About the Alliance for Lifelong Learning

Oakton College, a leader in adult and continuing education in Illinois, collaborates with Maine, Niles, Northfield, and Evanston Township high school districts to form an educational partnership called the Alliance for Lifelong Learning (ALL). In a typical year, more than 15,000 people register for adult education courses at the College. ALL coordinates the resources of each high school district to make additional instructional services available for every adult resident age 18 and over.

The following pages contain a diverse collection of interesting, challenging, and entertaining noncredit courses and events scheduled on weekdays, evenings, and weekends at Oakton's campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie and many neighborhood-based locations, including the following high schools:

  • Evanston Township High School
  • Glenbrook South High School
  • Maine East High School
  • Maine West High School
  • Niles North High School
  • Niles West High School

Here you also will find other Oakton College programs developed in cooperation with local churches, community centers, libraries, and shopping malls, to better serve the needs and interests of district residents. Any district resident is welcome to attend any class at any location.

Continuing Education Courses offer a vast selection of special interest topics and hands-on experiences in Business, Career and Certification Training, Computer Courses, Exercise and Fitness, Healthy Living Topics, Home and Garden, Languages, Online Classes, Tech Trends, and more. For more information, call 847.982.9888.

General Educational Development (GED) prepares students who have not completed high school for the High School Equivalency Exam. The GED certificate is accepted by most employers and schools. For more information, call 847.635.1426.

Evening High School assists residents of Niles and Maine Townships in completing their high school education. For more information, call the Evening High School office at Maine South at 847-825-7719 from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, to set up an appointment (beginning the second week of August). During daytime hours, call Tim Pappageorge at Maine West at 847-827-6176 (ext. 5739) or the Adult Education Department at 847-635-1426.

Volunteers in Teaching Adults (VITA) supplements the work of classroom teachers in English as a Second Language (ESL) and literacy classes, including the Learn to Read program. The College needs more volunteers to help adults improve their English speaking and reading skills. Volunteers will learn about appropriate teaching methods and materials. For more information, call 847.635.1426.

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses expand the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of non-native speakers of English. These courses also acclimate students to American culture. For more information, call 847.635.1426.

Literacy Programs include Learn to Read to Learn and Bridges to Academic Reading and Writing. Learn to Read to Learn classes identify, recruit, and instruct English-speaking adults and ESL adults seeking to reach specific life goals. Bridges to Academic Reading and Writing classes help intermediate ESL students prepare for the TOEFL or college classes. For more information, call 847.635.1426.

Continuing Education for Health Professionals (CEHP) provides continuing education for Social Workers, Certified Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Registered Nurses, Addiction Counselors, Nursing Home Administrators, Speech/Language Pathologists, Audiologists, and Dieticians. For more information, call 847.635.1438.

Emeritus Program courses, "for the student who wasn't born yesterday," enable lifelong learners to take advantage of individual and series courses in the arts, humanities, science, international politics, and religion. These courses meet throughout the year on weekdays and weekends, giving seasoned students the opportunity to share valuable learning experiences with their peers. For more information, call 847.635.1414.

Workforce Development and Corporate Training provides customized training and consulting for local businesses, Conference Center rental, and services for educational opportunities. For more information, call 847.635.1447.