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Student Services

Campus Resources

Morton College provides a comprehensive program of student services, including educational planning, career advising, job placement assistance, financial assistance, veteran services, assistance for students with special needs and disabilities, student activities and intercollegiate athletics.

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising Center is available to help students create a coursework plan that allows them to succeed at Morton College. Every new degree or certificate-seeking student should meet with an Academic Advisor. All students at Morton College are assigned an academic advisor.

First-year advisors meet with students that have fewer than 30 semester hours. Students are assigned advisors based on the spelling of their last name. Once students reach more than 30 credit hours, they will then transition to either a Transfer or Career & Technical Education Advisor depending on their academic and career goals. Morton College students with plans to transfer to a 4-year university are assigned to a transfer advisor. Morton College students pursuing an Associate in Applied Science or certificate program are assigned to a Career and Technical Education Advisor. The advisors are program specific. Visit your portal or our website to identify your advisor. Academic Advising is a teaching and learning partnership between advisors and students designed to promote and support students as they explore opportunities. Through this partnership, Academic Advisors will challenge students to develop autonomy and build skills necessary for success as they embark on a journey of academic, personal, and professional growth.

Frequent advisor contact will help to ensure that students have current academic information and are making progress toward his/her educational goals.

Academic Advisors offer the following services:

  • Educational Planning — Advisors assist students with course selection, developing short- and long-term schedules and choosing core and elective courses for transfer to four-year colleges and universities and students pursuing certificate and career degrees.
  • Academic Information — Advisors provide information on College policy, the College Catalog and refer students to appropriate campus facilities.
  • Graduation Planning — Advisors assist students with meeting graduation requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor for a pre-graduation audit one semester prior to the expected graduation date.
  • College Representatives – Throughout the year the college hosts individual visits from admission counselors, representing over 30 colleges and universities.
  • College Fairs – The College sponsors various college fairs per year such as the College Fair with over 60 colleges and universities across the country in the fall, and the Private Illinois Colleges and Universities (PICU) Fair which features private transfer institutions.
  • College Campus Visits – The College hosts visits to various transfer universities in Illinois. Campus visits provide students the opportunity to meet with university representatives, current undergraduate students and experience the campus first hand. Participation is free to all currently enrolled Morton College students who are in good standing.
  • College Tours – Become more familiar with Morton College by taking a campus tour. A tour of the college is a perfect way to learn your way around the campus, visit our state-of-the-art facilities and experience our friendly environment. Campus tours are available upon request. To schedule a tour, call the Enrollment Specialist at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2359.
  • Scholarship Information – Students are provided with scholarship information offered by colleges, universities and private agencies.
  • Transfer Planning - If you plan to transfer to another institution, start early by talking to your advisor. Visit our website for more information on Transfer Agreements and the Transfer Timeline to prepare your for upcoming milestones in the transfer process.

Counseling Service

Morton College offers counseling services for currently enrolled students. One-on-one counseling is available for students who want to talk with someone about stress, anxiety, family issues, depression or any other educational or personal concerns they may be experiencing. All services are free of charge for enrolled Morton College students and all information is held confidential. While most information shared is confidential, there are a few exceptions due to existing laws. Counselors will go into more detail about these exceptions during the student’s initial visit.

Counseling service is available by appointment, contact (708)656-8000, ext.2250 to schedule an appointment.

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Bookstore

The Morton College bookstore offers textbooks, paperbacks, supplies, convenience items, apparel and school memorabilia. Students can purchase new or used books as required by Morton College faculty, and most titles are also available for rent or in digital format to save students money. The store also conducts book buyback year-round, where students can sell their used books to the store for cash.The Bookstore’s hours of operation are:

Fall and Spring Semesters Summer Semester
8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday–Wednesday
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday

For more information, contact the Bookstore at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2222.

Campus Police

The Campus Police Department is responsible for all law enforcement and emergency responses on campus. Campus emergencies can be reported by dialing Ext. 2200 or by using one of over 30 emergency phones located throughout the campus and parking lots. When off campus, please dial (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2200.

Medical Emergencies — The Campus Police office handles medical emergencies and provides first aid assistance. Any student or staff member needing first aid should contact this office immediately. If further medical attention is required, Campus Police will arrange transfer to a hospital.

If you require assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation, you must notify the Morton College Campus Police department (located in Building C) of your request by providing Campus Police personnel with your name, the nature of assistance requested, and class schedule (including all changes thereto). Such notice must be provided prior to the start of each semester you attend Morton College.

