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When it comes to maximizing benefit for your investment of time, continuing education classes are your solution. Choose from hundreds of affordable, convenient and easy to use offerings in-class or on-line.

If you want to learn skills to move ahead in the workplace, earn a new job, prepare for national certification in high demand career fields like healthcare, improve your computer skills, or just have fun learning something new like dance or culinary workshops, Continuing Education at Elgin Community College has a class for you!"

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Career Profile: Electronic Health Record Management

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 Career Profile: Electronic Health Record Management

Q1) Why Electronic Health Record Management?

A)With the increasing accessibility that doctors have to a patient’s medical history, surgeries, allergies to medicines, and recent visits yields an increasing demand for professionals who can manage this wealth of information to be accurate, private, and secure. Being certified as an Electronic Health Record Management Specialist can open the door to job opportunities, increased pay scale, and increased knowledge and expertise.

Q2) What does a professional do in this position? 

 A) Electronic Health Record Management professionals maintain and protect the privacy and security of patient documents and information through a variety of tasks. Specialists in this position utilize data interchange programs HL7, CDISC, and DICOM. On a daily basis, an electronic health record specialist will collect, organize, and maintain medical, legal, accreditation, and regulatory functions. Electronic Health Records Specialists are integral to data management, and will have an evolving role of responsibility as technology continues to advance.

Q3)Where do individuals in Electronic Health Record Management work?

A) Professionals in these positions typically work full-time in a hospital or physicians’ offices.

Q4)  Do I need an advanced degree to get a job as an electronic health record management professional?

A) A high school diploma is required for national certification. Continuing education in a certification program that is approved by the National Health Career Association (NHA) is important to adopt the best standards and practices to put an individual in a position for employment. Experience in the field is always a benefit, but not necessary.

Q5) Similar healthcare occupations to explore:

A) Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Transcriptionists, Medical Records Technician, File Clerk, Document Imaging Specialist


Career Profile: Medical Transcription

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Career Profile: Medical Transcription

Q1) Why Medical Transcription?

A) Medical transcription is a relevant career because although many documents are generated by electronic software there will always be a need for well-trained individuals to review and edit electronic documents for accuracy.

Q2) What does a medical transcriptionist do?

A) Medical transcriptionists are an integral part of the healthcare process. Medical transcriptionists type or transcribe dictated notes from provider-patient interactions so they can be added to a patient's medical record.

Q3) Where does a Medical Transcriptionist work?

A) Medical transcriptionists often work in physician offices, hospitals, and for transcription service providers. There are many medical transcriptionists who are self-employed and work from home.

Q4) Do I need an advanced degree to get a job in medical transcription?

A) A post-secondary training program specifically designed for medical transcription on-line or an employer-trusted training program at a community college or vocational school will take you on the path to a career in medical transcription. Programs are typically 6-12 months. To become a medical transcriptionist some college may be helpful for a basic understanding of anatomy, medical terminology, pharmacology, and like subjects. A degree is often not a requirement.

Q5) What are similar healthcare occupations to explore?

A) Medical Administrative Assistant; Electronic Health Record Management





Welcome note to Career Profile Series

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Part of the Department of Continuing Education at Elgin Community College mission is to help you build upon current skills, explore your hobbies, and facilitate exciting career training opportunities.

Healthcare, one of the fastest growing fields, is projecting a need for healthcare support occupations. This is exciting for our community because Continuing Education at Elgin Community College offers a variety of programs and classes to explore these careers on-line and in-class as well as prepare for national certifications for a fast track to employment.

The CE blog is excited to start a series that profiles general information of in-demand careers.  This can be one of many resources to explore your “calling” or interests.  Our blog will be happy to take suggestions of careers that interest you that may not be highlighted.

If there is a career interest that you do not see highlighted or currently offered by Elgin Community College please feel free to send us an e-mail with your interest. The Department of Continuing Education at Elgin Community College e-mail contact is listed at the left.

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Dance Classes at ECC!

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Join the fun and secure your place in Fall 2013 dance classes at ECC!

No previous dance experience needed. No partners required. Course fee is per person.

