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September Highlights

New! Leadership Series

The Leadership Series offers short workshops that provide you with immediate, actionable insight in light of the ever-changing global environment. Each workshop is designed to enhance your business acumen and elevate your leadership profile. The courses will be taught by Andy Kaufman and offered in a convenient live, online learning format. If you are already PMI certified, you can earn two PDUs for each completed course.  

The Power to Influence Without Authority
Oct. 1, 1 to 3 p.m. ,$125
Our ability to influence can make all the difference in getting commitment and achieving our objectives as leaders. In this session, we'll talk about what influence is (and how it differs from manipulation). We'll talk about a 5-part model from neuroscience that will help improve your ability to influence without authority. We will review Dr. Robert Cialdini's six weapons of influence, including how to ethically use them (as well as defend against them when people try to use them on us). 

How to Make Better Choices for You, Your Team, and Your Projects
Oct. 15, 1 to 3 p.m., $125
In this highly interactive keynote, Andy Kaufman, PMP shares why the familiar pros-and-cons approach seems to make sense-but is profoundly flawed. He discusses how our biases influence the options we consider and the choices we make, and how we can fight those biases. Andy shares examples of how team leaders can influence team decisions in positive and negative ways. Is our problem with decisions that we are overconfident? Maybe-and maybe not! Andy will show how overconfidence is overrated as an explanation for poor decisions.

Developing Your Executive Presence: Improving Your Ability to Confidently Lead and Deliver 
Oct. 22, 1 to 3 p.m., $125
We often recognize executive presence when we see it, but it can be more difficult to define. There's something about a person with presence. People are more likely to listen to them and willingly follow them. In this fast-paced, highly interactive keynote, Andy Kaufman shares practical insights gleaned from years of working with executives around the world.  But what about those daunting moments when you don't feel so confident? Andy shows how the imposter syndrome is an issue we all struggle with, from aspiring frontline leaders to CEOs (and shares practical ideas on how to address it). From how we show up, speak up, and deliver results, executive presence is not something we innately have or not--it is something you can develop. 

Managing Up: How to Succeed With Your Boss Without Sucking Up
Nov. 5, 1 to 3 p.m., $125
Managing up is not sucking up. It's not a set of insincere political maneuvers designed to fake your way to success. In this workshop, you will learn practical approaches to build and maintain a productive relationship with your boss. You will learn why waiting for your boss to change doesn't work. We will discuss why your success and your boss's success are tied together. You will learn insightful tips on helping your boss trust you. You'll see how understanding your boss's preferences and styles can help you adjust accordingly and how being proactive can make all the difference. 

Ready to get registered for one or more webinars?

Massage Therapy Clinic Reopening and Continuing Ed Courses for Therapists

The Massage Therapy Department is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Professional Massage Clinic, both Laura and Deb will be back and delighted to see both previous and new clients.  Information on the official reopening will be made available on the Massage Therapy Clinic website.

For all Licensed Massage Therapists-we are offering the following CE classes for licensure renewal.  December 2022 will be here before you know it.

September 12, Phil Hinton will be teaching Change Up Chair on campus from 10am to 430pm. 6 CEs for only $140.

September 19, Rachel Schmitz will be explaining how to cope with Sexual Harassment in your practice in this virtual Prevention class from 1230pm to 130pm in her virtual classroom, 1 CE.  $30

This virtual class will be followed by Honoring Boundaries/Ethics also taught by Rachel, 2pm to 5 pm. 3 CEs $80

Both classes are REQUIRED by the IDFPR for renewal.

Looking ahead to October-learn to work with clients suffering from Trauma, specifically Victims of Domestic Violence, taught by Donna Suchecki on campus October 3 from 12pm to 4pm. 4 CEs $110.

Contact Pat O'Shaughnessy for more information. 

Complete your required Real Estate Broker Post-License coursework this fall at College of DuPage 

Real Estate Broker Post-License Courses (45 hours)

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. Learn more

You Need To Take This Course If:

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)
Tuesday & Thursday, Sept. 7 to 21
6 to 9:15 p.m.

Real Estate 1134 Broker Post-License Risk Management and Discipline (15 classroom hours)
Tuesday & Thursday, Sept. 23 to Oct. 7
6 to 9:15 p.m.

Real Estate 1135 Broker Post-License Transactional Issues (15 classroom hours)
Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 14 to 28
6 to 9:15 p.m.

Learn more!



Past Highlights

Pharmacy Technician Adjunct Faculty Receives PTCB Commendation

Aligned with the College commitment to our students’ academic success, COD Continuing Education Pharmacy Technician adjunct faculty member, Diane Oravecz RPh participated in a recent Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) remote item writing drive. The purpose of the item writing drive was to develop and review new content for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). Her valuable contributions through her participation is evident of her outstanding commitment to pharmacy practice.

The College Pharmacy Technician program offered through Continuing Education, is a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) recognized program. Being a PTCB-recognized education/training program ensures that students in the program will be eligible to take the PTCE upon program completion. PTCB-certified pharmacy technicians have the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired through education and hands-on training to advance patient care in today’s pharmacy.

Learn more about the Pharmacy Technician program and visit or for more information email

Public Service Institute

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 development programs geared toward those working in local government. 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.

I am pleased to announce that we are back in person this fall! The sessions are interactive so that participants are getting the most benefit through discussions that take place within groups.

Our newest series is Organizational Leadership which is geared to village managers and administrators, department managers, directors, superintendents, etc.  Organizational Leadership topics this fall include: Equity and Inclusion, Coaching and Developing Others, Listening: Advocacy and Inquiry, and Creative Problem Solving. We will also run our existing series, Engaging Employees and Leading Teams, geared to all those working in the public sector.

In addition to the PSI series, we will also run PSI 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 over a year ago.

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  visit

Consider training for one of the fastest growing occupations-Massage Therapy

Right now there is a shortage of Licensed Massage Therapists in the Chicagoland area.  COD offers a comprehensive 1 year program that prepares you for the State licensure exam. Register to attend the information session on August 11th at 6pm to learn the details.  (Insert information registration link here) New classes begin the week of August 30th. Don’t wait, register today!

Short-Term Healthcare Programs

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 enrollment on either July 14 at 10 a.m. or August 11 at 6 p.m. 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

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


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Contact Information

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