The School of Extended Learning provides a variety of professional development offerings designed to improve your skills, knowledge, and effectiveness. Through noncredit courses, certificates, and industry specific programs, learners will be equipped to improve their performance and add value to their organizations.

For more information, please contact Dr. Felicia L. Townsend at ftownsend@govst.edu or 708.534.3044.

*Program Spotlight*

Thought Leadership Workshop Series starting Wednesday, March 29, 2017

For more details, click on Communications below.

  • Business Process Improvement

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    Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate Program

    This program will prepare the student to lead a selected project while continuously training team members along with leading a change event.  Students will complete a Lean Six Sigma project from inception to completion.The student will possess a thorough understanding of all aspects of DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control).  All statistical tools will be reviewed including graphs and illustrations of real-life discussions, benchmarks and events. 

    This program will encompass the methodologies learned in both the Yellow and Green Belt certification.  In addition, it will include new processes that will be required for project success. Statistical software will be utilized that will assist the student in establishing objectives for decision making.  This intensive program will encompass a real-life project with clear objectives and details outlined in the project charter.  Milestones and "project check-in's" will be conducted with one-on-one meetings throughout the class with the instructor.  

    Students can expect, upon completion of their project, to demonstrate a significant improvement in their selected process.  Also, as a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, the student will be prepared to lead future events using the tools and methodologies obtained in the program.  Lean Six Sigma Black Belt can be utilized in any industry or marketplace.  

    Prerequisite: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.  Certification from outside firms must be reviewed in detail to ensure they meet the prerequisite for Governors State University's Black Belt Certification.

    Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate Program is offered twice a year.


    Project Kick-Off In-class January 28, 2017, Certification Project Due Date April 15, 2017-Milestones and "project check-in's" will be conducted with one-on-one meetings throughout the class with the instructor. 

    Location: Governors State University

    Time: 9 a.m. – Noon (first class only)
    Room: TBA
    Fee: $3,000 plus textbooks and Software - Bookstore GSU Follett

    Instructor: Tricia Kerns, EdD 

    Course Number:CE-GFS03-01

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    Project Kick-Off In-class September 2, 2017, Certification Project Due Date November 18, 2017-Milestones and "project check-in's" will be conducted with one-on-one meetings throughout the class with the instructor. 

    Location: Governors State University

    Time: 9 a.m. – Noon (first class only)

    Room: B2201

    Fee: $3,000 plus textbooks and Software - Bookstore GSU Follett

    Instructor: Tricia Kerns, EdD 

    Course Number:CE-GFS03-02

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    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Program

    The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate program will focus on both Advanced Lean Techniques and Six Sigma "Green Belt" methodologies. Detailed and real-world examples of lean thinking will be reviewed with hands - on examples to enhance the learning experience. Learn how to integrate theories of business, statistics, and the elimination of waste with the goal of achieving tangible results. Six Sigma methods will include project planning and various statistical tools to equip the student to be Green Belt certified and a practitioner of Lean Six Sigma at their organization.

    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Program is offered several times during the year.


    Saturdays, April 1, 2017 through May 13, 2017
    Location: Governors State University
    Time: 9 a.m. 
    – Noon
    Room: B2200
    Fee: $1,500 plus textbooks - Bookstore GSU Follett

    Instructor: Tricia Kerns, EdD 

    Hybrid Instruction (Four in-class and three online classes)

    In-class Sessions: April 1, April 15, April 29, and May 13, 2017 (Final Certification Exam)  

    Online sessions:   April 8, April 22, and May 6, 2017

    Course Number: CE-GFS01-01

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    Saturdays, July 22, 2017 through September 2, 2017

    Location: Governors State University
    Time: 9 a.m. 
    – Noon
    Room: B2200
    Fee: $1,500 plus textbooks - Bookstore GSU Follett

    Instructor: Tricia Kerns, EdD 

    Hybrid Instruction (Four in-class and three online classes)

    In-class Sessions: July 22, August 5, August 19, and September 2, 2017 (Final Certification Exam)  

    Online sessions:   July 29, August 12, and August 26, 2017

    Course Number: CE-GFS01-02

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    Saturdays, October 28, 2017 through December 16, 2017

    Location: Governors State University
    Time: 9 a.m. 
    – Noon
    Room: B2200
    Fee: $1,500 plus textbooks - Bookstore GSU Follett

    Instructor: Tricia Kerns, EdD 

    Hybrid Instruction (Four in-class and three online classes)

    In-class Sessions: October 28, November 11, December 2, and December 16, 2017  (Final Certification Exam)   

    Online sessions:   November 4, November 18, and December 9, 2017

    Course Number: CE-GFS01-03

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  • Business Strategy

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    chicago southland chamber of commerce--logoStrategic Planning:Gaining a Competitive Advantage

    Location:

    Robinson Engineering

    10045 W. Lincoln Highway

    Frankfort, Illinois 60423-1272

    Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 

    Time: 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    General Fee: $75     Course Number: CE-BUS16-01 

    Chicago Southland Chamber Member Fee: $65  Course Number: CE-BUS16-02

    Instructor: Olumide Ijose, PhD

    Deriving a sustainable competitive advantage is at the core of a business’s profitability and sustainability. Strategic planning focuses management attention on formulating and implementing a plan aimed at gaining a sustainable competitive advantage. In this  intensive workshop, you will be guided through the key components of developing a solid strategic plan.

    Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

    • Formulate strategies for creating a competitive advantage  
    • Examine how their implementation levers will foster strategic performance

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  • Communications

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    Thought Leadership Workshop Series 

    Complete one or more thought leadership workshops or complete all four thought leadership workshops and receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the fourth workshop.

    I.Thought Leadership: Develop Your Personal Brand

     (Part of Thought Leadership Workshop Series)  

    Location: Governors State University

    Room: GMT 107

    Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Time: 6-9 p.m. 

    General Fee: $50 Course Number: CE-BUS14-01

    Discount Fee for GSU Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Doctoral Students, and Alumni: $40

    Course Number: CE-BUS14-02

    Instructor: Deborah James, Ph.D. (Read Bio

    Position yourself as a leader in your field by showcasing your expertise, providing insights, education, and ideas. This workshop introduces the concepts of thought leadership, best practices for developing an idea-based personal brand and positioning yourself as a go-to resource.

    By the end of this workshop, you will: 

    ·         Identify your areas of expertise as thought leadership assets

    ·         Conduct a resource inventory that complements your business

    ·         Develop a basic thought leadership strategy

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    II. Social Media Curation: Build Your Online Network

    (Part of Thought Leadership Workshop Series)

    Location: Governors State University

    Room: GMT 107

    Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    Time: 6-9 p.m. 

    General Fee: $50 Course Number: CE-SOCM06-01

    Discount Fee for GSU Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Doctoral Students, and Alumni: $40 

    Course Number: CE-SOCM06-02

    Instructor: Deborah James, Ph.D. (Read Bio

    Develop your curatorial idea-based thought leadership project to build a network using powerful social media tools. In this workshop, you will learn to develop and facilitate your own social media site, as well as how to use discussion, curation, and distribution tools to reach and engage your audience.  

    By the end of this workshop, you will: 

    ·         Learn the basics of how to build and launch your social media site

    ·         Identify how to customize your message for different audiences

    ·         Learn how to seamlessly publish your topic across several distribution channels

    Registration Home Page 

    III. Blogging: Engage Your Online Audience  

    (Part of Thought Leadership Workshop Series)  

    Location: Governors State University 

    Room: GMT 107

    Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017  

    Time: 6-9 p.m. 

    General Fee: $50 Course Number:CE-SOCM07-01

    Discount Fee for GSU Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Doctoral Students,

    and Alumni:$40 Course Number: CE-SOCM07-02

    Instructor: Deborah James, Ph.D. (Read Bio

    Learn how to develop and maintain your blog with easy-to-use online tools. Gain insights on how to write content that adds value to your business, and craft engaging questions and responses to facilitate lively topic discussion.    

    By the end of this workshop, you will:

          ·Develop your blog concept

         ·Establish and learn to manage a blog site

         ·Learn the basics of monetizing your blog site

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    IV. Getting the World to Listen: An A to Z Introduction to Audio Podcasting

    (Part of Thought Leadership Workshop Series)
    Location: Governors State University

    Room: GMT 107

    Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017  & Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Time: 6-9 p.m.  

    General Fee: $70 Course Number:CE-SOCM08-01

    Discount Fee for GSU Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Doctoral Students, and Alumni:$60 

    Course Number: CE-SOCM08-02  

    Instructor: Vernon Smith (Read Bio)

    This two-day workshop will cover a range of topics that budding podcasters need to be aware of to produce a credible, consistent internet broadcast that meets their needs. You’ll discover how top podcasters are succeeding and beating big media with less technical and financial resources.  

    By the end of this two day workshop, you will:

    • Determine your podcast’s focus of interests, format, launch date, schedule, and distribution
    • Learn about legal issues of libel, slander, harassment, copyright, and copyright infringement 
    • Learn the basic journalistic standards of accuracy, fairness, and credibility  
    • Learn about sound editing programs followed by a brief demonstration and homework assignment customized to your abilities
    • Gain knowledge in how to fund, advertise, and distribute your podcasts 

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    Communication for Nonprofit Managers

    Location: Governors State University

    Dates: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 and Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Time: 9:30 a.m. –  11:30 a.m.

