SSC Foundation & Alumni



In light of the State of Illinois’ financial issues, budget impasses and their direct impact on South Suburban College (SSC), the SSC Foundation is seeking $90 gifts from those who wish to help make a difference. This charitable activity is the college’s first capital campaign in decades in order to make a key facility project finally become a reality—a student assistance center named SSC Circle. All donors will have their names immortalized on a donor wall within SSC Circle. The campaign is titled “90 for 90” and is targeting $90 (or more) one-time donations throughout SSC’s current 90th anniversary year with a goal to raise $90,000. Once the goal is achieved, the college will provide matching funds to complete the project. SSC Circle would provide significant, much needed immediate support for student assistance. DONATE NOW!

South Suburban College alumnus Tom Dreesen is putting together an unforgettable special one-night show titled From “HERE TO HOLLYWOOD” Saturday, September 23rd in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the college’s Main Campus at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Dreesen will take you from his childhood of shining shoes in bars in his hometown of Harvey, Illinois, hearing Frank Sinatra on the jukebox, to one day touring the nation as Sinatra’s opening act, flying in his private jet and staying up with Frank till dawn, night after night. He takes you to Frank’s last performance and his last days on earth. Dreesen’s keen insight to Sinatra’s showbiz career, and the lessons he learned from the legendary star, promises to move the audience!

General Admission Tickets are just $30 There are five $1000 Promotional Sponsorships available. You can also buy a row with the $500 Premier Row Sponsorships available including 10 tickets with an after-show Meet & Greet.

Purchase tickets online by using the TOM DRESSEN TICKETS button on this web page or call (708) 596-2000 x2463.

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Alumni Rewind

This “Alumni Rewind” features Jarrett M. Adams ’09. NBC Nightly News reporter Lester Holt interviews Jarrett about being exonerated after serving nearly 10 years for a wrongful conviction and using the injustice he endured as inspiration to become an advocate for the underserved and uncounted. He earned an Associate’s Degree from SSC in 2009, eventually graduated from Loyola Law School and passed the New York bar exam on his first attempt in 2016. Congratulations Jarrett on the first of many wins!.

Bulldog Pride

Clarissa Charles
Paralegal/Legal Assistant Program, Class of 2003

Clarissa, Homewood Resident and Thornton Township High School graduate, has utilized her skills and degree earned through the college’s Paralegal/Legal Assistant Program to earn a rewarding career as a paralegal with LAF (Formerly known as The Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago).

“This is a job I love to do. Legal Research and writing skills, as well as communication and listening skills, are the most essential elements that I learned from SSC,” said Clarissa. “Although my organization does not handle probate matters, the knowledge obtained in my probate law class, taught by my former instructor Patrick Dean, has become quite useful in identifying many heir ship issues, as it relates to property, that comes my way.”

Clarissa works closely with an intake attorney and directors (also attorneys) of the Client Screening Unit in the Homeownership/Foreclosure Project. She screens homeowners facing the loss of their homes through foreclosures or other housing related issues in gathering demographic, confirming property, and title/mortgage loan information, while identifying other issues that homeowners and their family members may be adversely affected by in order to offer legal advice, referrals, or legal assistance. When her schedule permits, Clarissa also volunteers in community outreach programs within the organization.

Clarissa has shown her Bulldog Pride returning to campus to give back several times in the years since her graduation, including serving on discussion panels for SSC’s annual Law Day.

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South Suburban College Foundation

The mission of the South Suburban College Foundation (SSCF) is to support the educational purposes and objectives of the College by providing assistance in the promotion of SSC’s services and facilities. The SSC Foundation seeks funding to strengthen College programs with a primary focus on student scholarships. Established in 1973, the Foundation is solely governed by a Board of Directors composed of the region’s business, civic and community leaders.

The SSCF is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organization chartered in the State of Illinois and is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (EIN: 237191738). It works cooperatively with individuals and organizations in developing a plan to fit the needs of the donors. The Foundation raises funds primarily through annual campaigns including the Showcase Dinner in the spring, and the fall Donor Drive. The total SSC Foundation endowment as of March 31, 2017 is $1,047,430.00.

With the cost of higher education on the rise and state funding on the decline, students are finding it more difficult to afford a full-time college education. At SSC, 90% of our students fall under the low income, first generation, disabled or low income and disabled criteria. Your donation significantly helps these students and is an investment in the future economic development of the south suburban region.