist life alongside her son and sculptor husband in Connecticut.

The public is welcome to visit the art exhibition and reception at no charge. The SSC Dulgar Gallery is open Monday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 – 9 p.m., Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. All SSC art galleries are closed on weekends and college holidays. For more information, contact Eric Tucker at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2300, or email etucker@ssc.edu. The SSC Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

A piece of art by Tracie Cheng.

PHOTO: “Pattern #7″ Acrylic and oil on synthetic paper 22×30, 2024

South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Wins District Championship

South Holland, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) Congratulates the Men’s Basketball Team! The SSC Bulldogs advanced to the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament which will be held March 18-23rd at Danville (IL) Area Community College. The South Suburban Bulldogs (31-2) will open the tournament as the #2 seed and play the winner of the Howard Community College / Florida State Jacksonville game. They will play on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 8pm.

The #3 ranked Bulldogs won the Midwest District A Championship on Saturday, March 9th with a 94-82 victory over Waubonsee Community College. SSC was led in scoring by sophomore guard Jemel Jones’ 29 points. Jemel also grabbed nine (9) rebounds and dished out eight (8) assists. Jones’ teammates played together in harmony! Three (3) sophomore guards scored in double figures: Chris Harrison (16 pts.), Reggie Abram (14pts.), and Julius Byrd (11 pts.) Freshman forward Quentin Heady also scored in double figures for SSC as he chipped in 14 pts), while grabbing eight (8) rebounds. Teammates Heady and Abram were named to the All-Tournament Team. Jones was named the Tourney MVP. We commend our men’s basketball team for a job well done!

Special acknowledgment to Coach John Pigatti and his commitment to excellence by earning Midwest District A Coach of the Year Award (it is his 13th time in 18 seasons winning this prestigious award)!

For more information on the Men’s Basketball Team, contact Coach John Pigatti via email at jpigatti@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000 Ext. 2524.

23-24 South Suburban College Bulldogs (Men’s Basketball Team)

PHOTO: South Suburban College Bulldogs (Men’s Basketball Team)

South Suburban College Youth Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act Orientation Begins Next Week

South Holland, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) is excited to announce Youth Summer Jobs Program through the Youth Work Force Innovative Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA’s Out of School Youth Program is designed to assist individuals ages 17-24 with job preparation skills that can lead to careers, employment, and Work Experience (WEX).

The WEX Program is temporary employment with the goal of the qualified students to gain work experience at SSC or companies in partnership with WIOA. Accepted students will receive paid work experience, job referrals, transportation, paid tuition, resume writing skills, and job readiness skills. Orientations will be held at the SSC Oak Forest Campus located at 16333 S. Kilbourn Ave, Oak Forest, IL. The public can register online at Eventbrite for one of the upcoming orientation dates. Save your seat now for one of the upcoming orientation dates of Thursday, March 21st, April 4th, or April 18th.

SSC is dedicated to serving our youth and community through meaningful and impactful programs that are both educational and provides real life work experience. For more information on the Youth WIOA Orientation, contact Brianna Wells, Manager Workforce Development Department via at bwells@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000 ext. 3230 or Kenneth Cohn, Director of Workforce Development via email at kcohn@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000 ext. 6066

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

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

South Suburban College’s Introduction to Paralegalism Course Earns National Quality Matters Certification

South Holland, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) proudly announces its inaugural nationally certified Quality Matters (QM) course certification, reinforcing the institution’s dedication to delivering high-quality online learning experiences. Quality Matters certification was awarded to the synchronous online course PLA 101 Introduction to Paralegalism in October 2023, marking a significant milestone in SSC’s commitment to excellence in online education. The course, led by tenured professor Becky Walters—also the Program Coordinator for Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies—underwent a meticulous preparation process in collaboration with SSC’s Center for Teaching and Learning for the Quality Matters review.

According to Becky Walters, J.D., “Our Law and Paralegal Studies program is entirely online. As such, it is vital that our students have access to and benefit from well-designed, easily navigable online classrooms. We strive to make their online classroom experience positive to the point at which it is even superior to any in-person classes.”

