Workforce & Community Education

September 4, 2019

Kishwaukee College is proud to offer a variety of health and safety trainings and Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) compliance topics this fall. The classes are open enrollment and designed to help working professionals maintain OSHA compliance within their industry.

OSHA 10-hour Construction Industry training is on September 24 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm and September 25 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. The training will cover the following primary topics: the inspection and citation process, working and walking surfaces including ladders and scaffolds, hazardous materials, fall protection, electrical safety, and material handling. Additional topics may be covered to meet participant needs. The training is recommended for managers, supervisors, team leaders, members of the company safety committee and employees that oversee contractors. All materials included. Participants must present a valid photo ID to earn the OSHA 10-hour construction industry card upon successful completion. Light breakfast provided both days and lunch provided on the first day only. Training cost is $299.

Forklift Operation Safety and Train-the-Trainer is on October 9 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. The class will review the Powered Industrial Truck Training Standard including inspection and materials handling. The class will also include the requirements for an in-house training program. Covered is training for employees receiving or shipping hazardous materials. A demonstration of proper cleanup of minor chemical spills of battery acid, oils and fuels used in powered industrial trucks will be provided. Training cost is $149.

DOT HAZ Mat is on October 9 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The Department of Transportation requires training for employees receiving or shipping hazardous materials. This training includes new changes in the 49 CFR hazardous materials table, packaging of materials, shipping paper and other documentation. The class also covers recognizing potential hazardous conditions when receiving packages. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of products they ship or receive and samples of shipping papers. A review of the Emergency Response Guidebook is also covered. Training cost is $149.

OSHA 10-hour General Industry training is on November 20 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm and November 21 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. The training will cover the following primary topics: the inspection and citation process, working and walking surfaces including ladders and scaffolds, emergency plans and exit routes, the new GHS material safety data sheets and labeling, electrical safety, and machine guarding. The training will also include information on the updated changes to the illness and injury recordkeeping. All materials included. Participants must present a valid photo ID to earn the OSHA 10-hour general industry card upon successful completion. Light breakfast provided both days and lunch provided on the first day only. Training cost is $299.

All trainings will be taught by Jeff Clark. With over 20 years of experience as a safety and health instructor, Clark has developed, written, and delivered a myriad of customized programs meeting OSHA requirements and standards. He employs innovative, hands-on training techniques specifically designed for the adult learner.

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

September 3, 2019

Kishwaukee College and the Illinois workNet Center in DeKalb are hosting a Fall Job Fair on September 25 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at DeKalb Rehab and Nursing Center, 2600 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. Job seekers should come prepared to fill in applications and make in-person connections with employers.

Employers that will be on site include: 4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care, Aerotek, Autism Home Support Services, Castor Home Nursing, Comfort Keepers, DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, FedEx Freight, Inc., Fox Valley Community Services, FurstStaffing, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa of South Elgin, Manpower of DeKalb, Menards Distribution Center in Plano, Menards of Sycamore, Milestone, Inc., MoreWithUs - Everyday Jobs, Northern Illinois University, Rochelle Foods, Sonoco Alloyd, Sprint and Weber.

The staff at the DeKalb Illinois workNet Center, 650 N. Peace Road Suite B in DeKalb, are also offering a Job Fair Preparation Workshop on September 18 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The workshop is designed to help job seekers get their specific questions answered prior to attending the fair.

The Illinois workNet Center can assist community members with soft skills training such as dressing for success, how to make a positive first impression and fair logistics. Job search assistance, pre-employment assessments in math and reading, and on-site recruitment, interviews and orientations are also services provided. All programs are free to community members.

Job seekers wanting more information on the Fall Job Fair or other programs offered by the DeKalb Illinois workNet Center should contact Linda Kocjan, employer services specialist at the DeKalb Workforce Development Office, at or 815-901-0177 ext. 225.

August 29, 2019

Kishwaukee College offers a variety of free classes for English Language Learners, those seeking their High School Equivalency/GED, and people interested in learning about the United States citizenship process. Anyone interested in these courses must attend one of the registrations prior to the start of class. Registration is available on Kish campus and throughout the local community. Learners should schedule at least three hours for registration, orientation and placement testing.

ESL classes are available for beginning, intermediate and advanced learners. The College is also offering a citizenship class for people interested in learning about the U.S. citizenship process. Relevant information for the U.S. Citizenship test, basic interviewing, test-tasking skills, and English vocabulary and grammar will be covered, among other topics. Enrollment for ESL, Spanish ESL and citizenship classes will take place September 5, September 9, September 10 and September 11.

High School Equivalency classes prepare students to take the GED. Subject areas covered in class include reading, writing, social studies, science, math, and the U.S. Constitution. These classes place emphasis on practical application of the subjects and total development of the learner. Enrollment begins October 1. 

In addition to preparing for the GED, a special 8-week Bridge to Healthcare Careers course will run from October thru December. This special GED course will help learners gain tools and experience to prepare for employment in the healthcare field. Upon successful completion, five eligible students will be able to apply for full tuition assistance for the spring semester Phlebotomy Technician course. Tuition assistance is made possible by the Innovative Bridge and Transition Program Grant awarded through the Illinois Community College Board.

