On Thursday, Mike Monaghan, executive director of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association, attended the South Suburban College board of trustees meeting to acknowledge SSC Board Chairman Frank Zuccarelli for his 35 years of service with a “very rare award,” according to Monaghan. Monaghan presented Zuccarelli with an ICCTA Service Award.
Monaghan addressed the board of trustees and gathered audience during the open meeting: “The ICCTA would like to recognize Frank Zuccarelli not only for his 35 years of service, but also for his many years of accomplishments and contributions to the statewide community college system.”
“Frank saw South Suburban College and the Illinois community college system grow from temporary buildings into the third largest community college system in the United States,” Monaghan said. “He is only the fifth person out of more than 2,200 current and former trustees to reach this level of success in the entire state of Illinois. Anyone who accomplishes that is doing things the right way.”
Zuccarelli enrolled at SSC — then Thornton Community College — in 1974 after he completed his enlistment in the United States Air Force where he served as a medic. Zuccarelli earned his associate of science degree in 1976 and his associate of arts degree in 1978 from SSC. He was elected to the board of trustees in 1978, and was chosen by his peers to be the chairman of the board in 1987. He has served in this capacity for the college ever since.
“I would like to thank the ICCTA for this special honor and especially Mike Monaghan for taking the time to come to South Holland to present this award to me tonight,” said Zuccarelli upon receiving the award. “Mike also has a long career of dedicated service to the community college system.”
Zuccarelli added, “We truly have accomplished a lot to be proud of over the years here at SSC. But not for the efforts of one person alone. I would like to thank my board of trustees, the administration, staff and faculty, and our President Don Manning for their commitment to South Suburban College. I would also like to thank the former presidents and board members I had the privilege of serving with along the way.”
After the board meeting, I had an opportunity to speak to Zuccarelli on this special accomplishment and what it means to him. Zuccarelli acknowledged the magnitude of the four decades of service and being one of just five people to accomplish this milestone. He left me with these words: “I have truly enjoyed so many experiences throughout my life including my passion for political service, but nothing has matched my love for South Suburban College.”
South Suburban College’s Chicago Women’s Conference & Expo is entering its sixth year and has become a must-attend event for women in the south suburban and Northwest Indiana region. It is a truly unique opportunity for women of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy a one-of-a-kind personal and professional development and networking opportunity all at one time.
The highlight for many attendees is the opportunity to hear from the dynamic keynote speakers the conference showcases each year. This year, SSC has proudly announced Saran Dunmore as the keynote for the 2014 Chicago Women’s Conference & Expo on March 14 at the main campus, 15800 S. State St. in South Holland.
Dunmore is an energetic fitness and lifestyle expert who enhances the lives of her clients and viewers through her passionate and motivating approach. Her knowledge and zeal for fitness is evidenced on NBC 5, where she has been a regular Fit Club Coach during the Saturday morning news hour since 2007. You may have also seen Saran on the hit MTV weight loss show "I Used to Be Fat" from 2009-2012, where she was a highlighted trainer and which is currently airing internationally. But Dunmore is not just a fitness trainer, she's a mistress of ceremonies, an athlete and a soon-to-be-author.
Additionally, the Chicago Women’s Conference & Expo features breakout sessions with special facilitators focusing on Health & Wellness, Business & Finance and Personal Empowerment topics. There are always 40-plus vendors on campus providing shopping opportunities with new and exciting products and services designed for women.
The cost of admission is just $15 per person with advance registration by March 13, or $25 at the door. The conference fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and admission to all of the breakout sessions.
Again, the 2014 Chicago Women’s Conference & Expo will be March 14 at the college’s main campus in South Holland.
Find more information and the conference registration form online at:
If you have any questions or would like to register, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2455.
The South Suburban College board of trustees approved a new tuition waiver designed for high school students from Lake County, Ind., at their monthly meeting in January.
The Lake County High School Tuition Waiver is a 50 percent reduction in tuition for one course for all high school seniors who live in Lake County or attend a high school in Lake County. The course can be taken during their senior year, or in the summer before or after their senior year. (Some course restrictions apply.)
The Lake County High School Tuition Waiver is just another step in SSC’s ongoing outreach to make college affordable for its Indiana neighbors. The college also offers a special Lake County Tuition Rate which is less than half of the Out of District Rate and approximately 40 percent of the Out of State Rate. SSC College District 510 extends all the way to the state line, and the college’s Main Campus is less than 10 miles away from most parts of Lake County.
“We are committed to keeping the cost of college affordable for all who can benefit from South Suburban College programs and services,” said Don Manning, SSC president. “Providing these incentives and exposing more students to all that we offer will ultimately help our college to grow, expand our programs and keep our rates low, which will in turn benefit our In-District students as well.”
In other board business, SSC Treasurer Tim Pollert presented the trustees with the Certificate of Excellence Award for financial reporting from the Association of School Business Officials for the college’s “preparation and issuance of a school system comprehensive annual report” for Fiscal Year 2012. This award represents the 23rd consecutive year SSC has received the distinction for financial reporting.
“This award is a reflection of our efforts to be fiscally responsible for the benefit of our students and taxpayers,” said Frank M. Zuccarelli, chairman of the board and Thornton Township supervisor. “It has never been more important to be conscientious of our accounting and reporting than now.”
