Group of people taking a cooking class

Adult Enrichment Courses

College of DuPage Continuing Education provides adults of all ages with a variety of enrichment programming. Community members interested in receiving our class schedule at home are encouraged to join our Mailing List

Due to the extended closure of the campus, Continuing Education is excited to offer many online course options for the upcoming term. Registered participants 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.

Register online today 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.

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 this Spring. 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.

Tuesday, January 19
4 to 5 p.m.
COMPT-0005-005

Saturday, February 6
2 to 3 p.m.
COMPT-0005-006

Wednesday, February 17
4 to 5 p.m.
COMPT-0005-007

Wednesday, March 17
4 to 5 p.m.
COMPT-0005-008

Tuesday, April 13
4 to 5 p.m.
COMPT-0005-009

Instructor leads watercolor painting class

Watercolor painting class instructor, Pam Keller, leading a class.

Adult student working on her first quilt

An enrichment student works on her first quilt.

Adults with quilts

The Holiday Quilting Class poses with their final products.

Adult students learning tai chi

Enrichment students learning the art of Tai Chi.

Adult student practicing calligraphy

A student perfecting his stroke in Renaissance Calligraphy.

All your favorite art classes (and some NEW!) will be offered online this Spring term! Students will need a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera, microphone, and reliable internet access. See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full course schedule of classes

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
10 a.m. to noon
ART-0004-102, $99
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.

Wednesday, Feb. 24 to March 17
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0004-104, $99
Virtual Classroom

Drawing Workshop: Eyes

Learn how to draw stunningly realistic and expressive eyes in pencil! The workshop begins with students practicing step-by-step pencil drawing techniques to prepare them for drawing different sets of eyes from photographs provided by the teacher. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Saturday, Jan. 30
10 a.m. to noon
ART-0001-001, $29
Virtual Classroom

Drawing Workshop: Nose

Learn how to draw stunningly realistic views of the nose in pencil! The workshop begins with students practicing step-by-step pencil drawing techniques to prepare them for drawing different views of the nose from photographs provided by the teacher. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor Jennifer Scavone.

Saturday, Feb. 20
10 a.m. to noon
ART-0001-011, $29
Virtual Classroom

Drawing Workshop: Ears

Learn how to draw stunningly realistic views of the ear in pencil! The workshop begins with students practicing step-by-step pencil drawing techniques to prepare them for drawing different views of ears from photographs provided by the teacher. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor Jennifer Scavone

Saturday, March 13
10 a.m. to noon
ART-0001-012, $29
Virtual Classroom

Drawing Workshop: Mouth

Learn how to draw stunningly realistic views of the mouth in pencil! The workshop begins with students practicing step-by-step pencil drawing techniques to prepare them for drawing different views of the mouth from photographs provided by the teacher. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor Jennifer Scavone

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

Cover Me Artist Series - Frida Kahlo

Students create a copy, or "cover," in the artistic style of the famous artist and read the artist's own writings to learn more about the history of the artist and style. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Saturday, Feb. 6
1 to 4 p.m.
ART-0002-016, $39
Virtual Classroom

Frida Kahlo: Her Life and Works

Explore the fascinating imaginary of Frida Kahlo derived from the artifacts and nature of Mexico as well as the biographical and historical circumstances of her life and times. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Tuesday, Feb. 23 to March 23
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0004-020, $119, Lifelong Learner $109
Virtual Classroom

Drawing: Beginners and Beyond

Continue exploring the art of drawing by expanding your techniques. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Pam Keller

Wednesday, March 3 to April 7
6 to 8 p.m. (no class 3/31)
ART-0001-002, $145, Lifelong Learner $119
Virtual Classroom

Cover Me Artist Series

What better way to learn about an artist than to emulate his or her work? Much like musicians will play covers of favorite songs, students will use this centuries-old teaching method to recreate a particular artist's work. Students create a copy, or "cover," in the artistic style of the famous artist and read the artist's own writings to learn more about the history of the artist and style. The paintings are selected by the instructor and a supply list is emailed before the first class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone.

Paul Gaugin
Saturday, March 6
1 to 4 p.m.
ART-0002-015, $39
Virtual Classroom

Johannes Vermeer
Saturday, April 17
1 to 4 p.m.
ART-0002-014, $39
Virtual Classroom

Art History: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Explore the revolutionary use of light and color employed in France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by groundbreaking masters of Impressionism (Monet, Degas, Renoir, etc.) and Post-Impressionism (Seurat, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gaugin, and Lautrec). The Impressionist and Post-Impressionist styles and movements spread through most of Europe and America, and we will study the magnificent works of leading artists from each of these countries! Instructor: Jennifer Scavone. 