If, on a temporary basis, you require assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation, you must also notify the Morton College Campus Police department of your request by providing Campus Police personnel with your name, the nature of assistance requested, and class schedule (including all changes thereto). Such notice must be provided as soon as possible after your need for assistance arises.

Parking Regulations — The “E” lot is for employee parking and you must have a Morton College parking permit to park in this lot. All students and visitors can use the “A” lot to park without a permit. Campus Police does enforce this rule and a citation may be issued to vehicles parked illegally. Please view the Campus Police website for more information regarding these parking lots and fines. Morton College is not responsible for the theft or damage of any vehicle. Vehicle accidents that occur on campus must be reported to Campus Police.

Bicycle parking is restricted to racks on the north side of Building D and in front of Building A. Bicycles should be secured to these racks with a chain and lock. Motorcycle parking is restricted to the south side of Building E as posted.

Career Services Offices

The Career Services Office offers services designed to help students make informed career choices and develop career plans. Services include:

  • Individual career assessment
  • Annual job fair
  • Resume assistance
  • Job Board
  • Computers available for job searches or resumé preparation
  • Career resources such as videos and books on interviewing, resume writing and job searching techniques

For more information, call the Career Services Office at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2468.

Preschool

Morton College students who are parents of children between the ages 3 to 5 may leave their children in the Preschool Center while they attend courses on campus or use on-campus facilities (subject to availability). This service is available on weekdays during the fall and spring semesters. The Preschool has four sessions: 8:45 – 11:15am, 9:00 – 11:30am, 12:30 – 3:00pm, and 12:45 – 3:15pm. This program is funded through the Illinois State Board of Education, licensed by DCFS, and certified in the Gold Circle of Quality by ExceleRate, Illinois. Preschool is free for all children who qualify after evaluation for eligibility. Children also must be toilet trained and socially ready for the preschool environment. Parents should register early due to limited enrollment. Interested parents may contact the Child Care Center Coordinator in Room 105D or call (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2284 and 2285.

Food Service

Food service is available from the Cafeteria during the fall and spring semesters from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. weekdays and Summer from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The service offers daily breakfast and lunch specials. Vending machines are also available. The Cafeteria is located on the first floor of Building C.

Student Identification Cards

Morton College students are required to have a photo identification card to use certain campus facilities such as the Library and the Tutoring Center. Your student ID will grant you access to campus events and activities as well as provide you with student discounted tickets and a student rate at the Morton College Fitness Center.

How to Get Your ID

Getting your Morton College Student ID is easy – all you need to do is present acceptable identification and have your picture taken in Room 241C. Remember to keep your student ID with you at all times. Do not discard your Student ID after the semester ends - you will need it throughout your time at Morton College. Your first ID is at no charge. If lost, it can be replaced for a $10.00 fee.

Questions, Student Activities at (708) 656-8000, Ext.2262 or student.activities@morton.edu.

Library

The Morton College Library’s mission is to be an exemplary academic library that supports the educational goals and purposes of the college. The Library is dedicated to providing instruction and access to resources and services that support the academic program and the general information needs, intellectual development, and professional growth of the entire college community. The beautiful, completely wireless Library won numerous awards for its renovation in 2005.

The Library’s collection includes over 37,000 books and 85 periodicals as well as access to over 60 online, research databases. The Library’s website, www.morton.edu/mclibrary, is the gateway to a wide variety of library services and research resources. An online catalog provides easy look-up of library materials. Also available are many specialized research databases with factual information and references to journal, magazine and newspaper articles, many of them full text.

Library users may receive assistance at three service points on the first floor: The Circulation Desk - materials may be checked out or requested from other academic institutions; The Computer Help Desk - help with computer software, e-mail, printing and copying, and The Reference Desk - reference librarians help students navigate the library’s rich collection of online and print sources. Librarians also provide information literacy instruction detailing how to find, evaluate, and cite sources for college projects. Morton College Library is a member of CARLI, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois. The online library catalog I-Share, offers materials from over 128 academic libraries throughout Illinois.

Library Cards: A Morton College ID serves as a Library card and printer access card. Current Morton College IDs must be presented to borrow materials from the Library. (Student identification cards are issued in the Library, at the help desk, and by Student Activities located on the second floor of Building C.)

Library Hours:

Fall and Spring semesters hours:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday
  • 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday

Summer hours:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • Intersession hours vary. Please check Library Web site.

