Increase your skills, knowledge and salary in the field of business.

Business and Professional Services and Financial Services make up over 20% of the Illinois economy, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Governors State University offers fully online courses through the School for Extended Learning (SXL) that will help you learn the skills needed for an in-demand and well-paying career in business. Learn business skills for application in marketing, human resources, payroll, purchasing, logistics, quality and process improvement. These short-term career trainings will help you add value to your organization, change careers, or advance your career, in weeks or months, not years. Enroll today to pave your unique path towards job satisfaction and financial success.  


Certified Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office Specialist 2019 (Exam Vouchers Included)
Prepare for the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) credential exams for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. You will learn the fundamentals of workplace administration, including organizational communication, management, and human resources, as well as how to effectively use the Microsoft Office 2019 suite. This course offers ongoing enrollment.


PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation
The live online course will provide an overview of key areas in human resources management, and is designed to better prepare HR professionals for the national PHR (Professional in HR) or the SPHR (Senior Professional in HR) exams.


Data Analyst Career Certificate – 320 hours
Whether it be market research, sales figures, logistics, or transportation costs, every business collects data. Data Analysts translate numbers and data into plain English to help management make better business decisions. This training program consists of 4 or 5 college-level courses (80 hours each), depending on prior programming experience. Courses Include: SQL Fundamentals Advanced SQL Introduction to Python for Data Science Predictive Data Analytics with Python If trainees have little or no prior experience in computer programming, then Introduction to Computer Programming (80 hours) will introducing algorithmic (computational) thinking. 



SXL offers many programs that are approved through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a federal grant program that provides individual training vouchers to unemployed or underemployed workers to re-train for one of many growing professions.

WIOA-approved Business programs include:  

Business & Office Skills Studies

Business & Industry Studies


Professional certifications are also offered in Lean Six Sigma and Project Management. Both programs include digital badges to highlight and share your achievement online with employers.  

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