Kish College offering short-term training programs for fall 2021


MALTA - The Kishwaukee College Continuing Education department is offering four short-term training programs during the fall 2021 semester. Short-term programs at Kish are designed to provide students with the skills and training needed to meet local workforce demands. The programs can be completed in 16 weeks or less and allow students to immediately start a career or build upon their skills with additional training.

Fall 2021 classes will be offered in various formats. Participants will need access to a computer and internet to participate in the programs with an online component.

The short-term training programs offered are:

Pharmacy Technician: Aug. 29-Dec. 11 (Online)

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists with dispensing prescription medication. Pharmacy technicians may also manage third-party billing, answer telephones, direct customers to items or the pharmacist for medication consultation, receive written prescriptions, clean and sterilize dispensing bottles and instruments, answer questions regarding non-drug products, and collect payments. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding is available to those who qualify.

Sterile Processing Technician: Aug. 29-Dec. 4 (Online)

Sterile processing technicians provide support to all patient care services in a health care facility. They are responsible for decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilizing, storing and distributing the medical devices and supplies needed in patient care, especially during surgery. WIOA funding is available to those who qualify.

Dental Assistant: Aug. 29-Nov. 20 (Online Lecture/In-Person Practice)

Dental assistants are skilled health care professionals who work closely with dentists and dental hygienists to provide quality preventive and corrective dental care and administrative support in dental offices. Dental assistants are trained in the history of dentistry and dental assisting, oral anatomy, dental equipment, operation and maintenance, proper patient positioning, dental anesthesia, sterilization and an introduction to the legal aspects of dentistry. In-person practice will be conducted from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays in a local dental office.

Real Estate Broker Pre-License class: Sept. 5-Nov. 18 (In-Person)

Real estate brokers perform many duties in real estate transactions. From marketing homes to establishing escrow accounts, real estate brokers work to ensure transactions are fair and legal. Instruction is provided in-person from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Kishwaukee College.

Registration for the fall 2021 session is open. Interested students should contact Melissa Gallagher at to schedule a phone meeting to discuss their program of interest and possible funding options. For more information on short-term training programs at Kish, visit