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

  • Banking Secrets that help get IRS OIC plans approved! How to successfully win an IRS audit, appeal, setup a payment plan, or offer in compromise, OIC?

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    Banking Secrets that help get IRS OIC plans approved! How to successfully win an IRS audit, appeal, setup a payment plan, or offer in compromise, OIC?

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Thursday, December 18, 2014
    Time: 9am -12pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $79.00

    Presenter: Laura Burke EA, CFE, MBA & MS MIS (SP 2015) 

    Continuing Education Credits Available: 3.0 CPEs

    For More Information: Banking Secrets that help get IRS OIC plans approved! How to successfully win an IRS audit, appeal, setup a payment plan, or offer in compromise, OIC? Homepage.

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    Course Number: CE-MNY03-03

    Description: Banking Secrets that help get IRS OIC plans approved! The truth of the matter is there is a formula and a system to winning in an audit, to successfully preparing an acceptable payment plan and most importantly getting and OIC approved.  I have well over 15 years of banking experience that has helped me to be successful when submitting my offers and payment plans to the IRS, and the state of Illinois for approval.

    Find out how to prepare your offers with the same knowledge and information the IRS agent will be using.  By knowing the standardized guideline you can work together within the systems rules.  Like underwriting a loan, you will be learning to underwrite your offers.

    The plan of my client can’t afford this much, or let’s pick a number ten cents on the dollar and use that as our plan, strategy or goal simply doesn’t’ work.  By having a strategy, and a methodical plan you will better serve your clients, with higher approval rates.  This course will require the use of a calculator.

  • Do You Have an IRS Issue?

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    Do You Have an IRS Issue?

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: Saturday, January 17, 2015
    Time: 10am - 1pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $20

    Presenter: Laura Burke EA, CFE, MBA & MS MIS (SP2015) 

    Description: Do you have an IRS issue?  Have you missed filing your taxes for a period of time, are you an innocent or injured spouse?  What about that earned income credit do you or do you not qualify for it?  Have you missed entering some income on your tax return?  What about that cancellation of debt, foreclosure or short sale?  So many questions.  Come find out what to do, in the proper order.  We will also talk briefly about the IRS Fresh Start Program!

    One of the worst things you can do is to bury your head in the sand, don’t hide IRS notices, they don’t go away!

    This is a 3 hour discussion with time for Q & A.  Bring your issues, and IRS notices to discuss or meet one-on-one afterwards.

    For More Information:

    Do You Have an IRS Issue?

    Course Number: CE-MNY03-02

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  • Graduate Record Exam Test Preparation

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    Graduate Record Exam Test Preparation

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 28, 2015 - April 11, 18, 25, 2015
    Time: 9 am - Noon
    Room: TBD
    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-EP01-01 please contact the School of Extended Learning for more information or 708.534.4099

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  • For CPAs and CPEs: The Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions

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    For CPAs and CPEs: The Home-Based Business Guide: Planning  a Business,  Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: Thursday, December 18, 2014
    Time: 1pm - 4pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $79.00

    Presenter: Laura Burke EA, CFE, MBA & MS MIS (SP2015) 

     

    Choosing the right entity for your business

    Description: Helping your clients choose the right entity for their new business; are they a sole proprietor? Have you discussed with them the potential benefits of incorporating their business, becoming a partnership, or even a look at being classified as an LLC? In the state of Illinois we allowed LLC Series, which may be an excellent choice for your tax clients that own investment properties.

    Find out how you can assist your clients in understanding the differences, the benefits and the drawbacks of each. This class will elevate your knowledge and prepare you to assist your clients in making informed choices and decisions. This session is for you, whether you start business entities for your clients or refer them to a law firm, you will benefit by having this knowledge to share with your clients.

     

    The Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions

     
    Description: Many people have contemplated starting their own home-based business but never do because they are unsure of what steps to take, the correct process and just how to go about it. It can be an overwhelming project without the right guidance, but with the proper strategies it can be simplified and the process made easier.

    We look at the advantages and disadvantageous of owning a home-based business. Discover the inside information your clients need when starting a home-based business. Failure to plan can cost them serious money and headaches in the future. Planning reduces financial risk. Help them to plan properly for success!

    During this three hour session we will discuss the early stages of planning, marketing and how to help your clients grow their business. Most importantly we will take a closer look at the benefits of tax planning; such as taking advantage of all deductions your clients are legally entitled to claim. We will briefly review the new rules for the IRS simplified deduction method for the business use of your home.

