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.

Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes

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  • American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)

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    American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)   
     

    Days: March 2, 3 and 4, 2015
    Time: 8 am to 6 pm
    Room: E1540
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484 
    Cost: $1,795 - includes all materials

    Information: AHIT Governors State University 
    Register today by calling 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

    Register for AHIT today by calling 877.215.7924 or visit their website

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Course

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    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Course

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Saturdays, Nov. 1 – Dec. 13, 2014
    Time: 9am - Noon
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $1,500 plus textbooks
    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.

    Registration codes: CE-GFS01-05

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  • LSAT Prep Course

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    LSAT Prep Course

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Saturdays, April 4, 18, May 2, 16, 30, June 6
    Time: 9am - Noon
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    Fee: $399
    Description: Acquire strategies in verbal skills, logic, critical reasoning and analytical writing to improve LSAT scores using acclaimed Cambridge test preparation materials

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  • The Role of Mindfulness in the Helping Professions – Enhancing Self-Awareness, Empathy, and the Success of Clinical Interventions

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    The Role of Mindfulness in the Helping Professions – Enhancing Self-Awareness, Empathy, and the Success of Clinical Interventions


    Location: Friday, November 7, 2014
    Time: 2pm – 5 pm
    Room: Engbretson Hall
    Fee: $40

    Presenters: Maristela Zell, Ph.D., LCSW, and Timothy Pedigo, Ph.D., University Lecturer

    Description:
    • Learn how mindfulness-based interventions can be used to achieve emotional regulation, lower blood pressure, strengthen immune system, increase attention and concentration, and enhance specific activities of clients’ and patients’ daily living (i.e. eating, movement, pain management)
    • Learn how to develop a mindful presence as a professional and familiarize yourself with the basic practice of mindfulness
    • Learn how to use awareness of what is happening “between” you and your client to increase therapeutic effectiveness

    Who should attend?
    Counselors, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, addiction counselors.

  • PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation

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    PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation


    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Tuesdays, February 3 – March 24, 2015
    Time: 6 - 8:30pm
    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 www.hrci.org.

  • Suicide and Depression

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    Suicide and Depression in the Military

    Friday, November 14, 2014
    Presenter: Dawn M. Dudek, LCSW Suicide Prevention Coordinator Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
    Room: F1622
    Time: 9am -Noon

    Join us for a question and answer portion after the presentation

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    Fee: $25 for general interest and professionals - Use registration code: CE-MH06-03
    Free for GSU Faculty, Staff, Students (verification required) - Use registration code: CE-MH06-04

    For more information, call 708.534.4099.

    Workshop offered by Veterans Resource Center in cooperation with the School of Extended Learning, College of Health and Human Services and Friends of the GSU Library.

  • Supply Chain Optimization Leadership Overview

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    Supply Chain Optimization Leadership Overview

    Increase visibility. Build stronger manufacturers.

    Days: November 7, 2014
    Time: 8 am to 12:30 pm
    Room: B1241
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484 
    Cost: $99

    Competition is no longer between companies; it’s between supply chains. Our volatile economy means that manufacturers have to be much more agile, flexible, and responsive to external pressures. This overview demonstrates the benefits and the approach of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Supply Chain Optimization program that helps reduce risk, increase visibility and builds stronger manufacturers.

    OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM

    • Demonstrate the enemies of supply chain effectiveness including, destabilizing effects of dependency, variation, lack of supply chain visibility and forecast inaccuracy.
    • Provide an understanding of MEPs Supply Chain Optimization process.
    • Introduction to a roadmap intended to guide companies towards improved collaboration and supply chain integration.

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND

    This half-day event is intended for manufacturers interested in learning how to create a stronger base of manufacturing through Supply Chain Optimization.

    WHAT WILL YOU GAIN

    After this half-day session you will understand the advantages of incorporating a strategic approach to supply chain management, and how it can positively impact local and state communities, as well as to create national economic value through increased competitiveness.

     
    REGISTER ONLINE BY VISITING WWW.IMEC.ORG/EVENTS.CFM OR CALL 888.806.4632.

  • What is Occupational Therapy’s Role in Transition Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities?

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    What is Occupational Therapy’s Role in Transition Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities?

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Saturday, November 8, 2014
    Time: 9 am to 4 pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: CE-PPEH04-01 ($100.00-Public)  CE-PPEH04-02 ($50.00-Governors State University Faculty, Staff and Students)
    Description:

    • Educate occupational therapy practitioners of their role in transition education; specific to assessment, planning, and service implementation
    • Empower occupational therapy practitioners; through knowledge, to provide outcome-oriented transition services, as defined by IDEA 2004 and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

    For more information please visit What is Occupational Therapy’s Role in Transition Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Homepage.

