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July  Highlights

Summer is Here!

Whether you are a first time learner or a returning student, there are innumerable ways to prepare for college during the summer. While there are many activities to partake in over the summer months, as a college student, there should always be some proactive planning going toward your academic studies—even on the “off” months.

College of DuPage Continuing Education offers several short-term, non-credit career training programs in the healthcare industry. Our programs focus on high-need, entry level healthcare professions where students can rapidly train and begin employment. Our short-term trainings help non-degree seeking students move into the workforce quickly, but they also serve as great starting points to explore higher-level healthcare disciplines and degree programs.

Some preparation over the summer — when free time is plentiful and the pressure is off — can make the beginning of fall semester a whole lot easier.

Check out this video to learn more of the short-term healthcare programs offered through Continuing Education and register for a free information session!

Massage Therapy – Jobs Are Waiting

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Massage Therapy is one of the fastest growing occupations, 21% in the next 5 years. Also lists salary in the greater Chicago Metro area at $52,030. Plan to attend an information session for full details on the program for Fall enrollmen on either  July 14th at 10am or August 11 at 6pm. Please register to attend an info session.  

Classes for incoming students will begin the week of September 7th. During the Fall semester, courses will be offered both online (Virtual Classroom) and  via a hybrid option with both online and hands-on labs components on campus.

College of DuPage rolls out Beer Judging and two new summer craft beer series.

So You Want to Become a Beer Judge
Marty Nachel, a 35-year member of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) and professional judge who has participated in some of the most prestigious beer competitions worldwide, leads this new course! Learn to become a more distinguished evaluation of beer and discover best practices of beer judging. Get a sneak-peak into the important habits practices by beer judges and the do’s and don’ts of beer judging.

Ale Trails: Best Brewery Treks and Taste Tours
Beer lovers and friends, join us for adventures along America’s Ale Trails. This series of courses will transport you to some of the best beer places in America. We will virtually visit breweries and brewpubs, and learn the stories behind some of our favorite craft beers and newcomers. You will enjoy a guided tour of craft beer tastings and learn industry tidbits on brewing and brand-building. Each series explores craft beer from a different region of America. The Beer Cellar in Glen Ellyn will stock the regional beer for each series.

Ale Trails: Mid-South, Bourbon Trail, Great Smoky Mountains
Thursdays, July 15 to Aug. 5

Ale Trails: New England
Thursdays, Aug. 12 to Sept. 2

Ale Trails: Midwest
Thursdays, Sept. 9 to Sept. 30

Beer Tracks: A Farm-to-Glass Experience
Craft brew masters and homebrewers have defined what great beer can taste like and look like. Our series is an exploration into the varieties of beer. Together we will explore tastes, trends, and other influences, like the farm-to-table movement that can affect the craft brewing industry. The Beer Cellar in Glen Ellyn will stock the varieties for this series.

Beer Tracks: Seltzers
Tuesdays, July 13 to July 27

Beer Tracks: Sours
Tuesdays, Aug. 3 to Aug. 17

Beer Tracks: Malts
Tuesdays, Sept. 14 to Sept. 28

Past Highlights

Certifications for Every Stage of Your Career

In an increasingly projectized world, PMI professional certification ensures you are ready to meet the demands of projects and employers across the globe. If your goal is to obtain Project Management Professional (PMP®) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification COD has you covered!  The Project Management courses at College of DuPage provides you the opportunity to work toward PMP® or CAPM® certification while learning to deliver projects on time, reliably and within your budget.

Whether you are on a project management career track or would like to move in that direction, these courses are an ideal way to develop your ability to deliver projects & meet the education requirements for certification. *If you are already PMI certified, you can earn PDUs by completing these courses. 

PMP® Project Management Professional
The PMP is the gold standard of project management certification. The PMP validates your competence to perform in the role of a project manager, leading and directing projects and teams.  

Essentials of Project Management
Thursday, July 15 and 22
8 a.m. to  4 p.m.
Virtual Classroom

Advanced Project Management
Thursday, July 29 and August 5
8 a.m. to  4 p.m.
Virtual Classroom 

Project Management Certification Prep
Thursday, August 12
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Virtual Classroom

CAPM® Certified Associate in Project Management
The CAPM demonstrated your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management.

