There's more to Moraine Valley than just going to class. Getting involved on campus pays off now and later, too! Join a club or organization.
- Meet new people and hang out
- Explore lifelong or newfound interests
- Develop skills to become a leader on campus and in your community
- And, it looks good on your resume!
“Get involved! Being in clubs helps you strike a balance between what you do in the classroom and outside it. Our clubs all have a lot of diversity, so you get a different perspective on life. You also make new friends and improve your social skills, and clubs help you become a better leader.”
President, Asian Diversity Club
Co-president, Moraine Valley Student Association
Legal Office Assistant Program
Acquire skills to work as an administrative assistant in a legal office.
- Use general office applications with an emphasis on advanced word processing
- Cite cases and utilize legal terminology
- Prepare appearances, affidavits, contracts, and more
Earn an Associate in Applied Science degree or a Legal Office Assistant certificate.
“I moved here from Poland and realized I needed more skills or I wasn’t going to make it. These classes prepared me so well for this job, especially business writing, legal terminology, records management, and most of all—keyboarding.”
Earned career certificates from Moraine Valley in Data Entry, Receptionist/Office and in Business Skills. Pursuing an associate’s degree with concentrations in administrative assistant and legal office assistant. Completing an internship with the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
“I definitely would recommend this program to others. As a matter of fact, my best friend is now enrolled. She said I inspired her.”
Earned an associate’s degree with concentrations in administrative assistant and legal office assistant, plus a certificate in data entry. Completed an internship with the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service and was hired to stay on full-time.
New programs enhance career opportunities
Moraine Valley continues its dedication to student success with the addition of two certificate programs. Starting in January, the college is offering a Homeland Security certificate and a Mechanical Design Associate certificate, both designed to give you training in high-demand careers.
The Homeland Security certificate program provides students enrolled in the college’s Criminal Justice, Security Services and Fire Service Management programs additional emergency management skills. This program also is open to all others who are interested in a general background in emergency management.
The Mechanical Design Associate certificate is aimed at the working professional who would like to gain a deeper understanding of computer-aided design. This program is based on the college’s Mechanical Design and Drafting/CAD degree, but without the general education courses.
Moraine Valley cooks up a great Culinary Arts Program
Pulling a perfect puff pastry from the oven. Planning and serving an appetizing menu for a large banquet. Learning to maximize profitability by controlling costs. Creating a visual masterpiece out of chocolate. Moraine Valley culinary arts students experience these things and much more as they prepare for jobs in the hospitality industry.
“We want to give our students the skills they need to get jobs in the field,” says Michael O’Shea, program coordinator for culinary arts. “This kitchen gives them an opportunity to train on the latest equipment, so they’ll be prepared when they go to work in a restaurant or other professional setting.”
Students sharpen their culinary/chef skills with a variety of classes, including making ice creams and sorbets, creating chocolate confections, and also focus on preparing ethnic cuisine. Plus, students receive instruction on purchasing food, beverages and equipment; incorporating nutrition; writing menus; engaging in marketing strategies; and more.
The college offers an A.A.S. degree or a certificate in Culinary Arts Management and a certificate in Baking/Pastry Arts. Students also can earn a degree or certificate in Restaurant/Hotel management, which combines culinary classes with business and management classes, or a certificate in Beverage Management.
Michael O’Shea, instructor and program coordinator
“I was a little intimidated when I started, but all of my instructors have been very supportive. It’s a fantastic place for working adults because they have such flexible schedules, and the college is easy to get to from several major roads. And, even if I’m in a class with many young adults, I feel like I fit right in.”
Plans to continue his education at Saint Xavier University.
Worked in the real estate industry for many years, but a decline in the economy prompted him to switch careers.
Discover the benefits of being an adult learner at Moraine Valley
Join the thousands of adults, like Ismael, who are returning to start or finish college. Take the first step and attend a Career Paths and Coffee Adult Information Session where you’ll learn about course options and how to enroll, get information on obtaining financial aid, and more. Sessions are held throughout the year.
Contact Deb Wills, Admissions recruiter, (708) 974-5759 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agree to Degree
You earn more money. According to the College Board, college graduates earn 65 percent more than high school graduates.
You’ll be more marketable. An associate’s degree increases the likelihood of finding a job—especially in a poor economy.
If you’ve got a job, your degree may help you retain it. In fact, unemployment for community college grads is typically 30 percent lower than for high school grads.
If you plan to go on for a bachelor’s degree, you’re a stronger candidate. Many four-year colleges or universities prefer to accept someone with an associate’s degree because it shows that the student can follow through on something he or she started.
You’ll hold a recognized higher education degree. The pride you’ll experience upon accomplishing this goal will be priceless.
You might even live longer! Research has linked more education to a longer life because people with higher education typically have higher incomes, they’re more likely to have health insurance, and they live in neighborhoods with better access to recreational facilities.
At Moraine Valley, we care about your current and future success, so we’re encouraging all of our students to complete their associate’s degree to gain these valuable benefits. Our college completion initiative—Agree to Degree—asks students to sign a pledge that they will do whatever it takes to successfully complete their educational program, and we pledge to support you every step of the way.
So, go ahead. Get started on completing your degree now!