  • CED-206 Beginning Salsa Dancing 
    • Fridays, Sept. 6th - Oct. 25th           6 PM -7:15 PM          $139
    • Eight weeks of fun learning and practicing popular Puerto Rican and Mexican Latin dance styles. Students are introduced to the basic steps of salsa, merengue, and cumbia. Get a workout the fun way and experience the joy of salsa and the lively steps of other Latin dances popular in club dancing. This class fills quickly, so register early! Our instructor, Celia Lopez is bilingual (Spanish/English).
  • CED-034 Ballroom Wedding Dance
    • Fridays, Sept. 13th - Nov. 15th     6:30 PM- 7:45 PM     $139
    • Swing, foxtrot, rumba, and cha-cha are the most popular dances for music played at wedding receptions, social dances, and dinner dances. Learn a different basic dance each week and have a short practice time for the last week's dance. Wear comfortable clothes and smooth soled shoe
  • CED-039 Intermediate Ballroom Dance 
    • Fridays, Sept. 13th - Nov. 15th      8 PM-9:15 PM          $139
    • This class is for those who want to take their dancing to the next level! Whether you have taken a ballroom or swing class, are taking one now and want to practice what you have learned, or enjoy picking up new steps and techniques from the Foxtrot, Swing, and Rumba, this class is for you. Let our instructors' help you getter better!              

For more info or to register call 847-622-3036 or visit us on-line at (Select >Fall 2013 >Dance)



We are on FACEBOOK!

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"Continuing Education at Elgin Community College" is updated and running!

Be sure to like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with events, class information, and activities. "Continuing Education at Elgin Community College" will be posting Workforce Development tips weekly! Be sure to like us to find out the tip of the week!

You can view our FB page "Continuing Education at Elgin Community College" at the following link:

Free Info Session Tues, Sept. 3, 2013

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Join us Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 6 PM

for a FREE information session at ECC!

For more info or to register visit


ECC has partnered with Career Step to offer online training for

in-demand careers. Tens of thousands of new jobs are expected in these career fields. Come learn more about these training and career opportunities at a FREE information session!


Online Career Training programs:

  • Medical Transcription
  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Billing



Fall Registration Reminder

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FYI- Fall classes are open for registration!

Visit us at to view all course offerings and to access on-line registration. For questions and concerns, call 847-622-3036.

Solutions to Developing New Leaders

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ECC's High Performance Leadership Training can jump-start the productivity of new leaders. The classes are customized and held at your location. The trainers have real-world experience and expertise in working with adult learners.

Choose from a range of courses that may be eligible for 1.2 International Learning Units (ILUs).

ECC Workforce Development core leadership training solutions:

  • Getting started as a New Leader
  • Essentials of Leadership
  • Coaching for Success
  • Coaching for Improvement
  • Setting Performance Expectations
  • Delegating Results
  • Making Meetings Work

For more information, visit us at

To arrange a personal consultation, contact Pam Saylor at 847-214-7803.

**ECC is the winner of the 2013 ICCTA Business/Industry Partnership Award for Effective Workforce Training Services

Scholarship Funding Available for Continuing Education Courses!

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Scholarship assistance for students interested in ECC continuing education courses is available through the ECC Foundation via the Meritus Scholarship Fund.  Established in July 2006 by the Meritus Financial Group in Elgin, the scholarship is the first-ever bestowed to the college for continuing education courses.  It is awarded to students with financial need who seek a non-traditional career path to success.

For more information about the Meritus Scholarship Fund and to receive an application, please call 847-214-7596 or email


Fall 2013 classes are posted!

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Summer is winding down and fall is just around the corner!

Fall 2013 classes are starting soon! Register early and save your seat!

Visit or call 847-622-3036

Classes offered in:

  • Quickbooks
  • Aviation Ground School
  • Career programs
    • Veterinary Assistant
    • Wedding & Event Planner
    • Professional Investigations Training
    • Professional Voice Career
  • Computers: Word, Excel, Access, Using the iPad as a Business Tool
  • Firefighter
  • Food & Beverage
  • Forklift Training
  • Healthcare Career Training
    • Pharmacy Technician Program
    • EKG Technician
    • Medical Administrative Assistant
    • Home Healthcare Aide
    • Electronic Healthcare Record Management
    • Medical Billing
    • Medical Coding Professional 
  • Home Repair & Remodeling
  • Foundations in Interior Design and Homestaging
  • Massage Therapy Community Education
  • Beginning and Intermediate Digital Photography
  • Test Prep:
    • ACT Test Preparation
    • PSB Workshops
    • Reading, Math, & English Review   
  • and more!