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Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage incorporates the best of what enrichment has to offer at any age. We offer a mix of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures designed especially for adults 50 and older, in a wide variety of topic areas. A reduced senior rate applies for participants 55 and over. Come join us - new courses begin each week.

Fall Course Highlights

In Continuing Education, we believe that learning never stops. Find out all that Lifelong Learning has to offer this fall.

Evolution of the Pyramids

Join us as we study the Ancient Egyptian monuments of the Old Kingdom—the age of pyramids. Our goal is to analyze how, when and why ancient Egyptians created these mammoth tombs that resulted in the Great Pyramid, the largest and most complex stone structure ever created. We will discuss religious motivation, construction methodology, resources, human resources, successes and failures. Our thesis is that the Great Pyramid is the culmination of five centuries of Egyptian religious and burial practices. Instructor: Tim Dailey

Thursday, Oct. 5 to 26
10 to 11:30 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-007, $119, Lifelong Learner $79
On campus in Glen Ellyn

The ‘Enterprise of England’: The Fate of the Spanish Armada

Elizabeth had a complex relationship with Spain. Its king, Philip II, had once proposed marriage to her. His ‘great enterprise’ against England in 1588 threatened to destroy both her and her nation. A remarkable set of circumstances, miscalculations and mismanagement played into the defeat and destruction of the Spanish Armada. Elizabethan specialist Marcus Sanghera reveals the history, the research and the latest findings.

Tuesday, Nov. 7 to 28 (no class Nov. 21)
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-068, $89, Lifelong Learner $59
On campus in Glen Ellyn

The Plus 50 Program

Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes designed with experiences and skills of adult learners in mind. Learn more about the 50 Program.

  • Career Search for Plus 50 - Monday, Sept. 25 to Oct. 30
  • Career Readiness: Beyond the Resume - Monday, Nov. 6 to Dec. 11
  • Self-Discovery for Plus 50 - Tuesday, Nov. 21 to Dec. 12

Free Enrichment for Lifelong Learners

Enjoy the topics and the company! Continuing Education presents free lectures and discussions through our Sage Series and Lunch Break Lectures. Join us for an inspired selection of new topics.

Sage Series

Sessions are free. Registration is required.
For full descriptions and locations, view the current Schedule of Classes.

  • The View from Earth: 400 Years of Astronomical Adventure- Saturday, Oct. 14
  • Behind the Scenes at the MAC - Wednesday, Oct. 25
  • Inside COD's Culinary and Hospitality Center - Thursday, Nov. 9 - Waitlist
  • Inside COD' Culinary and Hospitality Center - Thursday, Nov. 16 - new date added!

Lunch Break Lectures

Sessions are free. Registration is required. All lectures are Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and are held on our main campus in Glen Ellyn

  • Sept. 13 - Wild America
  • Sept. 27 - The History of Bob Marley
  • Oct. 11 - The Peregrine Falcon
  • Oct. 25 - Life in Elizabeth's England
  • Nov. 8 - Otzi, The Iceman of the Alps
  • Nov. 22 - The Revolutionary 1950s
  • Dec. 6 - The Amazing Plantagenets

Share Your Passion and Experience

College of DuPage Continuing Education is seeking community members who are interested in facilitating Lifelong Learning courses and seminars! Call (630) 942-2208 for assistance with completing a New Course Proposal Form.

Lifelong Learning Scholarship Fund

Limited scholarship funds are available to assist Lifelong Learners who choose to participate in Continuing Education programs. If you are interested in contributing to this fund, choose "Lifelong Learning Programs" on the College of DuPage Foundation donation page or call (630) 942-2462. 

Contact Information

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

Front Desk Hours
  • Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Office hours may vary due to holidays and staff coverage.