PSC in the News
Women's center provides Southland businesses assistance for government contracts
July 19, 2018
Flossmoor entrepreneur Monica Dixon wants a slice of the billions of dollars in federal government contracts awarded each year. The founder and CEO of M & M Staffing Agency is among south suburban small business owners who are taking advantage of needed free government contracting assistance services offered by the Women’s Business Development Center at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights. The WBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps small businesses seek contracts and apply for government certification.
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PSC Recognizes SCORE Mentors During 60th Anniversary Celebration
July 11, 2018
During a recent Prairie State College (PSC) 60th Anniversary Community Celebration, PSC President Dr. Terri L. Winfree presented Pioneer Pillar of the Community Awards to Milton Payton, Village of University Park Trustee and SCORE mentor; and Carmen Chidichimo, SCORE mentor. The award recognized them for their contributions to the college through their work with SCORE at the Matteson Area Center, and also for their many other contributions to PSC and the community. The reception celebrated the villages of University Park, Crete and Monee. Community celebrations are scheduled throughout the year.
PSC Celebrates Independence Day at Beecher Parade
July 11, 2018
Prairie State College joined in the festivities for the Beecher 4th of July Parade. Representing the college were Tabitha Drake, Adrian Wright, Diana Flores and Georges Sanon. They are joined by members of the Chicago Stock Yard Kilty Band.
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Driving Academy Graduate and Apprentice Plans to Grow Trucking Business
June 21, 2018
Apprenticeship programs meet the skilled workforce needs of American industry by connecting job seekers looking to learn new skills with employers looking for qualified workers. This results in a workforce with industry-driven training and employers with a competitive edge. Thanks to a generous apprenticeship grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Prairie State College (PSC) launched the Driving Toward Apprenticeship Success initiative, a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) apprenticeship program offered at PSC, in partnership with KLLM Driving Academy, Inc. (KLLM). This initiative supports enrollment in a registered Department of Labor CDL apprenticeship program, providing an "earn-while-you-learn" model. One of the recent completers of the program, Central Hightower was doing factory work and forklift driving when he says he "stumbled upon the program through word of mouth."
Read more: Driving Academy Graduate and Apprentice Plans to Grow Trucking Business
One Million Degrees Student Support and Volunteer Opportunities Open at Prairie State
and South Suburban College
June 18, 2018
One Million Degrees (OMD), a Chicago nonprofit that empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work, and in life, is expanding to South Suburban College (SSC) and continuing its work at Prairie State College (PSC). The organization is currently recruiting Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) residents who will be enrolled full-time at South Suburban or Prairie State College in fall 2018 to enroll in the OMD program.
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Two PSC Graduates Named to PTK All Illinois Academic Team
June 6, 2018
Prairie State College (PSC) recent graduates Anthony Dickerson of Matteson and Omar
Martinez of Homewood were named to the 2018 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Illinois Academic
Team. In addition to being recognized for the honor in Springfield in April, Dickerson
and Martinez were recognized for their achievements during a recent PSC Board of Trustees
meeting and the 59th Annual Commencement Ceremony at the college last month.
Read more: Two PSC Graduates Named to PTK All Illinois Academic Team
PSC Students Get High Marks at 2018 Skyway STEM Competition
May 31, 2018
Three Prairie State College (PSC) students brought home awards from the Skyway STEM Poster Competition recently hosted by Lake County Community College.PSC student Tylar Swanson of Beecher was named the first place winner in the Environmental Biology Division for his presentation, "Water Particle Size Influence on Plant Grow in Alternative Growing Systems." He was advised by PSC Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Angela Hung.
Helpful approach wins PSC Professor Joshua Green national award
May 23, 2018
One special comment, suggestion or word of encouragement from Joshua Green can make
a difference for a student in a competition. Green’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed.
Speech team competitors in regional and national meets selected the Prairie State
College associate professor of communications the 2018 Collie-Taylor Coach Fellowship
Award winner. The award recognizes the coach who best exemplifies coaching excellence.
PSC Matteson Area Center ‘Micro Pantry’ Installed to Help Residents in Need
May 23, 2018
Because of a generous donation from Micro Pantries in Joliet, Ill., Prairie State College (PSC) recently installed a micro pantry at the Matteson Area Center (MAC), located at 4821 Southwick Dr. in Matteson, Ill. The micro pantry is a small, outside pantry stocked with free food and personal care items. There is 24-7 access to the pantry and no forms to fill out.
Prairie State College Joins UIC's Transfer Admission Guarantee Program
April 11, 2018
Prairie State College (PSC) recently announced that they will be added to the University of Illinois Chicago’s (UIC) Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program. The TAG program gives students clearly defined requirements for admission as a transfer student and advanced transition counseling from UIC while they are still attending classes at Prairie State College.
Local Dental Hygiene Students Learn To Connect With Community
April 10, 2018
The American Dental Association recently launched the Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) program at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights. The program trains dental workers on how to connect with their community through case management and educational services which leads to a better dental experience for children and adults.
Registration is Open for PSC’s Kids@College Summer Program
April 6, 2018
Are you looking for fun activities to keep your kids busy this summer? Let learning and fun continue year round at Prairie State College (PSC). The Kids@College Summer Program at PSC is designed to enhance the problem solving skills of children ages 5 through 10. Participants will use fun, hands-on, iSTEAM based activities that encourage creativity in the areas of inventions, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
Summer Registration is Open at Prairie State College - Five-Week Sessions Available
April 2, 2018
Summer registration is now open at Prairie State College (PSC). Students looking to start, continue or complete their degree or certificate, or for those who want to get ahead or take classes to enhance their skills, can now register for five- or eight- week credit sessions or select from a number of non-credit courses this summer.
PSC to Unveil New ProvenIT Conference Room on April 12
April 2, 2018
Prairie State College (PSC) is unveiling the ProvenIT Conference Room during a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in the Conference Center at the college, located at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. Thanks to a generous donation to the PSC Foundation from ProvenIT, the room is getting a new and improved look for the tens of thousands of visitors using the college's facilities for events each year.
Improving access to oral health care starts in the community
Chicago Heights Patch
March 12, 2018
Last month, a 12-year-old patient came into the Frankfort-area dental practice where I work as a full-time hygienist. She had significant build-up on her teeth and was in dire need of a cleaning and evaluation. However, because of her physical conditions and medical history, the amount of care we could provide in our practice was limited.
Not your parents' retirement: Local seniors find new adventures, passions and a second wind
March 4, 2018
There is a movement afoot right now in this country, says Diane Heliker, associate professor of nursing at Saint Xavier University. But it is not the typical kind of change so often affected by youth. This shift, Heliker says, is at the opposite end of the lifespan, where people in their 60s, 70s and beyond are redefining what it means to "retire."
Bill Beverly sets sights on NASA career
February 24, 2018