The Quality Matters review, conducted by national QM-Certified Reviewers, validates the course’s quality and learner-focused design, utilizing the Quality Matters Rubric and associated Standards based on research and best practices. This certification places the course alongside other major universities and colleges on the QM directory of nationally certified courses. QM certified courses proudly display the QM Certification Mark, symbolizing a commitment to the highest standards in online education. Dr. Tasha Williams, Vice-President of Academic Services, remarked, ” I am proud to witness the attainment of Quality Matters certification for our Introduction to Paralegalism course at SSC. This achievement reflects our unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality, learner-focused online education.”

In addition to obtaining QM certification for a paralegal course, SSC stands out as the exclusive community college in the South Suburban Chicago region with its Paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). The college is also an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE). SSC’s Paralegal program has earned recognition from the American Bar Association for its Access to Justice and Pro Bono initiatives, including the distinctive, community-based Expungement Clinic. Furthermore, it received acknowledgment from the Illinois State Bar Association in the September 2021 ISBA article, “The Problem-Solving Court Boom.”

Dr. Lynette Stokes, President of SSC, expressed her satisfaction with the accomplishment, “As President of South Suburban College, I am proud of the accomplishments of our Paralegal program, especially the Quality Matters certification achieved by our Introduction to Paralegalism course. This certification highlights the collaborative efforts between Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies, and SSC’s Center for Teaching and Learning during the Quality Matters review process.”

The attainment of QM certification underscores SSC’s unwavering commitment to continuous improvement. PLA 101 Introduction to Paralegalism is now listed on the QM directory of nationally certified courses can display the QM Certification Mark on the course syllabus, within the course in the learning management system, and on the college’s website and catalog system.

The Paralegal program is excited to announce a series of virtual workshops scheduled for April 22, May 13, June 10, and August 5th. The workshops will take place from 6:00 – 7:00 pm central time. Designed to provide valuable insights into the field of paralegal studies, each workshop offers participants the opportunity to explore various aspects of the profession, including job prospects, program curriculum, and career pathways. The first workshop, scheduled for April 22nd, will serve as an open house event, allowing attendees to interact with program faculty and learn more about the program’s offerings. To register for the April 22nd open house, interested individuals can visit
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvdumgqjIqGN3bs8K0xPQ2aUSW6pZ6sIrj to register.

For additional details regarding the Introduction to Paralegalism course, QM course certification, and enrollment in the August 2024 cohort, please reach out to Becky Walters,
Program Coordinator for Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies, via email at bwalters@ssc.edu or call 708-596-2000, ext. 2579. SSC continues to enroll students actively. For enrollment details, please reach out to the College and Career Success Center at (708) 210-5718 or email admissions@ssc.edu. For information in Spanish, please call (708) 210-5740. The main campus of South Suburban College is situated at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. Additionally, the Oak Forest Center, the college’s extension site, is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

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

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

South Suburban College for Kids Seeking Teachers for Summer Program

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL– The Office of Continuing, Corporate and Community Education (C3) at South Suburban College (SSC) is set to launch its College for Kids program this summer. Open to children entering grades K-12, the program promises an enriching educational experience. Offerings include exploration of reading, study skills, grammar and writing, math, Spanish, arts & crafts, step aerobics, and game creation.

South Suburban College extends an invitation to passionate educators to join its team for College for Kids, commencing on Monday, June 24, 2024, and concluding on Thursday, July 25, 2024. Please note, classes will not be held on Tuesday, July 4, 2024, due to the campus closure for the holiday.

“Participation in this program offers children a diverse range of academic pursuits, ensuring that their educational skills remain sharp throughout the summer break,” stated Gervaise Edwards, Manager of C3. “This experience serves as a catalyst for shaping brighter futures for our young participants.”

For further details, please reach out to Gervaise Edwards, Manager of the C3 Department, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5723. The program will take place at SSC’s Main Campus, located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL 60473. Please visit www.ssc.edu for a comprehensive listing of non-credit classes.

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

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

South Suburban College’s Highway Construction Careers Training Program to Begin in March

OAK FOREST, IL– The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) at South Suburban College (SSC) is preparing for its upcoming free, short-term program. Students Emanuel Medina and Donald Elmore III, showcased here during concrete pouring activities, are progressing towards journeyman status. Both students successfully completed the program in October and are slated to commence their apprenticeships in the spring. Medina has secured acceptance into the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 134 Communications Apprenticeship and is set to commence coursework this month.

