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 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!


New Class Highlights

A look into some of our upcoming fall offerings:


1864 - Lincoln's Reelection - Nov.5

Only in America, perhaps, does a nation sit down and elect in the middle of great national crises. During the darkest days of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln found himself campaigning against his own former general, George McClellan. Come learn more!

Art of Film Music - Oct. 22

Take a cinematic journey through film with a focus on several great films and their composers - and the music that made an impact upon their success. Watch and listen to the marriage of music, imagery and story.

Charles Dickens: The story of A Christmas Carol -  Nov. 3

Dickens began writing his "Little Carol" in October 1843, finishing it by the end of November in time to be published for Christmas. Feuding with his publishers, Dickens financed the book himself, ordering lavish binding, gilt edging and hand-colored illustrations. He then set the price at 5 shillings so that everyone could afford it. Learn more about the man and the story behind this holiday classic.

Computer Skills Camp for Plus 50 - Oct. 24

A special two-day workshop for evaluating your computer skills under the guidance of an experienced and patient instructor.

Everyday Negotiations - Nov. 7 to Dec. 12

Discover and practice the art of negotiating everyday situations. From comfortably getting through thorny conversations to negotiating the best price on a large purchase, learn how to be your own strongest advocate.

Exploring the Male Journey -  Nov. 11

This one-day, retreat-style program is designed for men 55 and over who are facing retirement or other changes in their lives. Through ritual, exploration and storytelling, men learn how to celebrate their life's victories, turn bitter scars into wounds of honor and choose a path of wisdom to live.

Introduction to Academic Writing - Oct. 30

Designed for the adult returning to school with little or no recent experience in academic writing. Tone your writing skills through guided practice and instructor feedback.


Register for Fall Classes

Continuing Education has over 75 new Lifelong Learning offerings! The fall term 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!


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.

  • 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 explore academic study. As a Plus 50 Encore Completion Grant program, 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.


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.

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


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.

Thank you for attending the fall Lunch Break Lectures! Details on spring lectures is coming soon!

Join us on Jan. 10 for our Spring 2015 Sampler Day

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


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!

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