For further information regarding Library services or to schedule tours and instruction please call 708-656-8000 extension 2321

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is an essential step in beginning your educational journey at Morton College. It will prepare you to be a successful student during your degree completion. Students can begin Part I of orientation after the succession of the placement exam. New Student Orientation Part II will be held on campus for all semester seeking students. New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Students can obtain more information and reserve their seat by calling (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2250 or stopping by the Academic Advising Center, located in the B Building, 1st. Floor.

NSO Part I

New Student Orientation can be completed at the convenience of the student online, only after students have successfully taken the placement exam for both English and Math at Morton College. The online orientation should take approximately one hour long, and includes quizzes after each module and will allow you to save your space if you need to return to it at another time.

NSO Part II

You will not want to miss all the fun New Student Orientation Part II has to offer! New Student Orientation Part II will include a guest speaker, music, raffles, giveaways, meet with faculty and have lunch with current students. Part II will take approximately three hours on campus.

Hawthorne Works Museum

The Hawthorne Works Museum provides a variety of teaching and learning opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members. Western Electric’s famous Hawthorne Works was located at the corner of Cermak Road and Cicero Avenue in Cicero, Illinois from 1908 to 1986. Hawthorne Works was among the top 10 largest and most important manufacturers in the world in its time.

The Hawthorne Works Museum opened its doors in January 2007 with a seed collection from Lucent Technologies. Through donations and purchases, the museum boasts a rich collection of hundreds of artifacts ranging from turn-of-the-century switchboards to the transistor and fiber optics. Western Electric was the manufacturing arm of the Bell Telephone System. By 1917, the Hawthorne Works facility employed 25,000 people, many of them local residents of Central European descent. By the mid-1950s, the plant employed over 43,000 employees who manufactured over 14,000 different types of apparatus to provide the telecommunications infrastructure for the exponential growth in telecommunications technology during the first half of the twentieth century.

Displays in the museum feature Nobel-Prize winning inventions. Western Electric engineers, in conjunction with researchers from Bell Labs, won six Nobel Prizes for inventions that ushered in the modern, information age such as the high vacuum tube, the loudspeaker, public address systems, radar, sound for motion pictures, and most importantly, the transistor which led to the development of computer and internet technology.

Hawthorne was also the cradle of industrial psychology with a series of experiments that began in 1924. Displays in the museum cover topics as varied as telecommunications history, history of immigrant and work life, history of computers and switching systems, women’s history, the Signal Corps and military history, and the Eastland Disaster in which 844 Western Electric employees and family members perished and was the worst disaster in terms of loss of human life in Chicago history.

Former employees who worked at the plant as far back as the 1920s have donated their oral histories to the Museum.

Please call (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2321 to schedule a museum tour, or presentation.

Placement Testing Center

The Placement Testing Center administers placement tests in English and math to measure current skills. All students are required to complete placement testing if they are:

  • Enrolling in an English composition course
  • Enrolling in a math course
  • Pursuing a degree or certificate program at Morton College requiring English or math

MC does not currently accept placement test results from other colleges or universities. Before testing at MC, students must fill out the College’s online application and be assigned a student ID number. Test scores are valid for two years from the date of administration and students are given two tests attempts to determine a best placement. A $10 retesting fee will be assessed on all students seeking a second attempt of the placement test. This fee applies to all students regardless of program of study. Students who have begun their developmental course sequence and who have been enrolled in those developmental courses within the past two years are ineligible for retesting. For testing appointments, stop by Academic Advising, first floor, Building B or call 708-656-8000, Extension 2250.

ACCUPLACER review materials and study resources are available from Academic Advising and through our website - www.morton.edu

ACCUPLACER review classes in Language Arts and/or Mathematics are also available to help students prepare for the placement test. Contact the Community Education Department for more specific information in Building C, Room 223 or call (708)-656-8000, Extension 2281.

In an effort to provide the most appropriate English and math placements, the College will periodically review the course placement criteria. Morton College reserves the right to adjust these criteria at any time. In the event of score changes, students currently enrolled in English or math course sequences will be allowed to complete those sequences. However, students who have not started their course sequence will be held to the criteria that are in effect at the time of their registration.

Please note that effective February 4, 2019, the “Classic” version of ACCUPLACER is eliminated and replaced with NEXT GENERATION ACCUPLACER. All tests administered on or after this date will be the new version of the placement exam. All previous test scores and placements dated prior to February 4, 2019 will still be honored for up to two years from the date of administration

Students With Special Needs

Access to College Programs

Post-secondary students with disabilities are guaranteed access to college programs and services by the following federal laws:

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

“No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States... shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act

“Subject to the provisions of this title, no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, program, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by such an entity.”