Since 2014, SSC has offered the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP), a pre-apprenticeship initiative. The program entails a rigorous 450-hour curriculum aimed at equipping participants with the requisite skills for entry into the highway construction trades, fostering potential careers with lucrative wage prospects. Classes are held Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prospective applicants must be at least 18 years of age, possess a high school diploma or GED, demonstrate an interest in trade work, and successfully clear both a drug screening and a Physical Agility test. Additionally, applicants are required to hold a valid driver’s license.

The objective of HCCTP is to enhance representation of minorities, women, and disadvantaged individuals in Illinois highway construction. The program is supported through a collaboration with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), enabling it to be offered at no cost to participants. During their enrollment, students receive a stipend for each full hour of training completed.

Since its inception, HCCTP at SSC has graduated almost 400 students. Among the last six classes, three have achieved 100% placement into union apprenticeship programs with various trades including IBEW Local 134, Pipefitters Local 597, Laborers (LiUNA), and Carpenters.

Registration for this training opportunity is currently open. Orientation & Testing for the next class is February 27-29th, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. and classes are scheduled to begin March 25th, 2024. For more information contact Rebecca Garcia at (708) 225-6004 or email hcctp@ssc.edu. To register, first, please visit our website www.ssc.edu/hcctp, or visit our office located at the Oak Forest Center of South Suburban College.

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

The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) was recently involved in a concrete pouring project at the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) as part of sustainability initiatives at South Suburban College.

Pictured: The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) was recently involved in a concrete pouring project at the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials Center (CHaRM) as part of sustainability initiatives at South Suburban College.

South Suburban College Opens Multicultural Wellness Center to Foster Student Well-being and Community Engagement

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) welcomed students, faculty, staff and community members on Thursday, February 1, 2024, to celebrate the grand opening of the Multicultural Wellness Center, located on the second floor of the main campus. The event commenced with a lively networking session, where over 75 attendees explored the center’s array of resources, embarked on guided tours showcasing the meditation room open to students, faculty, staff, and community members, and engaged in conversations with the center’s dedicated staff.

One highlight of the grand opening was the opportunity for guests to pin thoughts on what wellness means to them and how they practice self-care. Dr. Anissa Jones, Dean of Student Development started the program by welcoming attendees and sharing how the Wellness Center got its start. Dr. Jones highlighted the various areas that the Wellness Center can assist with including, but not limited to transportation, housing, child care, counseling and basic needs. She also introduced two key staff members: Alexandra Glumac, Wellness Center Director and Destinee Carter, Wellness Center Success Advisor. SSC’s Board of Trustees members Janet Rogers and Dr. Sherelene Harris delivered brief remarks, highlighting the significance of the Multicultural Wellness Center as a pivotal resource for SSC students and local community. SSC President, Dr. Lynette D. Stokes echoed these sentiments, offering heartfelt remarks on the center’s vital role in supporting the holistic well-being of SSC students. Dr. Stokes encouraged students to actively engage in the center’s diverse programming offerings. The program concluded with a formal ribbon cutting.

The grand opening also welcomed distinguished guests, including representatives from Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s office, emphasizing the substantial support and recognition garnered by the Multicultural Wellness Center within the broader community. For further information on the Multicultural Wellness Center and its initiatives, please contact Destinee Carter, Multicultural Wellness Success Advisor, via email at dcarter@ssc.edu or by calling 708-596-2000, ext. 2312.

Ribbon cutting photo in front of the Multicultural Wellness Center.

Pictured: From left to right: SSC Trustee Janet Rogers, SSC Student, President Dr. Stokes, SSC Student, Dr. Anissa Jones, and SSC Trustee Dr. Sherelene Harris.

Pace and South Suburban College Celebrate Free CDL Program Partnership

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – Students and officials gathered at South Suburban College (SSC) to celebrate the successful partnership between Pace and SSC that helps find, train, and employ the next generation of professional bus operators. The partnership provides students with a customized two-week commercial driver’s license (CDL) course that allows them to obtain their CDL permit and start their career as professional bus operators. Five classes have already graduated, and 17 students are now working at Pace.

