Lifelong Learning

Save the date for Senior Expo 2017!

April 23 from noon to 4 p.m.

Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage incorporates the best of what enrichment has to offer at any age. Our popular Lifelong Learning classes offer a mix of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures designed especially for adults 55 and older, in a wide variety of topic areas. 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 for one of our classes!


Spring Classes are Just Around the Corner

We invite you to check out the great selection in Lifelong Learning this  term, as well as the broad range of inspiring programs throughout Continuing Education. New courses begin each week. Reserve Your Seat in an Upcoming Class. Call (630) 942-2208 or fill out our online form.

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Course Spotlights


Beginning Computer Skills for Plus 50
Tailored to adult learners aged 50 and over, this course helps enhance your confidence and competence through patient, hands-on instruction and review. Instructor: Mark Pusinelli

Tuesday, Jan. 17 to March 7
1-3 p.m.
COMPT-0001-010; $179; Lifelong Learner $139
Seaton Computing Center (SCC), Room 121


The Art of Screen Cuisine
Join in for screenings of some of the most delectable combinations of film and food. Engage in lively discussions about theme, imagery and characters as well as larger topics of food in art—and food in life. Instructor: Anna Draniewicz

Wednesday, Feb. 22 to March 15
3-5 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-024, $159; Lifelong Learner $119
On Campus in Glen Ellyn


America's First Ladies
Traces the evolution of the role of First Lady in our country's history. While all First Ladies are discussed, the emphasis will be on First Ladies of the 20th century. Class discussions are enhanced with video and historical articles that highlight the important contributions that these women have made to our country. Instructor: Kathy Mullin

Wednesday, Feb. 1 to March 22
1-3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-006, $189; Lifelong Learner $139
Roselle Public Library

Thursday, Feb. 2 to March 23
9-11 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-0007, $189; Lifelong Learner $139
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Bursting the Corset: 19th-century Women Who Defied the Stereotypes
A corset illustrates the lives of many women in the 19th century: constrained and forced into an unnatural shape. But not all women lived in such a constricted way. This course introduces you to eight remarkable women—spies, suffragists, agitators, reformers— who moved out of tightly bound expectations and left an indelible mark on Victorian America. Instructor: Joyce Haworth

Monday, March 6 and 13
10 a.m.-noon
HUMNT-0001-009, $59; Lifelong Learner $39
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Programming for Plus 50 Community Members

Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes designed with experiences and skills of adult learners in mind.
See Plus 50 page for full details.


Free Enrichment for Lifelong Learners

Enjoy the topics and the company! Continuing Education presents free lectures and discussions through our Sage Series and Lunch Break Lectures. Join us for an inspired selection of new topics this spring.

Lunch Break Lectures
Join us for engaging lectures and discussions during the noon hour on Wednesdays in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110. Registration is recommended.

Dec. 14 – Scotland's Kings
Jan. 11 – Kings and Queens of England
Jan. 25 – Modern Wars of Israel
Feb. 8 – Print vs. Screen
Feb. 22 – The Beatles
March 8 – Guns, Germs and Steel
March 22 – Early History of Glen Ellyn
April 5 – Three Critical Years in Late-Medieval England
April 19 – The Supreme Court: Does One Nomination Matter
May 3 – Epic Match-ups in History
May 17 – The Vikings

Sage Series
Enjoy a variety of topics presented by local subject experts. Registration is required. For meeting times, please view page 29 of the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes or call (630) 942-2208.

Feb. 10 – Soul Food: Film and Discussion
Feb. 11 – Cassini at Saturn—12 years of Exploration
Feb. 17 – Inside COD's Culinary and Hospitality Center
Feb. 24 – A Bite of China: A Perfect Blend of Five Flavors
March 10 – 50 Years at College of DuPage—A Panel Discussion
March 24 – Behind-the-Scenes at the MAC and Lunch at the Waterleaf with Diana Martinez
April 14 – The Celluloid Closet: Film and Discussion
April 28 –Travel Normandy and Burgundy 

Share Your Passion and Experience

College of DuPage Continuing Education is seeking community members who are interested in facilitating Lifelong Learning courses and seminars! Call (630) 942-2208 for assistance with completing a New Course Proposal Form.

Continuing Education wants to hear from you!

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

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Faculty Spotlight

  • Kathleen Mullin

    Kathleen MullinContinuing Education

    “Teaching adults is so rewarding, because they are lifelong learners and when I look at their faces in my classroom, it makes me want to continue to grow and learn as they have.”

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  • 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.”

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  • Irina Gorbunova-Ford

    Irina Gorbunova-FordContinuing Education

    "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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  • 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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