The Forum Programs

The Southland Health Careers programs are designed to provide the technical skills and knowledge to become successful in the student’s health care field of choice.

All of our health careers training is dependent on grant support. Therefore, from time to time, we may not be offering your area of study when you come in to put your name on our waiting list for classes. However, we maintain that waiting list and when we are able to offer classes that are of interest to you, you will be called for intake. Not everyone who applies for class inclusion is accepted. However, we work with all clients to try to bring their skills up to par so that they can be included in training at some time.

We encourage those interested in medical careers not listed on this website to call our office at (708) 756-1000 X53442 Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 .m. to inquire about current classes.

Classes that we have offered include:

Community Health Worker

Those who currently possess a CMA or CNA designation or other healthcare certification who are unemployed or under-employed are invited to apply for Community Health Worker training and certification.
The program is a 120 hour course, designed to prepare individuals for work in community-oriented health and social service fields. Community Health Workers provide health education, information and referrals and advocacy in both clinical and community settings. Whenever possible, job placement assistance is provided.

CNA Training Program

A CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), takes care of individuals in hospitals, home ore long-term care facilities. There are nearly 1,800 jobs available annually in Illinois for CNA's. With the aging “baby boomer” population growing steadily, the demand for CNA’s is expected to keep growing. One of the biggest benefits of this healthcare role is the flexibility in shifts and hours.

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Clinical Medical Assistant

There is an increasing demand for training in this field. Many candidates find this position to be exciting, challenging and rewarding. Students are trained to assist physicians. They perform functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes preparing patients for examination and treatment, handling routine laboratory tests, overseeing diagnostic testing, aspects of phlebotomy and knowledge of the cardia life style.

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We Receive Funding Through...

United Way South-Southwest Suburban Regional Office and J. P. Morgan Chase

Cook County Community Development Block Grant

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  • U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutritiion Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T)
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) Program

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 Southland Health Care Forum received funding through the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program. Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Nurse Assistant, and Nursing training program were funded by Grant #90FX0026 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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