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Workforce Development and Community Education

Workforce Development and Community Education

Need Training? Consider Prairie State College.


The Workforce Development and Community Education team at Prairie State College offers an impressive array of skills, education and experiences -- all of which are strategically considered for training and product development for each client’s and student’s need(s).

The Department strategically offers two service units:

The Workforce Trades Unit offers customized training and courses in industry sectors including TDL, CDL, Manufacturing, Industrial Technology and Supply Chain Management.

The Workforce Professions Unit offers customized training and courses in industry sectors including Healthcare, Business, Education and Government.

Assisting students and organizations with identifying and closing operations and/or performance gaps, as well as strengthening and/or acquiring new skill sets, we specialize in customizing training solutions products and services to address those gaps; and in response, offer students and clients solutions that generate results. Our priorities surround addressing performance needs with quality training, products and service. We are dedicated professionals committed to providing stellar service, innovation and creative training solutions to meet your needs.



  • Budgeting and Finance
  • Business Development
  • Business Writing/Communication
  • Customer Service/Relations
  • Marketing
  • Office/Administrative Support
  • Onboarding/New Employee Orientation
  • Project Management
  • Sales Training
  • Strategic Planning


Computer Applications and Technology

  • General and customizable MS Office Products:
  • Business Development
  • Business Writing/Communication
  • Customer Service/Relations
  • Marketing
  • Office/Administrative Support
  • Onboarding/New Employee Orientation
  • Project Management
  • Sales Training
  • Strategic Planning


Employee Development

  • Change Management
  • Compliance
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Executive Development
  • Leadership
  • Management/Supervision
  • One-on-One Personal Development/Coaching
  • Performance Management
  • Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
  • Succession Planning
  • Team Development and Functionality



  • American Heart Association Certified CPR Training
  • Cultural Concepts
  • Infection Control
  • Intro to OR Environment
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Risk Management
  • Sterile Processing



  • 5s Workplace Organization
  • Continuous Improvement
  • CNC
  • Industrial Electricity
  • Lean / Six Sigma
  • Manufacturing Practices
  • OSHA Safety
  • Robotics
  • Safety – General
  • Total Productive Maintenance
  • Welding


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Upcoming Training Events
Industrial Pre-Apprenticeship Program (IPAT)

PSC’s Industrial Pre-Apprenticeship Training (IPAT) program provides the foundational training in the skilled trades, and prepares individuals to be successful on the job in industrial and manufacturing environments. Courses can be taken over the course of two to three semesters, and consist of IRCP 1-Shop Arithmetic, IRCP 2-Machine Tool Blueprint Reading, and IRCP 3-Trade-Related Preparation. This three-course training program has a proven record of success in skills enhancement and development, and is ideal for employers desiring to strengthen skillsets of workers or to prepare individuals to enter into an apprenticeship program. IPAT supports vocational training leading to a Department of Labor recognized apprenticeship program. PSC offers flexible course delivery options for pre-apprenticeship training. Students (or employers) can choose the educational experience that best fits their needs. This includes face-to-face, e-learning (online), and hybrid options. For more information, email continuingeducation@prairiestate.edu.

Prairie State College Continuing Professional Education
Mobile Training Centers (MTCs)

Prairie State College brings education and training on the road. In recognition of and response to the skills gaps evident in several key manufacturing job types within the Chicago region, Prairie State College is offering mobile training opportunities to existing employees of private firms and post-high school residents in the region through our MTCs. Click the image for additional details.

Prairie State College Mobile Training Centers
Continuing Professional Education (Professional Credentials Renewals)

PSC is a Continuing Education Sponsor through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to offer continuing education units for the following professions: Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Advanced Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse and Nursing Home Administrator. PSC is also an approved provider from Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to offer Professional Development (PD) for teachers, and recognized provider of SHRM professional development credits for human resources practitioners.

Prairie State College Continuing Professional Education
Proven Success

With many organizations struggling to adjust to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining productivity, filling essential positions, and maintaining and upskilling workforce is a strategic practice toward sustainability and efficiency. The CET team has successfully engaged hundreds of organizations for training and business solutions. Among them are:

  • Advocate Aurora Health Care
  • Crisis Center of South Suburbia
  • Federal Signal
  • Gelita, Inc.
  • Legacy Healthcare
  • Nortrak
  • Tower International
  • UAW/Ford Motor Company
  • Unity Hospice
  • Village of Matteson

Meet Our Team


Alisha Clark

Alisha Clark

Executive Director,
Workforce Development and Community Education

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Cindy Drew

Cindy Drew

Workforce and Community Partnerships - Workforce Professions

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Bradley B.J. Schmidt

Bradley "BJ" Schmidt

Business Solutions

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