Continuing Education

August 2, 2018

The Kishwaukee College Continuing Education department is holding a free Information Session on Short-Term Training Programs on Tuesday, August 7 from 6:00 pm–7:00 pm in Room B1276 at the College.

Short-Term Training refers to non-credit programs that prepare students for a variety of entry-level positions. The programs range from fourteen to twenty weeks of training and prepare students to not only work in their field but also successfully pass their national certification exam. Completion of a Short-Term training program is the doorway into a career path that begins with a skilled, entry-level position and the opportunity for further career development.

The five programs that will be covered in the Information Session on August 7 are: Dental Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Sterile Processing Technician, and Veterinary Assistant.

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

Phlebotomy Technicians are healthcare professionals who obtain and prepare specimens for laboratory processing. Traditionally, Phlebotomist Technicians are associated with drawing and preparing blood in hospitals, clinics, or physician’s offices. However, Phlebotomists can be employed in a wide variety of fields that work with any bodily fluids that can be laboratory tested.

Pharmacy Technicians are healthcare professionals who have been trained to assist pharmacists to dispense prescription medication. Depending on the position, the technician may also manage third-party billing, answer telephones, direct customers to items or to the pharmacist for medication consultation, receive written prescriptions, clean and sterilize dispensing bottles and instruments, answer questions regarding non-drug products, and collect payments.

Sterile Processing Technicians are skilled health care professionals who provide support to all patient care services in a health care facility. They are responsible for decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilizing, storing, and distributing the medical devices and supplies needed in patient care, especially during surgery.

Veterinarian Assistants work with Veterinarians and Veterinarian Technicians to provide medical care to animals. Veterinary assistants are trained in examination, customer relations, and veterinary hospital office procedures. 

The schedule for the Kishwaukee College Fall 2018 Short-Term Training programs are:

  • Dental Assistant program: Tuesday/Wednesday – Sept. 4Dec.18 (6:00 pm–9:00 pm)
  • Pharmacy Technician program: Tuesday/Thursday – Sept. 4Dec. 11 (6:00 pm–9:00 pm)
  • Phlebotomy Technician program: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday – Sept. 10Dec. 19 (9:30 am–12 pm)
  • Sterile Processing Technician program: Tuesday/Thursday – Sept. 4Dec. 18 (6:00 pm–9 pm)
  • Veterinary Assistant program: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday – Sept. 4Jan. 10 (6:00 pm–9:45pm)

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

August 2, 2018

Kishwaukee College Continuing Education is offering Forklift Operator Training class in August. The class lasts one day and costs $149. The Forklift Operator Training class meets on Tuesday, August 7, from 8:30 am-4:00 pm, on campus in room E130.

During Forklift Operator Training class, participants will learn the basic knowledge and skills needed for safe powered industrial lift truck operation. Class includes lecture, discussion, video presentation, and hands-on training. After successful completion of a written exam and a driving skills class, students will receive an operator’s permit. The permit allows students to participate in on-site testing which must be administered by an employer.

Additionally, Kishwaukee College Continuing Education is offering a Food Sanitation class. The class lasts one day and costs $185. The Food Sanitation class meets on Saturday, August 25, from 8:00 am-5:00 pm, on campus in room B1276.

Food Sanitation class is key for anyone working in the food service industry. The class covers safe food handling practices from start to finish. Students are required to pick up the class textbook in C1210 prior to class. Cost of the textbook is included in the course fee. After completion of the Food Sanitation course, participants are qualified to take the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Certification exam, which is administered at the end of the class session. After passing the exam, the State of Illinois will assess a $35 certification fee. The certificate is good for five years.

For information on the Forklift Operator Training or Food Sanitation class, please contact Melissa Gallagher at or call 815-825-9466.

To register for the Forklift Operator Training or Food Sanitation class, please contact Tricia Hernandez at or call 815-825-9441.