Continuing Education

January 11, 2018

The Kishwaukee College Continuing Education department is offering a variety of classes during the late winter for community members. Classes meet at sites throughout the local communities and emphasize lifelong learning for personal enrichment.

Classes that begin in the months of January and February include:

Cooking – Great Soups and Sauces meets on Wednesdays from January 24 through February 28 at the HyVee Club Room.  Students will learn how to make soups and sauces that will transform a basic entree into something special, including roasting, poaching, simmering and pureeing. The instructor is Chef Rudy Galindo. The cost for this class is $150.

Beekeeping Basics meets on Saturday, February 3 from 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. in Room C1203 at Kishwaukee College. Students will learn the basics of handling bees and harvesting hive products, including honeybee biology, hive basics, installing bees, and honeybee management. The cost for this class is $59.

Fitness – Self-Defense meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, February 5 through March 28, from 5:45 – 7:45p.m. at the Sycamore Public Library. Students will learn bow in class, stance work, punches, kicks, blocks, conditioning, foam work, two men exercise and bow out. The cost for this class $150.

There are many other classes beginning in January and February. To view the complete list, visit

Interested community members have three convenient ways to register: online (payment by credit card only); by telephone (payment by credit card only) on Monday through Friday from 8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. at 815-825-9441; or by mail by printing the CE Registration Form (payment by check or credit card). Online registration and the downloadable registration form are both available at

For more information on Continuing Education classes available through Kishwaukee College, contact Melissa Gallagher at or call 815-825-9466.

December 22, 2017

The Kishwaukee College Continuing Education department is holding a free Information Session on Short-Term Training Programs on Tuesday, January 9 from 6 – 8:00p.m. in Room B2301 at the College.

Short-Term Training refers to non-credit programs that prepare students for a variety of entry-level positions. The programs range from fourteen to twenty weeks of training and prepare students for certification testing or other forms of professional testing to prepare the student to work in the field. It is a path that results in being prepared for a good, skilled position and can often act as a gateway to further career development. Most Short-Term Training programs are also eligible for financial benefits from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The programs being covered at the Information Session on January 9 are Phlebotomy Technician, Pharmacy Technician, and Veterinary Assistant.

Phlebotomy Technicians are healthcare professionals who obtain and prepare specimens for laboratory processing. Traditionally, Phlebotomist Technicians are associated with drawing and preparing blood in hospitals, clinics, or physician’s offices. However, Phlebotomists can be employed in a wide variety of fields that work with any bodily fluids that can be laboratory tested.

Pharmacy Technicians are health care professionals who have been trained to assist pharmacists to dispense prescription medication. Depending on the position, the technician may also manage third-party billing, answer telephones, direct customers to items or to the pharmacist for medication consultation, receive written prescriptions, clean and sterilize dispensing bottles and instruments, answer questions regarding non-drug products, and operate a cash register.

Veterinarian Assistants work with Veterinarians and Veterinarian Technicians to provide medical care to animals. Duties for Vet Assistants range from feeding and watering animals to sterilizing lab and surgical equipment and preparation of samples for lab examination and more.

For more information, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Continuing Education and Short-Term Training at Kishwaukee College, at 815-825-9466 or at

December 22, 2017

Area artists will have a new studio space beginning in January: the Kishwaukee College Art Studios. The Continuing Education department is offering the studio space for public use beginning in January. The Open Studio is not a formal class, though Kishwaukee College art faculty will be in the studios to assist students. Space is limited and registration is required. Cost per person for the Open Studio is $199.

Jewelry Open Studio will begin on January 8 with an information session from 6 -7:00p.m. The regular Open Studio will be on Mondays, January 22 through March 12. Jewelry/Metalworking instructor, Dan Connelly, MFA, will monitor the studio and provide assistance and demonstrations as requested. He is familiar with a variety of techniques including lost wax casting, hydraulic press forming, rolling mill texturing, etching, forming and raising. The cost of the Jewelry Open Studio includes supplies (excluding silver).

Ceramics Open Studio will begin on January 9 with an information session from 6 -7:00p.m.  followed by an Orientation Session on January 16 also from 6 – 7:00p.m. The regular Open Studio will be on Tuesdays, January 23 through March 13. Cost includes clay, glazes, storage space and kiln time. Participants must provide their own towel, gallon bucket, pottery tools, brushes and containers for glazing.

For more information, contact Melissa Gallagher at or at 815-825-9466.

August 31, 2017

The Continuing Education Department at Kishwaukee College is offering a review class for the Massage and Bodyworking Licensing Exam (MBLEx) for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. The class is designed to assist area Therapeutic Massage professionals to prepare to take the licensing exam. The cost of the one-day class is $130.

The review class will be offered on Saturday, September 16 from 9:00a.m. – noon in B1243 at Kishwaukee College.  The class covers the format and main areas of the MBLEx; tips and techniques for reading and analyzing questions; and study questions, memory tools and other resources. The class will also administer in-class self-assessment to identify content areas individual students need to target and discussion on specific content.

The instructor is Julie Gavin-Freeman, LMT, BCTMB, I-AYT. Gavin-Freeman is a Professional Anatomist and has taught in a variety of educational settings for over 15 years, covering all topics including but not limited to: anatomy, physiology, pathology, ethics, business practices, documentation, medical terminology, and massage application. She has co- authored published research articles, papers and presentations and written curricula/course work

The class will be offered again in the Spring semester on January 6 and March 24.

For more information, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short-Term Training and Continuing Education at 815-825-9466 or at To register, visit