Definition of Disability

The law defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The definition further indicates that you are a “person with a disability” and entitled to protection from discrimination if you have a disability, if you have a history of a disability, or if you are regarded as having a disability.

An “otherwise qualified” disabled individual is defined as one who with an auxiliary aid (e.g., tape recorder, text-on-tape, note taker) or reasonable accommodation (e.g., test proctoring, extended time for testing, sign language interpreter) can meet the academic requirements that an institution can demonstrate essential to its education program.

At Morton College:

Students who self-identify with a learning, physical, medical, behavioral and/or short term disability may receive accommodations when the following steps are followed and completed in accordance with the deadlines set.

Students seeking accommodations will need to complete the following:

  • Complete and return the Request for Accommodation form (can be found on the website www.morton.edu or at the front desk of the Advising department).
  • Provide appropriate supporting documentation stating a diagnosis. The following documentation will be accepted:
    • Individual Educational Plan
    • Neuropsychological Evaluation
    • Medical documentation stating a diagnosis and medication student taking (if any).
    • Psycho-Educational Assessment
      • Must include test results, diagnosis and suggested accommodations.

Documentation Older Than Three Years Will Not Be Accepted.

Fall 2019 Accommodations: All paperwork due by August 9

Spring 2020 Accommodation: All paperwork due by January 10

Summer 2020 Accommodations: All paperwork due by May 28

For additional information or to set up an appointment with the Disability Specialist please contact: (708) 656-8000 ext. 2250.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students at Morton College:

Morton College will provide interpreting services for college students enrolled in academic related activities and courses. Students must complete the Request for Accommodation form and meet with the Disability Specialist to confirm their schedule 3 weeks prior to the start of each semester. Requests and schedule changes submit-ted less than three weeks prior to the first day of class will delay services.

Interpreters will be provided for the following:

  • Classes, field trips, study groups, required attendance at special events, meetings with advisors or professors, tutorials, etc.
  • Events sponsored by chartered student organizations - This includes programs, concerts, workshops, induction or recognition ceremonies, meetings, etc.
  • Special events sponsored by colleges or departments within the university including conferences, guest lecturers, special performances, recognition ceremonies, celebrations, etc.

Personal Attendant Policy

Personal Care Attendants are individuals who are hired to assist a person with personal needs of daily living such as eating, toileting, handling school supplies, etc. If a student needs a Personal Care Assistant, it is the student’s responsibility to recruit, interview, hire, train, pay, etc.

Personal Attendants at Morton College:

  • Will be restricted to the personal care needs for which he/she was hired.
  • Are allowed to assist the student with preparing for class such as finding their seat and getting materials out for use.
  • Are allowed to assist the student with putting their supplies and materials away and exiting the room at the end of class.
  • Are not allowed to remain in the classroom once the class begins.
  • May wait for the student in the hall near the classroom.

If you are a Department of Human Services client, check with your counselor to see if you are eligible for financial assistance with PCA expenses.

Medical Emergencies at Morton College

All students and staff experiencing a medical emergency will be assisted by Campus Police. If a student or staff member needs hospitalization our Districts First Responders transport patients to MacNeal Hospital Emergency Department.

Service Animal Policy

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals “that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability including, but not limited to guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.”

According to the definition of the ADA the person must have a disability as defined by the ADA and the animal must be trained to do specific work and tasks for the person.

Morton College recognizes and supports Service Animals on campus. Emotional Support Animals and/or Comfort Animals are not permitted on campus as they are not considered service animals under the ADA.

At Morton College:

  • Students who have the need for a service animal on campus are required to complete the Request for Accommodation form and to meet with the Disability Specialist.
  • Provide evidence that the animal has been individually and specifically trained for the benefit of the individual who has a disability and desires the use of the animal’s assistance.
  • The animal must be on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Owners/handlers are required to carry equipment and bags sufficient to clean the animal’s waste and properly dispose of it. Persons who are not physically able to pick up and dispose of the animal waste are responsible for making necessary arrangements for assistance.
  • The college is not responsible for cleaning animal waste.
  • The care and supervision of the service animal is the sole responsibility of the owner/handler.
  • The animal must be used in ways that do not create safety hazards for other persons.
  • Service animals that are unruly or disruptive (barking, running around unleashed, aggressive toward others, bringing attention to itself, and/or other disruptive behavior) will not be permitted on campus.
  • It is encourage by Morton College that all service animals wear a harness or other identification to alert other students and staff of the status of the service animal.