This partnership provides a pathway to meaningful careers in public transportation. Pace removes financial barriers for students by covering the costs of tuition and other expenses associated with the Class “B” CDL permit course at SSC.

SSC President Dr. Lynette D. Stokes opened the program and welcomed guests. “Through our impactful partnership with Pace, we’re not just training bus operators; we’re forging paths to meaningful careers in public transportation. This collaboration removes financial barriers, empowering individuals to pursue their professional journey as bus operators. Together, we’re shaping a future where opportunities are created.”

Pace Director and SSC Chairman Terry R. Wells was next to speak. “I proudly serve as Chairman of South Suburban College and, just as proudly, represent south suburban Cook County on Pace’s Board of Directors,” he said. “It is very fulfilling to see these two organizations partner to provide access to education and employment for our communities.” Wells welcomed Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Director of Intermodal Project Implementation, Jason Osborn, who said, “This program is a great example of institutions working together to provide the training needed for good paying jobs. The graduates of this program not only qualify to be bus drivers for Pace but also have doors opened for them for jobs at IDOT. Congratulations to the graduates on behalf of IDOT.”

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board Member Michael Lewis was also present to congratulate graduates before Pace Executive Director Melinda Metzger concluded the program by presenting students with certificates to mark their completion of the program. “Partnerships, especially with institutions like South Suburban College, are instrumental to further enhancing Pace’s recruitment efforts. Coming on board as a professional bus operator with Pace provides a career path with opportunity for growth, excellent health, retirement, and vacation benefits, and allows those with a passion for public service to give back to their community. And in turn, Pace can operate a transit system that is safe, modern, and accessible to all.”

Other guests included RTA Board Member Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman, SSC Trustee Dr. Sherelene Harris, and SSC Trustee Kevin Daly. Pace offers careers for people who are passionate about public service. Becoming a Pace bus operator can lead to further advancement with opportunities to move into dispatch, safety, and administrative positions. Those seeking employment are encouraged to learn more at PaceBus.com/careers.

SSC will host two upcoming PACE recruitment events on February 22, 2024, and March 21, 2024. Classes for these sessions are set to commence on March 11th and April 15th, providing an opportunity for students to embark on their educational journey with PACE. For more information on Pace Bus Program please contact Gervais Edwards, gedwards@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 5723.

Pace Suburban Bus safely and efficiently moves people to work, school, and other regional destinations with its family of public transportation services. Pace offers affordable and environmentally responsible transit options for the residents of 272 municipalities in Cook, Will, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties. The backbone of Chicago’s suburbs, Pace serves tens of thousands of daily riders. One of the largest bus services in North America, Pace covers 3,677 square miles, an area nearly the size of the state of Connecticut and about 15 times the size of the City of Chicago. Pace’s innovative approach to public transportation gives the agency a national reputation as an industry leader.

South Suburban College (SSC) is a public community college located in South Holland, Illinois, with an additional campus in Oak Forest. Offering a diverse array of over 100 program options, SSC provides career education, college transfer credit programs, non-credit customized training, and an array of special interest programs.

Pace and South Suburban College CDL Program graduates with Pace, RTA, and SSC leadership.

Pictured: Pace and South Suburban College CDL Program graduates with Pace, RTA, and SSC leadership.

South Suburban College Opens New Multicultural Wellness Center

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The grand opening of the new Multicultural Wellness Center at South Suburban College’s (SSC) main campus in South Holland is announced for Thursday, February 1st. An Open House for students, staff, and the local community will be held from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Attendees are encouraged to view the multiuse space, meet the staff, and learn about the programs and services offered.

Funded through the Mental Health Early Action on Campus Act grant, SSC has established its inaugural Multicultural Wellness Center, acknowledging the diverse needs of students. This center, focusing on six pillars of wellness (Physical, Intellectual, Occupational, Spiritual, Social, and Emotional), adopts a holistic approach to promote a balanced state of well-being and enhance academic success. The Wellness Center provides information, resources, mental health crisis intervention services, and educational workshops. Additionally, it offers a space for meditation and reflection.