The Adult Education and Transition Services department at the College is celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week September 22-September 28. To learn more about classes including registration dates, times and locations, visit or contact Administrative Assistant Mari Vesey at or 815-825-9420.

July 29, 2019

Kishwaukee College is proud to offer multiple continuing education classes for Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) this fall. Courses are designed to expand the skill and knowledge of current LMTs. All classes are can be used towards continuing education unit (CEU) requirement for license renewal through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Essential Oil Therapy: August 26, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Learn therapeutic uses of plant-derived essential oils including research, benefits, risks and precautions. Participants will also learn about Aromatherapy and appropriate use of various oils. ($30, 3 CEUs)

Dry Brush Massage: August 27, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dry brushing is an effective way to stimulate the lymphatic system and take care of the skin. Participants will learn proper procedures, techniques, pressure and disinfection for dry brush massage. ($30, 3 CEUs)

Reflexology: October 1, 15, and 29, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas of the body. This 3-day class will cover how and why reflexology works, proper positioning of the client, effective use of thumb and fingers to apply pressure, and an in-depth study of the foot architecture. Participants will also learn a step-by-step reflexology protocol to use with their clients. ($90, 9 CEUs)

Forearm Massage Techniques: Prone & Supine: November 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Massage therapists do not need to rely only on their hands to administer massage. This class will cover practical application of the use of forearms during massage with an emphasis on proper body mechanics. ($30, 3 CEUs)

Side-Lying Position Massage: Not Just for Prenatal: November 5, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Learn how to customize a massage that works for all bodies and abilities. Discover how to make side-lying a go-to position during a massage session. ($30, 3 CEUs)

The class instructor, Julie Gavin-Freeman, LMT, BCTMB, I-AYT is a highly trained instructor and practitioner with strong clinical abilities and a successful career in massage therapy, educational institutions, and medical facilities.  As a Professional Anatomist, Julie 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 curriculums/course work. Freeman’s educational mission is to focus on scientific material utilizing a combination of information sharing, antidotal teaching and dialectical methods to facilitate critical thinking and efficacy.

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

July 25, 2019

A $4.0 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, announced earlier this month, will support the development and expansion of apprenticeship programs. The grant will allow the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to serve more than 1,600 apprentices in pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs that will lead to employment in the information technology sector. The ICCB has partnered with Kishwaukee College and nine other Illinois community colleges that represent the geographic and demographic diversity of the state.

“The community college apprenticeship programs integrate classroom learning with paid employment,” said Dr. Lazaro Lopez, chairman of the ICCB. “Apprenticeship programs are critical to supporting economic development in communities across our state by creating seamless pathways for residents to acquire the skills to meet employer workforce needs.”

Over the next four years, the ICCB will work to develop or expand a Customized Apprenticeship Program-Information Technology (CAP-IT) Model at each of the ten partner colleges. This model includes bridge programs to help low-skilled and low-wage workers improve their basic skills; programs to provide related technical instruction; and apprenticeship programs to provide paid work based learning and postsecondary education.

“The expansion of the CAP-IT model will benefit from statewide efforts to expand apprenticeships in multiple industry sectors across Illinois,” said Dr. Brian Durham, executive director of the ICCB.  “Spurred by the alignment of education, workforce, and economic development partners working toward a common goal, Illinois is poised to be a leader in the development of statewide pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship.”

Kish will receive extensive professional development, support, and technical assistance. The ICCB will utilize its existing Professional Development Network, supplemented by support from CompTIA, Jobs for the Future, and Harper College to ensure that the colleges have the resources they need to be successful.

In addition to expanding apprenticeship opportunities, participating colleges will be looking to identify ways to promote greater inclusion and diversity in apprenticeships.

“We are privileged that ICCB chose Kishwaukee to be a partner,” says Joanne Kantner, vice president of instruction at Kish. “We are excited about strengthening our relationship with local business and expanding opportunities to students, especially historically underserved or underprepared populations."

The other nine partner colleges include:

City Colleges of Chicago (Chicago)
College of Lake County (Grayslake)
Illinois Central College (Peoria)
Lincoln Land Community College (Springfield)
Oakton Community College (Des Plaines)
Parkland College (Champaign)
Prairie State College (Chicago Heights)
Rend Lake College (Ina)
Richland Community College (Decatur)

July 24, 2019

The Real Estate Broker Pre-license Exam preparation program will be offered at Kish this fall. The course will take place September 3—December 19 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The program will cover the fundamentals of real estate and prepare participants to sit for the state licensing exam. The cost of the program is $500. 

The program will provide the required 90-hours of real estate education divided into the following two courses: 75-hour Broker Pre-License Topics and a 15-hour Applied Real Estate Principles. Topics covered will include real estate concepts, math, brokerage services, real property contracts, the Illinois Real Estate License Act of 2000, financing considerations, property management, fair housing, current information on the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), and more. The program will also include observation time in the field.

