Continuing Education

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 mgallagher1@kish.edu. To register, visit www.kish.edu/mblex.

August 31, 2017

The Continuing Education department at Kishwaukee College is again offering its successful Leadership Development Program, titled True Leader – Leadership Development. The acclaimed program is being offered specifically for local Not-For-Profits (NFPs) and consists of three classes being offered this fall.

Participants may register for select classes or for the entire series.  The True Leader program is being offered to local NFPs at no cost to them through a grant from the Kishwaukee College Foundation.

The three class modules offered this fall are:

Emotional Intelligence on September 22 – True Leaders recognize that they lead people, not machines. This class covers the importance of learning to understand emotions in employee motivation, satisfaction, and productivity.

Delegation/Employee Growth: Motivation and Coaching on October 20 – True Leaders know the importance of the delegation of duties that plays to each employee’s strengths and how that can promote team work for the common good of the team as well as the overall organization.

Recognizing and Rewarding Employees in Meaningful Ways on November 30 – True Leaders are dedicated to creating a positive culture of appreciation to motivate, validate, and engage employees.

All classes meet from 8:00a.m. – noon and will be held in Room A1222 in the Kishwaukee College Conference Center.

For more information about the series or to register, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short-Term Training and Continuing Education, at mgallagher1@kish.edu or at 815-825-9466.

August 23, 2017

The Kishwaukee College Pharmacy Technician Program held a pinning ceremony on Tuesday, August 15 on campus.

Six students completed the Pharmacy Tech program: Julia Diedrich, DeKalb; Camryn Julun, DeKalb; Maritza Majors, DeKalb; Michele McKeon, DeKalb; Angela Verkler, Sycamore; and Charlese Williams, DeKalb.

Pinning ceremonies are a tradition in healthcare professions, the practice can be traced to recognition of people who provided nursing care as far back as the Crusades. Modern pinning ceremonies were revived and became a common practice after Florence Nightingale began rewarding nursing graduates with the Red Cross of St. George after the Crimean War in the mid-nineteenth century. The tradition has since become a common practice in other healthcare professions.

Instructors for the Pharmacy Technician Program are Kathryn Miller and Shelby Bloede. Pharmacy Technicians are health care professionals who have been trained to assist pharmacists to dispense prescription medication.

For more information on the Pharmacy Tech Program, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short Term Training and Continuing Education at 815-825-9466 or at mgallagher1@kish.edu.

August 23, 2017

The Continuing Education department at Kishwaukee College is offering a free presentation for area Therapeutic Massage professionals. Expanding Boundaries: Massage for the Medically Frail Client will be offered on September 11 at 6:00p.m. in Room B1234; the presentation will be offered a second time on September 23 at 1:00p.m. in Room B1244 at Kishwaukee College.

The presentation will cover adaptations of massage skills and techniques to work with clients with chronic illness or medically-induced frailty. The presentation is one-hour and specifically designed for Therapeutic Massage professionals.

For more information, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short Term Training and Continuing Education at 815-825-9466 or at mgallagher1@kish.edu.

August 18, 2017

The Kishwaukee College Phlebotomy Technician Program held a pinning ceremony on Wednesday, August 16 on campus.

Six students completed the Phlebotomy Tech program: Candace Carter, Sycamore; Hayley Davis, Rockford; Qing Li, DeKalb; Jessica Marx, DeKalb; Michelle Newtson, DeKalb; and Christine Vicary, Genoa.

Pinning ceremonies are a tradition in healthcare professions, the practice can be traced to recognition of people who provided nursing care as far back as the Crusades. Modern pinning ceremonies were revived and became a common practice after Florence Nightingale began rewarding nursing graduates with the Red Cross of St. George after the Crimean War in the mid-nineteenth century. The tradition has since become a common practice in other healthcare professions.

Instructor for the Phlebotomy Technician Program is Corie Thibeault. Phlebotomist 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.

For more information on the Phlebotomy Tech Program, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short Term Training and Continuing Education, at 815-825-9466 or at mgallagher1@kish.edu

August 18, 2017

Kishwaukee College is offering American Heart Association CPR courses that include certification/re-certification specifically for Healthcare Providers.  Each class costs $55 and will be held at Kishwaukee College. The required textbooks are available at the Kishwaukee College Bookstore and are not included in the cost of the class. Participants should wear comfortable clothing to class. To receive certification, no part of the class can be missed.

