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Program Coordinators

Dental Assisting and HVACR
Bldg K, Room K100.11, ECC Campus 
Tel: 847-214-6944
palmeida@elgin.edu

CNC, Welding, IST and CIM
Bldg K, Room K111.03, ECC Campus 
Tel: 847-214-6923
jshaw@elgin.edu


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Accelerating Opportunity Program

Accelerating opportunity provides career navigation and personalized advising to prepare students for the workforce in welding, computer numerical control (CNC) operator, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR), dental office aide, computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), or integrated systems maintenance technology (IST). Most offerings are one-year programs leading to a certificate and National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC). Degree options are also available.

How the Program Works

Students attend their career and technical courses as a team and stay together throughout the duration of the program. A career navigator for the program works with students to provide additional career and employability training. Students will also be provided internship and job search assistance.

Qualifications

The program is designed for students interested in a high-growth, high-wage career who:

  • Are pursuing a GED®
  • Have a high school diploma or college coursework
  • Are working on improving their English language skills, or
  • Need additional support in reading or math
  • Can commit to and complete the program in less than a year

Benefits

  • Completion of a vocational certificate
    • one year in a high labor market demand area
  • Additional academic support tailored to your area of study
  • Dedicated career navigator
    • assist throughout the educational process
    • enrollment through employment
  • Prepare and take the WorkKeys® assessment at no cost:
    • leading to a National Career Readiness Certificate | Learn more»
  • Free academic support classes
    • three-credit hour tuition waiver - if you qualify
  • Free workshops and technical assistance on such topics:
    • résumé development
    • interview

Payment

Students pay tuition for the career and technical classes and receive a three credit hour tuition waiver or loaner textbooks (if they qualify), but the support class (math, reading or writing) or tutoring are free of charge.

Financial Aid

ECC also helps with financial aid for those who apply and qualify. Learn more»

Accelerating Opportunities Programs

Students entering the program will complete the initial certification of their choice in one year or less. Additional certifications leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree are available for students who wish to continue study. 

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator

Leading to a Basic Vocational Specialist Certificate in CNC Operator. Learn more»

What classes will I take?

CNC Operator Course Details
First Semester Second Semester
IMT 103 Industrial Mfg. I
IMT 104 Industrial Mfg. II
CAD 101 Engineering Design
IMT107 Technical Math
IMT 110 Computer Aided Design
IMT 220 CNC Programming
Support class: Math and reading/writing

Admission requirements

Graduate as a certified CNC operator by the end of your second semester! Download brochure

Welding

Leading to a Basic Vocational Specialist Certificate in Welding. Learn more»

What classes will I take?

Welding Course Details
First Semester Second Semester
WEL 101 Welding 1
WEL 102 Welding 2
IMT 212 Metallurgy
WEL 208 Welding III
WEL 120 Blueprint Reading for Welders
WEL 218/220 ARC or MIG Welder Qualification
Support class: Math and reading/writing

Admission requirements

Graduate as a certified welder by the end of your second semester! Download brochure


Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVACR)

Leading to a Basic Vocational Specialist Certificate in Heating AC & Refrigeration Levels I and II. Learn more»

What classes will I take?

HVACR Course Details
First Semester Second Semester
HAC 114 Basic Electricity and HVACR Controls
HAC 101 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration I
HAC 102 Air Conditioning & Refrigeration II
HAC 103 Basic Heating Gas/Oil
HAC 109 Basic Sheet Metal
HAC 115 Blueprint Reading for Heating & AC
HAC 119 Refrigerant Recovery Certification
Support class: Math and reading/writing

Admission requirements

Graduate as a certified HVACR specialist by the end of your second semester!


Dental Office Aide

Leading to a Basic Vocational Specialist Certificate in Dental Office Aide. Learn more»

What classes will I take?

Dental Office Aide Course Details
First Semester Second Semester
DEA 101 Dental Assisting 1
DEA 106 Dental Aseptic Techniques
DEA 103 Dental Materials 1
DEA 108 Chair side Dental Assisting 1
SPH 110 Interpersonal Communication
Support class: Math and reading/writing

Admission requirements

Graduate as a certified dental office aide by the end of your second semester! Download brochure


Integrated Systems Maintenance Technology (IST)

Leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in IST/Maintenance Technology. Learn more»

What classes will I take?

Integrated Systems Maintenance Technology (IST) Course Details
First Semester Second Semester Third Semester Fourth Semester
IST105 Electrical Control Circuits
IST 120 Hydraulics
IMT107 Technical Mathematics I or MTH107 Technical Mathematics I Industrial Electives
IST110 Electrical Motor Control
IST122 Hydraulics Troubleshooting
IST140 Programmable Controllers I Industrial Electives
IST125 Pneumatics
IST142 Programmable Controllers II
IST130 Basic Mechanical Drives
Social or Behavioral Science course

IST115 Industrial Power Distribution
IST235 AC Drives
IST245 Advanced Programmable Controllers
Liberal Education course

Required Communications course Industrial Electives Required Communications course
Students completing the AAS coursework will automatically receive Basic Vocational Specialist Certificates in Electrical Systems, Automated Electronic Systems and Mechanical Systems