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  Information about Oakton Community College research projects, registering in a technical degree program to develop job skills, and taking free practice tests online. Which college degrees will give you the best chances of finding a job after graduation? Some students select a major because it offers practical skills that are valuable in the workplace. Other students choose their major because they enjoy the subject material. By sampling a variety of courses from different departments, you can get a better feel for which field you are most comfortable in. The most popular college major is business administration, split equally between men and women. On the other hand, men make up the large majority of computer science and engineering majors. For women, the fields of education, English and liberal arts dominate the list.

Online courses support faculty innovation in teaching, by requiring professors to develop new courses. Students can participate in group discussions with a live professor via Google Hangouts, a new video-conferencing application that you can access in gmail. Online education gives you the opportunity to take difficult courses that won't show up on your transcript, if you so choose. Alternatively, you may be able to complete online credits for a grade. Advanced Placement exams are offered in a variety of subjects, offering college credit for classes that you have done well in. Test yourself with free practice exams, before visiting the College Board website to register to take your actual AP Tests. If you earn a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam, you may be able to receive advanced placement in college.

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Oakton Community College research projectsThe college degree majors with the best starting-salaries after graduation include physical sciences, business administration, and engineering. Pursue your career interests, not just a high salary, and your overall job earnings will increase over time as you gain experience. If you focus your degree choice on salary alone, there's the risk that you'll suffer early signs of burnout, and be forced to change careers.

Technical training programs are a low-cost alternative to attending a regular, four-year college, and you still might end up earning a lot of money as a highly-skilled, technical consultant. By taking some of your degree courses online, you may be able to graduate earlier, saving money on tuition, as well as entering the job market sooner. If you're currently employed, you can take online courses in your spare time to advance your present career. Massive Open Online Courses are known as MOOCs, utilizing cloud-based software and Google apps.

An online degree may be just as marketable as a college degree earned on campus. Udemy online learning, a site which allows anyone to take online courses, is a new startup with backing from the founders of Groupon. Khan Academy now offers over 3,900 micro-lectures available via YouTube. Coursera, another online-learning software platform, has millions of enrolled students around the world. Through MIT Open Courseware online classes, educators can improve development of their curricula, making their instruction more effective.

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This section offers practice tests in a variety of academic subject areas. Each of the following multiple-choice tests has 10 questions to work on. No sign-up required, just straight to the test.
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Other colleges near Des Plaines, Illinois:

Take a few moments to browse other colleges and universities near Des Plaines. It's a good idea to compare all schools in the area, as well as consider taking some of your classes online, to save on tuition fees. By continuing your education, you can improve your salary prospects or train for a more interesting position. According to the Occupational Outlook Quarterly, from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, college graduates are twice as likely to find employment as those without a college degree in today's competitive job market. Further, it may be possible to receive degree credit via Advanced Placement exams, as well as through honors classes that you've taken.

Financial aid deadlines are typically scheduled well in advance of regular admission dates, so be sure to apply early. You may request free information from several different schools below, without making a commitment.

College GuidePhoneIn-state TuitionOut-of-state TuitionStudent Body SizeRequest Info
MacMurray College
    Jacksonville, IL
(217) 479-7000 $$$ $$$ small Program Info
Spoon River College
    Canton, IL
(309) 647-4645 $$ $$ medium Program Info
Northwestern University
    Evanston, IL
(847) 491-3741$$$$$$$$very large Program Info
Hebrew College
    Skokie, IL
(847) 982-2500 $$$ $$$ small Program Info
John A Logan College
    Carterville, IL
(618) 985-3741 $$ $$ large Program Info
Cortiva Institute Chicago
    Chicago, IL
(312) 753-7900 $ (low) $ (low) small Program Info
Saint Augustine College
    Chicago, IL
(773) 878-8756 $$ $$ small Program Info
Rockford College
    Rockford, IL
(815) 226-4050$$$$$$$$ medium Program Info
BIR Training Center
    Chicago, IL
(773) 866-0111 $$ $$ very small Program Info
Trinity International University Illinois
    Deerfield, IL
(847) 945-8800$$$$$$$$ medium Program Info


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After several years in the workforce, graduates in certain fields can end up with higher lifetime earnings than students who have degrees from elite colleges. The key is to focus on your technical skill set, and build a portfolio of your work. While some fields insist that you have a four-year degree just to get a job interview, other high-paying careers may be entered with only an associates degree. Your resume must show a clear pattern of success over time, based on numeric results and personal achievements.

OccupationSalary (up to)
Accounting Jobs$56,000
Bank Teller$49,000
Bank Manager$87,900
Business Consulting$78,100
Credit Collections$51,800
Financial Analyst$70,800
Financial Management$86,100
Hotel Clerk$32,900
Human Resources$53,300
Human Resources Manager$70,300
Logistics$53,700
Marketing$51,100
Office Manager$62,200
Operations Management$78,200
Purchasing$45,000
Restaurant Manager$56,600
Retail Sales$43,800
Sales Director/VP$158,000
Sales Account Manager$103,000
Secretary$33,000
Securities Analysis$70,600
Warehouse Jobs$34,700

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Those students who graduate with technical degrees, especially majoring in computer programming, business administration, and health care may indeed find more job openings. An associates degree can save you time and money, by transferring later to a regular 4-year degree program. Further, many varied careers are available to people who hold associates degrees. Students will impress future bosses more with an impressive portfolio than with an advanced degree, so practice your skills as a consultant for local companies. The greatest downside to an associates degree in the job market is that you will be competing with individuals holding bachelors degrees. Therefore, make sure you're comfortable in the niche you've chosen, and have developed strong job skills.

 
 

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Earning a CNA degree (Certified Nursing Assistant) is the first step towards becoming a fully-qualified nurse. Most CNA programs can be completed within a few months, allowing you to join the workforce quickly. The next step in a nursing career is to become a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) or LVN ( Licensed Vocational Nurse). These are year-long programs, in which you'll work under an RN distributing meds, treating wounds, and providing basic patient care.
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Each link lists current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Dental Hygienists$30,430$41,530
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers$36,090$68,520
EMT, Paramedics$29,390$65,280
Home Health Aides$30,100$57,030
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)$54,480$84,780
Massage Therapists$33,000$62,670
Medical Assistants$26,980$37,140
Medical Lab Technicians$30,550$59,260
Medical Records$29,140$45,260
Pharmacy Tech$30,180$46,600
Physical Therapist Assistants$41,410$56,220
Psychologists$50,360$77,840
Radiologic Technicians$52,110$77,160
Respiratory Therapy Technicians$39,860$56,220
Surgical Technologists$39,680$73,630
Veterinary Assistants$21,060$39,510

            Source: Indeed.com
In order to become an RN (Registered Nurse), a bachelors degree in nursing is recommended. RN's command a greater salary, and are responsible for an enlarged scope of practice over LPNs and CNAs. Students will receive classroom instruction and clinical training in a hospital setting. A 4-year BSN program allows students to further specialize in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics and mental health. After completing your nursing education, you must be licensed by the state in which you'll be practicing, given that state boards of nursing each have specific certification requirements.




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Des Plaines, IL 60016-1268

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1600 E Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016-1268

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Current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
Accountants$60,670
Architectural Drafting$43,900
Automotive Mechanics$36,070
Bartenders$26,540
Chefs$47,880
Fashion Designers$27,540
Flight Attendants$56,150
Graphic Design$43,830
Interior Designers$48,000
Landscapers$33,250
Musicians$35,260
Paralegals$38,090
Photographers$31,830
Police Officers$48,410
Secretaries$28,460
Surveyors$29,640
Truck Drivers$31,520
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