Essentials of Project Management
Thursday, July 15 and 22
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Virtual Classroom

Advanced Project Management
Thursday, July 29 and August 5
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Virtual Classroom

Call (630) 942-2524 or email for more information

Eligible for WIOA funding

Take Your Career To the Next Level and Become a CNA Educator

COD Continuing Education offers an instructor-led Train the Trainer course to provide nurses the knowledge and skills to become a CNA Instructor in Illinois. The course includes the Alzheimer’s component and IDPH Approved Evaluator Workshop. This program will strengthen your skills as a trainer and optimizes the development and delivery of your CNA programs. 

CNA educators are in high demand!!! Call to register or for more information (630) 942-2208 or email

Train the Trainer – Certified Nurse Aide Instructor Course
Monday thru Friday, Aug 16 to 20,
7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
DuPage County Care Center, Wheaton

Obtain your CDL and Get Ready to Roll with a New Truck Driving Career!

Prepare for the Class A CDL exam with in-depth training that includes over-the-road, range, and classroom time. This program exceeds all Illinois Secretary of State requirements to test for the Commercial Driver’s License. Truck drivers are in high demand and you can be on the path to your new career in as little as 6 weeks. Classes and exams are held at the College of DuPage Addison Center. 

CDL Class A Training
July 19 to Aug. 27
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call (630) 942-2275, email

Nonprofits Need Professional Development Too!

Professional development for nonprofit organizations is an important factor in ongoing growth and sustainability for your nonprofit. Whether you are new to nonprofit or have been in the nonprofit space for a while, we have developed courses that will help you increase your nonprofit’s visibility, train new (and existing) board members to be more effective allies, learn new strategies to attract and retain new donors, and more. We continue to bring relevant courses with experienced instructors.  We also house a large Philanthropy Collection in our library managed by Reference Librarian Christine Kickels.

This summer we have added two new courses: Decoding the Donor part 1 and Decoding the Donor part 2. In these courses you will learn what it takes to attract and retain donors in this competitive market. You will see what it takes to build a culture of philanthropy at your organization with a best-practice, business-inspired approach to engage, motivate and secure donors for life. You will learn why relationship management is so critical and take development to the next level with a data-driven approach. You will analyze your donors and donations and interpret findings to determine best courses of action. These courses will include breakout sessions where you will work with your organization’s data.

Attend a nonprofit course at College of DuPage your partner in NP professional development. This fall, we will add two more courses, an Advanced Board Members course and a Planned Giving course. 

Marketing Your Mission
Wednesday, June 9
6 to 9 p.m.
BSPSI-0220-001, $79
On Campus in Glen Ellyn

Decoding the Donor - Part I -New!
Wednesday, June 23
9 to 11:30 a.m.
BSPSI-0240-001, $69
On Campus in Glen Ellyn

Decoding the Donor - Part II- New!
Wednesday, July 7
9 to 11:30 a.m.
BSPSI-0250-001, $69
On Campus in Glen Ellyn

Board Member Essentials
Wednesday, July 21
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
BSPSI-0200-001, $79
On Campus in Glen Ellyn


New! Real Estate Broker Post-License Courses This Summer

The 45-hour Broker Post-License Requirement (composed of three, 15-hour courses) needs to be completed for your first renewal. The three required courses address core topics essential to the development of a newly-licensed real estate broker, including Illinois license law, agency obligations and disclosure, purchase agreements and other contracts, fair housing, antitrust, transaction handling, working with sellers and buyers, risk management, ethics, advertising and professional development. 

If you were originally licensed between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2021 you need to complete the 45 Hour Post-Licensing courses for your first license renewal period ending April 30, 2022.

Real Estate 1133 Broker Post-License Applied Brokerage Principles (15 classroom hours)
Saturday, June 5 to 26
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PROED-1133-001, $138
Virtual Classroom 

Real Estate 1134 Broker Post- License Risk Management and Discipline (15 classroom hours)
Saturday, July 10 to 31
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PROED-1134-001, $138
Virtual Classroom

Real Estate 1135 Broker Post-License Transactional Issues Broker (15 classroom hours)
Tuesday and Thursday, July 20 to 29
5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
PROED-1135-001, $138
Virtual Classroom

Looking To Change Careers and Love Animals?

