Oakton Community College in Des Plaines is once again responding to the call for the need for trained workers to limit the spread of COVID-19 by launching the public health contact tracer certificate program. The program will quickly prepare students to monitor the contacts of infected people and notify them of their exposure. Courses start Oct. 20.
Oakton is the first community college in Illinois to offer a credit-based program in this field.
The Centers for Disease Control indicates contact tracing is key to slowing or stopping the spread of COVID-19. The practice is credited for helping to end previous pandemics including the SARS and Ebola outbreaks.
This innovative 13-credit hour certificate program prepares students to identify, interview and provide instructions to individuals impacted by COVID-19. In addition, the program will offer training to link individuals with symptoms to community resources for testing and care. Students will acquire skills in