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It's a great time to keep learning!

Discover why Elgin Community College stands out as one of the nation's top community colleges. It's the perfect hub to develop your personal and professional skills. Whether you're eager to explore a new interest, pursue a hobby, switch careers, empower your team, or spark your children's curiosity, ECC offers a program tailored to your needs.

Career Training

Start a new career path or obtain the necessary certifications to advance your chosen profession. We have an expanding catalog of in-person and online short-term, high-value career training programs in health care, coding, information technology, and more. Imagine where your career could be in less than six months!

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Corporate Training

ECC can provide customized, on-site training to give your team the skills and knowledge to help your business succeed and grow. From employment skills such as conflict resolution and leadership development to industry-specific technical skills such as forklift operations, workplace safety, and blueprint reading, our training programs bring you the quality and expertise of the ECC learning experience.

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Personal Interest

We partner with local experts who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with the community in an informative, engaging, and affordable way. Whether you're interested in improving your gardening skills, becoming a better cook, or learning about new languages and cultures, our community education programs will enrich your free time!

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Kids' College

Kids' College offers various programs designed to be engaging and educational across various interests and disciplines. Our instructors and staff members bring enthusiasm to the subjects they love and are dedicated to sharing knowledge with young people. Check out our current Kids' College classes below!

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Financial aid typically does not cover noncredit programs' tuition and costs, including ECC's continuing education classes. Occasionally, there are government programs and scholarship funds available for noncredit courses. The ECC Foundation maintains scholarship funds, some of which apply to noncredit courses. Please contact the ECC Foundation at 847-214-7377 for current information.

No, continuing education students do not have to complete an application for admission or acquire transcripts. Our students submit all required information during the continuing education registration process.

You don't have to complete an application for admission or acquire transcripts to take non-credit classes. However, you will submit all required information during the registration process.

How to Register

We accept course proposals from anyone interested in teaching a continuing education course. To be considered, include a copy of your resume, licenses, certifications, or other credentials and professional biography. 

Submit proposal forms via email to once complete.

Please help prevent canceled classes by enrolling early. ECC may cancel classes due to low enrollment. When a class is canceled, our department will immediately attempt to contact all students enrolled using the email addresses and phone numbers listed in the college's database. ECC will issue a full refund for a canceled class.

Unless otherwise noted, a 100 percent refund is given if a student withdraws (drops) from the class at least one day before the start of that class. No refund will be granted after this time. Students can drop online by logging in to the accessECC portal or coming to the Registration and Records Office in Building B, Room B105. The ECC helpline is available for log-in assistance at 847-214-7570 or


Continuing Education Department

Building K, Room K128

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Spring 2024 Continuing Education Opportunities

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