Highland expands online career training programs with ed2go

Since 2012, Highland Community College's Business Institute has been offering a program of online courses that makes it easy for individuals to take high-quality, non-credit online courses. Through a partnership with ed2go, there are hundreds of classes on a variety of topics.

The Business Institute is expanding on these instructor-led online courses to offer career training programs. These online open enrollment programs have been designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, providing individuals with effective web-based learning programs. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in the online learning experience, responding to any questions or concerns, as well as encouraging and motivating students to succeed.

Currently ed2go has 17 programs for Healthcare and Fitness; 71 programs for Business and Professional; 41 programs for IT and Software Development; 40 programs for Management and Corporate; nine programs for Media and Design; 17 programs for Hospitality and Service Industry; 19 programs for Skilled Trades and Industrial; 11 programs for Sustainable Energy and Going Green, and eight programs for Career Online High School.

The following are examples of popular programs:

Certified Personal Trainer (62 hours): Prepare for an in-demand career as a personal trainer as you earn nationally-recognized W.I.T.S. certification and gain real-life experience in an internship.

Travel Agent Training (200 hours): Learn the basic skills needed to operate a computer reservation system for airlines, travel agencies, cruise lines, hotels, or as a home-based agent, and get started in a career in the travel industry.

Principles of Green Building (30 hours): The Principles of Green Buildings (PGB) program explains the science that individuals in the building, remodeling, or trade industries need to know in order to make buildings perform more efficiently.

Optician Certification Training (150 hours): Master the skills you need for a successful career as an optician and prepare yourself to take the ABO certification exam.  

Pharmacy Technician (330 hours): Pharmacy technicians support licensed pharmacists in providing healthcare to patients. Train to enter this rapidly growing field with this respected online program.

Event Management & Design (300 hours): From planning to pyrotechnics, the Event Management and Design Online Training Program will teach you everything you need to know to create events that are truly special.

With these programs, students have the flexibility to study at their own pace, combined with enough structure and support to complete the courses.

These Career Training Programs:

  • Prepare students for industry certification or start of a new career.
  • Allow students to start anytime in the program.
  • Many programs are completed in less than six months.
  • Offer in-depth study, and all learning materials are provided to the student.
  • Personal instructor assistance is offered to all students.
  • A certificate of completion is awarded with a passing score at the end of the program.

To learn more, call Highland Community College Business Institute at 815.291.6981 or visit them online at

2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032-9341

Fax 815-235-6130

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