The program Instructor Todd Burghardt teaches both pre-license and continuing education and is a nationally recognized Certified Instructor for REALTORS® Property Resource. Burghardt is a graduate of the REALTOR® Institute with the distinguished GRI designation. He has decades of experiences and has earned Transnational Referral Certification (TRC) and Certified Agent Relocation Specialist (CAAS), among other accomplishments.

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

July 3, 2019

Kishwaukee College Community Education is offering ACE Personal Fitness Trainer Certification Exam Preparation during the Fall 2019 semester. The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting August 27 through December 17 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm in room A1267 on campus. The cost of the class is $600 including textbooks.

A personal fitness trainer is a fitness professional who has the knowledge, skills and abilities for safe and effective exercise. Personal fitness trainers design custom fitness programs that help their clients reach their personal health and fitness goals. Personal fitness trainers not only teach their clients the proper ways to exercise but they motivate them to live healthier lives.

This course will prepare participants to become effective personal fitness trainers. The course will also prepare participants to sit for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Fitness Trainer certification exam. ACE is a recognized industry leader in the fitness industry. ACE certification is highly regarded in the field of personal fitness training.

The instructor, Jenna Bacchi, is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer.  Jenna has a bachelor’s in Kinesiology.  In addition to managing her own personal fitness training business, Jenna is a certified ACE instructor and a 200-hour certified yoga instructor.

For information on the ACE Personal Fitness Trainer Certification Exam Prep class, please contact Coordinator of Short-Term Training and Continuing Education, Melissa Gallagher, at or call 815-825-9466.

June 13, 2019

The Dale Carnegie Training will bring their course Strictly Business to Kishwaukee College for young professionals who seek to become strong leaders. The training will take place July 9, 16, and 23 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The class will meet in room A1222 on Kish campus. The cost of the course is $1,200.

The Dale Carnegie Strictly Business course has significantly increased the personal and professional success of emerging leaders all over the world for more than 100 years. The organization offers hands-on exercises, role-playing, situational coaching, real-time feedback, and real world assignments to help participants apply what they learned into their lives.

Participants in the Strictly Business course will develop the confidence to be successful in an increasingly competitive marketplace by learning the following critical skills: ability to present clear, convincing ideas; building lasting relationships; gaining cooperation; and managing change. This highly interactive course uses a “learn-and-practice” style to maximize the participant’s ability to implement their new skills into their daily activities immediately. Participants can expect to optimize their performance and add more value to their personal and professional lives.

The instructor, Cathy Onion, has extensive experience teaching, training, and coaching young adults at both the collegiate and professional level. She served as Assistant Professor in the Management and Marketing Department at Western Illinois University for 18 years where she taught Business Communications, Principles of Management, and Business and Technology in a Global Society.

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

June 6, 2019

The Kishwaukee College Continuing Education department is holding Information Sessions about the Fall 2019 Short-Term Training Programs. Veterinary Assistant information sessions are June 24 and July 22 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm in room A1221 at the College. Dental Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Sterile Processing Technician information sessions are on July 31 and August 21 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm in room A1221 at the College. Information sessions are free and open to the public.

Short-term training programs prepare people for a variety of entry-level positions in a wide range of career fields. They are also a great way to explore a career before committing to a degree program. Short-term training programs range from 4 to 20 weeks, including an externship. The programs prepare students to not only work in their field but also successfully pass their national certification exam. Completion of a short-term training program provides an entrance into a career path that begins with a skilled, entry-level position with the opportunity for further career advancement.

The Short-Term Training program descriptions and schedules for Fall 2019 are:

Dental Assistant: September 3–December 10, Tuesday/Wednesday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dental Assistants 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.

Pharmacy Technician: September 3–December 10, Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pharmacy Technicians 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.

Phlebotomy Technician: September 3–December 11, Monday/Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Phlebotomy Technicians obtain and prepare specimens for laboratory processing. Phlebotomists are traditionally 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.

Sterile Processing Technician: September 3 – December 10, Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sterile Processing Technicians 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.

Veterinary Assistant: July 30 – December 19, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 6:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Veterinary assistants are critical members of a veterinary staff who are trained to assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians with medical procedures on sick and injured animals. Veterinary assistants are also trained in examination, customer relations, and veterinary hospital office procedures.

For more information about Short-Term Training programs or to register, visit

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

May 23, 2019

The Kishwaukee College Continuing Education department is offering Flagger Certification Training on June 4 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The class will meet in room B1272 on Kish campus. The cost of the training is $100.

Flaggers protect workers and the traveling public from each other. In the class, participants will learn the responsibilities of both flagger and employer, how to deal with work zone hazards, and the necessary safety equipment to get everyone home safely. Participants will work in the classroom and outdoors, so they are encouraged to prepare for any type of weather.

The certification exam will be administered and graded at the end of the class. Participants who pass the exam will receive their certification card immediately and be entered into the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) system. Participants must be 18 or older.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Business Development, at or 815-825-9466.

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