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.