Founded in 1969, Oakton Community College (OCC) was originally comprised of just four factory buildings located at the intersection of Nagle Avenue and Oakton Street in Morton Grove. The college moved to a permanent campus at Des Plaines in 1980 and acquired the Niles East High School in Skokie later that year - establishing a second campus. OCC demolished the old high school building in 1995 in favor of a new facility at the Skokie campus. In 2006, the Skokie campus increased due to the construction of its advanced Art, Science and Technology Pavilion.
In addition to its facilities in Des Plaines and Skokie, students living in student housing or an off campus apartment may also attend class through OCC's "electronic" online campus - providing the same quality education as its physical campuses. The school also emphasizes adult enrollment through its "neighborhood" campuses in programs in Continuing Education, Training and Workforce Development. These adult programs function as part of the Alliance for Lifelong Learning and the Business Institute. Regular programs at OCC are divided among the school's divisions in Languages, Humanities and the Arts, Mathematics and Technology, Science and Health Careers and Social Sciences and Business.
Student living and university living at OCC also places students within reach of Chicago's various cultural, educational, recreational and commercial landmarks like Willis Tower, the Loop and Grant Park.
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