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 for one of our classes.

The 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.

The Summer 2016 Schedule of Classes is online!

Join us for Late Spring 2016 Courses

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

Reserve Your Seat in an Upcoming Class

For full course details, please call (630) 942-2208.

How to Age Well – April 26
War of 1812 – April 27
City of London – April 27
An Irish Maiden's Voyage – April 28
Sears Homes of Chicagoland – May 5
Explore Bella Italia –May 5
House History – May 12
Samurai Warriors –May 17
Genealogy for Digital Images – May 19

Course Highlights

Explore Bella Italia
Explore beautiful Italy! Learn the customs, basic language and major cities that comprise the Italian peninsula. Travel, tourism and how to get around are discussed. The class is highly personalized with new and fresh insights. Instructor: Ilio Andreuccetti

Thursday, May 5 to June 9
1-3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-085, $169; Lifelong Learner $119
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.

Art Appreciation 101—Understanding the Qualities of Great Art
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the universal and timeless qualities that identify all great art. The more you appreciate and understand the art of different eras, movements, styles and techniques, the more you will gain from the all of the opportunities to view and appreciate art right here at home and wherever you may travel. The Cleve Carney Gallery on the COD campus offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists. Bring the insight you gain in this course to all the great art you'll find inside the MAC.

Monday, July 11-Aug. 1
4-6 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-064, $119; Lifelong Learner $79
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Classical Composers
Get an introduction to the lives and music of the great classical composers, from Bach, Beethoven and Mozart to Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff. Engage in discussion of their most inspired and popular compositions, while exploring social, political and historical backgrounds. Instructor: Bob Kucaba.

Monday, July 11-Aug. 15
10 a.m.-noon
HUMNT-0001-044, $159; Lifelong Learner $119
On campus in Glen Ellyn

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.

May 4 – War of 1812
May 18 – Crimean War

Sage Series
Enjoy a variety of topics presented by local subject experts. Registration is required. For meeting times, see page 26 of the spring schedule or call (630) 942-2208.

April 29 –Social Security Maximization for Seniors
May 6 – Finding Vivian Maier: Film and Discussion

Share Your Passion and Experience

College of DuPage Continuing Education is seeking community members who are interested in facilitating Lifelong Learning courses and seminars! 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 are also seeking tutors in several topic areas.

Email or call (630) 942-2208 for information about how to submit your course proposal.

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 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


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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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  • 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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