    Fee: $75

    Instructor: Alexis Sarkisian

    Have you ever attended a meeting where attendees did not understand the message that you presented? Did you know that a large percentage of how we communicate is through our body language? Communication is a cornerstone for effective management in any nonprofit organization. Using theory, research, and practice of interpersonal and group communication skills, participants will learn strategies for enhancing their roles as collaborative leaders, facilitators, coaches, catalysts, or mediators.

    This workshop will provide each nonprofit manager with the communication tools necessary to enhance their effectiveness.

    Participants will engage in discussion and hands-on activities that will:
     • Make them aware of the impact of body language
    • Provide an understanding of the communication model
    • Provide strategies to work with a variety of communication styles
    • Identify the characteristics of a strong manager
    • Identify the characteristics of a strong leader
    • Answer the questions:Can a leader be a manager? Can a manager be a leader? Why?
    • Allow them to apply what they learn

    Course Number: CE-BUS18-01

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    Building Relationships in Healthcare with Effective Communication 

    Location: Governors State University

    Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Time: 6 –  8 p.m.

    Room: TBA

    Fee: $45

    Instructor: Terri Maxeiner, RN, BSN, CECM, CDP 

    Was the message sent the message received? Dealing with people can be difficult especially when it comes to their health and well-being. As a health care professional communication is not only the words we say, but it is how we say them.  In this workshop, we are going to examine different facets of the communication process and determining our roles. We will be gathering the tools needed to create trust and compassion as we share information with patients and families.

    At the conclusion of this workshop, the learner should have an increased knowledge of the following:

    • Active and passive listening
    • Dealing with difficult situations
    • Privacy and respect
    • Understanding difficult behaviors
    • Promoting empathy and compassion
    • Understanding my stress triggers

    Course Number: CE-HF11-01

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  • Computer Training

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    Introduction to PowerPoint Presentation for Business and Research 

    Location: Governors State University

    Date: Tuesdays, June 6  and June 13, 2017

    Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

    Room: TBA

    Fee: $119

    Instructor: Jim Murray

    Make your business or academic information stand out. PowerPoint is a powerful tool for both in-person presentation -- or for publishing and later sharing your professional or personal work. In addition to teaching basic technical skills for PowerPoint, this course emphasizes the use of proven learning design principles that will help to make your presentations dynamic, clear, and persuasive.

    Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to:

    • Navigate the PowerPoint homepage, tabs, and ribbons
    • Create, save, and share a presentation
    • Introduce, outline, present, and summarize content
    • Utilize designs, themes and templates
    • Format and modify text (font, size, color)
    • Utilize graphics, images, shapes, and objects
    • Apply simple slide transitions and animations

    This training will apply to 2010, 2013, and 2016 versions of PowerPoint.

    Course Number: CE-CS08-01

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    Advanced PowerPoint Presentation for Business and Research 

    Location: Governors State University

    Date: Tuesdays, June 20 and June 27, 2017

    Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

    Room: TBA

    Fee: $125

    Instructor: Jim Murray

    PowerPoint isn’t just boring bullet lists. It is a powerful multimedia communication tool that allows you to present your information or research in a clear and memorable format. In this course, you will learn about the advanced features and functions available in PowerPoint – animations, graphics, audio and video content, slide timing, narration and more. Advanced methods and commands for publishing, presenting and sharing your PowerPoint message, including free add-in tools, will also be covered.

    Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to:

    • Apply graphic and instructional design best practices to presentations
    • Insert and format audio and video files in a presentation
    • Insert narrations and control slide timings in a presentation
    • Create custom graphics and animations
    • Create interactions and quizzes
    • Share PowerPoint presentations online and publish them to YouTube and other Internet sites

    This training will apply to 2010, 2013, and 2016 versions of PowerPoint.

    Course Number: CE-CS09-01

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    Introduction to QuickBooks 

    Location: Governors State University

    Date: Wednesdays, July 12, 19, 26, and August 2, 2017

    Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

    Room: TBA

    Fee: $199

    Instructor: Jim Murray 

    Help manage and grow your company with QuickBooks, the premier accounting and payroll software for small to medium businesses.  Even if you have a minimal accounting or financial background, this course will guide you in topics such as setting up your company details, building customer and product lists, recording product sales, creating invoices, setting up and managing bank accounts, managing income and expenses, and tracking payroll and tax expenses.

    Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to:

    • Set up and navigate QuickBooks
    • Create a QB Company
    • Work with lists
    • Enter sales and invoices
    • Customize forms
    • Enter receipts and deposits
    • Enter and pay bills
    • Work with bank accounts
    • Create reports and analyze financial data
    • Track and pay sales tax
    • Create payroll

    Course Number: CE-CS03-01

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  • Customer Service

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    chicago southland chamber of commerce--logoExceptional Customer Service Starts with You Certificate

    Location

    Robinson Engineering

    10045 W. Lincoln Highway

    Frankfort, Illinois 60423-1272

    Dates:  Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, 22

    Time:   6 - 9:00 p.m.

    General Fee: $199     Course Number: CE-BUS17-01

    Chicago Southland Chamber Member Fee: $179  Course Number:CE-BUS17-02

    Instructor: Judy Ferraro

    Whether you are an entrepreneur or work for a small or large organization, excellent customer service is an essential factor in your organization’s success. When employees are committed to providing exceptional customer service individually and as a team, your organization will retain loyal customers, increase its customer base, and drive revenue growth. During four 3-hour sessions, you will participate in engaging and hands-on activities that will prepare you to return to the workplace and apply your new skills and knowledge.

    Module 1: Defining and Living Your Customer Service Culture

    After participating in this module, you will know the essential skills for a successful customer service culture.

    • Review and analyze successful customer service programs
    • Discuss what customer service means to you as an individual
    • Define the pillars of customer service
    • Create your own mission, vision, and purpose 

    Module 2: Providing Service to Internal and External Customers

    After participating in this module, you should be able to:

    • Identify and understand the needs and wants of your internal (i.e.,co-workers) and external customers
    • Understand and address the service expectations of multigenerational customers (e.g., Babyboomers, Generation X, Millenials). 
    • Resolve issues with customers through empathy, listening, questioning, and problem-solving

    Module 3: Communicating Clear, Accurate, and Positive Messages to Your Customers

    After participating in this module, you should be able to:

    • Use different techniques to communicate with customers face-to-face, via email, and telephone
    • Form and maintain a positive attitude during conflict and uncertainty

    Module 4: Setting the Tone for Exceptional Customer Service Across the Organization

    After participating in this module, you should be able to:

    • Set individual customer service goals
    • Apply techniques that will encourage a team approach to customer service 

    Who Should Attend: Customer service representatives, sales representatives, human resource representatives, frontline staff and mid-to-senior managers and directors from various industries (e.g., financial, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and hospitality)

    A Customer Service Certificate of Completion will be awarded after the successful completion of all modules.

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  • Faculty Development Workshops

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    Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) Workshops

    May 24th and 25th, 2017
    9am – 4pm

    Governors State University

    The College of Business at Governors State University (GSU) will offer Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) workshop in May 2017 to faculty at community colleges. The workshops are designed to help business faculty at these institutions to bring international content into the classroom and expand their classroom knowledge and skills. Discussions of best practices and pedagogical issues will also be part of the workshop.

    These workshops are led by COB faculty who are content experts in the respective topic areas. The program is sponsored by a US Department of Education grant and is offered at minimum cost to participants.

    A “Certificate of Completion” will be presented to the participants who successfully complete the two-day program.

    The summer 2017 workshops will focus on the following subjects:

    Global Economics and Financial Market - Instructor: Dr. Michael Williams 

     May 24, 2017 -  9 am to 4 pm

    o   Financial Economics in an International World

    o   International Financial Markets

    o   Exchange Rates & Policy

    o   Investment and Derivatives

    Course Number: CE-BUS09-01

       

     Globalization and Marketing  - Dr. Chun-wei Chang 

     May 25, 2017 - 9 am to 4 pm

    o   Globalization: Critics, Motives, and Obstacles.

    o   Global Market Opportunity Assessment

    o   Product Planning in International Marketing

    o   Managing Cross-cultural Differences in International Marketing

    Course Number: CE-BUS09-02

    Registration is $50 for one session or $75 for both. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

      For more information:  http://www.govst.edu/FDIBworkshops/

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  • Health & Human Services

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    Applications of Mindfulness in the Helping Professions to Enhance Quality and Effectiveness

    Location: Governors State University 

    Room: B2200

    Date: Friday, March 24, 2017

    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    General Fee: $45   Course Number: CE-MH07-01

    Discount Fee: $35 Course Number: CE-MH07-02

    (Discount fee for GSU faculty, staff, alumni, students, and external organizations) 

    Earn 3 CE hours for Counselors and Psychologists; Earn 3 CEUs for Social Workers

    Instructors: Maristela Zell, Ph.D, LCSW and Timothy Pedigo, Ph.D 

    Although mindfulness has been practiced for centuries, the helping professions have more recently incorporated this evidence-based practice to enhance healing and psychological well-being. Mindfulness-based interventions are used to achieve emotional regulation, modulate anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure, enhance the immune system, and increase attention and concentration. 