     For more information:

    For CPAs and CPEs: Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions Homepage.

    Continuing Education Credits Available: 3.0 CPEs

    Course Number: CE-BUS07-01

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  • Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions

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    Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions 

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: Saturday, January 17, 2015
    Time: 2pm - 5pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $69.95
     

    Presenter: Laura Burke EA, CFE, MBA & MS MIS (SP2015)

    Two Courses in One:

    Choosing the right entity for your business

    Are you a sole proprietor?  Have you ever thought about incorporating your business, becoming a partnership, or even wondered how becoming an LLC would affect your business.  Come and find out the differences, the benefits and the drawbacks of each.  This allows you to make informed choices and decisions in determining which business entity maybe right for you; a sole proprietorship, a corporation, a partnership, or Limited Liability Co. known as an LLC

    Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions

    Description: Many people have contemplated starting their own home-based business but never do because they are unsure of what steps to take, the correct process and just how to go about it. It can be an overwhelming project without the right guidance, but with the proper strategies it can be simplified and the process made easier. 

    It is here in this session that you will find the guidance you've been waiting for, find out the ins, the outs and the inside info you need when starting a home-based business. Failure to plan can cost you serious money and headaches in the future. Planning reduces financial risk.

    Create a plan for your home-based business; whether it’s Avon, Mary Kay or any other adventurous home-based business. Knowing the ins and outs will help you make your business a success! During this three hour session you will learn planning, marketing and growing your business.  You will also take a look at the benefits of tax planning; such as taking advantage of all deductions you are legally entitled to claim.  Learn how to keep proper documentation allowing our deductions and credits.

    For more information:

    Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions Homepage

    Course Number: CE-BUS07-01

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  • IRS Simplified deduction method for business use of your home; taking effect for taxable years starting on, or after January 1, 2013

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    IRS Simplified deduction method for business use of your home; taking effect for taxable years starting on, or after January 1, 2013

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: Thursday, December 18, 2014
    Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $25.95

    Continuing Education Credits Available: 1.0 CPEs

    Description: This is a one hour in depth look at the new IRS Simplified plan for business deductions, significantly reducing the burden of record keeping for your tax clients, claimed on schedule A.

    For More Information:  IRS Simplified deduction method for business use of your home; taking effect for taxable years starting on, or after January 1, 2013 Homepage.

    Course Number: CE-MNY03-02

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  • Introduction to Tax Preparation

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    FALL 2014 - December 2014

    Introduction to Tax Preparation 2014

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December, 15, 16, & 17,  2014
    Time: 10am - 5pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $495

    Course Number: CE-MNY03-01

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    SPRING2015 - January 2015

    Introduction to Tax Preparation 2015

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January, 6, 7, & 8,  2015
    Time: 10am - 5pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $495

    Description: Looking for a New Career?  Just in time, “Intro to Tax Preparation” This 15 hour course will give you the basic skills needed to prepare a basic to medium level tax return.  Learn what is income, what is taxable income, deductions, credits, the earned income credit, educational credits, and how to properly efile your return. 

    This preparatory course will give you the insight and knowledge to properly complete an IRS 1040 form, along with the basic schedules. We will go over Schedule A, discuss briefly schedule D (stock, cancellation of debt) & E (Rental income/K1 income). Schedule C for self-employed borrowers will be touched upon, for more information on schedule C, attend the Home-based business course.

    All participants that successfully pass the Intro Tax Preparation will receive a Free 2 hour state of Illinois tax course; as walk through a standard IL1040 tax form.  Discover when to file a non-resident state tax return for bordering states of IN, MI, or WI.

    For more information:

    Introduction to Tax Preparation Homepage

    Course Number: CE-MNY03-01

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  • Introduction to the WISC-V, KTEA-3, and Q-interactive Examinations

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    Introduction to the WISC-V, KTEA-3, and Q-interactive Examinations


    Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
    Presenter: Dr. J. Lynsey Psimas
    Room: F1622
    Time: 10am - 1pm

    Description: This workshop will introduce attendees to the new Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 5th edition (WISC-V), Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, 3rd Edition (KTEA-3), and Q-interactive. Participants will learn how to administer and score new subtests, as well as understand the reliability and validity of these instruments. In addition to reviewing the traditional method of paper-and-pencil assessment, attendees will also learn about the new digital administration and scoring platform called Q-interactive. Attendees will develop a basic understanding of both traditional and digital methods of administration, scoring, and storing information.

    www.govst.edu/oce/Pearsontests

    Fee: $85 for professionals - Use registration code: CE-EP05-01
    Fee: $40 Non-GSU Students (verification required) - Use registration code: CE-EP05-02
    GSU students please contact Shaalein C. Lopez 708.534.4379 slopez5@govst.edu for information on registering.

