Personal and Professional Development

Become Your Best Self

For you, attending a community college may not be about obtaining an associate degree or transferring to a four-year institution. Plenty of students come to Oakton to pursue educational opportunities in special interest topics or obtain a special certification like a high school diploma. You may be the type of student returning to school after many years away, looking to brush up on your skills or learn something new. Students of our Personal and Professional Development programs are of all ages. In fact, our Emeritus program is designed for individuals ages 55 and up to enjoy unique intellectual experiences with their peers.

Regardless of which stage of life you are in or what your plans are, there is an opportunity to enrich your life here at Oakton. Experience a variety of classes designed to advance your career or simply get more out of life. Join us at Oakton as you continue to learn every day.

Programs of Study

Youth Summer CampEnglish as a Second Language (English language learners)High School Completion (GED)Literacy/Reading ClassesContinuing EducationContinuing Education for Health ProfessionalsWorkforce SolutionsEmeritus Program

Never stop gaining new skills

Continuing Education Programs

Oakton believes that everyone should regularly exercise their learning muscles and never stop gaining new skills. We offer a vast selection of special interest topics and hands-on experiences in business, career and certification training, computer courses, exercise and fitness, healthy living topics, home and garden, languages, tech trends and more. Classes are available online and on campus. Browse our courses at the link below.

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New Workforce Training Methods

In today’s fast-changing business world, companies and their employees must remain competitive, learn new skills, refine existing procedures to increase productivity and drive business results. The Workforce Solutions team at Oakton can design and deliver training solutions to support your organization’s efforts to educate, train and retain a skilled workforce.

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Featured Program

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High School Equivalency (GED) and Evening High School

Passing the High School Equivalency tests enables a student to earn credentials accepted by most employers and schools. Oakton's High School Equivalency (GED) program can help you prepare for these tests so you can start preparing for your next step after high school. If you still need to finish your high school diploma, Oakton also offers high school courses at night. Students who are not currently enrolled in a regular daytime high school program may obtain a high school diploma by attending evening classes with us. Find out more about our high school programs here.

About the High School GED Program

Register For Classes

To register for non-credit continuing education and professional development courses, you will need to follow a different process than degree-seeking students.