Train for an in-demand job in Contact Tracing at ECC

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Published 06/15/2020
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Enrollment is now open for a free, online course in COVID-19 Contact Tracing. Completion of this self-paced course will result in an ECC certificate of completion.

Elgin Community College’s Division of Workforce Development and Continuing Education began developing the course last month in response to Governor Pritzker’s initiative to restrict the spread of COVID-19.

“Contact Tracing is the process of supporting infected individuals and warning those who may have been in contact with the infected individual in order to stop chains of transmission,” said Jorge Phillips, director of continuing education. “We engaged ECC faculty member Michelle Kershner, professor of mathematics, to create the course using ECC’s Distance Learning platform, and we are excited to offer this course to the community.”

This is an introductory, self-paced, noncredit, online course for entry-level COVID-19 contact tracers focused on building knowledge for remote contact tracing. The course provides an overview of COVID-19, including its incubation and infectious periods, symptoms, and how to prevent it. Training includes the basics of contact tracing, effective communication, case monitoring and resources, and how to use the digital tools provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Register for the course today at elgin.edu/ce. Select ‘browse offerings’ then select ‘healthcare’ under the Summer 2020 menu.