Computer Systems Institute Names New Elgin Campus President

Sep 13, 2011, 10:13 ET from Computer Systems Institute

ELGIN, Ill., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Computer Systems Institute (CSI) today announced the appointment of Thomas Claxton as president of its new Elgin campus, which offers eight-month career programs in computer network systems administration, medical assisting, and medical billing and coding. The campus – CSI's sixth in the Chicago metropolitan area – has enrolled nearly 200 students from Elgin and nearby suburbs since opening seven months ago.

Claxton's experience in postsecondary education administration spans 11 years, including multi-campus management positions at Alta Colleges, Career Education Corporation and Corinthian Colleges. He previously worked as a computer networking consultant for Gateway Computers and holds a bachelors degree in management from the University of Phoenix.

"Tom has an extensive career education background that fits our mission of quickly equipping unemployed and underemployed Chicago-area residents with marketable skills," said CSI President and CEO Ella Zibitsker. "The rapid growth of our Elgin campus requires a strong leader with a deep understanding of the needs of our students, and Tom clearly has the skill set and commitment to ensure that we deliver the building blocks required for a successful career."

CSI career programs prepare students for exams that certify their competence in a given area, including CompTIA, Network+, MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional), MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator), RMA (Registered Medical Assistant), CCA (Certified Coding Specialist), CMAA (Certified Medical Assistant) and CBCS (Certified Billing and Coding Specialist) certification. CSI pays for these exams to assist with job placement.

The school also offers stipends for academic performance, no-charge retakes of failed classes, a free fast-track GED preparation program, clothing swaps, and other unique support services designed to help students succeed in the classroom as well as the job market.  

CSI has served more than 10,000 graduates since 1989. The school is accredited by the North Central Association, licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education, and approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept the GI bill. It is also a Microsoft IT Academy and approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

About Computer Systems Institute

CSI is a postsecondary education provider that offers a variety of career programs in information technology, healthcare and business administration designed to be completed in less than one year, as well as English-as-a-Second-Language programs serving students from around the world. Founded in 1989, the school has six Chicago-area campuses in the Chicago Loop, Skokie, Lombard, Gurnee, Wheeling and Elgin with a broad range of support services to facilitate academic and career success. For more information, visit

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