The Office of Continuing Education is responsible for planning and scheduling professional development and continuing education opportunities for individuals interested in advancing professionally and personally.

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  • American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)


    American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)   

    2016 Training Session Dates:

    January 11-15  (Completed)

    May 2-6, Room E1581 (Completed)

    August 22-26 Room D34190 (Completed)

    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484 
    Cost: $1,795 - includes all materials

      New dates for 2017 coming soon!

     For more information and to register on-line visit: AHIT Governors State University 
    Or, register today by calling Toll Free at 877.215.7924
    Description: Governors State University has partnered with industry leader American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT) to offer a comprehensive home inspection course.

    *Early Registration Deadline: two weeks prior to the scheduled session: $1,595 discounted fee

  • Certificate in Supply Chain and Lean Six Sigma


    Certificate in Supply Chain and Lean Six Sigma

    Now WIOA approved.

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: TBD - next session dates will be listed soon
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $5000

    Instructor: Tricia Kerns

    Course number: CE-BUS12-01

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  • Communication Workshops


    Four New Communication Workshops  


    Improved Communication with Relaxation Techniques                

    Location: Governors State University

    Days: Friday, 9/16/2016 and Saturday, 9/24/2016

    Time: 9 am to 5 pm

    Room: D34000

    Fee: $129.00

    Course Code: CE-BUS04-04


    Memory Communication

    Location: Governors State University

    Days: Friday, 9/23/2016 and Saturday, 10/1/2016

    Time: 9 am to 5 pm 

    Room: D34000

    Fee: $129.00

    Course Code:CE-BUS04-05


    Reading Speed Power

    Location: Governors State University

     Days: Friday, 10/7/2016, and Saturday 10/15/2016

    Time: 9 am to 5 pm

    Room D34000

    Fee: $129.00

    Course Code: CE-BUS04-06


    Communication with Creative Problem Solving

    Location: Governors State University

    Days: Friday, 10/14/2016 and Saturday, 10/22/2016

    Time: 9 am to 5 pm 

    Room: D3400

    Fee: $129.00
    Course Code: CE-BUS04-07


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  • Dementia Care - Earn CEU's


    Dementia Care

    Online Facilitated Course

    9/6/2016  to 10/28/2016
    Fee: $495, Earn CEU's

    Description: This course provides essential knowledge and understanding about neurological diseases that affect cognition and memory, and practical application of effective skills for supporting persons with dementia. Nearly all disciplines benefit from expertise in Dementia Care Specialists, as do families of persons with dementia.

    Ave. hours 32, 3.2 CEUs/ILUs

      Course Number: CE-MH08-01, Cost: $495

    For more information see link below:

    Dementia Care Link

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    Please contact the School of Extended Learning for more information or 708.534.4099708.534.4099

  • Dental Assisting Program


    Dental Assisting Program

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: Mondays and Wednesdays October 17 - December 14, 2016 (no class November 23)
    Time: 6 - 9:30 pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $1,199.00 (textbooks included)

    Description:The 60 hour Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions – Dental Assisting. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provide training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in the dental practice.  This course covers the following key areas and topics – Administrative Aspects include: the history of dentistry and dental assisting; introduction to the dental office; the legal aspects of dentistry; policies and guidelines.  Clinical Aspects include: introduction to oral anatomy; dental operatory; dental equipment, introduction to tooth structure; primary and permanent teeth; the oral cavity and related structures; proper patient positioning; dental hand-pieces; sterilization; and other areas.  In addition to entry-level administrative jobs, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal Dental Hygienist program. 

      Course Number: CE-PPEH07-01

    Please contact the School of Extended Learning for more information or 708.534.4099

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  • Graduate Record Exam Test Preparation


    Graduate Record Exam Test Preparation

    Location: Governors State University

    Day: Saturdays,September 10,17, 24, October 1, 8, 15

    Time: 9 am - Noon

    Room: B2203

    Fee: $399

    Description: Acquire strategies in math, reading comprehension, writing, and verbal and quantitative skills to improve GRE scores using acclaimed Cambridge test preparation materials. Textbook, practice tests, and all course materials are included in course fee.

    Course Number:  CE-EP01-02

     please contact the School of Extended Learning for more information or 708.534.4099

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  • Information Security Certificate


    Information Security Certificate


    Build the groundwork for a new career TODAY!


    With the increase of computer and network attacks, information security has become a very serious concern. Organizations need information security professionals to protect digital assets. The Information Security Certificate is offered to students who wish to obtain theoretical and practical knowledge in information security.


    The goal of the Technical Training series is to enable job seekers to obtain the knowledge and skills to gain employment in the technical field of network and system administration. The courses will provide alignment to industry certifications employers will be seeking to fill positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, certifications are an important qualification for potential employees.


    Governors State University is conducting a five part computer networking and security professional series. This course is being offered to give you industry insight and marketable skills in the growing field of computer networking and security.