A career as a Veterinary Assistant is a rewarding one. Veterinary Assistants get to work with an animal care team under the supervision of a veterinary technician and/or a veterinarian. As an integral member of veterinary team, the role is both customer facing and hands-on with animals. Beyond a love for animals and an interest in veterinary medicine, there are plenty of financial incentives to become a veterinary assistant. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is projected to grow 19% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The need for veterinary assistants will continue to grow as pet ownership in the U.S is on the rise. Animal safety as well as responsible pet ownership has contributed to this increased demand. 

COD Continuing Education now offers Veterinary Assistant in a hybrid format to allow for flexibility while continuing to offer a high quality short-term career training. The program include an externship, where students can integrate classroom knowledge and theory with field experience. This experience can provide networking opportunities and directly prepare students for employment.

Start your career training for Veterinary Assistant today with COD Continuing Education.

Summer class begins June 2.

Massage Therapy Part of the Top 5 Best Jobs

In a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, Massage Therapy was noted to be one of the 5 best jobs which does not require a college degree. Nationally employment in Massage Therapy is projected to grow 21% from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Specifically Metropolitan Chicago region, ranks 3rd highest for employment in the nation. 

While demand is high, supply is low and most College of DuPage Massage Therapy students have multiple job offers before they graduate the program. The career offers flexibility, security, opportunities for job advancement and many employers now provide full employment benefits.
Join us for the free information session to learn more about this short term healthcare training program being offered this summer. Registration for the information session is required.

Business of Craft Beer program expands this summer!

Since its inception in 2015, the Business of Craft Beer Program has been preparing people for careers in the craft beer industry. Some of our past students have gone on to open their own breweries.This summer we will add other courses to the program that will provide professional development to those working in the industry and introduce new craft beer enthusiasts to this growing industry. For those of you that have asked, we are bringing beer judging to our program. Join us for this virtual one night session on June 9, ‘So You Want to Become a Beer Judge’, with Marty Nachel, a 35-year member of the Beer Judge Certification Program and professional judge who has participated in some of the most prestigious beer competitions in the US and abroad.

Brewers and FOH staff, would you like to refine your expertise in beer ingredients and varieties? In our new Beer Tracks: A Farm-to-Glass Experience, together we will explore tastes, trends and other influences like the farm-to-table movement that can affect the craft brewing industry.

In June, we start with Hops, regarded by many as “the spice” of beers. During the heat of July we will examine Seltzers– are they really “beer”?  In August we turn to Sours, from traditional styles including Belgian lambics, Gueuze, Flanders, red ale and German gose to eyebrow-raising new entries. For September, we explore what makes many Oktoberfest brews so appealing – rich malt.

To our beer lovers and friends, join us for adventures along American’s Ale Trails. This series of courses called, Ale Trails: Best Brewery Treks and Virtual Taste Tour will transport you to some of the best beer places in America. We will virtually visit breweries and brewpubs, and learn the stories behind some of our favorite craft beers and newcomers. You will enjoy a guided tour of craft beer tastings and learn industry tidbits on brewing and brand-building. We will provide you a recommended list of beer brands to purchase on your own and enjoy with us “in class”.

In June, we kick off with a virtual trip to Colorado, home to The Great American Beer Festival and birthplace of The American Homebrewers Association. In July, we pack up our beer backpacks to trek to The Middle South and the craft beer boom along The Bourbon Trail, into The Great Smoky Mountains, all the way to the Atlantic coast. In August, we will head up to the New England, where IPAs are revered. September takes us back to the Midwest, home to many favorite Oktoberfest brews and beer halls. As the weather turns crisp in October, join us as we venture to sunny California, origin of the American craft brewing movement, and up to the legendary Pacific Northwest.

Learn more about these and other Business of Craft Beer Courses.

You can register by calling (630)942-2208 or online.

What is an Externship and Why is it Important?

An externship is an experiential learning opportunity that takes place at a work site and gives students first-hand knowledge of the daily activities and responsibilities of a specific profession. For students, the benefits of externships include integrating classroom knowledge in a real work setting, networking with industry professionals and gearing up for employment.

COD Continuing Education has formed long-standing partnerships with industry partners to create first-rate externship experiences for our students. Our industry partners are excited to work with us because the externship program offers a pipeline to recruit well-trained, ready-for-work employees.

Join us for free information sessions to learn more about short, affordable healthcare training programs offered this summer that include exciting externship experiences. Registration for information sessions is required.

