A View from the Frontlines

At the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic stands Phyallen Chaney, a South Suburban College student and emergency room customer service registration clerk. Phyallen, a 36-year old resident of Markham, IL, is often the first face a person sees when they are walking up for a coronavirus test under the University of Illinois Hospital (UIH) Medical Center tents. “We are…

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The Sound of Fulfillment

As a Christian man, David Frazier likes to cite the Book of Genesis, Chapter 11, when discussing his passion for language. “It says something profound about the importance of language and communication,” says Frazier, a 32 year-old resident of University Park, IL. In the Old Testament passage, the Babylonians wanted to make a name for themselves by building a mighty…

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Paying Priceless Forward

As a kid growing up in South Holland, Illinois, Enyinnaya Omelogu always wanted to follow in his parents’ footsteps and join the healthcare community. He witnessed the humbling and fulfilling emotions his mother Deborah would experience. She told Enyinnaya “joy and sorrow are not unusual on any given shift.” As a proud graduate of Thornwood High School, Enyinnaya didn’t immediately…

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An ‘Impossible’ Road to a Healthy Career

Norma Highsmith never gave up on reaching her ultimate goal. The 42-year-old knew that if she was to going to overcome her roadblocks to a rewarding career in the medical field, she needed to “expand her horizons” through a college education. “One day I saw a flyer about South Suburban College’s Allied Health & Careers Programs and I knew this was my opportunity,” said Norma, a resident of Markham, IL.  That opportunity will culminate this spring when Norma…

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(Steno)Interpreting the Signs for Career Change

Community Colleges provide an opportunity for students to explore a wide range of careers that will have a significant impact on their future happiness and well-being. However, the choices that individuals face to pursue their own dreams for a meaningful career are often not so straightforward and may even take some additional change of direction. Chicago resident Grace Roh was…

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Directions to the Hall of Fame

What drives a person can tell you a lot about them. When the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region IV Hall of Fame announced its 11-member induction Class of 2019, South Suburban College Head Coach John Pigatti wasn’t surprised to read Michael Harris’ name, even though he represents the first HOF basketball player in the storied program’s legacy. “Mike…

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