  • Introduction to 3D Printing - Earn CEU's


    Introduction to 3D Printing

    Dates: September 6  - September 30, 2016 - online facilitated course

    Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs 


     Course Number for Registration: CE-ART05-01

    In this course you will learn how to separate the real promise of the technology from the hype, and understand the workflow for a consumer-level 3D printer. You will become familiar with some typical online databases of objects available to print, and get a bit of experience with free or open-source software for all stages of the process. This class will be primarily focused to introduce you to the tools of the open 3D printer ecosystem, but the principles will apply to consumer 3D printers in general.

    For more information see link below:

    Introduction to 3D Printing Link

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  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Preparation


    Law School Admission Test  (LSAT) Preparation

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: Saturdays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 2016
    Time: 9 am - Noon
    Room: B2200
    Fee: $399

    Course Number: CE-EP02-02

    Acquire strategies in verbal skills, logic, critical reasoning and analytical writing to improve LSAT scores using acclaimed test preparation materials.

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  • Lean Six Sigma GREEN BELT Certificate Course


    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Course

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Saturdays, October 29 – December 10, 2016 - See dates below.
    Time: 9am - Noon
    Room: B2203
    Fee: $1,500 plus textbooks - Bookstore GSU Follet

    Hybrid Instruction: Four in-class and three online classes

       On-line sessions: November 5, 19, and December 3, 2016  

       In-class Sessions: October 29, November 12, 26, and December 10, 2016 (Final exam) 


    Description: The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate course will focus on both Advanced Lean Techniques and Six Sigma "Green Belt" methodologies. Detailed and real-world examples of lean thinking will be reviewed with hands - on examples to enhance the learning experience. Learn how to integrate theories of business, statistics, and the elimination of waste with the goal of achieving tangible results. Six Sigma methods will include project planning and various statistical tools to equip the student to be Green Belt certified and a practitioner of Lean Six Sigma at their organization.

    Course Number: CE-GFS01-07

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  • Lean Six Sigma BLACK BELT Certificate Course


    Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate Course

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Project Kick-Off Face-to-Face 9/3/16, Certification Project Due Date 11/19/16, Milestones and "project check-in's" will be conducted with one-on-one meetings throughout the class with the instructor. 
    Time: 9am - Noon (first class only)
    Room: B2203
    Fee: $3,000 plus textbooks and Software - Bookstore GSU Follet

    Description: The final course of the series will be a complete Lean Six Sigma Project from inception to completion. This course will prepare the student to lead a selected project while continuously training team members along with leading a change event.  The student will possess a thorough understanding of all aspects of DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control).  All statistical tools will be reviewed including graphs and illustrations of real-life discussions, benchmarks and events.  This course will encompass the methodologies learned in both the Yellow and Green Belt certification.  In addition it will include new processes that will be required for project success. Statistical software will be utilized that will assist the student in establishing objectives for decision making.  This intensive course will encompass a real-life project with clear objectives and details outlined in the project charter.  Milestones and "project check-in's" will be conducted with one-on-one meetings throughout the class with the instructor.  

    Students can expect, upon completion of their project, to demonstrate a significant improvement in their selected process.  Also, as a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, the student will be prepared to lead future events using the tools and methodologies obtained in this class.  This Lean Six Sigma series can be utilized in any industry or marketplace.  

    Pre-requisite: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.  Certification from outside firms must be reviewed in detail to ensure they meet the prerequisite for Governors State University Black Belt Certification.

      Course Number: CE-GFS03-03

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  • Master Leadership Certificate


    Master Leadership Certificate

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: TBD
    Time: 9 am - Noon
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $2,500

    Course Number: CE-BUS11-01

    Meeting Dates

    Hybrid Instruction: Four in-class and four online classes

    In-class sessions:  

    Online Sessions:

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  • Phlebotomy Technician Program


    Phlebotomy Technician Program

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 4 - December 15, 2016
    Time: 6:00 - 9:30 pm

    Saturdays 10/15, 11/12, & 12/3, 2016 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Room: TBA
    Fee: $$1,799 (textbooks included)
    Description: This 90 hour Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares professionals to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis.  Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. Classroom and lab work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology; blood collection procedures; specimen hands-on practice; and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. 

    Course Number for registration: CE-PPEH08-01


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  • PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation


    PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Mondays 

    September 20, October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 2016

    Time: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Room: TBD
    Fee: $1,095
           $995 for SSCHRA members (South Suburban Cook Human Resources Association)

    Description:This course provides an overview of key areas in human resources management to better prepare HR professionals for national PHR (Professional in HR) or the SPHR (Senior Professional in HR) exams, administered by the HRCI(Human Resources Certification Institute). Eligibility requirements and test information for PHR or SPHR exam can be found at


    Course Number(s): CE-BUS05-03

     General Registration please use for registration:  

     SSCHRA Members (Verification Required) please use for registration: 

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  • Professional Development Non-Credit Classes - Earn CEU's

  • The Knowledge Exchange



    Fall 2016 classes are in session through November 11

    There is still time to register for The Invention of Highways in America beginning on October 14 - Click Here to Register


    Click Here to view the TKE brochure


    Morning Sessions (10a.m. - 12noon)