    • Become familiar with the research and literature on mindfulness in health and education settings
    • Learn how to develop or enhance your own mindfulness practice 
    • Learn various mindfulness practices 

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    iRest Yogo Nidra: An Integrative Clinical Practice for Healing and Wellness

    Location: Governors State University

    Room: B2200

    Date: Friday, May 12, 2017

    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    General Fee: $45 Course Number: CE-HF09-01

    Discount Fee: $35 Course Number: CE-HF09-02

    (Discount fee for GSU faculty, staff, alumni, students, and external organizations) 

    Earn 3 CE hours for Counselors and Psychologists; Earn 3 CEUs for Social Workers

    Instructor: Maristela Zell, Ph.D, LCSW 

    iRest is a research-based practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry currently being utilized by social workers, psychologists, and other health professionals in clinical and medical settings. Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of iRest to reduce the symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. iRest promotes emotional balance and regulation, helping individuals connect with their inner resources to release stress, tension, and trauma in the body.  

    • Learn the basic principles of iRest, including its integration of Western and Eastern healing perspectives, and the scientific research that underlies this practice 
    • Learn the 10 steps of iRest and their application with individuals and groups 
    • Practice iRest and learn meditative practices that can be incorporated into daily and professional life 
    • Learn to enhance mindfulness practice with iRest meditation     

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    Pharmacy Technician Comprehensive Program w/ a Clinical Rotation!

    Location: Governors State University

    Room: E1551

    Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 21 - May 9, 2017

    Time: 6  –  9:30 p.m.

    Room: TBA

    Fee: $1,299 (includes textbook), 50 classroom hours + 80 clinical externship hours

    This comprehensive 50 hour program will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.  Course content includes: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names.  Through classroom lecture and hands on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the “top 200 drugs”, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.  In addition to classroom lecture and labs, this program includes a clinical externship through a local pharmacy. 

    Clinical Externship: As part of this Pharmacy Technician program, you will be eligible to participate in a 80 hour clinical externship with a local Retail Pharmacy.  You may be asked to submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements. 

    Course Number: CE-PPEH09-01

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    Technical Sign Language for Health and Education Professions

    Location: Governors State University

    Dates:  Saturday, June 10, 17

    Time: 9 a.m.— 4:30 p.m.

    Room: TBD

    Fee:  $100  Course Number: CE-PPEH10-01 

    No fee for CDIS Field Supervisors   Course Number: CE-PPEH10-02  

    Instructor: Annmarie Mead

    Join certified sign language interpreter Annmarie Mead as she introduces American Sign Language skills that are needed for professionals who work in health care and education settings. 

    Who Should Attend: Students and professionals with basic sign language abilities

    For more information, contact bparham@govst.edu. 

    Registration Home Page 


    Ethical Issues in Healthcare

    Location: Governors State University

    Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Time: 6 –  8:00 p.m.

    Room: TBA

    General Fee: $45   Course Number: CE-HF10-01

    Discount Fee: $35 Course Number: CE-HF10-02

    (Discount fee for GSU faculty, staff, alumni, students, and external organizations) 

    Instructor: Terri Maxeiner, RN, BSN, CECM, CDP

    Good ethics is good business. The health care field can be rewarding as well as challenging, but we must maintain our professional attitude at all times. As a health care professional, you need tools to help create a workplace environment that promotes honesty, integrity, and trust. In this workshop, we will develop strategies for good business practices for you in the health care marketplace.

    • At the conclusion of this workshop the learner will have an increased knowledge of the following:
    • What is good ethics
    • Identifying ethical dilemmas
    • Creating a culture of respect and civility in the workplace
    • Code of Conduct- What is my part?
    • HIPAA compliance- What I need to know?
    • Informed Consent- Understanding POA, POLST, and Living Wills
    • Identifying abuse and neglect- Who reports what?

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    Building Relationships in Healthcare with Effective Communication 

    Location: Governors State University

    Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Time: 6 –  8:00 p.m.

    Room: TBA

    General Fee: $45  Course Number: CE-HF11-01

    Discount Fee: $35 Course Number: CE-HF11-02

    (Discount fee for GSU faculty, staff, alumni, students, and external organizations) 

    Instructor: Terri Maxeiner, RN, BSN, CECM, CDP

    Was the message sent the message received? Dealing with people can be difficult especially when it comes to their health and well-being. As a health care professional communication is not only the words we say, but it is how we say them.  In this workshop, we are going to examine different facets of the communication process and determining our roles. We will be gathering the tools needed to create trust and compassion as we share information with patients and families.

    At the conclusion of this workshop, the learner should have an increased knowledge of the following:

    • Active and passive listening
    • Dealing with difficult situations
    • Privacy and respect
    • Understanding difficult behaviors
    • Promoting empathy and compassion
    • Understanding my stress triggers

    Registration Home Page


    Peer-Led Group Therapy Designs

    Location: Governors State University

    Dates:  Saturday, July 8, 15

    Time: 9 a.m.— 4:30 p.m.