The Wellness Center welcomes all students during open hours, providing support without the need for scheduled appointments. For more information, please contact Alexandra Glumac, Director of the Multicultural Wellness Center, via email at aglumac@ssc.edu or by calling 708-596-2000 ext. 2393. SSC continues to enroll students actively. For enrollment details, please reach out to the College and Career Success Center at (708) 210-5724 or email admissions@ssc.edu. For information in Spanish, please call (708) 210-5740. The main campus of South Suburban College is situated at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. Additionally, the Oak Forest Center, the college’s extension site, is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

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

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

District 205 and South Suburban College United to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at ‘Let Freedom Ring, 60 Years Later from Stone Mountain’ Event

South Holland, IL – Thornton Township High School District 205 and South Suburban College (SSC) co-hosted a collaborative event named “Let Freedom Ring, 60 Years Later from Stone Mountain” to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event, which took place on Monday, January 15th, at SSC’s Kindig Performing Arts Center, gathered students, educators, community leaders, and distinguished guests in celebration of equality and justice.

The program commenced with the presentation of colors by the District 205 Civil Air Patrol and the national anthem, followed by “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” performed by the District 205 Concert Choir and Combined District 205 High School Bands. Mistress of Ceremony, Mrs. Deborah Kimball Crosslin, facilitated the event, starting with the introduction of Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Covenant United Church of Christ. Rev. Smith delivered an invocation, setting a tone of reflection and unity.

Throughout the event, various performances unfolded, including a soprano vocal performance by student Maggie Garner from SSC, accompanied by Marilyn Bourgeois of SSC on piano; a spoken word performance by SSC student KaVonya Moore; vocal performances by Simbryt Dortch and The Bourne Family; and a speech performance titled “Fall Forward,” written by Denzel Washington and performed by Dylan Browley from Thornton Township High School.

Senator Napoleon Harris introduced the keynote speaker, Bishop Lance Davis, Founder and Executive Director of Building Our Own Community (BOOC), Inc. Bishop Davis delivered a keynote address that resonated with the event’s theme. The event also featured a National Day of Service Presentation by Top Ladies of Distinction & Top Teens of America, South Suburban Chicago Chapter, who made a food donation to the South Suburban College food pantry. SSC Board Chair, Terry R. Wells, expressed gratitude on behalf of SSC.

Dr. Nathaniel Cunningham Jr., Superintendent of Thornton Township High School District 205, expressed appreciation for the collaborative effort between both institutions: “This event was a testament to the power of unity and education in fostering positive change within our community.” Dr. Lynette Stokes, President of SSC, stated, “We are proud to have hosted this significant event that celebrates Dr. King’s legacy while inspiring future generations to continue his work towards equality.” Closing performances included a rendition of “Stand by Me” by the District 205 Concert Choir and Stevie Wonder’s iconic song “Happy Birthday” by the Combined District 205 High School Bands.

Following the event, South Suburban College hosted a lunch in their atrium and presented a photo exhibit from the South Suburban Housing Center. The exhibit highlighted Dr. King’s freedom movement, encompassing his advocacy for open and fair housing on both a national and local level, particularly in the City of Chicago. For more information, please contact Zanetta Miller, SSC Executive Director of Public Relations and Resource Development, at 708-225-5846 or via email at zmiller@ssc.edu., and Mary Ann Thornton, District 205 Public Relations Manager, at 708-518-9595 or thornton.maryann@district205.net.

About Thornton Township High School District 205:

Thornton Township High School District 205, located in South Holland, Illinois, is a leading educational institution dedicated to providing exceptional education and fostering a supportive environment for their students. District 205 schools, Thornridge, Thornton, and Thornwood, are committed to empowering minds, inspiring futures, and preparing students for college, career readiness, and lifelong learning. For more information about Thornton Township High School District 205, please visit www.district205.net.

 About South Suburban College:

South Suburban College (SSC) is a public community college located in South Holland, Illinois, with an additional campus in Oak Forest. Offering a diverse array of over 100 program options, SSC provides career education, college transfer credit programs, non-credit customized training, and an array of special interest programs. For more information, about SSC, please visit www.ssc.edu/

A photo of a musical group performing on stage during a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration.

Pictured: Musicians of District 205 High School Bands perform Stevie Wonder’s ‘Happy Birthday’ at the culmination of the 2024 MLK event.

