Learning and Career Center in Prospect Heights

Career certificate programs starting this fall.

Jump start your career. These are short programs that give you hands-on experience. Classes are offered during the day and evening. Scholarships and other financial aid options are available. Students have free use of computers, library, WiFi and more.

All classes are held at the Learning and Career Center. Easy access from Prospect Heights, Wheeling and surrounding areas.

Choose from eight credit certificates:


Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certificate

Learn basic care skills for patient well-being in healthcare facilities.

  • Schedule Options:
    • September-December 2016; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m.– Noon, plus a mandatory, 40-hour supervised, clinical experience (Fridays) OR
    • September-December 2016; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5–9 p.m., plus a mandatory, 40-hour, supervised clinical experience (weekend)

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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Assistant Teacher Certificate

Build skills in basic early childhood care and education. Qualify for assistant teacher roles in licensed child care facilities.

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Hotel Management

Hotel Management Certificate

Advance in the lodging industry and participate in front desk activities, sales and supervision.

  • August 2016 to May 2017, Mondays through Thursdays from 6–9 p.m. Financial Aid eligible. (FAFSA)

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Logistics Certificate

Learn basic supply chain logistics for career growth in warehouse operations, transportation, material handling, and order fulfillment.

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Manufacturing Production

Manufacturing Production Certificate (Core Certified)

Build core competencies of manufacturing production for entry level positions in manufacturing.

  • $22.04 hourly industry average*
  • View Manufacturing Production program .PDF
  • August 2016 to August 2017, Mondays and Wednesdays ranging from 5–9:30 p.m., plus “Learn and Earn” 100+ hour paid internship with local manufacturer.
  • Financial Aid eligible. (FAFSA)

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Office Assistant

Office Assistant Certificate

Prepare for entry-level jobs such as administrative assistant, secretary and office services assistant.

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Phlebotomy Certificate

Learn skills and techniques involved in the collection of blood from patients or donors for diagnostic testing.

  • Earn $14.29 hourly average*
  • View Phlebotomy program .PDF
  • August to December 2016, Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30–7:45 p.m.; January to March 2017, Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m.; plus a 3-week, full-time clinical internship

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Private Security

Private Security Certificate

Learn core skills used in law enforcement programs for entry-level jobs in the security industry.

  • Earn $14.47 hourly average*
  • View Private Security program .PDF
  • August 2016 to August 2017, Mondays and Wednesdays ranging from 5–9:15 p.m. Financial Aid eligible. (FAFSA)

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* All earnings statistics from O'Net and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.