Continuing Education & Nontraditional Degree Programs

For more than forty years, Continuing Education and Nontraditional Degree programs has been in the forefront of providing quality lifelong education to people from all backgrounds and of all ages, whether they are eight months, eighteen, or eighty. From nontraditional baccalaureate degrees to aquatics and technology, Continuing Education offers an array of customer driven, custom designed educational and training courses, programs, workshops, and seminars.

In response to the changing need to make learning more accessible to adults and children of all ages, Continuing Education provides a variety of credit and non-credit courses and programs.

We have a long and distinguished track record of meeting the growing demands in the workplace for additional skill development as well as  flexible educational  opportunities for personal enrichment and new skills.

Nontraditional Degree Programs

Adults are exhibiting a greater desire for educational opportunities consistent with their styles of living and working to improve both the quality of life as well as the quality of their contributions to society. Adults involved in the world of work and family may often be unable to take advantage of the traditional four-year degree programs at the university. In response to the growing population of adult learners, Chicago State University offers a nontraditional degree program.

Options Program

Through the Options Program, the university offers classes, workshops and seminars covering a wide array of interests for all ages. Included are classes in academics, computers, arts and crafts, business and vocations, dance and fitness, music, personal development, recreation and special courses for mature adults. This service unit offers the opportunity to join an active, creative community of lifelong learners. All classes are non-credit and reasonably priced.

Workforce Development/Job Training

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is designed to assist unemployed and underemployed individuals in returning to the workforce. To qualify for the grant applicants must meet eligibility and suitability criteria.

CSU WIOA Approved Courses

  • Agility Cert-Certified Enterprise Agility Coach (CEAC)
  • Agility Certification-Certified Agile Coach (CAC)
  • Basic Nursing Assistant
  • BS Degree in Business and Administration-Accounting
  • BS Degree in Business and Administration-Finance
  • Business Computer Applications Certificate
  • Business Essential Certificate
  • Certified Admin. Professional W/ Microsoft Office Master
  • Certified Agile Transformation Coach (CATC)
  • Certified Paralegal
  • Clinical Dental Assistant
  • CPC Medical Billing and Coding Online Course
  • Cyber Security Certificate-Undergraduate
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dialysis Technician
  • EKG Technician
  • Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
  • Home Health Aide/Personal Care Assistant
  • HVAC Technician
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Online Certified Medical Admin Assistant w/ Medical Billing
  • Online Course CompTIA Certification: A+, Network+, Security+
  • Oracle SQL and PL/SQL+ Python Developer+Java Programmer
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Purchasing and Supply Chain Management+Freight Broker/Agent
  • Retail Pharmacy Technician
  • Surgical Technician


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