Located in the Austin community, WSLC offers courses for a two-year associate degree as well as basic and advanced certificates in Health Science career pathways. There are also free classes for adults who need to improve their reading and writing, their English, or need to complete their high school education.

At WSLC, you’ll find the confidence, support, and community to take on anything that comes your way.

Adult Education

Complete your high school education (GED/HiSET) – for free.

High School Equivalency classes cover Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science to prepare you to take the GED/HiSET.

We also offer programs to help you transition into college credit courses or get straight to work.

Classes are offered in-person with limited online options.

View our class schedules.

Certificate Programs

Basic Nursing Assistant Training

The eight-week Basic Nursing Assistant program prepares students to work in the healthcare industry as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

WSLC and Malcolm X College offer five sessions every year – two in the spring and fall and one during the summer.

Completing a BNA Program and becoming a certified CNA are pre-requisite requirements for admission into the Associate of Applied Science Nursing Degree Program at Malcolm X College.


Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting prepares students to become multi-skilled healthcare professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures in a doctor’s office, clinic, hospital, or other medical setting. Day and evening courses are offered at WSLC and Malcolm X’s main campus.

Learn more here.

Patient Care Technician (PCT)

The Patient Care Technician basic certificate provides students the foundation to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. The curriculum covers the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to become an entry-level healthcare provider—such as effective communication, information systems, and patient safety.
Students are encouraged to take a Basic Nursing Assistant or Emergency Medical Technician course before, or after, they take Patient Care Technician Training. To work as a PCT in Illinois, you must be a certified CNA or certified EMT as well.


Community Health Worker (Coming summer 2023)

A Community Health Worker certificate allows you to become an advocate and liaison for your community. You will learn to mediate between healthcare providers and patients, connect communities to healthcare resources, and help people navigate the healthcare system.

Community and Continuing Education

The Department of Community and Continuing Education offers classes every day in the evenings, on weekends, online, and in workshop formats to work with your schedule.

Earn industry certifications such as Food Service Sanitation and Information Technology or learn a new skill with CPR or computer classes. Continuing Education courses are a great tool to help with professional development. These courses are not for college credit.

Eligible students can take courses at no cost.

View the class schedule.

Additional Information

Ways to pay

Students can take advantage of financial aid, scholarships, and payment plans. Eligible students can take classes at no cost to them.

Learn more about ways to pay for your education.

Support Services

WSLC provides students with wraparound services to promote success.

Access advising, tutoring, the Career Center, the Transfer Center and more with the click of a button or at the main campus.

Learn more about WSLC’s virtual student services.

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Student Success Stories

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Tyler Cannon

“I have two young daughters and want the best for them,” he said. “I know a career in nursing will provide all we need. But more than that, I want to help patients get the best medical care available.”

Tyler Cannon

BNA student at WSLC

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Learn more about West Side Learning Center

Barbara Meschino, MSW
Office 125
Phone: (312) 850-7420
Email: bmeschino@ccc.edu

4624 West Madison Street
Chicago , IL 60644

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday Closed