    Course Numbers:
    Fee: $100 for Professionals and General Interest
    Please use for registration: CE-PPEH04-01

    Fee: $50 for Governors State University Faculty, Staff and Students (Verification required)
    Please use for registration: CE-PPEH04-02

    Additional information:

    Fee includes boxed lunch, we will provide certificates

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  • Illinois Small Business Development Center at Governors State University

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    Veteran’s Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

    Day: Thursday, November 13, 2014
    Time: 8 am to 2:30 pm
    Room: CPA - Center for Preforming Arts
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: Free to Veterans ($40 non-vets)

    Please join us for this one day intensive seminar with general and breakout sessions on a wide range of topics for starting or growing your business. Breakfast and lunch are included.

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  • The Knowledge Exchange

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    The Knowledge Exchange invites you to join in this fall’s engaging set of course offerings.  Sessions are held on Fridays for eight weeks beginning September 19 and ending on November 7, mornings and afternoons.

    Fall Registration begins July 21   


    Morning sessions 10:00am – 12noon

     

    Sculpture in History

    Class Leader: Geoff Bates

    This eight-week presentation will address major developments in the history of Western sculpture while providing participants with observational techniques to enrich their appreciation of sculpture and art in general. Students can try out their newly found skills by traveling with the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park on its Autumn in New England: Art Odyssey 2014. Travelers on this weeklong tour through the Berkshire Mountains and Hudson River Valley will experience remarkable art set within dramatic landscape settings as well as cutting-edge museum sites.

    Trip dates are Oct. 28-Nov. 2, 2014; discounts are available to enrollees in Sculpture in History through The Knowledge Exchange. Travel registration deadline is August 8, 2014. Contact Geoffrey Bates at 708.534.4848 or gbates@govst.edu to reserve your travel or for more information about this exciting opportunity.

    NOTE: Alternate programming on Oct. 31st for non-traveling participants will be a screening and discussion of the documentary film Rivers and Tides which celebrates the works of sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.

    New Fall Lecture/Discussion Series


    Civic Engagement: Sustaining the Public Square

    Class Administrators: Keith Kemp, Suzanne Patterson

    Join this class for a unique series of lectures and presentations which will explore major issues of the day as they relate to sustaining our individual roles in community life. Guest speakers include Professor Anthony Andrews on Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Journalist Phil Kadner on The 4th Estate, Dr. Mort Maimon on Analyzing Presidential Speeches, Keith Kemp on The First Amendment, GSU’s VISTA scholar Rima Nimri on Service Learning in the 21st Century Diagram and Dr. Rashidah Muhammad and Dr. Elizabeth Johnson on The Harlem Renaissance with an option to attend a performance of Raisin’ Cane at GSU’s Center for Performing Arts on Friday, October 17 at the discounted ticket price of $15. Performance details will be given upon registration.

    NOTE: Nov. 7 is Class Participation Day / Participants are encouraged to present a topic of their choice with assistance from the class administrators.

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    Afternoon Sessions 1pm-3pm

    Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 p.m.)


    Topics in Science

    Class Leaders: Jeff Seeman and Al Sturges

    Class will read and discuss articles from The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013, Siddhartha Mukherjee, editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., NY, Boston 2013.
    Editor Siddhartha Mukherjee, a geneticist, selected the articles with “an ear for tenderness” from such periodicals as The Atlantic, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New Yorker, Playboy, and Scientific American with topics ranging from mankind’s increasing isolation from raw nature, developing employment possibilities for adults with autism, renewed interest and success in treating certain cancers by engaging the body’s immune system, to the funding crisis in big science. In the opening class, we will provide an opportunity to discuss updated information about topics from previous sessions such as developments at Fukushima or concussion injuries in sports.
    As before, participants are encouraged to lead a review and discussion of articles of special interest.

    Cinema Studies: The Biopic - Fact vs Fantasy

    Class Leader: Suzanne Patterson

    Both filmmakers and audiences alike share a fascination with recreations of the past exploring those who came before us, whether vilified or admired, whether inspirational or tragic. The Biopic seeks to satisfy this curiosity with films that celebrate lives and achievements in as entertaining a way as possible, hence the fine line between biographical material and fanciful fabrication. Join this class for an equally entertaining and historical look at the various ways in which the biopic captures the spirit of its subject whether with accuracy or dramatic impact.
    Some of the fascinating personalities we will meet on celluloid include Coco Chanel, Varian Fry, Serafine de Senlis, Preston Tucker, Frida Kahlo and Queen Elizabeth I.

