Lifelong Learning

Our popular Lifelong Learning Institute classes are designed especially for adults 55 and older, and a reduced senior rate applies. 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 offers a mix of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures in a wide range of topic areas, such as art and hobby, health and wellness, history and the humanities, and more. From popular favorites to brand-new topics, Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage incorporates the best of what enrichment has to offer at any age.

Email us your mailing address to request a printed catalog.

Fall Offerings

We invite you to check out the great new courses in Lifelong Learning this fall, as well as the broad range of inspiring programs throughout Continuing Education.

Reserve Your Seat in an Upcoming Class!
The following offerings start soon. Class start date is listed; for full meeting details, please see catalog or call (630) 942-2208.

Film Music: Cinematic Journey – Aug. 31
Bill of Rights – Sept. 2
Explore Bella Italia – Sept. 3
Life and Poetry of Petrarch – Sept. 4
Sears Homes of Chicagoland – Sept. 10
Andrew Johnson Accidental President – Sept. 11
Keeping up with the Plantagenets – Sept. 14
Gunmen of the Old West – Sept. 14
Beginning Bridge – Sept. 16
Bridge: Beginners and Beyond – Sept. 16
Great Decisions 2015 – Sept. 17
Ulysses Grant: Reconstruction President – Sept. 18
Sage Series: Update on Pluto – Sept. 19


New Course Spotlight:

Life and Poetry of Petrarch
Known in English as Petrarch, Francesco Petrarca was born in 1304 in Arezzo, Italy, just south of Florence. In 1327, he allegedly encountered Laura de Noves, a woman he fixated on for the rest of his life, composing more than 350 poems centered on the theme of his love for her. He loved obsessively, wrote prolifically and traveled widely. Come read the poetry of truest love and learn about the man who is considered to be "the first tourist," as well as the "father of Humanism."

Friday, Sept. 4 to 25
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-037, $109; Lifelong Learner $79
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Keeping up with the Plantagenets
Meet the Plantagenets—the most fascinating family of the Middle Ages. Get to know Henry II, Richard the Lionheart and his brother, John, the historical Robin Hood and the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most amazing woman for a millennium. These larger-than-life characters forced history to conform to their wishes.

Monday, Sept. 14 to Oct. 26
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-034, $169; Lifelong Learner $129
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Get Connected to the MAC

This new series of courses helps you prepare for the exciting concerts and theater productions coming to COD's McAninch Arts Center. Take a class, then attend College events with a newfound understanding.

  • Oktoberfest: Origins and History – Sept. 24
  • Opera Appreciation Basics – Oct. 19
  • Understanding the Qualities of Great Art – Oct. 26
  • Classical Composers – Nov. 2

Programming for Plus 50 Community Members

In partnership with the Plus 50 Encore Completion Initiative sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes designed with experiences and skills of adult learners in mind. Instructors direct you toward the tools and skills necessary for your next steps. See Plus 50 page for full details.

The Sage Series
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.

  • Behind the Scenes at the MAC and Lunch – Oct. 16
  • Chinese Film and Discussion – Nov. 13
  • Italian Food for the Holidays – Oct. 23
  • Searching for Marquette – Oct. 8
  • Update on Pluto – Sept. 19

Lunch Break Lectures

Our popular Lunch Break Lecture series continues with engaging topics presented by Continuing Education subject experts. All Lunch Break Lectures are sneak peeks at upcoming classes. Lectures are free and open to the public. Please call (630) 942-2208 to register.

  • Indian Mounds - Sept. 30
  • Vincent van Gogh - Oct. 14
  • Meet Eleanor of Aquitaine - Oct. 28
  • Arthurian Legend - Nov. 11


Share Your Passion and Experience

College of DuPage Continuing Education is seeking community members who are interested in facilitating Lifelong Learning 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. 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.

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.

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.

Lifelong Learning Scholarship Fund

College of DuPage Continuing Education is dedicated to serving the educational needs of all COD district residents. Limited scholarship funds are available to assist Lifelong Learners who choose to participate in Continuing Education programs. Individuals who wish to apply for, or contribute to, this fund are encouraged to contact Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or

Register today!

See the Lifelong Learning Institute schedule of classes in the current Continuing Education catalog. To learn more about our programs or request a printed catalog, 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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