Pharmacy Technician Information Session
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Register for session
Veterinary Assistant Information Session
Thursday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Register for session
Continuing Education thanks the following industry partners for their commitment to providing excellent externship experiences for our students! These employers ensure that the on-site work experience for our externs is thorough, up-to-date and consistent with industry standards.

Walgreens - various locations throughout the region

Veterinarian Offices
Blue Pearl Veterinary - Skokie
Lombard Veterinary - Lombard
Oakton Animal Hospital - Elk Grove Village
St. Charles Vet - St. Charle
VCA Animal Hospitals - various locations
Dental Offices
Amber Dental - Wheaton
American Dental Associates, LTD - various locations
Bolingbrook Dental Care - Bolingbrook
Chang Dental - Lisle
Derrick Williamson DDS - Naperville
Dr. Linda Ricks - Naperville
Eagle Falls Dentistry - Bloomingdale
Edward R. Chavez, DDS, PC - Wheaton
Family Dental Care - Wood Dale
Glenbard Family Dental - Lombard
Optimum Orthodontics (Dr. Engelmann) - Naperville
Pediatric Dentistry Consultants - Naperville
Raina Dental Care - Bolingbrook
Station Side Dental - Oswego
Thomas M. Piazza, DDS - Naperville
Valley Dental Care - Plainfield
Wesley Wise DDS - Oak Park

For more information on our all of our healthcare career training programs, visit

Do you need Hands-on Assistance with Your Business?

College of DuPage Business Development Center Can Help
The Business Development Center provides expert coaching, customized advising and training to help get your new business off the ground, or to take your existing business to the next level of success. We offer hundreds of training options for small businesses throughout the year. There is no fee for advising services as the Center is grant funded.

We offer three core programs to assist with your business:

Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Entrepreneurs and small business owners can obtain advising in management, marketing, finance and operations. Our advising services can help with starting a business, business planning, market analysis, financial analysis, financing, sales and marketing.

Illinois International Trade Center (ITC)
Are you ready to expand your business further? Exporting offers the opportunity to open new markets and broaden customer bases. Get help with identifying international leads, distributor discovery, competitor analysis, financing options, sales and marketing strategy and assistance with global shipping challenges.

Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Interested in expanding your small business to government agencies as a new market? Are you confused by the certification options? PTAC can advise you on working through the maze of government registrations and certifications, responding to Request for Proposals (RFPs), maximizing opportunities and gaining marketing exposure. Businesses that have an established commercial market, commitment to quality and can commit time and effort are the perfect candidates.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help:

College of DuPage
Business Development Center
535 Duane Street, Office 233
Glen Ellyn IL 60137
Main Line: (630) 942-2600

Jumpstart your career in the healthcare industry at COD

COD Continuing Education offers classes geared towards your professional level. Whether you are a well-seasoned professional, a management trainee, or just starting and deciding what professional industry you are interested in.
If you are looking to jumpstart your career in the healthcare industry, learn about the Caregiver course. Caregivers are essential members of a patient care team in providing high quality health care. This short-term online training course will provide an overview of the basic principles of caregiving at low cost.

Advance your career and take the first step to becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner online. This seminar is geared towards healthcare professionals and frontline staff, particularly Alzheimer's Supervisors, per the State of Illinois Administrative Code 245 or 280 under title 77 mandate. This training will prepare a healthcare professional for qualification to the NCCDP as a Certified Dementia Practitioner® candidate.

Upcoming Start Dates

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar
May 8

Develop a skill or gain a new one through College of DuPage Professional Development

Whether you are a manager or an entry level employee, professional development is important to your career. Learn new skills that will keep you relevant in your field and let others know that you are interested in advancing your career. Our spring professional development topics are listed below. We also provide training in Communicating Effectively, Emotional Intelligence, Customer Experience, Team Building, DISC assessments and Using Effective Tools for Decision-Making and Goal Setting. Enroll as an individual or partner with College of DuPage for a customized training program based on your organization's professional development needs. Email to start a conversation about professional development.

Enhance your career potential and impact the lives of others and become a Caregiver

Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14% from 2018 to 2028, adding about 1.9 million new jobs, which is more than any other industry. The coronavirus pandemic has shed light on major imbalances within the healthcare system; specifically, the supply and demand of allied health professionals. While doctors' and nurses' efforts are in the spotlight, allied healthcare professionals are also part of the team. 

