March 10, 2020

Kish holding information sessions for Summer 2020 short-term training programs

The Kishwaukee College continuing education department is holding Information Sessions about the Summer 2020 Short-Term Training Programs on March 31 and April 28 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm in room A1221 at the College. Information sessions are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to park in lot A and enter through door 16 or 17.

Short-term training programs prepare people for a variety of entry-level positions in a wide range of career fields. They are also a great way to explore a career before committing to a degree program. Short-term training programs range from 14 to 20 weeks, including an externship. The programs prepare students to not only work in their field but also successfully pass their national certification exam. Completion of a short-term training program provides an entrance into a career path that begins with a skilled, entry-level position with the opportunity for further career advancement.

The Short-Term Training program descriptions and schedules for Summer 2020 are:

Dental Assistant: May 12—August 18, Tuesday/Wednesday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dental Assistants provide quality preventative and corrective dental care under the direct supervision of a dentist or dental hygienist. The Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting with patient care as well as providing administrative support to the office.

Pharmacy Technician: May 12—August 18, Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pharmacy Technicians 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 collect payments.

Phlebotomy Technician: May 11—August 20, Monday/Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Phlebotomy Technicians obtain and prepare specimens for laboratory processing. Phlebotomists are traditionally 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.

Sterile Processing Technician: May 12—August 18, Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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.

Veterinary Assistant: July 21 – December 10, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 6:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Veterinary assistants are critical members of a veterinary staff who are trained to assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians with medical procedures on sick and injured animals. Veterinary assistants are also trained in examination, customer relations and veterinary hospital office procedures.

For more information about Short-Term Training programs or to register, visit For more information, contact Kish’s coordinator of short-term training, Melissa Gallagher, at or 815-825-9466.