Thursday Feb. 25 to March 18
6:30-8:30 p.m.
ART-0004-008, $99, Lifelong Learner $79
Virtual Classroom 

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

Spring courses will be offered virtually. Class meetings will be held via Zoom. A meeting invite will be emailed before class begins.

A sample of computer courses is listed below. For the full list of computer courses offered this spring, view pages 10 to 13 of the Spring 2021 Schedule of Classes.

PC Troubleshooting

Discover how to protect your valuable electronics and irreplaceable data from disaster. Learn to manage power problems, memory glitches, drive/file errors and boot failure.

Wednesday, Jan. 27
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-027, $59 

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.

Thursday, Jan. 28
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-035, $59

Excel 2016 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 2016. Students must have access to Excel 2016. A textbook may be required. Check codbooks.com for details.

Monday, Feb. 1 to 15
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-027, $179

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.

Monday, Feb. 22
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-019, $59

Designing Effective Websites

Learn the basics of designing and developing an effective website. Discover the advantages of using templates and explore other affordable, easy-to-use resources to create a professional website.

Thursday, March 18 and 25
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-051, $99

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.

Monday, May 3
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-037, $59

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

See below for a sample of online classes offered or view the full Spring 2021 course schedule.  Students will need a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera, microphone, and reliable internet access.

Crocheting Basics

Learn the basics of crocheting with a live, online instructor: chain, single crochet, double crochet, simple shaping and how to read basic patterns. Students will need one skein of solid, light-colored #4 medium-weight yarn and size U.S. H-8 (5mm) crochet hook for the first class. Instructor: Kelly McFadden

Thursday, Feb. 18 to March 18
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LEISR-0045-012, $99
Virtual Classroom

Knitting Basics

Learn the basics of knitting with a live, online instructor: cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off, simple shaping and how to read basic patterns. Students will need one skein of solid, light-colored, #4 medium-weight yarn and size U.S. 8 (5mm) 10" straight needle. Instructor: Kelly McFadden.

Thursday, Jan. 28 to Feb. 25
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LEISR-0045-005, $99
Virtual Classroom

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
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LEISR-0045-004, $169
Virtual Classroom

Sewing Alterations and Upcycled Fashion - NEW COURSE!

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
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LEISR-0045-006, $139
Virtual Classroom

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

See below for a sample of online classes offered or view the full Spring 2021 course schedule.  Students will need a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera, microphone, and reliable internet access.

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 practical and comprehensive course gives you all the tools necessary to help guide your financial future. Instructor: Peter Krouwer

Wednesday, March 10 to April 21
7 to 9:30 p.m.
PROED-0024-003, $139
Virtual Classroom

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 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, Feb. 17 (date change)
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-011, $29
Virtual Classroom

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

This is not a tax preparation course, but a course designed to help you 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. Examine ways to reduce the devastating effect taxes can 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

Thursday, Feb. 4
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-004, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Virtual Classroom 

Plan for a Lifetime of Income

Address investment concerns after age 50 and explore other important issues to consider as you craft a successful retirement strategy. Instructor: John Gajkowski

Thursday, Feb. 18
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-003, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Virtual Classroom

Resume in a Day

Create a resume to target job opportunities. Explore resume fundamentals. Identify strategies used by employers to screen potential candidates for interviews and discover ways to customize applications. Instructor: Paul Barile

Saturday, Feb. 20
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PROED-0019-001, $29
Virtual Classroom

Stock Options

Use stock options to increase return, protect existing stock investments or speculate using leverage. Learn option terminology and a step-by-step approach to understand how options work. Commonly used strategies of calls, puts and spreads are covered. Instructor: Peter Krouwer.

Tuesday, Feb. 9 to March 9
7 to 9:30 p.m.
PROED-0022-001, $119
Virtual Classroom

The 12 Universal Laws of Successful Investing

Discover the 12 Universal Laws which are your clues to investment success and help you protect what you have. Learn how to make your returns more predictable, investing less stressful and yourself more successful.

Thursday, March 18
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-005, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Virtual Classroom

Top 10 IRA Mistakes

Discover the top 10 mistakes related to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and learn how to avoid them. Discussion includes information about conversion and beneficiary designation, as well as strategies to maximize value and minimize taxes. Instructor: John Gajkowski

Thursday, March 4
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-002, $45, Lifelong Learner $29
Virtual Classroom

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

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. This class meets online in real time on specified days and times using video chat software.

Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 25 to May 21
11 to 11:50 a.m.
Non-credit: FITN-0001-101, $142; Lifelong Learner $73.50
Credit: PHYS-1904-001
Virtual Classroom

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

See below for a smaple of online cooking and beverage classes. For the full listing of classes, view the spring catalog online. Class enrollment will be capped 5 days prior to class start for cooking classes to ensure course preparation. Students will need a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a microphone, camera, and reliable internet access.

Baking Basics

Get down to the basics on learning how to properly measure ingredients all while making your favorite baked goods. Learn techniques for cookies, cakes, and pies through live demonstrations and discussions with our seasoned instructors. Knife skills will be discussed as well. Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Tuesday, Feb. 23 to March 16
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-003, $99
Virtual Classroom

Essential Knife Skills

Dice and slice like a pro! Knife skills are an essential part of everyday cooking. Students will learn different cutting techniques and how to take care of your knife, while practicing skills with a live instructor. Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Wednesday, Jan. 29
6:30 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-004, $35
Virtual Classroom

Fresh and Fit Cooking

Establishing skills and a routine is essential to developing a healthy lifestyle in the new year! Brush up on your culinary skills while learning about how to incorporate nutritious ingredients in your meals with a live instructor. Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Sunday, Feb. 21 to March 7
1 to 3:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-002, $99
Virtual Classroom

Macaron Workshop

Macarons are elegant and delicious! Gain knowledge on how to make the perfect crisp meringue; pipe it, bake it, fill it and construct it. Our seasoned instructor will guide you through a live online demonstration. Students will learn every step of the technique as you practice how to make delicious varieties so you can become a master macaron culinary artist! Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Monday, March 1
6:30 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-008, $39
Virtual Classroom

Pies and Tarts

A live instructor will guide participants on how to make a tender, flaky pie crust and will discuss the various types of pie crusts and fillings. Students will be guided through the creation of their own pies and tarts. Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Saturday, March 6 to 13
1 to 3:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-007, $69
Virtual Classroom

Sweet and Savory Crepes

From sweet to savory crepes, a live instructor will break down the ingredients, techniques, and form when making crepes while creating delicious fillings. Students will be guided through the creation of their own crepes with an assortment of recipes. Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Monday, Feb. 8
6:30 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-006, $39
Virtual Classroom

Food and Beer Pairing

Expand your craft beer knowledge through this live journey and discover the art of pairing beer and food. Learn about beer ingredients, styles and flavors. Students will gain an understanding of how flavors in food and beer complement each other and the knowledge to the right beer to accompany your meal. Instructor: Marty Nachel

Thursday, Feb. 11
7:30 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-012, $19
Virtual Classroom

Understanding Beer Styles

Beer styles continue to evolve and with craft brews increasing in popularity, the varieties of beers available is endless. Expand your knowledge of the many styles of beer including ingredients, brewing methods, serving temperature and more.

Thursday, March 1
7:30 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-014, $19
Virtual Classroom

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, January 27
9:30 to 11:30 am
LEISR-0004-021, $29
Virtual Classroom

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. Learn about various coffees and brewing methods.

Thursday, Feb. 20
6:30 to 8:30 pm
LEISR-0004-023, $29
Virtual Classroom

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.

Thursday, March 5
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-023, $29
Virtual Classroom

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

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

Fall Courses will be offered online this term. See for a sample of courses available. For the full listing of classes, view the fall catalog online.

Exploring Numismatics: Coin Collecting and More!

Coins and currency hold a rich history, making collecting a rewarding hobby. This class will introduce the basics of collecting coins, currency, tokens and medallions. Hold history in your hands as you learn about numismatics in earlier times, geography, and culture. Learn which coins and currency are collectible, storage tips, proper handling, grading, value and pricing. Students can bring coins to class for discussion. Instructor: John Kent

Thursday, Feb. 4 to Feb. 25
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-004, $99, Lifelong Learner $79
Virtual Classroom

Exploring Numismatics Workshop

Condensed and concise overview of the full course. There will not be time allotted for students to show
their own pieces.

Saturday, Jan. 30
10 a.m. to noon
LEISR-0067-106, $29
Virtual Classroom

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

Fall Courses will be offered online this term. See below for a sample of courses available. For the full listing of classes, view the spring catalog online.

Declutter and Organize Your Home

Whether you are downsizing or just want to simplify, learn the tools and resources you need to declutter like a pro! Learn the best ways to organize your items and gain a resource list for consigning, donating and recycling what you no longer need. Instructor: Cathy Feltz

Saturday, Jan. 30
10 a.m. to noon
LEISR-0032-105, $29
Virtual Classroom

Is Professional Organizing the Career for You?

Could you spend hours color coding and labeling just for fun? Does the sight of neatly folded clothes, bedding, and towels make your heart sing? Do friends and family come to you for organizing help? If so, Professional Organizing may be the career for you. Learn about the types of organizing services, where and how to get training, the first steps to setting up your own business and more. Instructor: Cathy Feltz

Saturday, Feb. 13
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-106, $39
Virtual Classroom

Selling Your Home Now or in the Future

Be one step ahead of the competition and learn how to stage your home today! When you're ready to put your house on the market will you know where to start? Does the thought of getting your home ready for the buyer's critical eye scare you? Get it ready now before even calling the Realtor! Course tips include: What can be done to get your house ready for little or no money. How to shorten the time on the market and get the best offers from the curb to the back door as well as what buyers in this market are looking for in their new home.

Instructor: Grace Ann Simoni
Saturday, Feb. 6
9:30 to 11:30 am
LEISR-0032-112, $29
Virtual Classroom

The Magic of Minimalism

Have you ever wondered if minimalism is the lifestyle choice for you? Take this informative class and learn minimalist basics, the many benefits of minimalism and steps to take to begin your journey toward a more intentional and simplified life! Instructor: Cathy Feltz

Wednesday, Feb. 17
1 to 3:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-107, $29
Virtual Classroom

Transform Your Home with Color

Don't let the fear of color stop you from making changes or updates to anything from paint color to accessories and furniture. Learn the basics of adding color, current trends in color, and how to create a color pallet. Students will have the opportunity to email the instructor with photos and fabric samples. Instructor: GraceAnn Simoni

Saturday, Feb. 20
9:30 to 11:30 am
LEISR-0032-110, $29
Virtual Classroom

Spring Vegetable Gardening

Get your garden ready for the Spring planting season! Discover which types of vegetables will thrive in warmer weather and learn proper cultivating and harvesting techniques. Instructor: Ellen Kamps

Saturday, Feb. 27 to March 20
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-300, $139
Virtual Classroom

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.

Saturday, April 17
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0032-304, $29
Virtual Classroom 

Houseplants 101

Indoor plants can improve a home's air quality while providing added beauty. Learn how to choose the best houseplants for your environment and the most health benefits. Learn to how to maintain these plants and basic propagation methods. Students will have the opportunity to email the instructor with photos of their houseplant issues to troubleshoot. Instructor: Marilyn Joyner

Wednesday, March 3
6 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-308, $29
Virtual Classroom

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

Spring 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.

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. Learn to 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).

Saturday, Jan. 30 to March 13
1 to 4 p.m.
LANGS-0001- 810, $299
Virtual Classroom

Conversational Brazilian Portuguese 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. 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)

Thursday, Feb. 4 to March 4
6 to 9 p.m.
LANGS-0001-510, $199
Virtual Classroom

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 44631

Wednesday, Jan. 27 to Feb. 24
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
LANGS-0001-600, $199
Virtual Classroom

Registration closes 1 week before the start of the program to ensure Zoom links are emailed to registered participants.

Fall Courses will be offered online this term. See below for a sample of courses available. For the full listing of classes, view the spring catalog online

Chinese New Year

According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2021 is the Year of the Ox. In Chinese culture, the ox is a valued animal that represents hardworking and honest attributes. Discover how this will affect your personality, career, health and well-being in the upcoming year. Instructor: John Roberston.

Wednesday, Feb. 10
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-013, $39
Virtual Classroom

Don't Let Stress, 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 prevents mental and physical harm to our bodies. We 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, Feb. 17
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-005, $39
Virtual Classroom

Falls: They Don't Have to Happen to You

Falls are the leading cause of injury death for Americans ages 65 and older. Learn the risk factors, causes and consequences of a fall to reduce your risk, improve you balance, and maintain your quality of life. Instructor John Robertson.

Wednesday, Feb. 3
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-011, $39
Virtual Classroom

Mindfulness Meditation

Train your mind the way you train your body for the perfect way to stay centered. 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. Recommended textbook: Wherever You Go, There You Are; Author Jon Kabat-Zinn (ISBN 978-1-4013-0778-3). Instructor: Stephanie Frantz

Thursday, Feb. 18 to March 11
8 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-003, $49
Virtual Classroom

Secrets to Living a Long Life

Learn sound dietary habits and balanced, healthy lifestyles that can lengthen your life. Inspired by the best-selling book of the same name, this program summarizes the nutrition and lifestyles of the world's five most remarkable longevity hotspots. Instructor: John Robertson

Wednesday, March 10
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-003 $39
Virtual Classroom

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

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

Fall Courses will be offered online this term. See below for a sample of courses available. For the full listing of classes, view the spring catalog.

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.  For more information please contact Jennifer Lange at langej89@cod.edu. 

Harmonica Private Lesson Session I
MUSIC-0006-001
Available January 1 to May 21
$225 for a total of 4 hours of instruction

Harmonica Private Lesson Session II
MUSIC-0006-002
Available January 1 to May 21
$225 for a total of 4 hours of instruction

Beginning Harmonica

Come have fun learning tricks and techniques to playing the harmonica! Learn simple songs, proper breathing and basic blow/draw patterns. This course introduces and works entirely in First Position. Students should have a 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C. No prior music or harmonica experience is necessary.

Sunday, Jan. 31 to March 21
1 to 4 p.m
MUSIC-0001-006, $149
Virtual Classroom

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. Learn about the ukulele and how to play it, starting with basic chords and common songs, moving up to basic pop tunes. You don't need to have previous musical instrument training. The course fee includes a ukulele, pitch pipe and song book. Enrollment will be capped two weeks prior to course start. Course materials will be mailed to the home address on file. Refunds cannot be accepted after instrument is delivered.

Saturday, Feb. 27
9 a.m. to noon
MUSIC-0001-004, $135
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Popular Songwriting

You don't have to be a musician to enjoy this class— you just need a love of good music! Using examples from blues, pop, rock, and country, we examine what goes into making a good song. Discuss lyrical structure, chord progressions and arrangements, and use this class as a springboard to your songwriting endeavors. Instructor: Paul Barile.

Saturday, March 6 and 13
Noon to 3 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-001, $79
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Next Step Ukulele

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 will be provided.

Saturday, April 17
9 a.m. to noon
MUSIC-0001-005, $59
Virtual Classroom

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

Spring courses will be offered virtually. Class meetings will be held via Zoom. A meeting invite will be emailed before class begins.

A sample of photography courses is listed below. For the full list of photography courses offered this spring, view pages 21 and 22 of the Spring 2021 Schedule of Classes.

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

Monday, Jan. 25 to Feb. 15
7 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-009, $125

Beginning Photography

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, Feb. 9 to March 23
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-001, $185

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

Monday, March 1 to 22
7 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-012, $125

Natural Beauty—Spring Photography

Capture the beauty of spring. Explore camera and composition techniques to photograph leaves, trees, landscapes, insects and weather. Understand the performance of proper exposures to gain photography skills. Instructor: Erica Benson

Thursday, March 18 to May 6
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (no class April 1)
PHOTO-0001-007, $185

Sports Photography

Learn how to capture action shots of your favorite sports and events. Learn 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 to share their work for class discussion. It is recommended that students own a camera with a Stop Action setting. Instructor: Erica Benson

Saturday, April 17 and 24
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
PHOTO-0001-010, $59

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

Spring 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.

Writing Workshop

Meet like-minded writers working in a variety of genres, including short stories, novels, poetry, flash fiction, screenplay, and creative nonfiction. Get friendly support, critique, encouragement, regular assignments, and deadlines to help get the work done. Instructor: Mardelle Fortier.

Thursday, Jan. 28 to March 4
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-100, $239; Lifelong Learner $199
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Creative Writing

Join novelist/playwright/poet Paul Barile as we go deeper into the exploration of writing. This class focuses on developing your voice as a writer, as well as techniques to create a solid foundation for telling
your story. The first class is designed to give you a taste of some of the various disciplines of writing. This further exploration becomes a more personal journey into the stories that are inside of you.

Wednesday, Feb. 3 to March 10
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-104, $159; Lifelong Learner $119
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Writing Fiction—Get Started

Fiction writers develop the tools needed to write a
compelling story or begin a gripping novel. Read short
works of fiction for inspiration, explore techniques to
unleash creativity during in-class assignments, and
learn reader-centered writing through our sessions.

Wednesday, March 17 to April 21
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-304, $109
Virtual Classroom

Registration closes 1 week before the start of the program to ensure Zoom links are emailed to registered participants.

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Contact Information

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

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. If you are attempting to register for a class, Please leave a message and Continuing Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at ce@cod.edu at any time.

Please note: all programming for Spring 2021 will be online (some exceptions apply).