    Room: TBD

    Fee:  $100 Course Number: CE-PPEH02-01 

    Instructor: Christopher Spiel, PhD, CCC-SLP

    In this hands-on, interactive workshop, participants will learn about a variety of peer-led group therapy designs, particularly within the school setting. Specific topics include, but are not limited to, peer-led social skills, reading, and fluency groups.  Group discussions and activities   will focus on evidence-based therapy designs, peer training and implementation, group data collection methods, and program evaluation procedures. 

    For more information, contact  bparham@govst.edu.

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  • Industry Training

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    WE THE PEOPLE

    Professional development course for teachers


    This 2-day course will ignite your curiosity and empower your voice on constitutional matters.  Enroll for professional development and earn 12 professional development (PD) hours or enroll for personal development as non-credit.
     

    February 25 and March 4, 2017 from 8am-4pm

    Location: Engbretson Hall at Governors State University.  Breakfast, lunch and a We The People textbook will be provided and included in the course fee thanks to a generous grant from the Illinois Center for Civic Education (ICCE).

     

    Course Fee: $90.00                          Instructor: TBA

    Course Code: CE-GOVT01-01.  Register at http://www.govst.edu/oce/registration/

     Your course experience will also be augmented by the opportunity to:

    •    Learn from special guest speaker, Cathy Hawke, Editor of the PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court        Cases from the American Bar Association.
    •    Participate in a live simulated Constitutional Convention!

     For more information, please contact Amy Barsha at the School of Extended Learning at abarsha@govst.edu or 708.534.4565.

     

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    American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)

    Location: Governors State University, University Park, Illinois

    2017 Classroom and Home Site Training Session Dates:

    Mon-Fri / January 9 -13 (Completed)

    Mon-Fri / May 22-26

    Mon-Fri / September 25-29 

    Fee: $1,995 - includes all class materials 

    Are you looking for an exciting new career or a new part-time challenge where you can be your own boss, set your own schedule, supplement your existing income and receive outstanding support during your training and while in the field?   If so, the American Home Inspectors Training Institute is designed to help you achieve just that!

    Governors State University has partnered with OnCourse Learning, a provider of high-quality, state approved, customized training solutions, textbooks, and occupational tools for both pre-licensing and continuing education in the home inspection industry.  This comprehensive home inspection course is taught by AHIT instructors with over 100 years combined experience and is recognized by ASHI, NAHI, NACHI, CREIA, TREC and other professional organizations.

    American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT) is approved by The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Click http://www.govst.edu/WIA/ for more details.

     

    For more program information and to be connected with a member of the Home Inspection training team, please contact Suzanne Patterson at spatterson3@govst.edu or 708.534.4393.

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    Pharmacy Technician Comprehensive Program w/ a Clinical Rotation!

    Location: Governors State University

    Room: E1551

    Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 21 - May 9, 2017

    Time: 6  –  9:30 p.m.

    Room: TBA

    Fee: $1,299 (includes textbook), 50 classroom hours + 80 clinical externship hours

    This comprehensive 50 hour program will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.  Course content includes: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names.  Through classroom lecture and hands on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the “top 200 drugs”, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.  In addition to classroom lecture and labs, this program includes a clinical externship through a local pharmacy. 

    Clinical Externship: As part of this Pharmacy Technician program, you will be eligible to participate in a 80 hour clinical externship with a local Retail Pharmacy.  You may be asked to submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements. 

      Course Number: CE-PPEH09-01
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  • International Business

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    chicago southland chamber of commerce--logoExporting 101: Grow Your Business Globally

    Location

    Robinson Engineering

    10045 W. Lincoln Highway

    Frankfort, Illinois 60423-1272

    Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Time: 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    General Fee: $75  Course Number: CE-BUS 15-01

    Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce Member Fee: $65 Course Number: CE-BUS15-02

    Instructor: Olumide Ijose, PhD 

    By population, the United States is less than 5% of the world.  Do you want to grow your business by selling to global clients?  This intensive workshop helps businesses assess their readiness to export and takes participants through a step-by-step process of developing an exporting capability.

    Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants should be able to: 

    • Analyze their export readiness  
    • Examine the attraction of target markets
    • Develop an export plan 

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  • MBA Professional Development Classes

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     Professional Development I

    Location: Governors State University

    Room: TBA

     Date: Wednesdays, August 28 - December 10, 2017

    Time: 7:30  - 10:20 p.m.

    Fee: $300  Course Number: CE-MBA-7101

    Instructor: Olumide Ijose, PhD 

    Description: Introduces professional skills for MBA students. Acquisition of these skills through active participation in the course will enhance students' marketability and success.

