The Oakton Community College Educational Foundation has received a $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor from the Winnetka area that will assist the school’s science, technology, engineering and mathmatics programs.

Mary Knight, Oakton’s development director said such gifts “are vital to student success and transform many lives of those living in our community.”

In addition to the STEM programs the gift will support scholarships and manufacturing programs at the school.

Oakton’s STEM courses include biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics. The college’s nanotechnology training program includes a 31-credit-hour nanotechnology certificate that incorporates basic science “building blocks,” college-level nanotechnology courses, access to internship opportunities and hands-on experience with state-of-the-art lab equipment.

Additionally, STEM research courses allow students to jump into a “real world” research project and present findings at a STEM symposium.

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