Community Health Worker Open House Coming to SSC

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College’s Department of Allied Health & Career Programs will be hosting an Open House for its newest program–Community Health Worker (CHW)–on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room on the college’s Main Campus in South Holland. The Community Health Worker Open House will provide information about the role of CHWs in the workforce and the classes that will be starting up soon. Faculty will be on hand to provide information on the program, answer questions and to help direct prospective students about how to get started at SSC.

CHWs are frontline public health agents who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close understanding of the community they serve. This trusting relationship enables CHWs to serve as a liaison between health, social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

The SSC Community Health Worker Program prepares graduates to function along a continuum ranging from individual and community development to service delivery. This program is offered as a 63 credit hour Associate Degree, a 39 credit hour Certificate, or a 20 credit hour Basic Certificate Program.

The dynamic class schedule can be accessed online at The CHW Program offers a wide range of classes beginning on February 9th and later. These include the following weeknight courses:

  • CHW 100 – Health & the Public
  • CHW 101 – Intro. to Community Health
  • CHW 105 – Assessing Community Resources
  • CHW 110 – Community Health Development
  • CHW 112 – CHW Portfolio I
  • CHW 115 – Nutrition & Disease
  • CHW 120 – Public Health & Epidemics
  • CHW 200 – Case Management

Payment is currently due at the time of registration for late start classes, but Financial Aid can still be applied for this 12-week credit session (financial aid application must be completed by February 2, 2015). New students should visit the Admissions Office in Room 2348 to complete the Application Form, or complete the Online Application at

SSC’s other Allied Health & Career Programs include Echocardiography, EMT, Health Information Technology, MRI Technology, Nanoscience Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Radiologic Technology, Speech Language Pathology Assistant, and Ultrasound.

For more information, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2258. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.