Oakton ranks among top community colleges


Oakton Community College, which serves Evanston residents from campuses in Skokie and Des Plaines, has been ranked 33d best value in the nation by ValueColleges.com.

The website examined graduation and transfer rates, mid-level salaries for graduates, and actual costs at more than 1,700 two-year institutions nationwide in compiling its “Top 50 Best Value Community Colleges of 2016.”

The ranking was consistent with a 2014 report by the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies that determined that a 25-year-old Oakton graduate can expect a total lifetime earnings gain of more than $724,000, a 56 percent increase over the total lifetime earnings of someone not completing a community college program.

In its report, the website stated that “Oakton Community College is excellent preparation for a four-year degree at one of Illinois’s top-notch universities, or a sound investment in career training.”


Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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