Local Leaders to Commemorate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at South Suburban College on January 15th in the Kindig Performing Arts Center

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC), in collaboration with Thornton Township High School District 205, is set to host its annual event commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15, 2024, at 10:00 am. The venue for this event is SSC’s main campus Performance Arts Center in South Holland, Illinois. This free celebration will feature a diverse program, including guest speakers from the local community, a keynote address, student performances from Thornton Township High School District 205 and SSC, and refreshments. The in-person celebration, marking the 95th birthday of Dr. King, will revolve around the theme of “Letting Freedom Ring from Stone Mountain, 60 Years Later.”

Distinguished speakers for the event include keynote speaker Bishop Lance Davis, Senior Pastor of New Zion Covenant Church, Illinois State Senator Napoleon B. Harris, SSC Chairman Terry R. Wells, SSC President Dr. Lynette D. Stokes, Thornton Township High School District 205 Board of Education President Nina Graham, Thornton Township High School District 205 Superintendent Dr. Nathaniel Cunningham, Jr., Thornton Township High School District 205 Student Board of Education President Margaret Gonzalez, with an invocation by Reverend Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Covenant United Church of Christ. Doors for the event open at 9:00 am. For more information about the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at SSC, please contact Zanetta Miller, Executive Director of Public Relations and Resource Development, at 708-225-5846 or via email at zmiller@ssc.edu.

About South Suburban College:

South Suburban College (SSC) is a public community college located in South Holland, Illinois, with an additional campus in Oak Forest. Offering a diverse array of over 100 program options, SSC provides career education, college transfer credit programs, non-credit customized training, and an array of special interest programs. For more information about SSC, please visit https://www.ssc.edu/.

About Thornton Township High School District 205:

Thornton Township High School District 205, located in South Holland, Illinois, is a leading educational institution dedicated to providing exceptional education and fostering a supportive environment for their students. District 205 schools, Thornridge, Thornton, and Thornwood, are committed to empowering minds, inspiring futures, and preparing students for college, career readiness, and lifelong learning. For more information about Thornton Township High School District 205, please visit www.district205.net.

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

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

South Suburban College Embarks on Spring 2024 Enrollment with Saturday Registration Events

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) is gearing up for the Spring 2024 Semester with registration events scheduled for Saturday, January 13th, and Saturday, January 20th, from 9 am to 2:00 pm at the main campus in South Holland, Illinois. The semester officially begins on Tuesday, January 16th, 2024.

In its dedication to providing affordable and flexible class options, SSC encourages prospective and current students to explore a variety of course delivery methods. The High Five modes of course delivery at SSC encompass in-person, online, virtual, simulcast, and blended options, granting students the flexibility to choose based on their preferences and schedules.

Early registration is recommended to secure preferred modes of instruction and class schedules. SSC has instituted a strategy enabling students to enroll in classes without the risk of being dropped for non-payment. The college offers various programs to eligible students, including special tuition rates, tuition-free course waivers, scholarship opportunities, and a plethora of pathway options.

Additionally, detailed course information, including a chat option with a representative, is available at www.ssc.edu. For enrollment information, please contact the College and Career Success Center at (708) 210-5718 or email admissions@ssc.edu. Para Información En Español Llame: (708) 210-5740. The South Suburban College Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The college’s extension site, the Oak Forest Center, is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

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

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

Retired South Suburban College History Professor Art T. Burton to Shine Light on the Life of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves

South Holland, IL–Renowned retired South Suburban College (SSC) history professor, Art T. Burton, is slated to appear on “CBS Sunday Morning” on November 5, 2023. During this segment, Burton will explore the life and legacy of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves, a subject in which he is widely regarded as the foremost authority and biographer. Burton’s commentary will provide fresh insights into Reeves’ law enforcement career and historical significance.

As an alumnus of Governors State University, Burton has devoted more than three decades to rigorous historical research, elevating the stature of Reeves and consolidating his position as the foremost expert on the subject. Burton’s influence extends with his participation in the highly anticipated series “Lawmen: Bass Reeves,” created by visionary Taylor Sheridan, known for the popular Western show “Yellowstone.” Starring the acclaimed David Oyelowo, this series is set to premiere on November 5, 2023, at 7 p.m. (CT) on Paramount. CBS’s acknowledgment of Burton’s expertise underscores his profound grasp of Bass Reeves’ life and era. In February 2022, CBS-Tulsa, in collaboration with news anchor Craig Day, featured Burton in a news segment dedicated to Bass Reeves’ legacy.

