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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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ACT Test Preparation Classes Start February 6 at ECC

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Every single point matters!  Using the Cambridge "Six-Step Approach", students receive diagnostic testing and assessment through pre- and post-testing.  Students participate in basic skills review, in-class problem solving, concepts and strategies.  Also included is practice test reinforcement to identify subject matters that students need to improve.  Reading, English, Science and Math subjects are taught by experienced teachers.  This course is designed to help students achieve test scores that reflect their potential by helping them focus on key areas.  Books and practice tests are included in the course tuition.  Morning and afternoon sessions start on Saturday, February 6, 2016.  Course codes are CEB 903 100 or CEB 903 101.  Please register by February 1 to assure receipt of books and materials provided at the beginning of class.  Access this link for complete details and 24/7 online registration:


Questions?  Please call Karin Quist, course developer at 847-214-7123 or email us at  


Pharmacy Technician course starts March 8

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ECC's Continuing Education department is offering a comprehensive 50 hour noncredit program that prepares 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.  The class meets from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights in ECC classroom A219 starting March 8, 2016. 

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 an optional 80 hour externship through a local pharmacy. Students complete a Clinical Externship Policy form on the first day of class to either participate or not participate in the externship. To be eligible for the externship, students must successfully complete the 50 hour classroom program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening, and meet other requirements that will cost the student an additional amount of approximately $ 250. Course fee includes all textbooks and class materials. The PTCB exam fee and all costs of the optional internship are not included.

To view course description and to register, please click here: 

Questions?  Call Continuing Education at 847-622-3036 or email us at 

The U.S. Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) may be able to provide tuition assistance for this course.
Please contact Judy Burman of ECC's Workforce Transitions department at 847-214-6931 for more information.  


Illinois Educator PD Clock Hour online courses from ECC

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Elgin Community College's Continuing Education department has partnered with Virtual Education Software, Inc. (VESi) to offer online continuing education courses for K-12 educators that can be taken for Illinois Professional Development Clock Hours.  These interactive courses provide expert instruction at a pace that fits your schedule. 

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Questions?  Call 847-622-3036 or email us at: