Two women in a painting class

Adult Enrichment

Are you looking for a new hobby? College of DuPage Continuing Education offers a variety of adult enrichment courses in convenient formats to meet the needs of your busy schedule. Whether you are interested in picking up a paint brush or dusting off that old guitar, we are pleased to offer courses with top notch instructors in art, computers, music, home improvement, personal finance, fitness, writing and more. Learn more about our upcoming course offerings below.

female students in alternations class

Fall 2021 Sewing Alterations Class

Adult male student working on watercolor painting

Acrylic painter in class.

Teacher consults with student

Calligraphy instructor provides student with feedback.

Adult females at sewing machines

Quilting students working on their creations.

Students in class playing ukuleles

Saturday morning group ukulele class.

2022 Courses

Click each subject below to learn about upcoming courses. 

Registration Information

Register online by visiting myaccess.cod.edu. Upon registration, students must provide a personal email address. Please check your spam/junk folders periodically to ensure you are receiving important course information.

Registered participants in online or hybrid course offerings are required to have access to a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera and a microphone. Courses will be taught via Zoom and/or the Blackboard online learning management program. For optimal program success, registration for online classes may close up to 48 business hours prior to the course start date.

Students who are new to using Zoom, or looking for additional support, are welcome to participate in the below free Zoom Basics for Students courses for assistance with this virtual learning platform.

Zoom Basics for Enrichment Students
Join instructor Richard Morton and learn tips on how to use Zoom to successfully participate in virtual courses. Topics include how to link your microphone, different view options, and how to use the chat box and reaction buttons. This free workshop will include time for students to ask individual questions and troubleshoot with the instructor.

 

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Fall 2022 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208. 

 Acrylic Painting

Whether you have painted before or never picked up a brush, this class is for you. In this class you will learn the various techniques in acrylics. We will explore a variety of different subjects and ways of applying paint to the canvas. This class can be taken more than once as you will keep on progressing. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Pam Keller

Wednesday, Oct. 19 to Nov. 16
10:00 a.m. to noon
ART-0002-003, $139, Lifelong Learner $119
Naperville Center (NC), Room 23

Colored Pencil Drawing

Discover the endless possibilities of the colored pencil medium! To create vibrant drawings, each week we will explore a variety of different colored pencil techniques and tools such as stippling, hatching, crosshatching, impressed line, graffito, blending, burnishing, colorless blending, etc.! A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Thursday, Oct. 27 to Dec. 1
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (no class 11/24)
ART-0001-004, $145, Lifelong Learner $129
Virtual Classroom

Drawing—Beginners and Beyond

Refine and enhance your drawing skills. This course explores what was learned in previous drawing classes and moves a few steps further.  Learn new techniques, while incorporating your own personal style. Students will use different drawing tools such as colored pencils, pen and ink, scratchboard, and colored papers. This class can be taken more than once as you will keep on progressing. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Pam Keller

Wednesday, Oct. 19 to Nov. 16
6 to 8 p.m.
ART-0001-002, $145, Lifelong Learner $129
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Drawing Workshops

Learn how to draw stunningly realistic views of specific parts of the human body.  Each workshop will cover step-by-step pencil drawing techniques to prepare for drawing different views of the subject.  A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Mouth
Saturday, Oct. 1
10 a.m. to noon
ART-0001-013, $29
Virtual Classroom

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. Instructor: Kathryn Parenti

Monday, Nov. 7 to 28
10 a.m. to noon
ART-0004-105, $119
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Watercolor I

Watercolor is a popular art form that can be fun and easy to learn. Whether you are new to watercolor or have had a few classes, you will begin by painting simple scenes, nature and objects, then progressing to more varied subjects. Students will paint some wet-on-wet, and learn other techniques. This class can be taken more than once as you will keep on progressing. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Pam Keller

Tuesday, Oct. 25 to Dec. 6 
10 a.m. to noon
ART-0002-015, $175, Lifelong Learner $159
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Watercolor II

Advance your competence and confidence in the art of watercolor.  Watercolor I is recommended before taking this class. This class is aimed towards those artists who have had 3-4 recent years of watercolor experience. Students will be painting more complex subjects, learning new techniques and surfaces to paint on. Subjects may be more complex and detailed as students’ progress and might take multiple classes to complete. Some minimal drawing is required. This class may be taken multiple times. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Pam Keller

Tuesday, Oct. 26 to Dec. 7
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
ART-0002-011, $175, Lifelong Learner $159
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Watercolor—Beginners and Beyond!

Enjoy the next step in your watercolor exploration. Using skills acquired from previous experience, build on various wash and finishing techniques and advance your competence and confidence in the art of watercolor. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Friday, Oct. 21 to Nov. 18
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0002-017, $145, Lifelong Learner $129
Virtual Classroom

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Fall 2022 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208. We have many more online course offerings available at www.ed2go.com/dupage

3D Printing and Scanning

Learn various processes and tools for 3D printing: additive manufacturing, filaments and materials used, and the use of 3D model data to create printed prototypes.  Topics include acquiring raw scan data, cleanup, enhancement and integration with popular, professional 3D software packages.

Tuesday, Nov. 15 to Dec. 13
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-049, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1126

Adobe InDesign

Explore Adobe InDesign, a professional-level page layout program for designing business, personal or educational page layouts with sophisticated graphics and typography. Students should have advanced word processing skills and must have access to Adobe CC InDesign software. 

Thursday, Oct. 26 to Dec. 7
6 to 8:30 p.m. (no class/11/23)
COMPT-0002-019, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1126

Adobe Photoshop Elements

Learn how to enhance old family photos and organize them in batches. Discover the perfect combination of power and simplicity of Photoshop Elements, a powerful, yet easy-to-use image-editing software. Process single or multiple images for print, email and the Web. Access to Adobe Photoshop Elements is recommended. Pixlr, a free online Photo Editor, will also be introduced.

Wednesday, Oct. 5 to 19
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0002-020, $179
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1134 

Blogging

What are blogs and why are they relevant? Discover different blogging communities and resources, discuss their strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to start your own blog.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 to Nov. 9
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-028, $99; Lifelong Learner $79
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1133

Excel 2019 Basic

Learn the basics of creating an electronic spreadsheet and gain skills to become more efficient and productive with the tools and functions of Excel 2019. Students must have access to Excel 2019. A textbook may be required. Please check codbooks.com for details.

Thursday, Oct. 6 to 20
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-121, $179
Virtual Classroom

Excel 2019 Intermediate

Work with large spreadsheets, three-dimensional formulas, advanced formatting, lists, charting and auditing features. Learn to create spreadsheets faster and share important information with others. Students must have access to Excel 2019 and basic Excel experience. A textbook may be required. Please check codbooks.com for details.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 to 25
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-006, $179
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1133

Thursday, Oct. 27 to Nov. 10
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-122, $179
Virtual Classroom

Excel 2019 Advanced

Work on advanced spreadsheet concepts in Excel, including range names, advanced functions, lists, importing and exporting data, analytical options and macros. Students should have access to Excel 2019 and Intermediate level Excel experience. A textbook may be required. See codbooks.com for details.  

Tuesday, Nov. 8 to 22
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-007, $179
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1133

Thursday, Dec. 1 to 15
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-123, $179
Virtual Classroom 

Excel Pivot Tables

Pivot table proficiency can give you an edge in the job market. Learn how pivot tables are used to quickly summarize and analyze large amounts of data organized in rows or columns. Students should have intermediate level Excel 2016 or equivalent experience. 

Wednesday, Nov. 16
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-032, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1133  

Excel Shortcuts and Tips

Discover shortcuts and tips to skillfully navigate Excel. Areas covered may include creating row and column groups, customizing the Quick Access Toolbar, naming cells and cell ranges, grouping worksheets, using tables to more easily manage data, quickly splitting and combining data using Flash Fill, using the sort and filter commands, applying Conditional Formatting and more. Basic level Excel 2016 or equivalent experience is required.

Wednesday, Oct. 26
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-033, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1133

Facebook

Discover how to interact, set guidelines, make connections and adjust privacy settings on Facebook. Manage family public relations and design an action and monitoring plan.

Thursday, Oct. 6
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-027, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Facebook Advertising

Learn how to effectively create, place and manage Facebook ads. Understand advertisement types, explore setting up advertising accounts and learn how to write, manage, bid and place ads. 

Thursday, Sept. 22
6 to 9 p.m. |
COMPT-0006-026, $59 
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Google Apps

Discover the tools available by Google that allow you to access your information from any computer with an internet connection. The apps introduced include Google+, Google Play, Google Calendar, Gmail and Google Maps. 

Thursday, Nov. 3
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-029, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Google Analytics

If you are not reviewing your website statistics, then you are missing several key opportunities to profit from your website traffic. This course, for non-technical users, takes you through all the key techniques and explains how to use website analytics using Google Analytics, a free online tool. 

Thursday, Nov. 10
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-044, $79
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Google Drive

Store, share and synchronize files with Google Drive. Discover tools within Google Drive, such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Forms and Google Drawing. Come discover how you can put Google to work for you! 

Thursday, Nov. 17
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-046, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

LinkedIn

Gain a variety of custom communications and networking strategies that deliver great results through LinkedIn. Explore critical profile navigation sectors and drill deep into the settings to get the most from this important networking tool.

Thursday, Oct. 20
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-019, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Maintaining a Healthy PC

Get familiar with the basic maintenance necessary to improve the performance and reliability of your computer. Discover how to deal with Internet viruses, spam, hoaxes and popups. Know more about when you need to upgrade, add memory or buy a new monitor.

Monday, Nov. 7 to 14
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-032, $99; Lifelong Learner $79
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Microsoft Office 2019

Explore the features of this fully integrated software package using Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This class is designed for those who already have some computer experience, including Windows and file management, and want to learn Office 2019 for personal or work use. A textbook may be required, check codbooks.com for details.

Monday, Nov. 7 to 21
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-023, $179
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1133

Microsoft PowerPoint 2019

Learn how to make attention-getting presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint 2019. Produce, share and save professional-quality slides. Students must have access to PowerPoint 2019. A textbook may be required. Check codbooks.com for details.

Wednesday, Oct. 19 to Nov. 2
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-022, $179
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1133

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Learn techniques to increase your website’s visibility on search engines like Google and Bing and attract the right kind of traffic to your website.

Wednesday, Sept. 21
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-037, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Windows 10

Discover Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10. Learn the similarities between Windows 7 and Windows 10, and explore the new features that make Windows 10 powerful and easy to use. Take control of your PC and learn to personalize it to work for you.

Wednesday, Nov. 30 to Dec. 7
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-034, $99; Lifelong Learner $79
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Zoom

Explore the features of Zoom available as a participant or host, including view options, screen sharing, waiting rooms, the chat box and reaction buttons and more. Learn tips and tricks for creating meetings, connecting a microphone or webcam, recording sessions and using the whiteboard.

This course is designed for those interested in a more advanced understanding of Zoom. For an introduction to using Zoom in preparation for participation of virtual courses.

Monday, Oct. 24
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0005-003, $59
Virtual Classroom

Basic Computer Skills Suite

Learn essential computer skills for the 21st century workplace, including how to troubleshoot PC issues.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Bundle, $299
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Creating Mobile Apps with HTML5

Learn to use HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery and Web APIs to create cross-platform mobile apps and mashups.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Color Theory

Color plays an important role in visual communication, especially when designing websites. For web designers, understanding color theory is a key to creating a color palette for UI/UX projects. This self-paced course will teach you the fundamentals of color theory and how to apply this framework to your web design practice.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $79
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

For decades, artificial intelligence (AI) has been a staple of science fiction stories, but thanks to modern advances in computational capacity and storage capabilities, it's becoming a reality. Today, there are examples of artificial intelligence all around us. The purpose of this course is to provide you with an artificial intelligence practical knowledge foundation.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Keyboarding

Learn how to touch-type or improve your existing typing skills using Keyboarding Pro 5. Currently only available for PC use.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Microsoft Office 2109 Bundle

Whether you're a beginner or need a refresher, the Microsoft Office 2019 Value Suite will teach you the fundamentals of some of the most widely-used programs in the Microsoft Office family. This course bundle will introduce you to Microsoft Word 2019, Microsoft Excel 2019, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2019. These programs are used to handle common workplace tasks like word processing and presentation design. Through hands-on activities, you will gain proficiency in each of these programs and build skills that contribute to your organization's success.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $399
Online (Self-Paced)
Register at ed2go.com/dupage

Understanding the Cloud

Learn everything you need to truly understand the cloud - including how it works, what drives it, why it’s so popular and how to make the cloud work for you.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208.

Crocheting Hats

Keep warm and cozy during the cold winter months and create a beautiful crocheted hat! Learn how to crochet in the round, edging techniques, and ways to add flair to their projects. Students must know how to make a slip knot, chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet. Bring one skein of solid, light-colored #4 medium-weight yarn and size U.S. H-8 (5mm) crochet hook to first class. Instructor: Kelly McFadden

Tuesday, Oct. 18 to Nov. 1
6 to 8 p.m.
LEISR-0045-020, $79
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1429

Crocheting Pumpkins 

Kick up your fall decor and create your own festive crocheted pumpkin. Students will learn how to read a pattern, front and back stitching, and basic sewing to crochet a pumpkin. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Kelly McFadden

Wednesday, Oct. 26
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0045-022, $39
Virtual Campus

Knitting Beyond the Basics: Cables and Braids

Hand-knit Irish sweaters from the Aran Isles are known for their intricate designs composed of cables, braids and bobbles. These complex elements are actually quite simple. Learn these techniques by making sampler swatches. Students must be able to cast-on, bind-off, knit and purl. Instructor: Elizabeth Houlihan

Wednesday, Oct. 19
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
LEISR-0045-002, $39
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Knitting Beyond the Basics: Mosaic 

Learn this technique of using the knit and slip stitch to create intricate patterns that look complex but are really easy to master. This method is good for hats as the fabric is not reversible. Students should know how to cast-on, bind-off, knit and purl. Students will need two contrasting colors of medium weight yarn in wool or acrylic (no cotton), size 8 straight needles, and scissors to cut yarn. Instructor: Elizabeth Houlihan

Wednesday, Nov. 2
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
LEISR-0045-003, $39
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Knitting Beyond the Basics: Double Knitting

Learn this technique of two-color double knitting that produces a fabric with a mirror image of the pattern on the opposite side. This results in a reversible project that is great for scarves, hats, afghans and warmer garments. Students should know how to knit and purl. Students should bring two contrasting colors of medium weight yarn in wool or acrylic (no cotton), size 8 straight needles, and scissors to cut yarn. Instructor: Elizabeth Houlihan

Wednesday, Nov. 16
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
LEISR-0045-004, $39
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Knitting Beyond the Basics: Mittens in the Round 

Build upon basic knitting skills of reading a pattern, and garter, rib, and stockinette stitches while crafting a pair of cozy, customized mittens ready just in time for the arrival of chilly weather! Students will learn how to knit a pair of mittens on three needles. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Cheryl Boyle

Thursday, Oct. 20 to Nov. 10
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0045-005, $89
Student Resource Center (SRC), SRC 1118

Knitting Beyond Basics: Socks

Keep those feet warm and cozy during the cold months! Sock-Knitting in the Round is an intermediate level project open to both advanced beginners and intermediate knitters alike. This course serves as a review and as a next-step opportunity. Learn to knit a pair of socks using double-pointed needles in-the-round. Explore the anatomy of a knitted sock and cuff, heel flap, gussets and gusset decreases, and finishing. For advanced beginners or intermediate level knitters. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Cheryl Boyle

Thursday, Nov. 3 to Dec. 8 (no class 11/24)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0045-006, $119
Student Resource Center (SRC), SRC 1123

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Fall 2022 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208.

Annuities: The Good and Bad 

Gain a comprehensive look at the different types of annuities, how they work, and how they can be used in a portfolio.  Annuities can be a valuable part of your portfolio but there are often many misconceptions associated with this type of investing. 

Tuesday, Oct. 18
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-007, $49, Lifelong Learner, $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A01

Avoiding Common Financial Mistakes

Avoid the potential of losing thousands of dollars by learning how to prevent the most common mistakes that are made by making poor financial decisions. Portfolio construction, proper ownership, beneficiary designations, retirement plans choices, tax savings strategies and more will be discussed.

Tuesday, Oct. 4
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-001, $49, Lifelong Learner, $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A01

Complete Guide to Investing

Learn about stocks, bonds, open and closed end mutual funds, ETFs, ETNs, MLPs, U.S. Royalty Trusts, options, commodities, annuities, real estate, REITs and asset allocation. Explore how to find, evaluate and determine whether each category is right for you. This hands-on, practical and comprehensive course gives you all the tools necessary to help guide your financial future. Instructor: Peter Krouwer

Wednesday, Nov. 2 to Dec. 14
7 to 9:30 p.m
PROED-0024-002, $149
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A01

Income and Estate Taxes: The More You Know, The Less You’ll Pay         

Understand how the different assets you own are taxed and how those taxes can be minimized or eliminated. All dollars are not created equal when it comes to how they will be taxed. Explore ways to reduce the devastating effect taxes have on your long-term wealth and financial success. Remember it’s not what you make but what you get to keep that counts! Instructor: John Gajkowski

Tuesday, Oct. 11
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-006, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A01

Know Before You Go: Become a Confident Buyer

Thinking about making a major purchase, like a car or a house?  Learn from an industry professional on how the buying process works and gain behind-the-scenes knowledge before you go so you can make informed choices. The class will cover how and what to expect in the mortgage application and car buying process and how credit scores are used. Instructor: Jim Droske

Wednesday, Oct. 5
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-011, $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A01

Retirement Strategies for Women Investors 

Explore women’s specific needs and strategies for retirement.  Students will learn about the Rule of 72, employer retirement plans, IRAs, Social Security, withdrawal rates, inflation risks, and health/LTC. Discover a process that women can use to identify and act on financial goals. Instructor: Paul Desruisseaux

Wednesday, Oct. 12 to 19
7 to 8:30 p.m.
PROED-0022-001, $49
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A01

Tax Free Investing

Discover tax efficient investment tips to help protect retirement income while discussing longevity, withdrawal strategies, rising costs, insurance/LTC protection, and healthcare cost concerns for personal investors and small business owners. Learn how to increase your knowledge of tax efficient investing. Instructor: Paul Desruisseaux

Thursday, Nov. 3 to 10
7 to 8:30 p.m.
PROED-0020-001, $49
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A01

Personal Finance

Do you have clear financial goals? Are you confident you will be able to retire someday? How can you be sure you are making the right investments? Do you know how to change your credit report to reduce your expenses and increase your financial security? Do you know how to keep good financial records? This course will prepare you for a lifetime of worthwhile personal financial planning.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

See below for a sample of classes offered. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630)942-2208. 

Ballroom Dance for Beginners

The Waltz and Foxtrot are two of the most popular ballroom dances. Come learn the basics of these quintessential ballroom dances plus the rumba, Cha-cha, tango, swing, and more! Join this introductory course for couples or singles and learn how to navigate around the dance floor while adding some more fun to your life. Hard-heeled shoes are not allowed. Dance shoes are recommended but not required. Instructor: Erik Binter

Monday, Aug. 22 to Oct. 17
7 to 8:30 p.m. (no class 9/5)
FITN-0001-007, $159; Lifelong Learner $145
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 135

Continuing Ballroom: Smooth and Standard

Make ballroom dancing even more fun by continuing to improve your technique while learning new figures from dances such as the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and more! This class will focus on American Smooth but may incorporate elements of International Standard. Some previous dance experience and appropriate dance shoes are recommended. Signing up with a partner is welcomed but not required. Instructor: Erik Binter

Monday, Oct. 24 to Dec. 19
7 to 8 p.m.
FITN-0001-008, $99
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 135

Continued Ballroom: Rhythm and Latin

Make ballroom dancing even more fun by continuing to improve your technique while learning new figures from dances such as the Rumba, Cha-cha, Swing, Samba, and more! This class will focus on American Rhythm but may incorporate elements of International Latin. Some previous dance experience and appropriate dance shoes are recommended. Signing up with a partner is welcomed, but not required. Instructor: Erik Binter

Monday, Oct. 24 to Dec. 19
8 to 9 p.m.
FITN-0001-009, $99
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 135

Blood Circulation Exercises 

Healthy circulation is essential to maintaining a healthy body. Using a combination of self-massage and simple exercises, you will learn how to improve circulation in your hands, feet, face and body. Healthy circulation helps promote cell growth and organ function, helps you look and feel healthy. Your skin will have a healthy color and you will feel warm to the touch. Good blood circulation helps improve brain function and keeps your mind sharp and focused. Be prepared to remove your shoes and socks and access your feet. Instructor: John Robertson

Wednesday, Aug. 24
6 to 9 p.m.
FITN-0001-010, $39
Virtual Classroom

Beginning Tai Chi

Focus on the basics of Tai Chi and learning the Yang short form. This class is ideal for students who want to try Tai Chi for the first time, older adults, or anyone interested in improving relaxation and adopting a meditative mindset. Instructor Phil Hinton guides you through the practice of this ancient art form, which can improve balance and flexibility, increase strength and improve overall immune system function. Instructor: Phil Hinton

Tuesday, Aug. 30 to Dec. 13
6 to 7:30 p.m.
FITN-0001-002, $199, Lifelong Learner $179
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 135

Beyond Beginning Tai Chi

This course is for students who have completed at least one semester of Beginning Tai Chi and are familiar with the basic principles and movements taught in that class. In this class, you learn more advanced Tai Chi warm ups, Chi Gung, and Flow Practice. You can continue the study of the Yang Short Form, and upon completion, move into studying the Yang 108 Long Form. Two person practice is also introduced. Registration for this class is upon recommendation of the instructor only. Instructor: Phil Hinton

Tuesday, Aug. 30 to Dec. 13
7:30 to 9 p.m. 
FITN-0001-0003, $199, Lifelong Learner $179
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 13

Advanced Tai Chi

This course is for students who’ve completed Beginning class and have been through the Beyond Beginning class for several semesters. In this class we’ll delve into progressively deeper Chi Gung, Nei Gung, Taoist Meditation Techniques, Flow Practice and 2 person training. Form work will evolve into Yang Cheng Fu Form, Temple Style Tai Chi, and Weapons Training. Registration for this class is upon recommendation of the instructor only. Instructor: Phil Hinton

Thursday, Sept. 1 to Dec. 15
7 to 9 p.m. 
FITN-0001-004, $249
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 135

Eastern Philosophy and Qi Gong

Explore Eastern philosophies of Yin and Yang, The Tao, The Five Elements and more! Learn basic Qigong exercises and meditations that begin the practices that lead to health and longevity. These exercises are effective and easy to learn, using slow, gentle, graceful rocking and stretching motions combined with relaxed breathing they can help calm your mind, reduce tension and anxiety, regulate heart rate and blood pressure, boosting energy and lowering blood pressure. This is an ideal class for those new to Eastern philosophy, Qigong and T'ai Chi. Instructor: John Robertson

Wednesday, Sept. 7 to 28
7 to 9 p.m.
FITN-0001-011, $99
Virtual Classroom

Qi Gong and Beginning Tai Chi

Tai Chi and Qigong are a form of meditation in motion. They combine the practice of repeated, slow, graceful movements with deep breathing in order to promote overall well-being and the harmony and balance of the mind-body-spirit connection. Reduce stress and increase energy while also improving balance, strength, flexibility and agility. This class is ideal for beginners and will focus on QiGong and learning the Yang Style 24 Tai Chi form. Instructor: Lisa Braatz

Monday, Aug. 22 to Dec. 12
2 to 3 p.m. (no class 9/5)
FITN-0001-023, $149, Lifelong Learner $129
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 135

Tai Chi for Advanced Students

This class is for experienced students in the Yang 24 step form. The focus will be on perfecting the 24 form and learning more advanced forms. We will use our inner energy to enhance the harmony and balance in the mind-body-spirit connection. Instructor: Lisa Braatz

Wednesday, Aug. 24 to Dec. 14
2 to 3 p.m. (no class 11/23)
FITN-0001-0244, $149, Lifelong Learner $129
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 135

Gentle Yoga

Explore the practice of the yogic system of mind and body awareness and fitness. Experience a hatha style yoga class designed to be less stressful on the joints. Asanas (poses) are chosen to emphasize flexibility and relaxation. Meditation techniques and restorative poses are emphasized.

Monday and Wednesday, Aug. 22 to Dec. 16
9 to 9:50 a.m.
Non-credit: FITN-1904-001, $142; Lifelong Learner $73.50
Credit: PHYS-1904-001
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 13

Monday and Wednesday, Aug. 22 to Dec. 16
11 to 11:50 a.m.
Non-credit: FITN-1904-002, $142; Lifelong Learner $73.50
Credit: PHYS-1904-002
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 137

Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 23 to Dec. 16
10 to 10:50 a.m.
Non-credit: FITN-1904-003, $142; Lifelong Learner $73.50
Credit: PHYS-1904-003
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 137

Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 23 to Dec. 16
5 to 5:50 p.m.
Non-credit: FITN-1904-004, $142; Lifelong Learner $73.50
Credit: PHYS-1904-004
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 137

Healthy Living Suite

In this program you’ll learn how to establish a healthy approach to successful weight loss and weight maintenance for a lifetime. You’ll learn how to save money and prepare home-cooked meals that are fast, easy and delicious, and how to grow nutritious fruit and vegetables that can be used in your meals.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Bundle, $299
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Healthy Relationships Suite

Learn how to build a strong foundation for your relationships that will last in the Healthy Relationship Suite. You'll also discover interpersonal communication codes and how you can form better responses when dealing with others and engage in self-discovery by looking at your skills and creative abilities to boost your confidence.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Bundle, $299
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Helping Elderly Parents

Discover how to appreciate and cherish your aging parents. This course will help you learn what to expect, what to watch for, how to deal with physical and emotional challenges, and where to find resources to help as your parent or loved ones transition into their golden years.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led, $109
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals

Learn to create delicious and nutritious meals by reducing fat without sacrificing flavor. This course provides tips on menu planning and quicker cooking, and it allows you to try out over 50 exciting lower-fat recipes.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led, $99
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Women’s Health Bundle

This course combines Perinatal Issues, Violence Prevention and Awareness, and Women’s Health Issues as you learn about the well-being of women, women’s rights, and empowerment.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Bundle, $259
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Fall 2022 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208. Class enrollment will be capped 5 days prior to class start for cooking classes to ensure course preparation. If you do not receive your course information at least two days prior to class, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208.

Hands-On Cooking Classes

Class enrollments are capped one week prior to class start. All ingredients and supplies will be provided for in-person cooking classes. For virtual classes, students will need a computer or other media device with a camera and microphone. For virtual classes, students will supply ingredients and a supply list will be emailed before class. 

Ale Trails: Midwest

Head back to the Midwest, home to many of our favorite Oktoberfest brews and fun beer halls. Discover many tidbits about the region and enjoy the best of Oktoberfest and fall. Prost!

Thursday, Sept. 22 to Oct. 13
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-013, $119
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1021

Ale Trails: Mid-South, Bourbon Trail, and Smoky Mountains

Pack up your beer backpacks and trek to the Middle South and the craft beer boom along the Bourbon Trail and into The Great Smoky Mountains. Explore whiskey barrel aged brews and more. Cheers y'all!

Thursday, Oct. 20 to Nov. 10
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-014, $119
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1021

Ale Trails: California

Join us on a venture to sunny California, origin of the American craft brewing movement. Discover sunshine IPAs and delicious ciders!

Thursday, Nov. 17 to Dec. 15 (No class 11/24)
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-015, $119
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1021

Coffee Chronicles

Explore how coffee was discovered just a few hundred years ago, through its journey in everyday life today. Learn how, along the way, coffee has had an impact on society, global economies, and even religious ceremonies. 

Wednesday, Oct. 5th (rescheduled)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-021, $29
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Coffee Home Brewing Methods

Pour Over, AeroPress, French Press, Cold Brew are all ways you can brew coffee at home. Discover how flavors are impacted by various methods and learn tips for what you have been brewing.  You will sample various coffees and brewing methods to learn what you may have seen or heard of to take back home with you.

Wednesday, Oct. 12
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-022, $29
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Coffee Journey: A Farm to Cup Experience

Ever wonder what happens in the process of coffee before it arrives? Explore the journey a coffee bean takes from starting at the farm to your cup of morning coffee.

Wednesday, Sept. 28
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-020, $29
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Decoding Your Coffee Label

Gain a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the information given on a coffee label. Roast level, country of origin, altitude, processing among several others you may see all impact the final flavor of coffee. 

Wednesday, Oct. 26
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-023, $29
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Hands-on Cooking Classes

On-Campus Cooking Classes: Enrollments will close five (5-7) days prior to class start to ensure proper course preparation.  Please wear closed-toe shoes and pull hair back.  Supplies will be provided. 

Virtual Cooking Classes: Students view live demonstrations and are guided through techniques to create their own culinary masterpieces at home.  Questions and discussions are encouraged.  Students need a media device with a camera and microphone with reliable internet access.  A supply/ingredient list will be emailed before class.

Design Your Own Holiday Charcuterie Board 

Delight your guests with a fabulous and festive appetizer display! Learn how to design and assemble a lovely holiday themed charcuterie board.  Students will take home their creations filled with assorted meats, cheeses and fruits. Board and ingredients are supplied. Instructor: Lesley Shworles

Saturday, Nov. 12
1 to 4  p.m.
LEISR-0004-014, $89
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Essential Knife Skills

Dice and slice like a pro! Knife skills are an essential part of everyday cooking. Students learn different cutting techniques and how to take care of knives, while practicing skills.

Saturday, Oct. 15 
9:30 to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-010, $79
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Healthy Holiday Appetizers 

Appetizers do not have to be little landmines in the healthy eating battle.  Be prepared for parties and gatherings this holiday season.  Learn to make flavor-packed and  healthy starters that will be sure to please even the biggest grinch!  Instructor: Lesley Shworles

Saturday, Dec. 3
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0004-016, $79
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Hot Chocolate Bombs

Hot Cocoa Bombs make a great gift hostess gift or stocking stuffer and are a wonderful way to warm up on a cold dreary day. Learn how to make and decorate these delightful treats.  You will be amazed with the fun variety of flavors and decorative touches packed into this creative, culinary session. Instructor: Lesley Shworles

Saturday, Dec. 3
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0004-015, $79
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Perfect Pastries

Pastry making is both an art and a science!  This course covers a wide range of techniques, ingredients, and recipes to get you started with pastry making.  Learn how to make a rough pastry, yeast-based pastry and a laminated pastry.  Recipes include: apple tart, Danish pastry, and cronuts.  Each recipe will be split into two days.  Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 12 to Oct. 27
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-013, $199
Virtual Classroom

Scratch Pasta Making 

Delight in the delicious benefits of making your own homemade pasta from scratch! Discover how to create the dough and pasta from scratch as well as the sauce. Students will learn tips and tricks to creating the perfect pasta dough cooked to al dente perfection!

Thursday, Oct. 20
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-007, $79
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Fall 2022 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208. 

Exploring Coin Collecting, Medallions, Stamps and More!

Coins and currency hold a rich history, making collecting a rewarding hobby. Explore numismatics, which is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, medals and related objects. This class will introduce the basics of coin collecting, and promote interest in history, geography, and culture. Learn which coins and currency are collectible, storage tips, proper handling, grading, value and pricing. Students can present coins in class for discussion. Instructor: John Kent

Thursday, Oct. 20 to Nov. 3
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-103, $69
Virtual Classroom

Ghosts, Spirits, and Entities

How are spirits understood globally? What type of entities are out there that we may come across? How does one deal with certain entities? Learn about the different types of haunting and phenomena and develop a new perspective about the importance of understanding what culture in dealing with those we consider paranormal. Various kinds of entities, their behaviors, capabilities, and interactions with us will be explained. By examining psychological, physical, and spiritual aspects, determine the best way to handle experiences. Real-life paranormal investigations will be discussed. Instructor: Mary Marshall

Tuesday, Sept. 20 to 27
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-010, $49
Virtual Classroom

Paranormal Entanglement

Explore the theory of gravitational field distortion which explains a lot of the “how” and maybe some “whys” of how does certain phenomenon happen. Finding the answers was never made easier for those in attendance. We’ll delve into everything from quantum physics and current fringe science experiments, to brain function and consciousness. Information is presented in no-nonsense, engaging way and easy to understand, especially in its application to paranormal phenomena. Students will discover how different scientific fields and facts are incorporated into the process of observing and documenting the paranormal. Instructor: Mary Marshall

Tuesday, Oct. 18 to 25
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-012, $49
Virtual Classroom

Wow, What a Great Event

Are you planning a special event and could use some helpful advice? Considering event planning as a future career or curious about what other event planners are doing? This event planning course has all that and more! Discover how all the pieces in the event planning process fit together to make any size or type of event successful, whether it's for your family or friends, your employer, or your favorite charity. You'll learn about themes, venues, menus, entertainment, décor, and much, much more. You will develop skills, find resources, and gain confidence to plan any event.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

How to Start a Pet Sitting Business

If you're an animal lover, find out how you can start your own pet sitting business to translate your passion into a profitable career! In this course, you will master the essentials of running a cat and dog sitting business. You'll begin with pet care, including nutrition, exercise, first aid, and the identification of common diseases. You will discover how to handle home visits and impress your potential clients. 

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking

Make the most of your scrapbooking talents to show off your photos and memorabilia with digital scrapbooking. This course provides hands-on experience building scrapbook pages, using artistic journaling, and producing your own artwork with Photoshop Elements.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Fall 2022 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630)942-2208. 

Basic Home Repair

Learn how to perform simple repairs and routine home maintenance without a plumber, carpenter or electrician. Replace faucets and washers, install a toilet, repair toilet leaks, install a bathroom sink and caulk. Make your own drywall repairs with plaster, taping and sanding. Find out how to replace light switches, install electrical boxes and add a breaker to the fuse box. Some hands-on activities are included.

Tuesday, Sept. 27 to Nov. 1
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0032-001, $249, Lifelong Learner $199
Addison Center, Door 12

Beyond Basic Home Repair 

Develop your skills and go beyond the basics of home repair.  Topics include some popular home renovation projects such as flooring and trim, and cabinet and shelf installation.  Students should have some basic home repair experience. 

Tuesday, Nov. 8 to Dec. 13 (First class is moved to Thursday, Nov. 11 due to the holiday)
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0032-002, $249, Lifelong Learner $199
Addison Center, Door 12

Décor Diagnosis

Refresh your home with a few simple changes while sticking to a budget!  Learn the 12 most common ailments in decorating and the cure. Explore furniture placement, lighting, art, accessories and new trends and colors. Show off your newly rejuvenated rooms this holiday season! Instructor: GraceAnn Simoni

Thursday, Oct. 13
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-003, $29          
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1429

Dressed to Sell 

Buyers can bring many emotions when looking to purchase a home.  Getting a home staged and ready to sell can help to intensify these feelings, making the potential buyer eager to move in and begin their dream. Achieving that ‘model’ look can be done by starting with your existing furnishings and accessories. Learn how and why it is so important to be ‘photo ready’! Instructor: GraceAnn Simoni

Saturday, Nov. 12
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0032-006, $29
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Organized and Joyful Holiday

Ditch the stress and bring the fun back to your holiday season with tips and tricks to get organized and find your joy (and maybe that missing stocking too).  Learn how to purge decorations, keep and displaying only what you love, set up a wrapping station, quickly get a guest room ready, repack and store decorations for easy access next year, and more. Instructor: Cathy Feltz

Wednesday, Nov. 12
10 am to noon
LEISR-0032-206, $29
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Designing with Succulents

Create a beautiful succulent garden for your indoor or outdoor enjoyment.  Explore the aesthetics to consider as well as the plant culture of the selected succulents used, both are critical elements for a successful garden.  Student will need to bring a container with drainage that has an open area large enough to accommodate at least two (2) succulents which will be 4 inches and 2-3 inches in diameter.  Succulents and all other materials are provided. Instructor: Marilyn Joyner

Saturday, Oct. 15
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0032-303, $39
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1135

Gardening for a Lifetime

Do you love gardening but are having increased difficulty keeping up with the maintenance and care?  Learn how to adapt your garden for all ages and abilities so you can enjoy this outdoor activity for years to come.  Instructor: Marilyn Joyner

Saturday, Sept. 24
9:30 a.m. to noon
LEISR-0032-304, $35          
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1135

Indoor Gardening: Houseplants 101

Improve your home’s air quality and add beauty to your environment with indoor plants.  Discover how to choose the best houseplants for your home and those with the most health benefits.  Students will learn how to maintain these plants and basic propagation methods.  Students will have the opportunity to email the instructor with photos of their houseplant issues for troubleshooting.  Instructor: Marilyn Joyner

Saturday, Oct. 8
9:30 to noon
LEISR-0032-305, $29
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1135

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Fall 2022 Class Schedule

Conversational Brazilian Portuguese Level I

Start exploring the beautiful language and culture of Brazil in this conversational beginning level class. Learn the basics of Brazilian Portuguese, including common vocabulary and expressions to help you interact with native speakers in everyday situations. Get acquainted with the essentials of Brazilian Portuguese grammar and learn basic expressions in natural communication in the language. Develop basic verbal and written communication skills while exploring Brazilian culture in this fun, interactive class. Required textbook: Bom Dia, Brasil, 3rd Edition. (ISBN-13: 978-0300116311)

Conversational Brazilian Portuguese Level II

Build on concepts learned from conversational Brazilian Portuguese I and expand your understanding of language structures, vocabulary, communication skills and information about the culture and geography of Brazil. While the emphasis is on conversation, class also includes grammar. Required textbook: Bom Dia, Brasil, 3rd Ed. (ISBN- 13: 978-0300116311)

Conversational Brazilian Portuguese Level III

This class is intended for intermediate to advanced level students that are interested in advancing their oral communication and listening skills as well as college students intending to pass the oral proficiency Interview in Portuguese. (OPI-Portuguese). While the emphasis is on conversation, class also includes grammar. Required textbook: Bom Dia, Brasil, 3rd Ed. (ISBN-13: 978-0300116311)

Conversational Mandarin Chinese I

Immerse yourself in a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Mandarin Chinese. Recommended textbook: Chinese Link: Beginning Chinese, Simplified Character Version, Level 1/Part 1 2nd Edition (ISBN: 9780205637218). Instructor: Yvonne Mao

Conversational Mandarin Chinese II

Add to your Mandarin Chinese vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of Chinese culture and learn to read and comprehend written Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese I or equivalent experience. Recommended textbook: Chinese Link: Beginning Chinese, Simplified Character Version, Level 1/Part 2, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 978-0205691968). Instructor: Yvonne Mao

Conversational Mandarin Chinese III

A continuation of conversational Mandarin Chinese I and II with increased emphasis on listening, speaking and complex sentences. Gain a deeper perspective of Chinese culture and learn to read and comprehend written Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese I and II or equivalent experience. Recommended textbook: Chinese Link: Intermediate Chinese, Level 2/Part 1, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 9780205782802) is the textbook for intermediate level 3 Chinese learners. Instructor: Yvonne Mao

Conversational French I

Discover a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in French. Recommended textbook: Living Language French,
Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307478436).

Conversational French II

Add to your French vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of French culture and learn to read and comprehend written French. Recommended textbook: Living Language French, Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307478436). Prerequisite: French I or equivalent experience

Beginning Conversational Hindi I

Delve into the Hindi language and Indian culture through the consideration of cultural themes, vocabulary and phrases. Learn about this rich and complex culture as you explore basic terminology and expressions. This class is for participants with little or no knowledge of the Hindi language and Indian culture. Textbook: Living Language Hindi, Complete Edition (ISBN :978-0307972415)

Conversational Hindi II

Continue to build your knowledge from beginner’s conversational Hindi I to enhance your speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills. Students continue to practice oral use of the language in everyday situations with an emphasis on cultural traditions and elements. Textbook: Living Language Hindi, Complete Edition (ISBN :978-0307972415).

Conversational Italian I

Join our class to learn to read and write in Italian. Learn practical vocabulary including numbers and days of the week. The class helps you introduce yourself, describe how you’re feeling and engage in conversations regarding your personal life. Participants learn correct pronunciation and sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Italian. No textbook required.

Conversational Italian II

In Italian II, learn to talk about different activities you and your family participate in and how often, and to describe weather conditions, seasons, and special occasions and events. We also cover the vocabulary for emotions, and introduce the future tense. Italian II builds upon material covered in Italian I and, therefore, the completion of Italian I is recommended, but not required. Some previous knowledge of the Italian language is required in order to attend this course. No textbook.

Conversational Italian III

In Italian III, continue to solidify what you have learned in Italian I and II. Acquire vocabulary for clothing, colors, favorite styles and accessories, and what is worn in different seasons and occasions. Converse about why we like specific clothing items and describe past shopping experiences. Students are introduced to the past tense. Participation in Italian III requires conversational knowledge of the topics covered in Italian I and II, as well as the present and future tenses. No textbook.

Beginning Conversational Japanese I

Students learn practical, elementary conversational skills based on comprehension of basic grammar and correct pronunciation. This level is for students who have not studied Japanese before. In this seven-week class, learn some basic conversational skills, such as greetings, counting and simple everyday phrases. Read and recognize hiragana characters. The goal of the class is to begin to speak Japanese and enjoy the process of learning. Required book: Japanese for Busy People (ISBN: 978-1568363844).

Beginning Conversational Japanese II

Continue to expand on your knowledge of practical, elementary conversational skills based on comprehension of basic grammar and correct pronunciation. This level is for students who have not studied Japanese before and completed Beginning Japanese I. Continue to learn how to read and recognize hiragana characters. The goal of the class is to begin to speak Japanese and enjoy the process of learning. Required textbook: Japanese for Busy People (ISBN: 978-1568363844).

Beginning Conversational Korean I

Learn to speak Korean for leisure in our beginning classes. Topics covered include elementary level Korean conversational skills with simple everyday phrases while learning aspects of Korean culture. This course is designed for those with little or no knowledge of Korean language. Textbook: Living Language Korean (ISBN 978-0307972231).

Beginning Conversational
Korean II

Continue to build your knowledge from beginner’s conversational Korean language I to enhance your speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills. Students continue to practice oral use of the language in everyday situations with an emphasis on cultural traditions and elements. Textbook: Living Language Korean (ISBN 978-0307972231).

Conversational Polish I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Polish. Recommended textbook: Polish Doesn’t Bite! (ISBN: 9788362482733).

Conversational Polish II

Add to your Polish vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of Polish culture and learn to read and comprehend written Polish. Recommended textbook: Polish Doesn’t Bite! (ISBN: 9788362482733). Prerequisite: Polish I or equivalent experience.

Conversational Polish III

This class is for those with an intermediate
knowledge of Polish looking to further improve their conversation skills. Build confidence in oral and written communication Prerequisite: Polish II or equivalent experience. Recommended textbook: Polish Doesn’t Bite! (ISBN: 9788362482733)

Conversational Russian I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Russian. Recommended textbook: Living Language Russian, Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307972101).

Conversational Russian II

Add to your Russian vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of Russian culture and learn to read and comprehend written Russian. Prerequisite: Russian I or equivalent experience. Recommended textbook: Living Language Russian, Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307972101)

Beginning Sign Language Level I

Develop skills in sign language and an appreciation of deaf culture. Sessions include elements of American Sign Language and English word order. Express yourself using basic sign vocabulary, fingerspelling and body and facial expressions.Required textbook: Signs of the Time (ISBN: 978 156 368 4463).

Intermediate Sign Language Level II

A continuation of skills acquired in Beginning Sign Language, this class combines elements of American Sign Language and English word order. Required textbook: Signs of the Time (ISBN: 978 156 368 4463). Prerequisite: Beginning Sign Language or equivalent experience

Sign Language Level III

A continuation of skills acquired in Sign Language Level II, this class combines elements of American Sign Language and English word order. Prerequisite: Sign Language II or equivalent experience. Required textbook: Signs of the Time (ISBN: 978 156 368 4463).

Conversational Spanish I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Spanish.

Conversational Spanish II

Add to your Spanish vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of Spanish culture and learn to read and comprehend written Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish I or equivalent experience. No textbook.

Conversational Spanish III

Interactive activities help expand your Spanish conversation skills learned in previous levels. Focus on additional grammar concepts to improve reading and writing skills while exploring this fascinating culture. Prerequisite: Spanish II or equivalent experience. No textbook. 

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Fall 2022 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630)942-2208.

Discover the Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac is actually a system of character analysis that can lead to an understanding of who you actually are, of how you relate to the world and to the people around you. This class will help you discover who you are, who your soulmate is, and who the people are that will help your journey. Learn how to decide when is the most favorable time to make decisions, to take vacations, to do home improvements and much more. Instructor: John Robertson

Wednesday, Oct. 19 to Nov. 9
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-005, $99
Virtual Classroom

Don’t Let the Holidays Stress You Out

Feelings of anxiety or stress are never pleasant and many of us have varying interpretations of what stress is. Knowing how to handle stress and challenges prevent mental and physical harm to our bodies. We will look at different methods of stress reduction and relaxation, including the use of exercise meditation, labyrinths, mandalas, Qigong and Tai Chi. Instructor: John Robertson

Wednesday, Dec. 7
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-004, $39
Virtual Classroom

Mindfulness Meditation

Train your mind the way you train your body for the perfect way to stay centered with our Chopra Center-certified meditation instructor. Learn centuries-old meditation techniques to relax and increase your overall sense of well-being. Explore the benefits of developing a regular meditation practice to improve health, strengthen the immune system, and release stress and anxiety. A textbook is recommended, but not required. Instructor: Stephanie Frantz

Thursday, Sept. 15 to Oct. 6
1 to 2 p.m.
LEISR-0061-002, $49
On Campus Glen Ellyn

Monday, Oct. 24 to Nov. 17
8 to 9 p.m. (no class 10/31)
LEISR-0061-003, $49
Virtual Campus

Thursday, Oct. 27 to Nov. 17
1 to 2 p.m.
LEISR-0061-004, $49
Naperville Center (NC), Room 23

Mindfulness Workshop: Holiday Stress Buster
Wednesday, Dec. 7
8 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-006, $15
Virtual Classroom

Say Goodbye to Antacids

Do you suffer from heartburn, acid reflux or indigestion? Learn gentle, effective exercises that have the potential to reduce or eliminate these issues. Instructor: John Robertson

Wednesday, Nov. 16
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-003, $39
Virtual Classroom

Introduction to Natural Health and Healing

Would you like to learn more about natural health but don't know where to start? In this course, you'll learn about the various stages of health and illness and discover that true health means wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit.

Using a variety of methods like diet, hydrotherapy, positive attitude, relaxation, yoga, chiropractic, natural remedies and more, you'll explore way to achieve total health in mind, body, and spirit. By the end of this course, you'll have begun taking charge of your own health and healing! 

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Skills for Making Great Decisions

Learn how to make excellent everyday decisions from an experienced counselor and life coach. This course will help you discover how to effectively deal with a crisis, how to use your emotions as decision-making tools, and how to work with others to make the most of every opportunity.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

Private music lessons are available for most traditional band and orchestra instrument for all ages through the Music Academy.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Fall 2022 Class Schedule. Classes and lessons are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630)942-2208.

Harmonica Private Lessons

Online private harmonica lessons are available with instructor David Kachalon. Sessions are 30 minutes long for a total of 4 hours and are conducted through the Zoom platform.

Group Classes

Beginning Harmonica

Come have fun learning tricks and techniques to playing the harmonica! Learn simple songs, proper breathing and basic blow/draw patterns. Students should bring a 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C. No prior music or harmonica experience required. Instructor: David Kachalon

Sunday, Sept. 18 to Nov. 6

1 to 2:30 p.m.

MUSIC-0001-007, $149

Virtual Classroom

The Fugue Unraveled

What makes a fugue a fugue? This course is designed to foster an increased understanding and appreciation of this complex, yet amazingly beautiful, straightforward genre. Explore the workings of a Johann Sebastian Bach fugue as it is analyzed uncovering requisite parts and motifs. Instructor: Cheryl Boyle

Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-001, $39; Lifelong Learner $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A07

History of Blues and Jazz

Explore the origins of blues in various regions in the United States and how blues informed and popularized jazz as we know it today. Various famous artists like “Ma Rainey” and Louis Armstrong, along with Bessie Smith and modern jazz performers and their works are discussed. This course blends listening, learning, topics and common questions about the art form. Instructor: Cheryl Boyle

Wednesday, Oct. 26 to Nov. 16
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-006, $99; Lifelong Learner $89
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A07

Introduction to Guitar 

Learn to play guitar, and become the musician you’ve always wanted to be! In these fun and informative lessons, build basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed illustrations. The classical guitar skills you master in this course allow you to play any style of music, from hard rock to country-and-western.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (self-paced)
Register at www.ed2go.com/dupage

Learn to Play the Ukulele 

Enjoy the ease of learning and playing the ukulele. This versatile instrument can be used for all kinds of music, from classical to pop. Students learn about the ukulele and how to play it, starting with basic chords and common songs and moving up to basic pop tunes. You don’t need to have previous musical instrument training. The course fee includes a ukulele and an electronic tuner.

Saturday, Oct. 8
9 a.m. to noon
MUSIC-0001-003, $140
Naperville Center (NC), Room 08

Music Models: Cracking the Code: Chords, Keys, and Clefs 

Discover the art of music and learn to decode basic music principles. This course offers a survey of basic music models ranging from how to read the Circle of Fifths, identifies four types of triads, and how to discern keys and navigate treble, base and other clefs. Instructor: Cheryl Boyle

Wednesday, Sept. 14 to Oct. 19
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-002, $139; Lifelong Learner $119
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A07

Music Made Easy 

Gain complete understanding of rhythm, melody, and harmony and recognize pitches on the musical staff and keyboard. By the end of this course, read, write and even play simple pieces of music!

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (self-paced)
Register at www.ed2go.com/dupage

Popular Songwriting 

You don’t have to be a musician to enjoy this class— you just need a love of good music! Using examples of blues, pop, rock and country songs, examine what goes into making a good song. Discuss lyrical structure, chord progressions and arrangements— and then write a song from concept to completion. Instructor: Paul Barile

Saturday, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1
Noon to 3 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-005, $79
Virtual Classroom

Ukulele: Next Steps 

Enjoy the next level of instruction with the ukulele. This versatile instrument can be used for all kinds of music from classical to pop. Students should know the basic chords and will learn more advanced songs and group jamming. Bring a tuned ukulele and pitch pipe. A new song book is provided.

Saturday, Nov. 12
9 a.m. to noon
MUSIC-0001-004, $49
Naperville Center (NC), Room 08

Ukulele for Couples 

Adult couples learn about the ukulele and how to play it, starting with basic chords and common songs and moving up to basic pop tunes. No previous musical instrument training is required. The course fee includes two ukuleles and electronic tuners. Register by phone, (630) 942-2208. Please have registration information for each partner.

Friday, Nov. 18
6 to 9 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-020, $219
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Fall 2022 Class Schedule. Classes and lessons are offered both in-person and online. Online classes are offered through Ed2Go.

Beginning Photography

Learn how to better use your camera and explore basic topics such as camera function, lighting, composition, lenses, filters and specialized photography. Assignments include shooting digitally or with film. Instructor: Erica Benson

Tuesday, Sept. 6 to Oct. 18
6:30 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-001, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Beyond Beginning Photography

Sharpen your camera skills as you increase your ability to see photographically and compose better images. Students work on individual projects of their choosing. Instructor: Erica Benson

Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Dec. 13
6:30 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-002, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Black and White Photography

Challenge your photography skills and learn techniques to capture beautiful monochromatic images. Explore the heightened emphasis on composition, texture, contrast and tones when you photograph without the distraction of color. Instructor: Erica Benson

Wednesday, Sept. 14 to Oct. 12
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-009, $129
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Capturing Family Memories

Develop your photography skills while recording family memories! Explore taking family pictures at parties and practice portraits and candid shots. Common settings for digital cameras are also covered. Instructor: Kate Quinn

Tuesday, Nov. 15 to Dec. 6
7 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-007, $79
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Cell Phone Photography

Learn how to better utilize the photography features of your cell phone camera. Topics include general photography instruction, optimum file sizing, downloading and organizing photos to your computer and more. Instructor: Kate Quinn

Tuesday, Oct. 11 to Nov. 1
7 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-011, $79
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Color Versus Black and

White Photography

Explore color theory and use techniques to establish mood and add intrigue to your images. Discover the effects of black and white photography to enhance your images. Instructor: Erica Benson

Wednesday, Oct. 19 to Dec. 7
6:30 to 9 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
PHOTO-0001-010, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1126

Digital Camera Operation

Learn to use the functions and features of your digital camera. Topics include downloading photos, image resolution and compression, locking focus and built-in scene or shooting modes. Instructor: Kate Quinn

Thursday, Sept. 8 to Oct. 20
7 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-004, $159
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1475

Digital Camera Operation - Beyond Basics

Explore further into the use and functions of your digital camera with increased confidence and skill. Instructor: Kate Quinn

Thursday, Oct. 27 to Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 24)
7 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-012, $159
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Introduction to Lightroom - Classic CC

Save time as you enhance and manage your digital photos. This course shows you how to effectively edit and organize photos using Lightroom Classic CC with hands-on, easy-to-follow exercises that help you perfect your digital photo collections.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (self-paced)
Register at www.ed2go.com/dupage

Natural Beauty- Fall Photography

Capture the beauty of fall! Explore camera and composition techniques to photograph leaves, trees, landscapes, insects and weather. Instructor: Erica Benson

Saturday, Sept. 10 to Oct. 22
9:30 a.m. to noon
PHOTO-0001-003, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Photography Workshop- Lighting

Learn the disciplines of lighting and discover how to use studio lighting equipment in a hands-on environment. Lighting equipment is provided for student use. Please bring your own camera. Instructor: Erica Benson

Saturday, Oct. 1 and 8
1 to 3 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-005, $49
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Photography Workshop-

Photo Editing

Learn how to use Photoshop and apply techniques to make your photos look more creative. Please bring digital images on a flash drive or via camera hookup to this hands-on workshop. Instructor: Erica Benson

Saturdays, Oct. 15 and 29
1 to 3 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-013, $49
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1134

Photoshop CC for the Digital Photographer

Master the use of Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud to edit and enhance your digital images and give them a professional polish. This course includes simple, step-by-step instructions to guide you through the many tools that make this software so popular and unique.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (self-paced)
Register at www.ed2go.com/dupage

Sports Photography Workshop

Learn how to capture action shots of your favorite sports and events and explore the difference between candid and posed photographs and how to get the best results for each situation. Students are encouraged to practice techniques mentioned in class and share their work for class discussion. It is recommended that students own a camera with a stop-action setting. Instructor: Erica Benson

Saturday, Sept. 10 and 17
1 to 3 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-008, $49
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1134

Travel Photography

Document your life’s adventures! Develop the skills to capture the architecture, events and people you encounter on your travels and explorations. Instructor: Kate Quinn

Tuesday, Sept. 6 to 27
7 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-006, $79
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

Courses will be offered virtually and class meetings will be held via Zoom. A meeting invite will be shared with the email we have on file before class begins.

A to Z Grant Writing

This course provides students with the hands-on experience and knowledge they need to successfully begin the planning process for projects in need of grant funding. An approach to grantseeking begins with thinking about why the funding is needed and involving the grant applicant's stakeholders in the planning process.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Creative Writing

You love to write and arrange words on a page,but you are not sure what you want to write. Paul Barile—published novelist/playwright/poet—guides you through a series of exercises designed to unlock the writer within. Explore a different genre of writing each week and discover which appeals to you and your writing style. Instructor: Paul Barile

Memoir Writing

We all have a story of a life lived among family and friends. Learn how to tell yours with Chicago writer and actor Paul Barile. Using a variety of tools and prompts, create a piece of literary non-fiction that reflects who you are and what makes your experience unique. Through the course of the day, identify the most important moments of your life and turn them into stories for readers. There is no topic too marginal or too grand. You just might be amazed at how many people would be interested in hearing your story.

Short Story Writing

The short story is a time-honored tradition for writers. The challenge for the writer is to pack all of the essential elements into a story that is just a few pages long. Using a combination of writing prompts, in-class writing and discussion, students complete this session with a draft of a short story as well as direction in marketing it. Writer Paul Barile has had short stories published in a variety of magazines and ‘zines.’

Writing Poetry

Using prompts and in class writing, create poetry in the various forms. Discover haikus and cinquains as well as sonnets and free verse. Break down the forms of traditions styles and create our own work. Devote some class time to learning how to use social media to promote and publish your work.

Writing Workshop

Join like-minded writers working in a variety of genres, including short story, novel, poetry, flash fiction, screenplay and creative non-fiction. Get friendly support, critique and encouragement,regular assignments and deadlines that help get the work done. Instructor: Mardelle Fortier.

COD Faculty Stories

Richard Morton

"The best way you can learn a computer application or operating system is by exploring it. You learn from mistakes and chances." - Richard Morton

Richard's COD Story

COD Faculty Stories

Kathleen Mullin

"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." - Kathleen Mullin

Kathleen's COD Story

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
(630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785
Email: CE@cod.edu