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South Suburban College provides options to area residents

2014-04-21T00:00:00Z South Suburban College provides options to area residentsPatrick Rush Times Columnist
April 21, 2014 12:00 am  • 

You may have seen it and don’t know it yet — on a billboard, during your favorite show, or while surfing the Internet — South Suburban College’s multicolored spheres are gaining momentum as residents recognize them more frequently through the initial launch of the college’s new marketing campaign: Weigh More Options.

SSC designed the new campaign around results from over one year of consulting and research, including internal and external communications, surveys and environmental scans.

The overwhelming response from messages tested among residents within District 510, Lake County and the surrounding areas was that they need more options. Our community wants the ability to choose from a variety of opportunities meeting their personal and professional goals to empower themselves to improve employability, change careers, or earn promotions. South Suburban College wants you to know this is our mission. It is a perfect reflection of our institution’s strength in “providing more pathways that you have dreams,” as stated in the new radio flight debuting last weekend.

This is evidenced by SSC’s impressive range of over 100 academic programs, comprehensive student services, and countless special tuition rates, scholarships, and tuition waivers.

SSC offers options from college for kids to classes for seniors, and everything in between. There are career education programs and short-term certification programs in addition to seamless transfer programs for students who wish to save tens of thousands of dollars, earn a degree, and become well positioned before pursing their advanced degree at a university. The career programs provide students with the skills and credentials necessary to earn gainful, rewarding employment in as little as two years or less. These opportunities are highlighted by a dozen Health Professions programs, along with other unique career paths such as paralegal and court reporting.

Additionally, the college’s Business & Career Institute offers noncredit customized training, short-term instruction for business, and numerous special interest classes. BCI most recently completed construction on a brand new state-of-the-art welding lab. SSC’s Division of Adult Education offers free Adult Basic Education and Adult Literacy programs, and High School Equivalency preparation. And the list goes on …

Students can even choose to take classes from one or two locations to achieve their goals most conveniently — the Main Campus in South Holland and the Oak Forest Center. SSC continues to incorporate new special tuition and waiver programs to make the standard $120 per credit hour rate even more affordable, most recently announcing a 50 percent discount for all classes at the Oak Forest Center this summer.

The upcoming summer sessions begin on Mondays, June 2 and 9 at SSC. I have always believed that summer served as an excellent gateway to college completion, whether it be for high school students to get an early start, for college students away at school to lighten their future load while at home, and perhaps most importantly, for adults to take a class and begin their journey back to college and hopefully, a new rewarding career.

So as you make your summer plans, I challenge you and your family to Weigh More Options.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. Patrick Rush is director of Public Relations, Publications & Foundation at South Suburban College. He can be reached at

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