Career Training

Continuing Education

Work-related topics designed to refresh knowledge, skills, and current practices. These can vary from workshops or one-time classes to online courses. If you're hoping to get a promotion or become more efficient, continuing education could be the key to help you get there! In 2022, nearly 300 students trained for a new or advanced career through Parkland Community Education.



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Certified Fiber Optic Technician 

Ready to become a Certified Fiber Optic Technician? Are you looking for a lucrative career in the technology industry? Do you want to work with cutting-edge technology that powers phones, television, internet services, and more? Look no further than Parkland College's one-week Certified Fiber Optic Technician training series. 

The Certified Fiber Optic Technician training series provides you with all the skills and knowledge needed to become a Certified Fiber Optic Technician by the Fiber Optic Association. This program is designed for individuals who are interested in a career in fiber optic technology. 

As a fiber optic technician, you are responsible for installing and maintaining fiber optic networks that transmit data, voice, and video signals. This is a crucial role in the technology industry, as fiber optic networks are becoming increasingly popular due to their speed, reliability, and security. 

Parkland College's training series covers the key aspects of fiber optic technology, including fiber optic theory, fiber optic cables and connectors, and fiber optic testing and troubleshooting. You will also learn about industry standards and best practices for installation and maintenance. 



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Courses specifically designed to support the healthcare industry, from working professionals to those seeking to start their careers. In-demand courses include: 

  • Medical Billing and Coding 
  • Pharmacy Technician 
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR Training 
  • Mental Health First Aid 



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Real Estate

Have you dreamed of a career in real estate? If so, Parkland College Community Education has the perfect opportunity for you. Our courses are designed to give you the pre-license education required to become an Illinois real estate broker. To qualify, you must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). Additionally, you need 75 class hours of pre-license education at an approved school by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Parkland's courses meet the 75 class hour requirement and are sponsored by Illinois REALTORS®. Register today to get started on your path to becoming a real estate broker.


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Computers & Technology

Learn a new application or brush up on your knowledge from basic Microsoft programs such as Excel to networking to data analysis.


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Learn about the essential jobs and skills that support the movement of goods within our community, state, and nation.


Job Search

Five job search engines and resources for current employment opportunities:

Below are job search engines to assist in your employment search. Before you begin your search, download 10 job search tips as a PDF from Career Services.

Visit Parkland College Career Services for more resources, including finding local staffing firms and employment agencies.