Evanston students interested in considering a career in the rapidly growing field of nanotechnology are invited to attend an open house this month at Oakton Community College.

The free Thursday events will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 and 14 at the Illinois Science and Technology Park Conference Center, 8045 Lamon Ave., in Skokie.

Coordinated by Oakton Dean of Mathematics and Technologies Bob Sompolski, the sessions will explore the rapidly growing field of nanotechnology and discuss Oakton-related internships, jobs, and business resources in the field.

 A tour of Oakton’s laboratories will be a feature of the evening’s events.

Nanotechnology is playing an increasingly important role in biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, and physics, from building microprocessors and delivering anti-cancer drugs efficiently to making clothes more stain resistant and improving sunscreen absorption, according to college officials.

They contend that by the end of 2016, the field will need 6 million workers and 2.5 million support personnel, with salaries ranging from $30,000 to $95,000, depending on the level of education. 

This spring, Oakton is offering four nanotechnology courses that are part of the 31-credit-hour nanotechnology certificate. Classes begin on Jan. 19.

Enrollment information is available on the college’s website.

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...

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  1. Oakton and Evanston–esp. ETHS
    It would seem to me that Oakton, at least the main campus, it pretty far from Evanston. Yes CTA will get you there but I’ve heard parents say it is not ideal for their children.
    Has Evanston considered to benefit adults [recent ETHS grads and older learners] and ETHS who would like to get college credit while at ETHS, with having a bus that would maybe make two trips a day ? Maybe 8 AM and 5 PM ?
    I of course have no idea of the costs or numbers of people who would take advantage of this.
    Certainly it would provide more benefit than the plethora of art and music facilities and funding the city gives.

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