PSC in the News

 

PRAIRIE STATE COLLEGE JOINS UIC’S TRANSFER ADMISSION GUARANTEE PROGRAM

Weekly Citizen
April 11, 2018

Prairie State College Joins UIC’s Transfer Admission Guarantee Program

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.

Read more: PRAIRIE STATE COLLEGE JOINS UIC’S TRANSFER ADMISSION GUARANTEE PROGRAM

 

Local Dental Hygiene Students Learn To Connect With Community

Weekly Citizen
April 10, 2018

The American Dental Association recently launched the Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) program at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights. ...

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.

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Registration is Open for PSC’s Kids@College Summer Program

Daily Southtown
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.

Read more: Registration is Open for PSC’s Kids@College Summer Program

 

Summer Registration is Open at Prairie State College - Five-Week Sessions Available

Daily Southtown
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.

Read more: Summer Registration is Open at Prairie State College - Five-Week Sessions Available

 

PSC to Unveil New ProvenIT Conference Room on April 12

Daily Southtown
April 2, 2018

PSC to Unveil New ProvenIT Conference Room on April 12

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.

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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.

Read more: Improving access to oral health care starts in the community

 

Not your parents' retirement: Local seniors find new adventures, passions and a second wind

Daily Southtown
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."

Read more: Not your parents' retirement: Local seniors find new adventures, passions and a second wind

 

Bill Beverly sets sights on NASA career

Homewood-Flossmoor
February 24, 2018

Bill Beverly of Homewood has a goal — he wants to work for NASA. Beverly’s excitement about his future profession derives from his selection for the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program that gave him the opportunity to learn from engineers and scientists at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
 

Musician’s ideas brought jazz fest to PSC 30 years ago

Homewood-Flossmoor
February 9, 2018

On Feb. 15, 16 and 17, Valerie Nicholson and friends will mark 30 years of the Prairie State College Jazz Fest. The highlight of the three-day event will be the 7:30 p.m. concert with leading jazz musicians in the PSC Barnes & Noble Auditorium on the campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. 
 
 
 

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.

Read more: Community college to set up job training center on wheels

 

Local college notes: Elexis Irvin rekindles love for game at Prairie State

Daily Southtown
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.

Read more: Local college notes: Elexis Irvin rekindles love for game at Prairie State

 

Grant will help Prairie State College take training on the road

Daily Southtown
January 9, 2018

Welding

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.

Read more: Grant will help Prairie State College take training on the road

 

Congresswoman Robin Kelly Announces Workforce Training Grant Awarded to Prairie State College

eNews
January 8, 2018

Rerp. Robin Kelly

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.

Read more: Congresswoman Robin Kelly Announces Workforce Training Grant Awarded to Prairie State College

 

Prairie State College Faculty Featured in Art Exhibition

Daily Southtown
January 4, 2018

Prairie State College Faculty Featured in Art Exhibition

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.

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Prairie State College Student Spotlight: Park Forest’s Lamarr Stringfellow, Nursing Club Freshman Class President

eNews Park Forest
December 12, 2017

Lamarr Stringfellow

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.

Read more: Prairie State College Student Spotlight: Park Forest’s Lamarr Stringfellow, Nursing Club Freshman Class President

 

Prairie State College Board of Trustee Full-Tuition Scholarship Recipients Announced

eNews Park Forest
December 4, 2017

PSC Trustees Scholarship winners

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.

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Prairie State production marks college's first foray into theater

Daily Southtown
November 27, 2017

Prairie State College theater rehearsal

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.

Read more: Prairie State production marks college's first foray into theater

 

Chicago Heights’ Bloom High School is introducing millennials to the manufacturing industry

Global Diversity News
October 19, 2017

Ray Hayes
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.

Read more: Chicago Heights’ Bloom High School is introducing millennials to the manufacturing industry

 

 

Baranek: Prairie State basketball game to raise funds for wounded Park Forest cop Tim Jones

Daily SouthTown
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.

Read more: Baranek: Prairie State basketball game to raise funds for wounded Park Forest cop Tim Jones

 

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.

Read more: Senator Duckworth, Area Leaders Discuss Workforce Development

 

Prairie State College Graduate Angela Camilleri Evacuates Patient from Nursing Home Fire

eNews Park Forest

September 22, 2017

Angela Camilleri

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.

Read more: Prairie State College Graduate Angela Camilleri Evacuates Patient from Nursing Home Fire

 

Spotlight: ICCHE President Kelly Lapetino

ICCHE Newsletter
September 2017

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

Daily Southtown
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.

Read more: Safer Foundation receives grant to help more ex-offenders

 

Cancer Support Center hosts first 'Survivor Camp' on Sept. 16

Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle 
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. 

Read more: Cancer Support Center hosts first 'Survivor Camp' on Sept. 16

 

Meet PSC's New Student Trustee: Hector A. Guevara

Daily Southtown
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.

Read more: Meet PSC's New Student Trustee: Hector A. Guevara

 

'It's not easy to do business with the state,' but new Rockford program aims to help disadvantaged businesses

rrstar.com
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.
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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.

Read more: 'It's not easy to do business with the state,' but new Rockford program aims to help disadvantaged businesses

From the community: Prairie State College Alumnus Spotlight: Kevin Boyd

Daily Southtown
August 2, 2017

Prairie State College Alumnus Spotlight: Kevin Boyd

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.

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Prairie State College thanks Homewood dentist for his work establishing dental hygiene clinic

Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle
July 26, 2017

It was 50 years ago that Homewood resident Dr. Francis Wright helped organize the dental hygiene program at Prairie State College (PSC).
 
Because of his efforts, the college developed what today is a fully accredited American Dental Association program that has graduated more than 1,000 dental hygienists, some of whom have gone on to be dentists.
 

Prairie State College Celebrates 58th Annual Commencement Ceremony

Chicago Tribune
June 12, 2017

Prairie State College Celebrates 58th Annual Commencement Ceremony

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.

Read more: Prairie State College Celebrates 58th Annual Commencement Ceremony

Notre Dame great Chris Zorich climbs out of 'bad place' and finds a new calling

NDInsider
June 11, 2017

Chris Zorich

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.

Read more: Notre Dame great Chris Zorich climbs out of 'bad place' and finds a new calling

 

 -Information contributed by Andrea Small and Crystal Alston of Prairie State College