Prairie State College Offers Non-Credit Courses


Prairie State College employees recently held a food drive for Respond Now of Chicago Heights. Pictured (left to right) are Mildred Lopez (Chicago Heights), Randy Wilson (Crete), and Sean Smith (Homewood). (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Prairie State College (PSC) offers hundreds of non-credit classes for a variety of interests and learning needs. Students have the opportunity to update their job skills, discover new passions, or train for a new career. Classes are conveniently held at PSC’s Matteson Area Center, 4821 Southwick Dr., Matteson, at locations around the south suburbs, and online.

Several orientation sessions will be held at the Matteson Area Center about the non-credit medical and real estate programs. In as little as one semester, students can earn a certificate to start a new career. The orientation sessions are free, but registration is requested by calling (708) 709-3750.

Learn more about programs such as health unit coordinator, medical billing/coding specialist, and medical central services technology on Wednesday, January 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For those interested in real estate, an open house will be held on Thursday, January 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn more about real estate sales and broker pre-licensing, real estate appraisal pre-licensing, mortgage loan officer training, home inspection, and home improvement.

Classes begin in January. For a complete listing of courses, visit matteson.prairiestate.edu or pick up a copy of the printed non-credit schedule, Personal and Professional, which was mailed to district households in December. For more information about non-credit classes, call (708) 709-3750.

PSC Offers Info Session for Prospective Adult Students

Prairie State College (PSC) will host a free info session for adults to answer questions and help ease the transition to college life. The event, New Directions, will be held on Wednesday, January 7, at 6 p.m., in the Barnes & Noble Reading Room, located on the college’s main campus, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights.

This workshop is for those who are thinking about starting college but aren’t sure how to begin. The session includes an overview of academic programs and services as well as information on financial aid, admissions, student life, and how to register for classes.

“We offer students a supportive environment that fosters success,” said Diane Janowiak, coordinator of New Directions. “Adults will find that Prairie State College offers flexible scheduling options and faculty who are dedicated to teaching.”

To register for New Directions, visit prairiestate.edu/admissions/returningadults.html or call Janowiak at (708) 709-3603.

Classes for the spring 2009 semester begin January 20. New and current students can register in person until classes begin. New students must register in person by visiting the Counseling and Academic Advising Center, Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours are through December 22; hours on December 23 are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration resumes January 5. Current students also can register online at prairiestate.edu.

Students who register now have until January 7 to pay in full or set up an installment payment plan; contact the college’s Business Office at (708) 709-3577 for details. For those who can’t start in January, PSC offers dozens of Late Start classes beginning February 16. The schedule can be viewed online at prairiestate.edu. Print copies of the schedule were recently mailed to district households.