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  • Test and Certification Preparation

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    Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Test Preparation 

    Location: Governors State University

    Room: B2215

    Date: Saturdays, March 25, April 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6, 2017  

    Time: 9 a.m. – Noon  

    Fee: $399

    Instructor: Deborah Perez

    Acquire strategies in math, reading comprehension, writing, and verbal and quantitative skills to improve GRE scores using acclaimed Cambridge test preparation materials. Textbook, practice tests, and all course materials are included in course fee.

    Course Number: CE-EP01-01 

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    PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Course

    Location: Governors State University

    Dates: Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, May 3, 17, 24

    Time: 6 - 9 p.m.

    Room: TBD  

    Fee:  $1,095  (includes books and all materials) Course Number: CE-BUS05-01

    Fee: $995 SHRM Member (includes books and all materials)  Course Number: CE-BUS05-02

    Instructor: Cindi Hall-Ferro

    This course provides an overview of key areas in human resources management to better prepare HR professionals for national PHR (Professional in HR) or the SPHR (Senior Professional in HR) exams, administered by the HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute). Eligibility requirements and test information for PHR or SPHR exam can be found at www.hrci.org.

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    TOEFL Test Preparation

    Location: Governors State University

    Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Room: TBD

    Fee: $100

    Instructor: Chris Greiner 

    This course is designed for students intending to take the TOEFL iBT exam for admission into an American college or university. The TOEFL iBT evaluates the four core language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This course helps students gain experience and confidence with the iBT TOEFL leading to better test results. In this course, students will:  learn key test-taking strategies for the TOEFL iBT,  improve test performance under time limits, take a complete practice test of the TOEFL iBT which includes the TOEFL Online Prep Course. At end of the course, students can register for the TOEFL iBT exam that will be offered at Governors State University.

    Course Number: CE-ELPC01-08
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    Law School Admission Test Preparation 

    Location: Governors State University

    Date: Saturdays, April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 2017  

    Time: 9 a.m. – Noon  

    Room: TBA

    Fee: $399

    Instructor: Donald D. Gardiner, J.D.

    Acquire strategies in verbal skills, logic, critical reasoning, and analytical writing to improve LSAT scores. Textbook, practice tests, and course materials are included.

    Course Number: CE-EP02-01

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    Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam Preparation Course

    Location: Governors State University

    Dates: Saturday, August 12, 19, 26, September 9, 16, 23  

    Time: 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

    Room: TBD  

    Fee: $950  Course Number: CE-EP06-01  

    Fee: $850 PMI Member  Course Number: CE-EP06-02  

    Instructor: Richard Manprisio, MPM, PMP

    Governors State University School of Extended Learning’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam Preparation Course breaks down complex topics for anyone who is interested in or are just starting out in project management. We offer a hands-on approach covering a wide range of topics, all reinforced through interactive discussions, practical applications, and sample exam testing.

    Over six separate days, through 24 contacts hours, we will cover the critical information that is beneficial for any project manager to know. By successfully completing this course you will earn the required 23 contact hours needed to meet the credential application requirements for the PMI CAPM® Certification Exam.

    Governors State University is a proud Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) with the PMI® with all material being approved through the PMI®.

    Learning Objectives:

    • To be able to understand project management terminology & knowledge areas
    • Understand the relationships between the knowledge areas (with a strong focus on inputs and outputs)
    •  Having an in-depth understanding of how each of the knowledge areas work and relate together
    •  Utilizing tools and techniques in determining effective methods for managing a project from start to finish
    • For participants to be able to effectively manage a project focusing by using their understanding of the knowledge areas
    • For participants to be able to apply for the CAPM® exam by successfully earning 23 hours of education necessary for qualification  

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    Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam Preparation Course 

    Location: Governors State University

    Dates: Saturday, October 7, 14, 21, 28 November 4, 11  

    Time: 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

    Room: TBD  

    Fee: $950  Course Number: CE-EP06-03 

    Fee: $850 PMI Member  Course Number: CE-EP06-04 

    Instructor: Richard Manprisio, MPM, PMP

    Governors State University School of Extended Learning’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam Preparation Course breaks down complex topics for anyone who is interested in or are just starting out in project management. We offer a hands-on approach covering a wide range of topics, all reinforced through interactive discussions, practical applications, and sample exam testing.

    Over six separate days, through 24 contacts hours, we will cover the critical information that is beneficial for any project manager to know. By successfully completing this course you will earn the required 23 contact hours needed to meet the credential application requirements for the PMI CAPM® Certification Exam.

    Governors State University is a proud Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) with the PMI® with all material being approved through the PMI®.

