Non-Credit Class Listings

Leadership Development Courses

The Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) is offered by the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University as a leadership skills development program for leaders and managers in government and nonprofit agencies. Participants may take individual workshops or complete a series of courses towards the goal of earning a general Certificate of Achievement or specialized Certificate of Achievement. For more information visit

"Leadership for Elected Officials"

Thursday, September 11, 2014 — 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Prairie State College, Conference Center, Room 1318
Registration Fee: $90

Public administration involves the application of many different legal principles. From the Freedom of Information Act, to the Open Meetings Act, to the roles and responsibilities of elected officials and staff, to mandates from the State and Federal governments, there are a multitude of considerations to be made when approaching your role in local government.

Key Objectives

  • Learn which laws have a major impact on the administration of local government operations
  • Discern the differing roles and responsibilities of elected officials and staff

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Center for Governmental StudiesCivic Leadership Academy
Prairie State College


SHRMS' Essentials of HR Management Course

SHRMS' Essentials of HR Management course is part of an award winning program and recognized as one of the nation's "Top 20" programs for the past five years. Prairie State College will be hosting the course approved by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a licensed provider for SHRM since 1995, Northern Illinois University's Department of Continuing Professional Education.

SHRM's Essentials of HR Management two day course is scheduled for fall 2014:

SHRM's Essentials HR Management
Wednesday and Thursday, September 17 & 18, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Prairie State College Conference Center
Registration Fee:  Standard $650 and SRHM members $600

The Essentials course is ideal for entry-level HR professionals, small business owners, managers,
supervisors with responsibilities for managing people, Job seekers wanting to transition into a career in HR and HR professionals seeking to update current HR knowledge. 

Topics Include:

  • Employment Law
  • Selecting qualified employees
  • Orientation and training of employees
  • Performance Management
  • Compensation Basics

Program Benefits:

  • Understanding issues, laws, and procedures related to the employment process will help reduce risks of legal action to your organization.
  • A perfect course for managers who need to know basic HR concepts BEFORE disciplinary action is required and HR has to get involved as well as those who want an overview of areas outside their current specialty or are newcomers to the HR profession.
  • Participants receive 1.2 CEUs of continuing education credit.
  • The action oriented curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for networking, sharing "real-world" experiences, and applying what is learned in the workplace.

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Changing Perspectives and Perceptions:
Understanding Mental Health

Recent events have brought mental illness to the forefront. It is a disease impacting 1 in 5 Americans. But it is often a misunderstood disease. Attend this conference to find out more about mental illness, hear from experts who know how to treat it, and individuals who are experiencing it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Conference Center at
Prairie State College

$79 Conference Registration
(use code PIHTH 026 C1 at checkout)

$99 Conference registration and CEU credits
(use codes PIHTH 026 C1 and PIHTH 026 C2 at checkout)

Registration Deadline:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Register Online:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the purple "Continuing Education" box.
  3. Click "Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes".
  4. Enter course code number(s) desired as listed above.
  5. Click "Submit".
  6. Select class(es).
  7. Complete additional registration information.

Register by Mail:

Print and fill out a registration form.

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Registration assistance:

Michelle Guiliani
(708) 709-7957

Exhibitor Opportunities:

Julie DeLong
(708) 709 – 7919


Prairie State College offers a wide variety of non-credit courses, seminars and workshops. It's all part of our commitment to serve the community by providing educational, informational, cultural and recreational activities that appeal to special interests. Students may learn vocational skills, enhance their personal growth or explore vocational pursuits.

Many of our non-credit and continuing education classes are conveniently held at the Matteson Area Center. In addition to two fully equipped computer classrooms, the Center offers a variety of class and meeting rooms with activities daily, evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays. The Center is also the host site for the Institute of Learning in Retirement.

For a listing of when non-credit courses are offered, consult the current course schedule or WebAdvisor.