Continuing Education

September 29, 2017

The Continuing Education department at Kishwaukee College is offering a variety of classes this fall for area residents.

Self Defense will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, October 2 – November 29 from 5:45 – 7:45p.m. at the Sycamore Public Library. This class includes work on stance, punches-kicks-blocks, conditioning, foam props, and two-man exercise. The instructor is Sifu Paul O’Laughlin who holds a Black Sash in Chuka Southern Praying Mantis King Fu. The cost for this class is $150 and includes a class t-shirt.

Laughing Yoga meets in single sessions on October 11, October 16 (both dates meet in Room B2301 at the College), November 14, and November 15 (both dates at C1133/1134 at the College). All sessions meet from 6 – 7:30p.m. Haysa Yoga, as it was called in ancient India, is a simple, yet powerful practice that can produce changes in mood, confidence and health, and help participants connect to their true selves. The instructor is Allison von Ende who is certified in Laugha Yor by Bharata Wingham. The cost for a single session is $15.

Drone Pilot: Why Do I Need a License? meets on October 23 from 6 – 8:00p.m. in Room C1251 at Kishwaukee College. This class covers the requirements for the FAA Part 107 license that covers commercial and private drone use. The cost for this session is $10.

Tai Chi with Tom will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 24 – November 28 from 11:00 – 11:45a.m. at Barb City Manor. Tai Chi is practiced worldwide for health, wellness, relief of pain, and improved physical ability. Research shows the practice of Tai Chi also reduces the incidence of falling and improves practitioners’ quality of life. This slow-moving, easy-to-learn program is beneficial to adults with or without physical limitations. The instructor is Lt. Tom Scott, retired Sycamore Police officer and owner of Hero Martial Arts, who is a certified Tai Chi instructor. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. The cost for this class is $49 ($25 for ages 60 years and up).

For more information, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short-Term Training and Continuing Education, at 815-825-9466 or at To register, visit

August 31, 2017

The Continuing Education Department at Kishwaukee College is offering a review class for the Massage and Bodyworking Licensing Exam (MBLEx) for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. The class is designed to assist area Therapeutic Massage professionals to prepare to take the licensing exam. The cost of the one-day class is $130.

The review class will be offered on Saturday, September 16 from 9:00a.m. – noon in B1243 at Kishwaukee College.  The class covers the format and main areas of the MBLEx; tips and techniques for reading and analyzing questions; and study questions, memory tools and other resources. The class will also administer in-class self-assessment to identify content areas individual students need to target and discussion on specific content.

The instructor is Julie Gavin-Freeman, LMT, BCTMB, I-AYT. Gavin-Freeman is a Professional Anatomist and has taught in a variety of educational settings for over 15 years, covering all topics including but not limited to: anatomy, physiology, pathology, ethics, business practices, documentation, medical terminology, and massage application. She has co- authored published research articles, papers and presentations and written curricula/course work

The class will be offered again in the Spring semester on January 6 and March 24.

For more information, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short-Term Training and Continuing Education at 815-825-9466 or at To register, visit

August 31, 2017

The Continuing Education department at Kishwaukee College is again offering its successful Leadership Development Program, titled True Leader – Leadership Development. The acclaimed program is being offered specifically for local Not-For-Profits (NFPs) and consists of three classes being offered this fall.

Participants may register for select classes or for the entire series.  The True Leader program is being offered to local NFPs at no cost to them through a grant from the Kishwaukee College Foundation.

The three class modules offered this fall are:

Emotional Intelligence on September 22 – True Leaders recognize that they lead people, not machines. This class covers the importance of learning to understand emotions in employee motivation, satisfaction, and productivity.

Delegation/Employee Growth: Motivation and Coaching on October 20 – True Leaders know the importance of the delegation of duties that plays to each employee’s strengths and how that can promote team work for the common good of the team as well as the overall organization.

Recognizing and Rewarding Employees in Meaningful Ways on November 30 – True Leaders are dedicated to creating a positive culture of appreciation to motivate, validate, and engage employees.

All classes meet from 8:00a.m. – noon and will be held in Room A1222 in the Kishwaukee College Conference Center.

For more information about the series or to register, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short-Term Training and Continuing Education, at or at 815-825-9466.

August 18, 2017

Kishwaukee College is offering American Heart Association CPR courses that include certification/re-certification specifically for Healthcare Providers.  Each class costs $55 and will be held at Kishwaukee College. The required textbooks are available at the Kishwaukee College Bookstore and are not included in the cost of the class. Participants should wear comfortable clothing to class. To receive certification, no part of the class can be missed.

CPR for the Healthcare Provider is designed for certification, as well as recertification, and covers the role of healthcare providers who respond to cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies. Proper CPR skills, the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), relieving foreign body airway obstructions, and using a bag mask will be presented.  This class will be offered at a wide variety of days and times to better accommodate Healthcare Providers schedules.

Class times for CPR for Healthcare Providers are: Tuesday, September 5 from 8:00a.m. – 12:30p.m. in Room A1268; Thursday, September 21 from 1 – 5:30p.m. in Room B2301; and Thursday, October 26 from 1 – 5:30p.m. in Room B2301.

For more information, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short-Term Training and Continuing Education, at 815-825-9466 or at

July 20, 2017

The Continuing Education department at Kishwaukee College is offering a Dental Assistant program this fall. The course will begin September 5 and run through December 19, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 9:00p.m.  Cost of the Dental Assistant Program is $1200. Students must be at least age 18 to register for this program. More information on the new Dental Assistant Program will be available at the free Short-Term Training Programs Information Session on August 9 from 6 – 8:00p.m. in Room B2301 at the College.

Dental Assistants provide quality preventative and corrective dental care under direct supervision of a dentist or dental hygienist. The Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting dentists and dental hygienists with patient care as well as providing administrative support to the office.

The Program at Kish College will consist of 90 hours of instruction: 70 hours of classroom instruction and a 20-hour non-paid, externship in a healthcare facility. Externships are scheduled for a one week period, after classroom instruction has ended and before the final exam. Students will be required to provide their own transportation to and from their externship site, which can be located within a 50 mile radius of Kishwaukee College. Drug testing and a criminal background check are required for externship placement.

The need for Dental Assistants is growing substantially. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the dental field is expected to grow 25% through 2022, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will likely continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services. Additional reasons for expansion include the population growth, greater retention of natural teeth by middle-aged and older people, and an increased focus on preventative dental care for younger generations will fuel demand for dental services.

For more information on the Dental Assistant Program at Kishwaukee College, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short-Term Training, at 815-825-9466 or at