Lifelong Learning

Our popular Lifelong Learning Institute classes are designed especially for adults 55 and older, and a reduced senior rate applies. While we offer a wide variety of enrichment courses for adults of all ages, we remain appreciative of your years of curiosity, commitment to growth and learning, and your support of COD programs. We believe that learning never stops. Come join us at one of our classes.

Lifelong Learning Institute classes are in a range of topic areas such as art and hobby, health and wellness, humanities and more. Offerings have included bridge, digital camera skills, computer skills, painting, Tai Chi, skin care, technology as well as seminars on Native American Tribes, British History, Literature of the Bible, King Arthur, Illinois Archeology, Radical American Tradition and History of London.

Join us on Aug. 23 for Sampler Day

Sampler Day is a free and fun open house that offers a sneak preview of upcoming classes. Learn more and see the complete schedule of events! 

New Course Spotlight: The Artist's Way

However you express your artistic nature, whether through
writing, painting, photography, cooking, music or some other
outlet, this workshop will help you unleash and/or reconnect
with your inner creative spirit. Author Carmela Martino will
facilitate your journey toward a more creative life in a
nourishing, non-judgmental environment using Julia Cameron's
life-changing book The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher
Creativity as a guide. Note: The Artist's Way is a required text
for this course. Be sure to bring the text, plus a pen and
notebook or journal, to the first class. 

Thursday, Aug.28 to Nov. 20
7 to 9 p.m. (no class Oct. 9)
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1734


Fall Classes Open for Registration

We have over 75 new Lifelong Learning offerings! The fall term starts in late August and continues through late December, and classes start throughout the term. Please call for course details and to register. Here are some examples of what you'll find here this fall:


  • 1864—Lincoln's Reelection
  • A.E.F. in World War I (Villa St. Benedict, Lisle)
  • From Camelot to Watergate
  • Gunfighters of the Old West
  • Headlines and Hemlines
  • History of Russia
  • House of Commons—Uncommon Wit
  • Mysterious King Arthur
  • Native Tribes of the American West (Villa St. Benedict, Lisle)
  • Oktoberfest: The Origins and History
  • Sears Homes of Chicagoland
  • The Puritans as They Really Were
  • The U.S. Constitution: A Gamble for America's Future


Arts and Humanities

  • Comparative World Religions
  • Critical Thinking in Real Life
  • Dickens: The Story of A Christmas Carol
  • From Here to Eternity—2014
  • Great Films
  • History of Ideas
  • How to Read a Renaissance Masterpiece
  • Italy: Exploring the Boot
  • Life and Times of Lord Byron
  • Literature of the Bible
  • Mixed Media: Art for Beginners (Villa St. Benedict)
  • Orwell's 1984—Snowden, 2014
  • Puccini's Tosca: Story and Music
  • Screen Cuisine—Food in Film
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Art of Film Music
  • The Art of the Mistake
  • The Artist's Way
  • The Liquidation of the British Empire: Studies in Politics and Society
  • Traditional Irish Music
  • World's Best Short Stories


Special Interest

  • Ageless Grace—Adults and Kids
  • Beginner's Bridge
  • Continued Bridge
  • Chicago Ghost Stories
  • Climb Your Family Tree
  • Crime and the Media (Brookdale Senior LIving, Glen Ellyn)
  • Current Events—Great Decisions
  • Exploring the Male Journey
  • Highclere Castle—The Real Downton Abbey
  • History of Construction
  • Illinois During the Ice Age
  • iPad Workshops with Wanda Schlafly
  • iPad: Create Your Legacy
  • Lifelong Writer's Circle
  • The Art of Letter Writing
  • The History of Halloween
  • WiseBuyer: Flea Market Finds


Special Programming for Plus 50 Community Members

Many adults ages 50 and over are choosing to return to the workforce and, as a Plus 50 Encore Completion Grant program, Continuing Education has developed a series of no-nonsense, streamlined classes designed for our community. The instructors tailor these courses with the experiences and skills of adult learners in mind and direct the learning toward the tools and skills necessary for a Plus 50 student's next step:

  • Computer Skills Workshop
  • Introduction to Academic Writing
  • Self-Evaluation for Career Change
  • Study Skills Workshop
  • Volunteerism in DuPage County


The Sage Series—Fall Lectures Starting in Late August

Continuing Education offers an inspiring new series of topics for enrichment courses, presented by community members who want to share their passion, experience and knowledge. The offerings are free of charge to community members 50 and over. Lectures will take place on Friday afternoon, from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is required.

Sept. 12 - Presenting Pauline: A Dancer During the London Blitz

Sept. 26 - The Acoustic Guitar and American History

Oct. 24 - White City Murders and the 1893 Colombian Exposition

Lunch Break Lectures

Our popular Lunch Break Lecture series continues this summer, with engaging topics presented by Continuing Education subject experts. The following lectures are scheduled on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118:

Aug. 13 - The Artist's Way

Sept. 3 - The Art of the Mistake

Sept. 10 - Crime and the Media

Sept. 17 - Exploring the Male Journey

Sept. 24 - The Mysterious KIng Arthur

Oct. 15 - Great Decisions

Enjoy the topics and the company! All Lunch Break Lectures are sneak peeks at upcoming classes. Lectures are free and open to the public. Please call to register.

See the Lifelong Learning Institute schedule of classes in the current Continuing Education catalog.

Share Your Passion and Experience

Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage is seeking community members who are interested in facilitating courses and seminars. Whether you are interested in presenting a one-day seminar as part of our Sage Series, or delivering a longer course on a topic that inspires you, we look forward to having you share your knowledge and enthusiasm with Continuing Education students and your peers.

Areas of interest include history, literature, politics, philosophy, art, travel, history and the humanities. We are also experiencing a growing interest in financial and career-related topics. We know you have a wealth of life experiences, and we encourage you to submit a course proposal or call us at the number listed below.

Let us know what kind of Lifelong Learning programs you'd like us to offer. Please take a few minutes to share your opinions—complete the Lifelong Learning Survey

Register today!

To register, or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785



Faculty Spotlight

  • Carmela Martino

    Carmela MartinoContinuing Education

    “I love teaching almost as much as I love writing. I learn so much from it, not only from the work I do in preparation to teach but also from my students. Their questions make me think more deeply about the writing process. I hope my students feel affirmed in their desire to write.”

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  • Irina Gorbunova-Ford

    Irina Gorbunova-FordContinuing Education

    "Teaching is sharing knowledge. I love to share and learn from my students at the same time. I understand how important it is to build a working relationship with students and embolden them to learn a subject.

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  • Babette Dean

    Babette DeanContinuing Education

    "Singing is also therapy. We all need it and some need a supportive, understanding teacher to get them started. My class covers a lot of information about the mechanics of singing and about choosing the right songs in the right key.

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  • Wanda Schlafly

    Wanda SchlaflyContinuing Education

    "I am inspired by seniors who live full and productive lives, continuing to learn and grow at all ages. I love hearing stories of people's lives and families and capturing them on video for later generations."

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  • Matthew Medina

    Matthew MedinaContinuing Education

    "Listening and participating in student discussions had taught me the value of learning as a process and not an end."

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  • John Schreiber

    John SchreiberContinuing Education

    "I encourage an open classroom environment where the students are free to engage me with questions, comments, additions and corrections."

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