CPR for the Healthcare Provider is designed for certification, as well as recertification, and covers the role of healthcare providers who respond to cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies. Proper CPR skills, the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), relieving foreign body airway obstructions, and using a bag mask will be presented.  This class will be offered at a wide variety of days and times to better accommodate Healthcare Providers schedules.

Class times for CPR for Healthcare Providers are: Tuesday, September 5 from 8:00a.m. – 12:30p.m. in Room A1268; Thursday, September 21 from 1 – 5:30p.m. in Room B2301; and Thursday, October 26 from 1 – 5:30p.m. in Room B2301.

For more information, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short-Term Training and Continuing Education, at 815-825-9466 or at mgallagher1@kish.edu.

August 14, 2017

The Continuing Education department at Kishwaukee College is offering a class on Chinese Language and Culture. The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 8:00p.m. from September 5 through October 26. The cost of this class is $125.

In this non-credit class, students will learn pronunciation of words and names, basic conversation, how to read the phonetic systems, and how to read and write elementary Chinese characters. The focus will be on Mandarin Chinese. Students will also learn about Chinese culture through activities, food, and film. The class assumes no prior knowledge of the Chinese language and is designed to be moderately challenging in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

For more information or to register, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short-Term Training and Continuing Education, at mgallagher1@kish.edu, 815-825-9466.

July 20, 2017

The Continuing Education department at Kishwaukee College is offering a Dental Assistant program this fall. The course will begin September 5 and run through December 19, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 9:00p.m.  Cost of the Dental Assistant Program is $1200. Students must be at least age 18 to register for this program. More information on the new Dental Assistant Program will be available at the free Short-Term Training Programs Information Session on August 9 from 6 – 8:00p.m. in Room B2301 at the College.

Dental Assistants provide quality preventative and corrective dental care under direct supervision of a dentist or dental hygienist. The Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting dentists and dental hygienists with patient care as well as providing administrative support to the office.

The Program at Kish College will consist of 90 hours of instruction: 70 hours of classroom instruction and a 20-hour non-paid, externship in a healthcare facility. Externships are scheduled for a one week period, after classroom instruction has ended and before the final exam. Students will be required to provide their own transportation to and from their externship site, which can be located within a 50 mile radius of Kishwaukee College. Drug testing and a criminal background check are required for externship placement.

The need for Dental Assistants is growing substantially. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the dental field is expected to grow 25% through 2022, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will likely continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services. Additional reasons for expansion include the population growth, greater retention of natural teeth by middle-aged and older people, and an increased focus on preventative dental care for younger generations will fuel demand for dental services.

For more information on the Dental Assistant Program at Kishwaukee College, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short-Term Training, at 815-825-9466 or at melissa.gallagher@kishwaukeecollege.edu.

July 11, 2017

Kishwaukee College held a traditional pinning ceremony for students who completed the Phlebotomy Technician Program for Certified Nurse Assistants (C.N.A.s) on Wednesday, June 28.

The students receiving pins were Jordyn Bergstrand, DeKalb; Cassandra Butters, Sycamore; Tanya Carraher, Kingston; Denise Gul, DeKalb; Ingrid Torres, DeKalb; and Cambria Williamson, DeKalb.

The tradition of pinning healthcare graduates originates with the nursing profession in 1860 when Florence Nightingale presented a lapel pin to her best students. Over the years, other healthcare professions have added the practice to their graduation traditions to symbolize an official initiation into the students’ chosen healthcare profession.

The Phlebotomy Technician Program for C.N.A.s was developed to allow C.N.A.s to add the Phlebotomy Tech certification to their skill set to enhance employment opportunities. Phlebotomists are skilled health care professionals who have been trained to collect, transport, handle and process blood and other specimens for laboratory analysis using venipuncture and micro collection techniques.

The class was created especially for C.N.A.s who had received their training under Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to make the dual specialization financially accessible. Under WIOA regulations, eligible participants can only receive funding for one short-term training program. First National Bank in DeKalb provided grant funding to allow area WIOA trained C.N.A.s to enroll in the Phlebotomy Tech program free of charge.

For more information on the Phlebotomy Technician or other short-tern training programs offered at Kishwaukee College, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short Term Training, at 815-825-9466 or at melissa.gallagher@kishwaukeecollege.edu.


The students are pictured with their instructor, Corie Thibeault (back row, second from left), and Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short Term Training at Kishwaukee College (back row, third from left).