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)

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    American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)   
     

    2016 Training Session Dates:

    January 11-15  (Completed)

    May 2-6, Room E1581

    August 22-26

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

    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

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    Certificate in Supply Chain and Lean Six Sigma

    Now WIOA approved.

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

    Instructor: Tricia Kerns

    Course number: CE-BUS12-01

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  • Counseling in Speech-Language Pathology

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    Counseling in Speech-Language Pathology

    Online Course

    5/23/2016  to 7/12/2016
    Fee: $300

    Description:How does counseling relate to speech-language pathology and the ASHA Scope of Practice? What makes effective therapeutic relationships and therapeutic communication?  Join guest instructor Stephanie Hughes, PhD, CCC-SLP as she leads a discussion of behavioral characteristics and emotional states that are often demonstrated by clients and their significant others. 

     Along the way, you will reflect upon how beliefs, attitudes, and temperament may facilitate or detract from effective clinical practice.  Learn how multiculturalism in society affects counseling of people with communication disorders, and describe specific approaches which have been used successfully.  Practice therapeutic microskills, and learn to recognize and cope with professional burnout.

      Stephanie Hughes, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, works clinically with children, adolescents, and adults who stutter. Her research examines psychosocial aspects of communication disorders, including helping speech-language pathologists prevent and manage bullying in school-age children.    


      Course Number: CE-PPEH-06-01, Cost: $300

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

  • Dental Assisting Program

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    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. 

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

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  • GSU Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) Workshops

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    GSU Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) Workshops

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: Wednesday June 8 and Thursday, 9, 2016 - register for either session or both
    Time: 9 am - 4 pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $50 for one day, or $75 for both days. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    The College of Business (COB) at Governors State University (GSU) will offer a Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) workshops in June 2015. The workshop is designed to help faculty who teach business, social sciences and other related subjects bring international content into the classroom and expand their classroom knowledge and skills.

    These workshops are led by COB faculty who are content experts on the relevant topics. The program is sponsored by a US Department of Education grant and is offered at minimum cost to participants.

    A “Certificate of Completion” will be presented to the participants who successfully complete the program.

                The summer 2016 workshops will feature two modules:

    -          Wednesday, June 8
    Business and Labor Management in the Changing Global Environment (Dr. Stephen Wagner)

    o   Business Communications in a Global Context

    o   Cutting Edge Findings from the Science of Global Management

    o   Labor Practices and Employment Laws in Various Nations

    o   Change Management in Multinational Organizations

    o   The Business of Global Sustainability

      -          Thursday, June 9
    Accounting and Finance in the Global Marketplace  (Dr. Carlos Ferran)

    o   Financial Regulations around the World

    o   Accounting Standards in the Global Marketplace

    o   Accounting and Business Ethics

    Registration is $50 for one day, or $75 for both days. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Register online: 

    For general questions about the workshops, please contact: Dr. Jun Zhao (jzhao@govst.edu)


      Course Number: CE-BUS09-01 for June 8 session, CE-BUS09-02 for June 9 session, Discount will be applied when registering for both sections
      

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

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  • Graduate Record Exam Test Preparation

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    Graduate Record Exam Test Preparation

    Location: Governors State University

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

    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-EP01-02

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

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  • Information Security Certificate

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    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.

     

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  • Introduction to Tax Preparation

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    Introduction to Tax Preparation

    Day: Choose ONE of the following schedules:

    3 (Six hour courses); one daytime schedule, or one evening schedule

    Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 10 am -4 pm, Monday, Jan 11, 2016 from 10 am - 4 pm, and Thursday, January 15, 2016 10 am - 6pm  (daytime)

    OR

    Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 10 am - 4 pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 6:30-10:20 pm, Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 6:30-10:20 pm (Evenings, accelerated)

    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484 
    Cost: $425

    Course Code: TBD

    Introduction to Tax Preparation - this course is for those who want to prepare their own tax returns and others; friends, family and clients

    We will discuss:

    Income, tax credits, deductions, earned income credit; schedule A, basic schedule C, child care credit, tuition credits, basic state of Illinois tax return, efiling regulations, tax preparer ethics, and regulations.  You will file for PTIN number allowing you to prepare tax returns.


