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.
Fall Classes Open for Registration
Continuing Education has over 75 new Lifelong Learning offerings! The fall term begins in late August and continues through late December, and classes start throughout the term. Please call for course details and to register. See our fall catalog to explore what's new!
Classes Starting Soon:
- The Artist's Way - Aug. 28
- WWI - 100 Years After - Aug. 28 at Villa St. Benedict, Lisle
- Jump Start Your Journaling - Aug. 29
- Highclere Castle - The Real Downton Abbey - Sept. 2
- ipad: Email and Internet - Sept. 3
- Great Films - Sept. 3
- The Art of Letter Writing - Sept. 4
- Puccini's Tosca - Sept. 5
- Ageless Grace with Kids - Sept. 6
- World's Best Short Stories - Sept. 8
- Orwell's 1984 - Snowden, 2014 - Sept. 9
- The History of Ideas - Sept. 10
- Life and Times of Lord Byron - Sept. 10
- Mysterious King Arthur - Sept. 11
- Gunmen of the Old West - Sept. 11
- How to Write about Crime - Sept. 11
- Mixed Media: Art for Beginners - Sept. 13 at Villa St. Benedict, Lisle
Get Connected to the MAC
This new series of courses helps you prepare for the exciting concerts and theater productions coming to COD's MacAninch Arts Center. Take a class, then attend College events with a newfound understanding. The first in this series starts on Sept. 5:
Puccini's Tosca—Behind the Music
One of the most popular of all operas, Tosca is a passionate tale set to some of Puccini's most openly beautiful music. Learn the story of Tosca with instructor Gerald Horan. Become familiar with the characters and prepare yourself for the explosive music of one of opera's most intense dramas. The MAC presents concert productions of Puccini's Tosca on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21.
Friday, Sept. 5 to 19, 10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-190, $84; Lifelong Learner $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118
Future classes in the series:
- Oktoberfest: Origins and History - Oct. 3
- Traditional Irish Music - Begins Oct. 7
- Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol - Begins Nov. 3
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
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:
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.
Join us on Jan. 10 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!
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.
To register, or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630)
942-2208 or email CE@cod.edu.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785
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.”Read Spotlight
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