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Vocational Skills Courses

Vocational Skills courses are developmental-level, non-credit courses that are designed to develop life and vocational skills that can lead to competitive, entry-level employment and enhance everyday living skills. Most courses meet for eight weeks, meeting twice a week for two hours during the fall and spring semesters. These classes can be repeated up to five times. Classes are held on campus in Glen Ellyn.

Summer 2020 Course Offerings

Computer Skills

This course provides an introduction to computer technology and word processing. Instruction covers the basic parts of a computer, using the internet, email, and Microsoft applications.

Tuesday and Thursday, May 26 to July 16
1 to 3 p.m.
VOCSK-0021-001, $299
Seaton Computer Center (SCC), Room 123

Please note:  Due to a variety of factors, the only Vocational Skills class that will be held during the Fall 2020 semester  is Food Service Skills Workshop-  VOCSK-0091-001.  This on-line class will provide foundational information about basic food preparation, nutrition, and food safety.  Fridays, September 25 to October 30, 10-10:50 a.m.

All other Vocational Skills classes have been cancelled for the Fall 2020 semester.

Animal Care Skills

This course provides an introduction to basic animal care.  Students learn about potential careers in the animal care field and how to provide basic care for cats, dogs, and other household pets.  Grooming, nutrition, and common illnesses are also discussed.

Auto Care Skills- Back by popular demand!

This course offers classroom and hands-on training in basic skills needed for entry level employment and general car maintenance. Students must possess the manual dexterity to operate tools and manipulate auto parts. Students must also be able to enact strict safety procedures.

Employment Skills 

This course provides an introduction to on-the-job skills.  Topics include understanding standards of behavior; communication with employers, co-workers, and public; and time management.  

Keyboard Skills 

This course provides an introduction to the computer keyboard and typing skills.  Topics include how to touch type alphabetic and special characters.  

Computer Skills I and II

These courses include topics related to computer familiarity, work processing, text editing, margins, text alignment, tabs, bullet lists, envelopes, and labels. 

General Office Skills

This is an introduction to basic office tasks and operation of office machines for adults with cognitive disabilities. Topics include filing, mailing, copying, faxing and time management skills. 

Food Service Skills 

This course provides the basic/intermediate skills required for food service occupations. Topics include demonstration and hands-on learning in sanitation, safe food handling, safety issues, food preparation and cooking. 

Hospitality Skills 

This is an introduction to basic skills required for entry-level hospitality and hotel housekeeping occupations. Topics include basic room cleaning, laundry duties, proper trash handling, and cleaning product safety. Personal grooming and social skills are also covered. 

Horticulture Skills I and II

This course focuses on the propagation, growth, and care of various plants in the greenhouse.  Learning topics include types of propagation and the caring of plants from propagation to maturity (market ready).  Emphasis is placed on fall/winter or spring/summer plants.  Students will have the opportunity to select plants to propagate and apply their acquired skills.  All projects are taken home.

Meet Some of Our Instructors

Karla Megow is our COACH-Year One morning instructor. Karla has over 40 years of experience teaching students with special needs in the high school and college settings.

Valerie Ulett has taught at COD for over 30 years. She taught in the Office and Technology Department for 10 years and in the Developmental Education Department for over 20 years.


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Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Email: CE@cod.edu
Fax: (630) 942-3785

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. If you are attempting to register for a class, Please leave a message and Continuing Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at ce@cod.edu at any time.

Please note: all programming for Fall 2020 will be online (some exceptions apply).