The Certificate of Excellence award is one of the highest recognitions a college can receive for their audited financial statements, confirming the school’s commitment to financial accountability and transparency. The association, founded in 1910, is a professional group of more than 5,000 members that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the effective use of educational resources.
Lastly, Zuccarelli officially presented SSC’s 2013 Volleyball Team with their regional championship trophy. The Lady Bulldogs advanced all the way to the national tournament in Toledo, Ohio, where they finished 13th in the nation. Head coach Larry Babcock was named Region IV District B Coach of the Year and Melva Smith (Thornwood High School), Julia Novotny (Illiana Christian High School), and Robin Osmolski (Peotone High School) made the All-Region Team. Melva Smith was also recently named to the NJCAA All-American 2nd Team.
For more information about South Suburban College, visit www.ssc.edu. For enrollment information or to schedule a tour, contact Admissions at (708) 210-5718.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn held a news conference at South Suburban College last February to announce funding for a $52.9 million addition for health care training. At that time, the college already had nine Health Professions programs from which students could choose to pursue careers for the in-demand health care jobs of the Chicago region.
Now, SSC is offering four new programs that will provide further opportunities for residents of the Southland and Lake County, Ind., areas. The new programs are community health worker, nanoscience technology, speech language pathology assistant, and a shorter six credit hour Emergency Medical Technician Program.
“We are always looking for opportunities to develop new programs that will both meet the needs of the workforce and provide rewarding career opportunities for residents of our community,” said Jeff Waddy, dean of Health Professions. “These four newest programs are only going to add what we already have in place, and we are excited about cultivating them now with an eye towards an exciting new facility addition in the future.”
Community health workers are front line public health workers who serve as a liaison between health, social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. This program is offered as a 63 credit hour Associate Degree, a 39 credit hour certificate, or a 20 credit hour basic certificate program.
The Nanoscience Technology Program provides students with entry level skills to manipulate atoms and molecules at the nanometer scale in a cutting-edge, emerging field of study. Graduates of the 66 credit hour Associate Degree track will be prepared to work as technicians, manufacturers and production workers within industry using nanoscience and micro science technologies, including areas of research and development, production, manufacturing and sales. A 37 credit hour certificate is also offered.
The Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program is a 68 credit hour Associate Degree track that prepares individuals to work in a health or educational setting under a registered speech pathologist with at least two years of professional experience. Assistants generally work with equipment maintenance, patient assessment, paperwork and execution of speech pathologist treatment plans.
The EMT Program is a six hour basic certificate course that is the first step in training for paramedics in various settings including ambulance services, fire departments and volunteer emergency care services. The EMT-B license is required before enrolling in the 31 credit hour EMS Program.
These new programs join the comprehensive Health Professions offerings that include echocardiography, ultrasound, medical assistant, medical records technology, phlebotomy, occupational therapy assistant, radiologic technology, MRI technology, and pharmacy technician.
As for the Health Professions addition, SSC recently received the initial funds to commence the planning stages.
“This project will create hundreds of jobs now and lay the foundation for thousands more to get the training they need to become the next generation of nurses and medical technicians,” said Gov. Quinn back in February. “By working together now, we can drive more economic growth in the future.”
Visit www.ssc.edu to learn more about SSC programs and services.
Over 100 years ago, community colleges were created as publicly funded institutions of higher education at community based facilities. They began a policy of welcoming all who wished to learn, regardless of wealth or previous academic experience.
Today there are more than 1,100 community colleges in the United States, most of which share common goals of quality, convenience and affordability with a commitment to lifelong learning. Community colleges allow students to positively impact their lives. They offer nearby locations, flexible class schedules and affordable tuition to students of all ages and interests.
Students who attend community colleges also benefit from the smaller class sizes and increased personal attention from instructors. The counseling, academic assistance, job placement and other student services provide much needed support through the college process for all learners.
In fact, a recent study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education found that nearly 30 percent of Americans with associate degrees will now make more than those with bachelor’s degrees.
Community colleges may be the best pathway to a secure place in the workforce for students just out of high school, as well as returning adult students and dislocated workers. South Suburban College offers a well-rounded offering of career programs that may lead to an associate degree or professional certification, and more importantly a successful career.
Established in 1927, South Suburban College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college located in South Holland, just minutes from the Illinois/Indiana state line. SSC’s tuition rate is considerably lower than most public or private universities — a fact that applies to Lake County residents through a special tuition rate of $155 per credit hour (just $35 above the In-District rate). Full-time students can attend for a little more than $4,000 a year within a short distance from home, saving thousands of dollars in additional room and board expenses, and the SSC Foundation offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities.
Perhaps most importantly to prospective students, SSC offers choices — more than 100 career education and transfer programs awarding associate degrees and professional certifications. Additionally, students are realizing that two years at community college plus two years at a four-year institution adds up to two degrees with less student debt. Students can complete two years at SSC and transfer to four-year institutions without loss of time or credit.
Our counselors are happy to work with you to develop an academic plan that will best help you to achieve all of your educational and career goals. But don’t take my word for it, check SSC out for yourself at www.ssc.edu, or contact the friendly staff in our Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718 to get your questions answered, to schedule a tour, or to get started today.
I look forward to sharing more about the exciting educational opportunities and events that we offer throughout the year, and just maybe you or someone in your family will consider making South Suburban College your school of choice.
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