Student Activities

Attending Morton College (MC) is more than just going to class. Getting involved in campus activities enhances your college experience! Join any of the following clubs or organizations that appeal to your interest:

Anime Gamers Union (AGU)

AGU is open to students interested in Anime (Japanese Animation) as well as electronic gaming, board games and Role Playing Games (RPG’s). They also sponsor gaming tournaments and film festivals, and attend the “Anime Central” Convention in May each year. Contact email: student.activities@morton.edu

Art + Design Club

Art + Design Club is perfect for all students who enjoy and have a passion for art. Students are able to extend their creativity through various opportunities. Contact email: student.activities@morton.edu

The Broadway Club is open to all students who enjoy acting and singing in plays, original productions and performances. Contact email: student.activities@morton.edu

Campus Activity Board (CAB)

CAB is a student programming board that creates and produces many campus activities and events. The group provides a wide variety of entertainment, cultural, educational and recreational activities for the Morton College community. They also attend leadership conferences throughout the United States. Contact email: student.activities@morton.edu

Chaos Theory Dance Club

This club was created to represent student interests, to promote Morton College in the community, to encourage participation in college activities and to provide students with a chance to learn about different genres of music and dance ranging from Hip-Hop, Latin and Hard-style. Contact email: student.activities@morton.edu

Collegian Newspaper

One of the state’s oldest community college newspapers. The collegian has a solid reputation for its in-depth reporting of Morton news and events. Contact email: student.activities@morton.edu

MC Dance Club

The purpose of the MC Dance Club is to promote and encourage school spirit, develop good sportsmanship, support athletic teams and develop positive relationships in the community. Contact email: russell.streuly@morton.edu

Morton Ambassador Program (MAP)

MAP is a volunteer program compromised of a diverse and motivated group of stu-dents committed of promoting Morton College on and off campus. Contact email: student.activities@morton.edu

*Music Club

The purpose of this club is to provide an opportunity for students to venture into the world of music. The club will demonstrate how music can be applied to bring good in the community and show how it can help people with personal difficulties. Contact email: student.activities@morton.edu

Nursing Students Association

This club promotes educational and social activities for nursing students. Contact email: student.activities@morton.edu

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Theta Omicron is the Morton College Chapter of this international honor society. The international website is www.ptk.org. Contact email: benjamin.drury@morton.edu or student.activities@morton.edu

Physical Therapist Assistants Club (PTA)

The PTA Club stresses social and educational activities for students in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Contact email: student.activities@morton.edu

Science Club

The Science Club provides educational and social activities for students interested in the natural sciences. The club creates a comfortable environment in which students and faculty grow in their knowledge of the sciences through sharing of ideas within the college and in the community. Contact email: bradley.sleeth@morton.edu or student.activities@morton.edu

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world in STEM awareness, access, support and develop-ment. Contact email: student.activities@morton.edu

Student Government Association (SGA)

The SGA strives to represent the academic and social issues of the students within the college community. SGA strives to promote diversity, unity, respect, responsibility and the opportunity for personal development outside the classroom. Contact email: student.activities@morton.edu

*Young Ethnic Leaders Re-educating Society (YELRS)

YELRS raises awareness of current events throughout Morton College and the com-munity using the power of critical thinking. Contact email: student.activities@morton. edu

Can’t find what you are looking for? – You can start your own club or organization that represents your interests as a student. Stop by the Student Activities Office, Room 241C to learn more.

*Inactive clubs/organizations. Looking for passionate students to revive the club/organization.

For more information on campus clubs and organizations, contact the Student Activities Office at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2262 or student.activities@morton.edu.

Tutorial Services

The Tutoring Center (201C), Extension 2465, offers free tutoring to all Morton College students.

Professional tutors are available to help you with writing, math, chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, anatomy and physiology, and nursing. Tutoring is available by appointments and walk-ins.

Tutoring is also available for Adult Education students through Project Care, Building C, Room 245, Extension 2383.

Employment Opportunities

On-Campus Employment

The Human Resources Office, located on the second floor of Building B, assists students interested in working part-time on campus. Student Aide applications are available online at careers.morton.edu. The Human Resources Office posts permanent part-time and full-time employment opportunities for students, as well as others who meet requirements. For more information, contact Human Resources at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2300, or at www.morton.edu/employment.