    For more information or group rates, please contact the School of Extended Learning: 708.534.4099.

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Course

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    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Course

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Saturdays, January 31 - March 21, 2015
    Time: 9am - Noon
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $1,500 plus textbooks

    Hybrid Instruction: Four in-class and four online classes 
    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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    Lean Six Sigma Homepage

     

  • 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, 2015
    Time: 9am - Noon
    Room:
    Fee: $399
    Description: Acquire strategies in verbal skills, logic, critical reasoning and analytical writing to improve LSAT scores using acclaimed Cambridge test preparation materials

    Course Number:

    LSAT Homepage

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  • 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.

    Course Number(s): General Registration please use for registration: CE-BUS05-01

                                 SSCHRA Members (Verification Required) please use for registration:CE-BUS05-02

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  • The Knowledge Exchange

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    Morning sessions (10 a.m.-noon)


    World History: The Middle Ages


    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Fridays, January 23 - March 13, 2015
    Time: 10am - Noon
    Room: TBD

    Presenter(s): Myras and Linda Osman

    Description: In this course we will examine the major developments in Europe from roughly the year 1000 CE to 1500 CE. Topics of discussion will include the life in the manor house and castle, life in the church and monastery, and the life of the peasants and serfs on the manor. The major events covered will include the Crusades, the Plague, the Hundred Years’ War, the development of the nation-state and the rise of trade and towns.

    Course Number: CE-TKE01-01

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    Cinema Studies/America's Greatest: John Ford


    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Fridays, January 23 - March 13, 2015
    Time: 9:30am - Noon
    Room: TBD

    Presenter(s): Suzanne Patterson

    Description: With over 140 films which span from the silent era to the days of Panavision, John Ford etched himself an honorable place in cinematic history, becoming known as one of America’s greatest filmmakers... some say “the greatest”. Winner of six academy awards and although renowned for his westerns, Ford also directed comedy, drama, war, politics and even Shirley Temple! In this study of Ford’s unique style, vision and controversial methods, we will screen and discuss the diversity of his films which include The Searchers, How Green Was My Valley, The Last Hurrah and Mogambo as well as the documentary Directed by John Ford..

    Course Number: CE-TKE01-02

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    Afternoon Session 1-3pm

    Great Decisions


    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Fridays, January 23 - March 13, 2015
    Time: 1pm - 3pm
    Room: TBD

    Presenter(s): Brock Harring

    Description: As a staple of our winter curriculum, Great Decisions returns with a program to enhance your knowledge of international events through discussions with others interested in foreign policy. The text for the course is published by the Foreign Policy Association stating its mission “to help stimulate constructive and informed citizen participation in world affairs.” Topics for discussion in the 2015 series are as follows: Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Aid, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

    Copies of the Great Decisions 2015 books will be available for purchase at GSU’s Follett Bookstore for $20.00.

    Course Number: CE-TKE01-03

     

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    Literature: Modern Religious Parables


    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Fridays, January 23 - March 13, 2015
    Time: 1pm - 3pm
    Room: TBD

    Presenter(s): Patrick Keyes and Stan Moore

    Description: How do 19th and 20th century writers of fiction deal with challenges to traditional religious values?
    This class will delve into finding the answers through a study and discussion of several short stories which will include Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Bell Tower, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Grand Inquisitor, Franz Kafka’s Before the Law, Albert Camus’ The Growing Stone, John L’Heureux’ Departures and Tim Gautreaux’ Good For the Soul. Participants are welcome to choose other stories by the above authors for deliberation or use stories by Isaac Babel, Jorge Luis Borges, Oscar Wilde, Anatole France, Leo Tolstoy, Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes, Phillip Roth, Isaac Bashevis Singer, J.D. Salinger and Ernest Hemingway. Most readings will be furnished by The Knowledge Exchange.

    Course Number: CE-TKE01-04

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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