    (Note class end time of 3:30pm)

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    FREE: ‘Lunch and Learn’ Special Presentations

    Open to all course participants; bring a lunch and join these enlightening and informational sessions:



    Organizing and Downsizing with Professional Organizer and Relocation Specialist Kristine Todd

    Friday, October 3 / 12:15pm-1pm / Room B2203

    At the Border of Empires:The Tohono O'odham, Gender, and Assimilation, 1880-1934

    with author Andrae Marak, chair of humanities and social sciences and professor of history and political science at Governors State University
    Friday, October 24 / 12:15pm-1pm / Room B2203

    Curriculum Meeting – Open to the public

    A sneak peek at what’s coming up in the winter/spring 2015 session. All are welcome to offer comments and suggestions for future course topics and presentations.
    Friday, Oct. 10 / 12:15pm-1pm / Room B2203

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  • The Business Techniques Institute -- Chicagoland (BTI-C)

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    Module 1: Small Business Basics: The Entrepreneur and The Opportunity


    Days: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $75

    Description: Understand the basics of managing a small business, skills and resources needed for success, and how to assess the business idea. Practice defining the opportunity with a Business Model. Learn about ownership, incorporating and using your numbers to grow profits. Design your own roadmap to turn the idea into reality. Get the step-by-step sequence of launch activities.

    Course Number: CE-SBD01-05

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    Module 2: Competitive Analysis and Sales Forecast (The Business Plan)

     


    Days: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $75
    Description: Learn the components of the Business Plan. Write your business description, and assess your customer needs and your value vs. the competition. Choose your differentiation and positioning. Learn how to forecast sales, outline your operations and structure your financial forecast.

    Course number: CE-SBD01-06

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    Module 3: Finding Financing

    Days: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $75
    Description: Practice using cash flow to find how much financing you need. Learn sources of financing and types of lenders and loans. Assess your own attractiveness as a borrower. Understand types of investors, from family to angels to crowdfunding, and then develop your own financing plan.

    Course Number: CE-SBC01-07

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    Module 4: Marketing

    Days: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $75
    Description: Learn to design your product, pricing, distribution plan, and communications to support your differentiation and positioning. Practice designing product bundles and a product roadmap. Choose a pricing structure and level to fit your product’s value. Select marketing communications tools, and design an integrated campaign.

    Course Number: CE-SBD01-08

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    Module 5: Sales, Negotiating, and Decision-Making

    Days: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $75

    Description: Understand sales force compensation, some selling techniques and how to find and attract distributors. Learn how to prepare for a negotiation and practice role-playing negotiating techniques. Learn a framework for making good decisions: defining the problem, assessing alternatives, analyzing advice and recommendations, using your moral imagination for ethical outcomes and dealing constructively with resistance. Practice solving your own issue..

    Course Number: CE-SBD01-09

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    Module 6: Leadership and Relationship Techniques

     

    Days: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $75
    Description: Learn how to create, express, and gain employee buy-in for an inspiring vision for the business and the customer experience. Learn techniques for delegating and supervising, based on T.R.U.E relationships. Practice building your own vision, cultural tools, and employee relationships.

     

    Course Number: CE-SBC01-10

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    Module 7: Communications Techniques


    Days: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $75
    Description: Understand your own personality with DISC (additional $55 fee), and learn constructive techniques for active listening, communicating expectations and priorities, and managing conflict and interruptions. Practice setting objectives, dealing with shortfalls, and sorting out conflicts.

     Course Number: CE-SBC01-11

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    Module 8: Managing People in a Small Business


    Days: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $75
    Description: Learn techniques for motivational behaviors, effective pay treatment and incentives, removing obstacles, setting up employees for success, joint goal-setting, delegation, and handling new and family employees. Practice motivational behaviors, the “breakthrough conversation,” finding missing success tools, and designing a framework to enable employee success.

    Course Number: CE-SBC01-12

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    Module 9: Improving Operations 

    Days: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $75
    Description: Understand the effect of operations improvement on profit and loss. Learn to see the business opportunities as an outsider would: how to spot signals for improvement opportunities, the 7 principles of process design, over 20 tools for process improvement, how to get started on mapping a key business process, and key questions to trigger improvement ideas. Use real cases to practice identifying improvements and predicting bottom-line impact, and then get started with one of your own processes. Get some tips on staffing, scheduling, and managing suppliers.

    Course Number: CE-SBC01-13

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    Module 10: Growing Revenue


    Days: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $75
    Description: Learn how to set your profit goals and use 10 levers to grow your business profits. Compare risk and timing for different growth methods, from current customers and quick wins to new aggregators, new markets, and new products. Practice predicting bottom-line results, and choose your own business growth strategy.


    Course Number: CE-SBC01-14

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    Module 11: Turning Around the Distressed Small Business


    Days: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $75
    Description: Learn to spot early warning signs of a business drifting into distress. Practice spotting your own signs. Understand the turnaround process, and how to use turnaround tools. Practice choosing turnaround solutions. Return to the office armed with techniques to turn your business around.

     

    Course Number: CE-SBC01-15

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  • Online Professional Non-Credit Courses

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    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

    Citrix
    Virtualization
    Cisco
    CompTIA
    EC-Council
    Microsoft 

    Home Performance

    Energy Audit Basic Training

    Advanced Home Energy Course

    Weatherization Installer Training

    Home Performance Sales and Marketing

    Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps