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Adult Enrichment Newsletter Articles

June Highlights

Instructor Spotlight: Katie O'Reilly

Join celebrity chef Katie O’Reilly for her new online cooking series this summer! Katie has been a food and entertainment entrepreneur and hospitality executive for over 30 years. She has risen to the heights of culinary talent and experience. She has pivoted successfully from venue management, culinary designing and retail food to the entertainment and publishing industries. Learn exciting new techniques and delightful recipes in Al Fresco Dining, Summer Fresh Cooking and even a beginner cooking course for new college students!

Al Fresco Dining
Tuesday, June 1 to 22
6:30 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-003, $119
Virtual Classroom

Summer Fresh Cooking
Wednesday, June 9 to 30
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m
LEISR-0004-002, $119
Virtual Classroom

College Cooking Basics
Monday and Wednesday, July 26 to Aug. 4
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-003, $89
Virtual Classroom

Register now!


Past Highlights

Instructor Spotlight: Phil Wingo

Phil Wingo officially started Sandhill Coffee, based in Lisle, IL in 2018. The idea stemmed from reading a book on the history of coffee. It was after that, he realized this was an industry that he wanted to be a part of. Phil started by roasting coffee for himself to learn about roasting coffee. To make the jump into turning roasting into a business he signed up for a farmers' market and built a website. Three years later, he is still roasting coffee and looking to take the next step of  outside of local markets. He enjoys being an active participant in his business and has even visited the farms in Guatemala where he purchases his coffee beans. When Phil is not roasting coffee he teaches a popular coffee series for COD Continuing Education, courses include Coffee Chronicles, Coffee Home Brewing, Decoding Your Coffee Label and Coffee Journey: A Farm to Cup Experience. If you are interested in one of these courses please see additional information below. 

Coffee Journey: A Farm to Cup Experience
Ever wonder what happens in the process of coffee before it arrives to you? Explore the journey a coffee bean takes from starting at the farm to your cup of morning coffee.

Saturday, March 20
10 a.m. to noon
LEISR-0004-020, $29
Virtual Classroom

Additional courses to be offered this summer! Check out the Food and Beverage section of the Summer class schedule in April.

Anna Glowacki

Anna Glowacki

Instructor Spotlight: Anna Glowacki

Anna is a Chicago native with 15 years of experience as a costume designer and sewing instructor. She began sewing when was only 9 years old. This passion led to her completing her BFA in Fashion Design from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago. She has created costumes for clients in theater, dance, circus, film, music, cosplay, event planning, wrestling, and marketing.

She is very excited to bring this unique experience to the students of College of DuPage. Her goal as an instructor is to inspire creativity. She hopes that her students not only gain new sewing skills from her courses, but also develop unique problem-solving skills that they can apply to other challenges in life.
Join Anna for a to refresh your skills or develop new skills with Sewing Basics. Learn how to refresh your current wardrobe with Sewing Alterations and Upcycled Fashion this Spring.

Sewing Basics I

Eliminate the belief you can't sew or use a sewing machine. Learn the basics of using a pattern, reading a guide sheet, sewing seams and finishing seams with a live, online sewing expert. Students will need access to a sewing machine. A supply list will be emailed prior to class and materials will be discussed on the first day class. Instructor: Anna Glowacki

Tuesday Jan. 26 to March 9

Sewing Alterations and Upcycled Fashion

Save money and resources while expanding your sewing skills and your wardrobe! Students will learn how to execute basic alterations while using these practical skills for creative, upcycled fashion projects. Discover new ideas on how to apply these skills, and practice on small samples with a live, online sewing expert. Students are encouraged to use current pieces they would like assistance with. Instructor: Anna Glowacki

Wednesday, Feb. 17 to March 24

Kathryn Parenti

Kathryn Parenti

Instructor Spotlight: Kathryn Parenti

Kathryn has over 35 years teaching experience with Studio Art and AP Art History in the public school world. She is passionate about the vision that can result from developing the artistic and creative mind. Kathryn is a flexible thinker and enjoys meeting learners where they live creatively and helping them to grow, meet, and even exceed their aspirations as makers and thinkers. Enroll in Kathryn's new art course offerings this spring: Drawing with Thread, Mixed Media Expressions, and Painting with Wool: A Needle Felting Experience!

Mixed Media Expression

Develop your own personal creative process and learn new methods to construct unique art pieces that are truly your own. Students will start with Idea Generation, select easy to source materials and approaches to express that idea, then watch the creation unfold while making exciting choices along the way. A supply list will be emailed before class.

Saturday, Feb. 6 to Feb. 27

Painting with Wool: A Needle Felting Experience

Transform wool into colorful two-dimensional paintings. Using a specialized needle and locally sourced wool, the rhythmic and simple technique of the needle-felting motion is easy to learn and soothing to create with. Complete one or more pieces of art with this creative and clean approach to painting! A supply list will be emailed before class.

Wednesday, Feb. 24 to March 17

Jim Droske

Jim Droske

Instructor Highlight: Jim Droske

Jim Droske is an expert in credit reports and credit scoring and has been in credit related industries for 30+ years including retail automobile lending for 12 years, mortgage lending for 8 years, and consumer credit repair for the last 9 years. He obtained a, very rare, perfect personal credit score of 850! He is the President at Illinois Credit Services, a consumer credit repair organization and has been hired as an Expert Witness in court cases relating to credit and credit scoring.

As a Certified FICO Professional, Jim uses his real-world experiences and extensive understanding of the credit, automobile, and mortgage industries to work with consumers to educate and repair their credit and gain a better understanding of the credit system. As an adjunct instructor for Continuing Education, Jim will be teaching two online courses for College of DuPage this spring term.

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785