For more information on Art T. Burton and his research on African-Americans in the Wild West, please reach out via email at art.t.burton@gmail.com or visit the official website at www.artburton.com. For further details about South Suburban College (SSC), please visit the official website at www.ssc.edu. The Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois, with its Oak Forest Center extension situated at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

A photo of retired South Suburban College History Professor, Art T. Burton.

PHOTO: Retired South Suburban College History Professor, Art T. Burton.

South Suburban College to Host Family Reading Night on November 16

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) is gearing up for its annual Family Reading Night event, set to take place on Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at SSC’s Main Campus located at 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, IL. The public is invited to attend this free event, which aims to promote community literacy through engaging stories, youth activities, and live presentations. Attendees can look forward to a puppet show, face painting, balloon art, book readings by local authors, and a youth book giveaway. The event’s community partners are comprised of Burst into Books, Y.U.R.W.I. Youth Urban Reading and Writing Initiative, and Doughboy’s Catering.

David Stephens, SSC’s Adult Literacy Grant Manager and the coordinator for Family Reading Night, emphasized the importance of family literacy, stating, “When families prioritize literacy together, it improves the overall health and well-being. Family Literacy not only enriches each individual’s quality of life but also provides adult family members with positive outcomes in their careers and household income. Improvements can be seen in educational attainment, civic participation/voting activity, employment opportunities, and financial security. The best determinant in a child’s future academic success is the improved reading skill of the entire family.”

Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating for both adults and children who never received the proper instruction. Adults who struggle with reading face difficulties in daily activities that others may take for granted and are at a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. In addition to the Family Reading Night event, SSC’s Adult Education Department administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program, as well as programs in High School Equivalency (HSE/GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE).

For additional information regarding Family Reading Night or the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, please contact David Stephens, Adult Literacy Grants Manager, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email DStephens@ssc.edu. This event is sponsored in part by the SSC Foundation.

Theresa Hickman, founder and owner of Mother Doves Academy, welcomes a community member during Family Reading Night 2023.

PICTURED: Theresa Hickman, founder and owner of Mother Doves Academy, welcomes a community member during Family Reading Night 2022.

South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Team Earns National Ranking in Pre-Season NJCAA Division II Poll

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College (SSC) Men’s Basketball Team has secured a notable fifth-place national ranking, as indicated by the Pre-Season Poll of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II. As they prepare for the 2023-24 season, the Bulldogs schedule will include seven teams ranked in the top 20.

The Bulldogs will kick off the upcoming season on Wednesday, November 1st, with a home game against Trinity Christian (JV) at 7:00 p.m. Under the guidance of Coach Pigatti, who enters his 18th season, the Bulldogs are steadfast in pursuing their 13th Region IV title. In 2022, the team made history as the sole undefeated team to win a National Championship. The 2023-24 roster features Jemel Jones, the nation’s leading returning scorer, alongside eight players hailing from the northwest Indiana and southern Chicago suburbs.

To learn more about SSC’s Athletic Program, please get in touch with Athletic Director Steve Ruzich at sruzich@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 5843. SSC’s primary campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois, with its Oak Forest Center extension located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

A Photo of the 2023-2024 South Suburban College Men's Basketball Team

PICTURED: The 2023-2024 South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Team.

South Suburban College and Pace Bus Partner to Offer Fifth Pre-hiring Event on November 6, 2023

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College (SSC) and Pace Bus are pleased to announce a fifth 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 Monday, November 6, 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 $20.

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 December 4, 2023 through December 15, 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.

A Graphic Stating, "Work for Pace!" with a Man Standing at the Door of a Pace Bus

Free Learning Opportunities Available and Volunteers Needed for the South Suburban College Literacy Tutoring Program for Fall 2023

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 needing 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 for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who cannot 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 November training will occur at the South Suburban College Main Campus in South Holland, IL, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from November 2 through November 21, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 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.

A photo of South Suburban College Main Campus
PICTURED: The South Suburban College Main Campus located in South Holland, Illinois.