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Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS)

Prepare for high-demand jobs with great salaries with the Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) program. A new career path can be just around the corner. Class sizes are limited so inquire today!

New Advanced Adult ELA Students: ICAPS programs are also available to those interested in earning a credential while further developing English language skills.

Build Skills Through ICAPS

  • Free program for qualified students
  • Prepare for careers with great salaries
  • Receive college credit
  • Job placement assistance
  • Also available to high school graduates


Central Sterile Processing Distribution Technician Certificate

Central Sterile Processing Distribution Technicians are responsible for performing and participating in the decontamination, cleaning, sterilization, assembling, packaging, scanning, storage and distribution or reusable surgical instrumentation and equipment.

  • Two-semester commitment required to earn 12 college credits
  • Practicum in a medical facility during second semester
  • Includes ELA support course
  • Upon completion graduates will have credentials to work in a hospital or medical facility

Office Technology Specialist Certificate

This certificate prepares students for an entry-level administrative support position while earning college credit: 

  • MS Office for Professional Staff
  • Email and Electronic Communication
  • Word Processing I
  • Advanced Word Processing/Desktop Publishing
  • Data Analysis with Spreadsheets

CompTIA A+/Network+ PC Technician Certificate

This certificate provides a broad exposure to computer systems as well as system networking and prepares for CompTIA A+ and Network+ technician exams.

  • IT Fundamentals
  • Computer and Hardware Maintenance
  • Operating System Maintenance
  • Network Essentials

Entrepreneurship Certificate

Prepare to start your own business. Students will learn the essentials of starting a business, develop a business and marketing plan, and identify potential funding options. Free membership to Innovation DuPage upon completion of program.

HSE Students

Your first step is to take the TABE test. See our testing center locations and hours. Allow two hours and 30 minutes for the test and bring your test results to the College of DuPage Adult Education Office in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110. The office is open Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

ELA Students

Your first step is to take the CASAS test. See our testing locations and hours. Call our office to make an appointment at (630) 942-3697. Allow three hours for the test and bring a copy of your test results to the Adult Education office in the Student Resource Center (SRC) Room 1110.

ICAPS programs are only offered to students who meet the qualifications for enrollment. For additional information, contact Ruta Jonusaitis at

Stevens Amendment

Approximately 37 percent of the Illinois Adult Education and Literacy Program cost at COD is federally funded under Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

Contact Information

Adult Education and ELA Office
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
(630) 942-3697

Kristy Tomaszewski
Coordinator, Student Services

If you are attempting to register for a class, leave a message and Adult Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at or at any time.