Since 2021, the foundation has awarded $14,500 to Oakton Community College and the Village of Skokie Department of Health & Human Services to pay for workforce certification classes at Oakton. The Village of Skokie identifies unemployed or underemployed Skokie residents who want to learn skills that will get them better jobs. Oakton provides a designated academic advisor to help each participant choose a specific career interest and support them through the process, which includes job referrals. The college offers a wide range of certifications, from basic nurse assistant technician, through CNC operator, to nanotechnology. Let’s hear more from a Skokie resident who is getting his Oracle database technician certificate.