PSC in the News
Musician’s ideas brought jazz fest to PSC 30 years ago
February 9, 2018
Community college to set up job training center on wheels
The Seattle Times
January 14, 2018
A suburban Chicago community college will receive a federal grant worth about $940,000 to set up a job training center in two semi-truck trailers. The Daily Southtown reports that Prairie State College will use the Commerce Department money to buy two 53-foot-long trailers and outfit them with equipment to teach welding and machining skills.
Local college notes: Elexis Irvin rekindles love for game at Prairie State
January 14, 2018
Prairie State's Elexis Irvin was receiving NCAA Division I interest while playing for Homewood-Flossmoor. But, less than two weeks into her junior season, she tore ligaments in her knee at a practice and missed the rest of the season.
Grant will help Prairie State College take training on the road
January 9, 2018
A federal grant of nearly $1 million will help Prairie State College establish job training centers on wheels, according to an official with the Chicago Heights college. The Commerce Department grant will be used to purchase two 53-foot-long semi-truck trailers, which will be outfitted with equipment to teach welding and machining skills, according to Craig Schmidt, Prairie State vice president of community and economic development.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly Announces Workforce Training Grant Awarded to Prairie State College
January 8, 2018
Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that Prairie State College has been awarded a $938,447 federal grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration that will fund on-site job training centers in welding and machining at various community locations throughout the South Suburbs.
Prairie State College Faculty Featured in Art Exhibition
January 4, 2018
Prairie State College (PSC) distinguished art faculty are featured in "Medley," Christopher Art Gallery's first exhibition of the New Year. The show opened on Jan. 3 and will be on display through Feb. 1, 2018 in the gallery, located on the PSC main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. An artists' reception is scheduled from noon to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Prairie State College Student Spotlight: Park Forest’s Lamarr Stringfellow, Nursing Club Freshman Class President
eNews Park Forest
December 12, 2017
Prairie State College (PSC) nursing student Lamarr Stringfellow believes that with perseverance comes personal and academic success, a lesson he has learned from life experiences.
Prairie State College Board of Trustee Full-Tuition Scholarship Recipients Announced
eNews Park Forest
December 4, 2017
Recipients of the fall 2017 Prairie State College (PSC) Board of Trustees Scholarship were recognized at a recent Board of Trustees meeting held at the college’s main campus. The full-tuition scholarship is awarded to high school graduates in PSC district 515, in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments, high academic achievement and an overall commitment to personal excellence.
Prairie State production marks college's first foray into theater
November 27, 2017
Six years after Prairie State College students formed The Etel Billig Theater Society, the PSC Players are poised to finally take the stage for a wider audience Thursday as they perform "The Elephant Man." PSC associate professor of English Justin Vidovic, the play's director, said the students selected the Tony Award-winning play, which is their first production "for the larger South Suburban community." Previous stage efforts there have been more modest in scope and targeted mostly fellow students.
Chicago Heights’ Bloom High School is introducing millennials to the manufacturing industry
Global Diversity News
October 19, 2017
Just a few weeks post ago, I wrote an article about the talent gap in the manufacturing industry, today I am coming to you again under different circumstances. In my last article, I talked about how high schools needed to bring back technical education, and I am pleased to announce that, in Chicago, this may already be happening.
Baranek: Prairie State basketball game to raise funds for wounded Park Forest cop Tim Jones
October 18, 2017
Let's take a break from the stories about violence and division in the world today and talk about compassion, sharing and fellowship. I want to tell you about an event on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Prairie State College called "Hoopin' For A Hero." A charity basketball game is to take place that night between the Pioneers men's basketball team and police officers from PSC, Park Forest, Country Club Hills, Chicago Heights and other surrounding communities.
Senator Duckworth, Area Leaders Discuss Workforce Development
eNews Park Forest
September 23, 2017
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) highlighted her efforts to support workforce development programs throughout Illinois at a roundtable yesterday with community leaders from Park Forest and the greater Chicago area. Duckworth discussed her Community College to Career Fund (CC2C) Act, which would encourage collaboration between small businesses and community colleges to develop workforce training programs and curricula that reduce the “skills gap” that makes it harder for graduates to find jobs and harder for employers to fill openings. The programs and curricula supported by Duckworth’s CC2C Act would better prepare students for careers with employers in their communities in high-demand industries like manufacturing, healthcare, clean energy and information technology.
Prairie State College Graduate Angela Camilleri Evacuates Patient from Nursing Home Fire
eNews Park Forest
September 22, 2017
Prairie State College graduate Angela Camilleri was just doing what she was taught in the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Prairie State College when she made a habit of keeping a sheet, blanket and pillow by the door of patients’ rooms in a nursing home in case of fire.
Spotlight: ICCHE President Kelly Lapetino
After a few years away, the ICCHE Spotlight is back! Recently I was able to catch up with current ICCHE President Kelly Lapetino to learn a bit more about her and her interests. Kelly is the Dean of Corporate and Continuing Education at Prairie State College and has an impressive and varied career path.
Read more (at page 7): Spotlight: ICCHE President Kelly Lapetino
Safer Foundation receives grant to help more ex-offenders
August 28, 2017
As Labor Day approaches, ex-offender Gyniece Trebble is thankful for a second chance to be counted among the employed. The 28-year-old mother of two credits Safer Foundation's South Holland office with helping her to be self-sufficient by landing a job with the Chicago Transit Authority.
Cancer Support Center hosts first 'Survivor Camp' on Sept. 16
August 27, 2017
The Cancer Support Center is hosting its first Survivor Camp on Saturday, Sept. 16, designed to give information and tools for cancer survivors. The free event is open to anyone who has battled or is currently battling cancer. Caregivers are welcome to join and take part in the sessions as well.
Meet PSC's New Student Trustee: Hector A. Guevara
August 22, 2017
Hector A. Guevara recently was sworn in as the newest student trustee on the Prairie State College (PSC) Board of Trustees, and he is excited to serve in his new leadership role. Hector says he hopes to grow as a leader and gain more confidence to be able to speak on behalf of the student body, as well as be a positive role model for his peers.
'It's not easy to do business with the state,' but new Rockford program aims to help disadvantaged businesses
August 8, 2017
Bidding on state contracts and navigating the often-overwhelming requirements can
be daunting, but an Illinois Tollway program in Rockford aims to help disadvantaged
business owners do just that.
They opened the first Technical Assistance Program at Rock Valley College’s Stenstrom Center in May, in partnership with Prairie State College’s Construction Business Development Center. Two other programs exist in Aurora and Chicago.
From the community: Prairie State College Alumnus Spotlight: Kevin Boyd
August 2, 2017
Prairie State College (PSC) graduate Kevin Boyd says he was concerned when he was leaving PSC that he wouldn't be prepared for a bachelor's degree program. He quickly realized he needn't have worried.
Prairie State College thanks Homewood dentist for his work establishing dental hygiene clinic
July 26, 2017
Prairie State College Celebrates 58th Annual Commencement Ceremony
June 12, 2017
PSC hosts an annual commencement ceremony to celebrate the academic accomplishments of students. More than 300 graduates walked across the stage during the 2017 ceremony, and more than 550 associate degrees and certificates were awarded.
Notre Dame great Chris Zorich climbs out of 'bad place' and finds a new calling
June 11, 2017
Chris Zorich can take a square apple and make a meal.
He was 5 years old when his mother, Zora Zorich, lifted him into the dumpster. They were a few blocks from home, on the corner of 79th Street and Manistee Avenue on the south side of Chicago, and they were hungry.