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  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Preparation

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    Law School Admission Test  (LSAT) Preparation

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: Saturdays, April 2, 9, 23, 30, May 14, 21, 2016
    Time: 9 am - Noon
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $399

    Course Code: CE-EP02-01

    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

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    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Course

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Saturdays, July 23 – September 3, 2016 - See below dates, (available fully online too)
    Time: 9am - Noon
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $1,500 plus textbooks and Software - Bookstore GSU Follet

    Hybrid Instruction: Four in-class and three online classes

       On-line sessions: July 30,  August 13, and 27  

       In-class Sessions: July 23, August 6, 20, and September 3, 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 Code: CE-GFS01-05

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  • Lean Six Sigma BLACK BELT Certificate Course

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    Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate Course

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Project Kick-Off Face-to-Face TBD, 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: TBD
    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.

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  • Master Leadership Certificate

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    Master Leadership Certificate

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

    Course Code: 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

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    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: 

     

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  • PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation

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    PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Mondays 

    March 7, 14, 21, 28 (off April 4th), April 11, 18 and 25.

    Time: 6 pm - 9 pm

    Room:  D2430J (Library)
    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): CE-BUS05-01

     General Registration please use for registration:  CE-BUS05-02

     SSCHRA Members (Verification Required) please use for registration: 

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

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  • The Knowledge Exchange

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    THE KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE

    Fall 2016 session begins September 16

    The Knowledge Exchange is on its summer break but invites you to join in on the fun when the fall session begins on September 16, 2016.

    In the meantime, here's a peek at what we were up to in the spring:

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

    World History: World War II      

    Class Leaders: Linda and Myras Osman

    This class will focus on aspects of the war that are often overlooked in traditional textbooks. Chronological background will be provided by the Thames Television series World at War. Topics to be covered will include the home fronts of the Axis and Allied powers; the battle for production - war economies and industrial expansion; the battle for food - rationing and victory gardens; science goes to war - the Manhattan project, strategic bombing, secret weapons and code breakers; the role of women on the home front and battle front; internment of Japanese-Americans, and German and Italian citizens; and the role of propaganda.

    Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 p.m.)

    The Knowledge Exchange is on is summer break but invites you to join in on the fun when the fall session begins on September 16, 2016.

    Cinema Studies: Best American Films of the 1950’s 

    Class Leaders: Bill Byrnes and Suzanne Patterson

    Great films challenge us to think more broadly, to think critically about the world around us and our preconceptions about it.  This class will examine the decade of the 1950's through a selection of seven of the best American films made in that decade, exploring the historical and cinematic context of film-making during that time period.  Among others, films screened will include Sunset Boulevard, Paths of Glory, Touch of Evil and Rebel Without a Cause.

    Art Appreciation: Craft in America

    Class Leader: Diane Du Bois

    The tradition of making functional objects from local materials continues today with an emphasis on traditional skills applied to contemporary themes. The artists/craftsman presented in the PBS series Craft in America discuss why they make art and demonstrate the processes used to create their art.  A field trip to the Charles Lotton Glass Studio in Crete will be scheduled for a date in May.  Class members are encouraged to bring in craft items related to the videos.

    U.S. History - The Civil War: 1863  

    Class Leaders: Bill Mitchell and Scott Dominiak

    This class will examine critical points of 1863.  Some of the topics will include the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chickamauga.  Emancipation will be discussed as well as an examination of the Gettysburg address and how they effected the US Constitution.  Other critical areas to be examined are the New York draft riots and Lincoln's role as the first "situation room" commander-in-chief of the army and navy.  Also a look into Lincoln's relationship with the Jewish population through which some fundamental military changes were brought about.

    For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393or spatterson3@govst.edu  

  • The new even more disastrious threat of identity theft; business identity theft!

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    The new even more disastrous threat; Business identity theft!

     Locations: Governors State University

    Day: Thursday, June 23, 2016
    Time: 10 am - noon
    Room: TBD

     Fee: $69, 2 CPE's for accountants

      Description: Find out how identity thieves have moved from individuals to businesses, and the havoc it is causing. Learn what steps your business clients can take to protect themselves; how to develop safe business practices for both you and your clients, and hear what the IRS is doing to help stop identity thieves. Earn 2 CPE hours. Register today for your summer CPE's at GSU.   

    Course Number: CE-BUS08-01

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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

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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