Allied health professionals support the healthcare system by performing diagnoses, interventions, standard procedures, and administrative tasks. Because they specialize in niche areas, it takes significantly less time to complete professional training. For instance, COD Continuing Education Caregiver course is a short-term training course at low cost. Caregivers are essential members of a patient care team in providing high quality health care. The overall employment as a Caregiver is projected to grow 36 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boomer generation ages and the elderly population grows, the demand for the services of home health aides and personal care aides will continue to increase. The median annual wage was $24,200 in May 2018.

As we think ahead to a post-COVID-19 world, now is a crucial time to start considering ways to adapt in this rapidly changing industry. The COD Continuing Education Caregiver course will provide the new skills that the healthcare workforce needs to succeed.

For additional information visit the Caregiver webpage or call (630) 942-2008 to speak with a registration staff member. 

The Business of Craft Beer

Now in its fifth year, College of DuPage's Business of Craft Beer program is a short-term career training program that has solutions for those working in or desiring to work in the craft beer industry. Whether you are looking to enroll your employees in a beer production course, a course to develop your skills in social media marketing, or a course in craft beer entrepreneurship, we have over 10 courses taught by industry professionals. Visit our webpage to find out how our industry specific courses can help you develop your skills. 

Here are some of the positions that were recently posted in the craft beer industry – Marketing Assistant, Graphic Designer, Production, Quality Control, Sales, Merchandising, Retail, Distribution, Maintenance Technician, Brewer, Delivery Driver, Cold Side Operations, Packaging, Lab Technician, Taproom, Midwest Regional Manager, Overnight Cellar worker, General Manger, Business Analyst.

These are just some of the career positions that exist in the craft beer industry. Perhaps you own a brewery, brew pub, or beer-centric restaurant or you work in the industry and are looking for training to advance your career. Or you may be looking for your side hustle, your retirement job, your first job as a college grad, or transferring your current skills into a new industry. Sign up for just one 4 to 6 week courses or enroll in one of our professional tracks (Industry Professional or Entrepreneurship) and finish the program in as little as 18 weeks.

Register for our upcoming virtual Info Session on Thursday, January 7 at 6 p.m. to find out more about this exciting program. 

COD Business Solutions holds Wellness Webinar

In November, Pat O'Shaughnessy, Massage Therapy Program Manager held a webinar on wellness and self-care. As the holidays approach, it is important to make sure that you are taking care of yourself. Wellness is a choice and a way of life. You can learn to develop awareness, balance in your life, and integrate of body, mind, and spirit. To obtain a copy of the presentation or start a conversation about wellness, contact Pat O'Shaughnessy at

Discover the Meaning Behind PSI

The Public Service Institute, or PSI as we call it, is a professional development program for public sector employees. The program is made up of 6 unique series of professional training topics geared toward those working in local government. The series are called, Engaging Employees I and II, Leading Teams I and II, and Organizational Leadership I and II. This training offers participants the opportunity to share best practices, network with those in other municipalities and examine case studies specific to the public sector.

The relevance of the topics learned to municipal employees is invaluable. The sessions are interactive so that participants are getting the most benefit by the discussions that take place within smaller groups. The instructors bring a wealth of training and public sector experience, which is important because of the uniqueness of this sector of employees.

Our newest series is Organizational Leadership which is geared to manager level and above. In this series, some of the topics are Strategic Planning, Crisis Communication and Finances – from State to Local Government. We developed the series this past fall and have added new trainers to our PSI talent bench including a former state comptroller, a county Homeland Security and Emergency Management manager, and a former village manager.

In addition to the PSI series, we have also brought a Project Management training for the public sector in a one day training with Andy Kaufman. This training has been widely attended since launching the course in January of 2020.

If you have participated in PSI, then you know the value of this unique program. If your organization has not attended one of these programs and you would like to find out more about PSI, please email Jenifer Walsh (

You may also visit our webpage for more information about upcoming sessions at


"This program does an excellent job of providing professional development education for municipal employees in a wide variety of topics." -Kent Johnson, City Engineer, City of Elmhurst

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Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Please call us If you have questions about a course or need assistance with registration. You can also reach us by email at at any time.

Please note: all programming for Summer 2021 will be online (some exceptions apply).