Professional Continuing Education
Businesses need employees who are skilled and knowledgeable in the latest technology. This is one reason why Illinois community colleges have seen an increase in noncredit, professional development courses. Professional real estate agents, nurses, physical therapist, computer network specialist, cosmetologist and teachers are just among the few who rely on the local community college to design and deliver classes and programs for initial certification and continuing education units that are needed to continue their professional status. Resources for continuing education may be found through weTRaIN.
Customized training continues to be one of the most requested services provided by the Business and Industry Centers at the community colleges. Individual companies require specialized training in order to meet specific technology and industry needs. Contract training assists companies in developing their workforce by providing basic educational skills, specific industry skills and highly developed technical skills.
Community colleges offer courses for individuals who are exploring the possibility of starting a business or who have developed a home-based business and are in need of gaining information on business plans, securing finances, employment laws and regulations, and other details. Information about entrepreneurship training may be found on the Illinois Small Business Development Center.