Greeting from the President

President Joianne Smith

Welcome to Oakton Community College! I’m so happy that you’ve chosen to pursue your education with us. At Oakton, you will join a richly diverse community – where you will be valued and supported as you pursue your academic and career goals. From the moment you step onto either of our beautiful campuses located in Des Plaines and Skokie — or study online or at a satellite location — you’ll find the resources you need to keep you on your path to success. In addition to our high quality academic programs, we offer support services and community engagement opportunities that will serve you long after you finish your course of study.

During your time at Oakton, you’ll make meaningful connections that will allow you to grow academically, personally and socially. You’ll develop relationships with peers and support each other as you progress through your individual journeys. You’ll engage with our curriculum, gaining knowledge that will prepare you to thrive in the workplace or continue your studies at a four-year college. You’ll connect with our dedicated faculty and staff, who will be there at every turn to help you overcome unexpected obstacles. Years from now, we hope you’ll remain connected to us as an alumni, allowing your accomplishments to inspire others. That’s the Oakton experience we pledge to provide to you — and to students for generations to come.

Thank you again for choosing Oakton Community College. Together, we will achieve great things.

President's Signature

Joianne L. Smith, Ph.D.
President