    Learning Objectives:

    • To be able to understand project management terminology & knowledge areas
    • Understand the relationships between the knowledge areas (with a strong focus on inputs and outputs)
    •  Having an in-depth understanding of how each of the knowledge areas work and relate together
    •  Utilizing tools and techniques in determining effective methods for managing a project from start to finish
    • For participants to be able to effectively manage a project focusing by using their understanding of the knowledge areas
    • For participants to be able to apply for the CAPM® exam by successfully earning 23 hours of education necessary for qualification  

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  • Thought Leadership Interviews and Workshops

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    Thought Leader's Viewpoint Interviews

    The Thought Leader’s Viewpoint, presented by Governors State University School of Extended Learning, is comprised of interviews with thought leaders from various disciplines who share their expertise on topics related to their field.  

       Thought Leadership Viewpoint Episode 2(2)

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    Click here to read transcript.

     

    Previous Episode

    Episode 1 Interview with...

    Deborah James, Ph.D., assistant professor and coordinator of the media studies program

    Governors State University and Vernon Smith a broadcaster, journalist, writer, editor, and blogger

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    Thought Leadership Workshop Series 

    Complete one or more thought leadership workshops or complete all four thought leadership workshops and receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the fourth workshop.

    I.Thought Leadership: Develop Your Personal Brand

     (Part of Thought Leadership Workshop Series)  

    Location: Governors State University

    Room: GMT 107

    Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Time: 6-9 p.m. 

    General Fee: $50 Course Number: CE-BUS14-01

    Discount Fee for GSU Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Doctoral Students, and Alumni: $40

    Course Number: CE-BUS14-02

    Instructor: Deborah James, Ph.D. (Read Bio

    Position yourself as a leader in your field by showcasing your expertise, providing insights, education, and ideas. This workshop introduces the concepts of thought leadership, best practices for developing an idea-based personal brand and positioning yourself as a go-to resource.

    By the end of this workshop, you will: 

    ·         Identify your areas of expertise as thought leadership assets

    ·         Conduct a resource inventory that complements your business

    ·         Develop a basic thought leadership strategy

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    II. Social Media Curation: Build Your Online Network

    (Part of Thought Leadership Workshop Series)

    Location: Governors State University

    Room: GMT 107

    Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    Time: 6-9 p.m. 

    General Fee: $50 Course Number: CE-SOCM06-01

    Discount Fee for GSU Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Doctoral Students,

     and Alumni: $40  Course Number: CE-SOCM06-02

    Instructor: Deborah James, Ph.D. (Read Bio

    Develop your curatorial idea-based thought leadership project to build a network using powerful social media tools. In this workshop, you will learn to develop and facilitate your own social media site, as well as how to use discussion, curation, and distribution tools to reach and engage your audience.  

    By the end of this workshop, you will: 

    ·         Learn the basics of how to build and launch your social media site

    ·         Identify how to customize your message for different audiences

    ·         Learn how to seamlessly publish your topic across several distribution channels

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    III. Blogging: Engage Your Online Audience  

    (Part of Thought Leadership Workshop Series)  

    Location: Governors State University 

    Room: GMT 107

    Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017  

    Time: 6-9 p.m. 

    General Fee: $50 Course Number:CE-SOCM07-01

    Discount Fee for GSU Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Doctoral Students,

    and Alumni:$40 Course Number: CE-SOCM07-02

    Instructor: Deborah James, Ph.D. (Read Bio

    Learn how to develop and maintain your blog with easy-to-use online tools. Gain insights on how to write content that adds value to your business, and craft engaging questions and responses to facilitate lively topic discussion.    

    By the end of this workshop, you will:

          ·Develop your blog concept

         ·Establish and learn to manage a blog site

         ·Learn the basics of monetizing your blog site

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    IV. Getting the World to Listen: An A to Z Introduction to Audio Podcasting

    (Part of Thought Leadership Workshop Series)
    Location: Governors State University

    Room: GMT 107

    Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017  & Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Time: 6-9 p.m.  

    General Fee: $70 Course Number:CE-SOCM08-01

    Discount Fee for GSU Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Doctoral Students, and Alumni:$60 

    Course Number: CE-SOCM08-02  

    Instructor: Vernon Smith (Read Bio)

    This two-day workshop will cover a range of topics that budding podcasters need to be aware of to produce a credible, consistent internet broadcast that meets their needs. You’ll discover how top podcasters are succeeding and beating big media with less technical and financial resources.  

    By the end of this two day workshop, you will:

    • Determine your podcast’s focus of interests, format, launch date, schedule, and distribution
    • Learn about legal issues of libel, slander, harassment, copyright, and copyright infringement 
    • Learn the basic journalistic standards of accuracy, fairness, and credibility  
    • Learn about sound editing programs followed by a brief demonstration and homework assignment customized to your abilities
    • Gain knowledge in how to fund, advertise, and distribute your podcasts 

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