Off-Campus Employment

The Career Services Office posts job notices on the Morton College Web site under Campus Services. For more information or assistance, contact the office at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2468.

Fitness Center

Participation Options

The Fitness Center is open to anyone who enrolls in any of the physical education courses listed below for credit or noncredit. Most physical activity programs are offered on an “open lab” basis and enrollees can workout whenever the Fitness Center is open.

Credit Options

Individuals may enroll in one of our following Physical Education Activity Classes. First-time enrollees will start in PEC 171 Physical Fitness and then may progress through the other courses in the series:

PEC 171 Physical Fitness
PEC 172 Advanced Physical Fitness
PEC 173 Weight Training
PEC 174 Advanced Weight Training
PEC 175 Circuit Training
PEC 176 Advanced Circuit Training

Each of these one-credit hour courses are based on the completion of physical activity hours, a health/fitness evaluation and a midterm exam. Students must also attend a mandatory orientation session during the first week of each course start date (see “Getting Started” below for details).

Noncredit Options

Individuals may enroll in one of our Fitness Membership options (FIT 075) offered through our community education program. After completing a mandatory orientation session, the Fitness Center may be used for personal use as often as desired during our open hours (see “Getting Started” below for details).

Getting Started

Before starting, all students (credit and non-credit) must attend an orientation session in the Fitness Center (Room 116 E) during the first week of each course start date. During the orientation, members will be acquainted with our facilities and provided an explanation of course requirements and Center policies and they will complete a health questionnaire and have their blood pressure evaluated.

Credit-seeking students in PEC 171 will also have their fitness levels assessed during their orientation and therefore should come dressed for activity in workout clothes and gym shoes. Details of these specific orientation times and dates can be found in the Course Schedule. Students should stop by or call (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2274 to sign up for an available time slot.

Location and Hours

The Fitness Center is located in the Henry J. Vais Gymnasium, Building E (Room 116E).

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday CLOSED

*Please note that we will be closed Friday through Sunday in the summer and there will be special hours for holidays.

Student Achievements

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence of students attending two-year colleges since 1918, and has become the largest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year institutions around the world. Morton College’s chapter is called Theta Omicron.

Membership is based primarily on academic achievement. Members are able to transfer membership from other participating colleges. Invitation is open to all Morton College students who:

  • Are enrolled full- or part-time at Morton College.
  • Have completed at least 12 hours of course work leading to an associate’s degree.
  • Have an overall grade-point average of 3.5.

For more information, contact Student Activities at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2419.

Athletic Programs

Athletic Honors

The Robert H. Hack Award is given to the outstanding male and female freshman student athletes in memory of Robert H. Hack. Selections are made by the Athletic Awards Committee.

The Academic Athlete Awards are given to the sophomore male and female student athletes who have earned the highest cumulative grade-point average and have demonstrated both scholastic achievement and athletic ability.

The Robert P. Slivovsky Award is given to the most valuable male and female sophomore student athletes in memory of Robert P. Slivovsky. These selections are made by the Athletic Awards Committee.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Morton College’s athletic program provides student athletes with experienced coaches, quality instruction, participation in intercollegiate athletics, challenging competition, travel and an opportunity to earn athletic scholarships. Morton College offers the following intercollegiate sports:

Men Women
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Soccer
Soccer Softball 
  Volleyball

The National Junior College Athletic Association governs a student athlete’s eligibility for athletic participation. For more information, visit the Intercollegiate Athletic Department, Room 201E, in the Henry J. Vais Gymnasium, or call (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2370.

Morton College Athletic Association

The Morton College Athletic Association (M.C.A.A.) supports the athletic department in promoting high-quality athletic programs by providing additional funding for scholarships. Membership consists of athletes, parents, coaches, college staff, alumni and friends of the College. For further information, visit the Intercollegiate Athletic Department, Room 201E, in the Henry J. Vais Gymnasium, or call (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2370.

National, Regional and Conference Affiliation

Morton College is a proud member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, Region IV and the Illinois Skyway Community College Conference. The Illinois Skyway Conference, a pioneer among community college conferences, is considered to be one of the most competitive conferences in the Midwest. It consists of eight community colleges, offering competition not only in intercollegiate athletics but also in academic events including Art, Jazz, S.T.E.M. and Writers’ Fest. Conference members also compete for the All-Sports Award. For more information about the conference, visit www. skywayconference.com.