    Sustaining the Public Square: Elections     

    Class Co-Facilitators: Keith Kemp and Al Sturges  

    In our 3rd annual series of civically engaged lectures and presentations, this year’s topic couldn’t help but explore the subject of elections!  Join this class to participate in lively and informative sessions such as Campaign Finance & Volunteerism with former campaign manager Doug Price, Immigration Policies with Dr. Andrae Marak of Governors State University, a history of The Shakman Decree and its impact on government operations with attorney Peter Monahan, Consumption Recession Issues with Dr. Anthony Andrews of Governors State University, Energy Issues at both Federal and Local levels and their impact on voters with environmental lawyer Mel Nickerson, The State Budget: Federal Issues & Journalistic Approach with Rick Bryant (Asst. to R. Kelly), The Electoral College with Andy Schott of Prairie State College and Elections: 2016 and Beyond with Barbara Moore, Syvia Tillman and Erin Roeper of the League of Women Voters!


    Class Leader: Jerome Julian

    The Beatles’ iconic status and enduring legacy are well-known. However, less attention has been given to the more intriguing and unusual intellectual and cultural elements expressed in their work.  This entertaining class takes a deeper dive into the Fab Four, with an emphasis on less-explored topics, including the esoteric influences on their music, lyrics, film, and art. Class will review the band’s output & share insights through multi-media presentation, lecture, and discussion.

    The Supreme Court:  Classic and Contemporary Cases

    Class Leader: Carl Stover

    Many citizens know what the Supreme Court has ruled in major cases, but few know why.  How have the Justices reached (or rationalized) their conclusions?  Participants in this class will read excerpts from the actual Opinions of the Justices using both current and pending issues, and will discuss the plausibility of these opinions both in themselves and in their context of principles, precedents, and politics.  No prior legal knowledge or experience is necessary; reading materials will be condensed to approximately fifteen pages per week.



    Get Out of the Mud!! 

    The Invention of Highways in America - 1900 to 1927

    A Special 4-week Class / Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4

    NOTE: Sorry, the afternoon discount does not apply to this 4-week class.

    Class Leader: Larry McClellan

    A four-week review of the invention of automobile highways across the country with author and Route 66 traveler Larry McClellan.  Presented with accompanying PowerPoint images, this class will include topics such as the Good Roads Move, the explosion of auto tourism and the creation of "named highways", stories of the Lincoln and Dixie Highways, the trails and roads that became Route 66 and the evolution of the federal highway system, Routes 1 to 101. 

    Use Course Number CE-TKE01-14 to Register



    Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 p.m.)


    Music Appreciation: The How and Why of Music

    Class Leader: Ron Small

    An overview of how sound is made and why music sounds as it does.  Using some historical aspects of music, this class will include introductions to instruments, voice, conducting and composing.  Audiovisual demonstrations will include strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, percussion and harp within various forms of Symphonic and Jazz music including Sonatas, Fugues, Waltzes, Overtures, Marches, Opera, Ballet and yes, even Pop!  No musical background is necessary to enjoy this class.  NOTE: No Class on Oct. 21 / Class will extend to Nov. 11

    Cinema Studies: Power, Greed, Scandal and Satire: Politics in Film 

    Class Leader: Suzanne Patterson

    A partial repeat of the fall 2008 series of the same name (not all films will be repeated).  From domestic corruption to foreign intrigue with some satire and laughs along the way, this class will screen and discuss 8 films which examine the many facets of the world of politics including Elia Kazan’s brilliant A Face in the Crowd, Costa-Gavras’ searing film Missing, Tim Robbins’ satirical mockumentary Bob Roberts and Joan Allen’s turn as a first-time female VP in The Contender.


    For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393or

  • TOEFL Test Preparation


    TOEFL Test Preparation


    Locations: Governors State University

    Day: Saturday, October 29, 2016

    Time: 9 am - noon

    Room: TBD

     Fee: $100

    2017 Dates
    Saturday, February 25, 2017 (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
    Saturday, April 15, 2017 (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

    Description This course is designed for students intending to take the TOEFL iBT exam for admission into an American college or university. The TOEFL iBT evaluates the four core language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This course helps students gain experience and confidence with the iBT TOEFL leading to better test results. In this course, students will:  learn key test-taking strategies for the TOEFL iBT,  improve test performance under time limits, take a complete practice test of the TOEFL iBT which includes the TOEFL� Online Prep Course. At end of the course, students can register for the TOEFL iBT exam that will be offered at Governors State University.

    Course Number: CE-ELPC01-08

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     Please contact the School of Extended Learning for more information or 708.534.4099708.534.4099

  • Online Professional Non-Credit Courses


    Governors State University has partnered with OnCourse Learning, a provider of high-quality, state approved, customized training solutions, textbooks, and occupational tools for both pre-licensing and continuing education in the real estate, appraisal, mortgage, home inspection, IT, engineering, insurance, and bank and credit union industries.

    Please click on the links below to be taken to the course registration and more information.

    Information Technology