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Youth Academy High School Classes

The Youth Academy, High School program at College of DuPage has a full range of options to continue and enhance teens' intellectual curiosity and scholarly progress throughout the year.

Our Continuing Education class options are taught by Illinois State Board of Education, High School certified instructors that possess up-to-date Illinois Professional Licensure. 

Our mission is to serve district youth in high school coursework by providing high school credit summer school, ACT/SAT/PSAT test preparation classes, and one on one tutoring. COD is the place to be to get ahead, review, and prepare for high school and early college success! Click on the video below for an overview of our summer High School programs.

Online Opportunities

All online courses require access to a reliable WiFi connection, a personal computer/tablet, webcam, and microphone. Registered students are required to submit online waivers listing a personal email address to ensure the timely sharing of log-in details.

Please be advised registration closes one week prior to the start of online courses. All students must have a completed copy of the Youth Academy Online Waiver on file at least 2 business days prior to the start of class. Online Waivers will be emailed to students and completed forms should be submitted to youthacademy@cod.edu.

Click on the "+" sign next to each program category below to see specific course details.

Teens can prepare for the ACT or SAT exam in a way that best suits individual needs. Students who have already participated in a test preparation class and are interested in honing in on specific subject areas of their choosing can benefit from one-on-one instruction. Textbooks are included in the tutoring fee.

Four hours—$325
Six hours—$399

All interested community members must submit a tutor request by clicking on this link. Inquiries are given to the program coordinator to reach out to our pool of tutors with the information on the student's availability and area of focus. Note individuals will be contacted by a tutor within 5 business days for a consultation on tutoring needs.

Contact our office for any additional questions at (630) 942-2208 or ce@cod.edu. Visit additional tutoring opportunities online at cod.edu/test-prep-tutoring

SAT Comprehensive Test Preparation

Review math, reading and English usage in preparation for the SAT exam. Students become familiar with SAT questions, develop test-taking strategies, increase confidence and speed, and get a review of test content. Students must bring writing utensil, calculator and paper for the course. No textbook.

Wednesday to Friday, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1
5 to 7 p.m.
YEHSC 0004-110, $199
Virtual Classroom

Wednesday to Friday, Nov. 3 to 5
5 to 7 p.m.
YEHSC 0004-111, $199
Virtual Classroom

ACT Comprehensive Test Preparation

Review math, science reasoning, reading and English usage in preparation for the ACT exam. The course includes an introduction to the ACT writing section. Students become familiar with ACT questions, develop test-taking strategies, increase confidence and speed, and get a review of test content. No textbook.

Wednesday to Friday, Oct. 20 to 22
5 to 7 p.m.
YEHSC 0004-102, $199
Virtual Classroom

Common App Essay Workshop

Get help with your college applications and scholarships by creating a working draft of your Common App essay in this writing workshop. This essay can also be a part of any scholarship application. This class addresses this year’s prompts, develop a draft, and begin the editing process in a comfortable, supportive setting. Work one-on-one with the instructor and with your peers to create this important personal essay. Leave the class with a working draft that is ready for a final review by a parent, teacher or counselor. Time permitting, we may also workshop their supplement essays. Students are encouraged to bring a rough draft or outline of ideas to class.

Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 20 and 22
5 to 7 p.m.
YEHSC 0004-200, $119
Virtual Classroom

Register today through myACCESS!

Dental Assistant
This course prepares students to take on significant responsibilities as a member of the dental healthcare team. Specific tasks may be performed such as assisting with and providing direct patient care, sterilizing instruments, taking impressions, and performing office management skills. Areas of study covered are Legal and Ethical Responsibilities of the Dental Healthcare worker, general office procedures, Principles of Microbiology, disease prevention and Infection control, study of pharmacology and anesthesia as it relates to dentistry, and much more. Externships usually take place during normal business hours and all 120 hours must be completed to successfully pass this program. A CPR for Health Professionals course is also required.

For more information on the Dental Assistnt program visit cod.edu/healthcare 

Veterinary Assistant
This course is geared toward animal lovers, kennel workers or anyone that enjoys helping animals. Students will be taught how to care for sick and injured animals in a Veterinarian office, clinic or Animal Hospital. Students will learn client relations, office and hospital procedures, animal nursing, exam room procedures (hospital sanitation, weight/tpr, animal handling and restraining and preventative care protocols) surgical prep and assisting, laboratory procedures, radiology and pharmacology. Internships take place during normal business hours and all 30 hours must be completed successfully to pass this course.

For details, visit cod.edu/healthcare 

Pharmacy Technician
This hybrid course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a community or hospital pharmacy setting. Students will be prepared to assist the pharmacist in all daily pharmacy tasks. It will also provide necessary communication skills for interactions with patients as well as other healthcare professionals. The course includes 80 hours of classroom instruction for retail and institutional pharmacy practices and support for calculations and preparation for the National Certification exams. Students will have an optional externship component in a retail pharmacy location available as a part of the course fee.

For details, visit cod.edu/healthcare

In partnership with Innovation DuPage and COD’s Business and Applied Technology division, we are excited to announce a new, program initiative this fall!

E2 Emerging Entrepreneurs is a free, six-week workshop series for entrepreneurial-curious high school and college students (ages 16+).

Learn about what is takes to start and run a business. E2 is informal—no grades, no exams—just like-minded students getting together to gain insider knowledge from local business founders and innovators. For the series workshop topics, dates and times and modality please visit our website at cod.edu/e2

Prospective participants are required to submit interest in E2 online at cod.edu/e2. Space in this first pilot series is limited and we aim to have an even mix of both high school and college students. Submitting the interest form does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Tutoring

Continuing Education offers tutoring for teens and adults. All tutors hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and are selected for their knowledge and sensitivity to individual needs. Tutoring sessions typically take place in a public location and are now offered online. For more information visit our website at cod.edu/test-prep-tutoring.

Summer Grades and Accessing Your Unofficial Transcripts

Students who wish to view final letter grades from previous non-credit summer terms may do so in myACCESS. All final grades are viewable three (3) business days after the end of the semester. Log in at myaccess.cod.edu, and follow these directions. An unofficial transcript can be viewed by following these directions.

For technical assistance with myACCESS, please contact the Student Support Helpdesk at (630) 942-2999 or at studenthelp@dupage.edu.

Additional COD High School Options

High school students may also wish to explore additional COD programs such as Early Admissions at COD, and Dual-Credit academic courses available during the summer and regular school year. 

Mailing List

Would you like to be added to the Continuing Education High School Mailing List? Complete our mailing list form.

Request More Information

Go to our General Information page to request more information.

Contact Information

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