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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 www.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.

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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 will be offered online this Fall term!  See below for a sample of classes offered.  To view the full course schedule of classes click here.

Acrylic Painting

Learn the various techniques of using acrylic paint. Explore applying glazes, impasto and layering. Create your own masterpiece! A supply list will be mailed before class. Instructor: Pam Keller

Thursday, Oct. 15 to Nov. 12
2 to 4 p.m.
ART-0002-002, $145, Lifelong Learner $119
Online

Thursday, Oct. 15 to Nov. 12
10 to 11:50 am
ART-0002-003, $145, Lifelong Learner $119
Online

Art History: Post-Impressionism

Delight in the bold use of color and brushwork of the avant-garde French masters of Post-Impressionism (Seurat, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gaugin, and Lautrec) and their followers who developed the innovative art movements The Nabis, Fauvism and Symbolism! Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Thursday, Nov. 19 to Dec. 17
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (no class 11/26)
Art-0004-011, $109, Lifelong Learner $89
Online

Calligraphy – Beginner Italic

Discover the beautiful art of Italic Calligraphy! Italic script is an elegant style written with a broad edge pen. Letterform consistency and spacing are emphasized to help students develop their eye as well as their hand. Students will also learn some variations of Italic, as well as exploring the tools of the calligrapher. Although this class is geared towards beginner/intermediate students, all levels are welcome. A supply list will be mailed before class. Instructor: Matt Wright

Thursday, Oct. 22 to Dec. 10
6 to 9 p.m. (no class 11/26)
ART-0005-003, $185, Lifelong Learner $165
Online

Color Interaction Theory

Discover the power of using Color Interaction Theories to visually communicate ideas and express emotions in your art! Through a series of introductory cut paper design exercises, you will learn the basics theories of color interaction. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Tuesday, Oct. 20 to Nov. 10
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0002-010, $109; Lifelong Learner $89
Online

Creating a Portrait Drawing

Follow step-by-step directions to learn how to draw a portrait. You will gain the basic skills of sight measurement and observational seeing by studying the proportions and structure of the human head to create a realistic portrait! Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Friday, Nov. 13 to Dec. 18
2 to 4 p.m.
ART-0001-003, $139, Lifelong Learner, $119
Online 

Drawing Basics - Part II

Develop the skills and techniques necessary as you master the media of pencil and charcoal to create tonal drawings that express mass, form and volume in addition to evoking mood and emotion! Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Friday, Oct. 2 to 16
2 to 4 p.m.
ART-0001-008, $69
Online

Drawing Basics - Part III

Learn how to produce drawings that create the illusion of 3-dimensional space on a 2-dimensional surface by following step-by-step directions as you use the Renaissance theories of 1-point and 2-point linear perspective! Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Friday, Oct 23 to Nov. 6
2 to 4 p.m.
ART-0001-009, $69
Online

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. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Friday, Oct. 30 to Dec. 18
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (no class 11/27)
ART-0002-017, $175, Lifelong Learner $159
Online

 

 Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

Fall courses will be offered online via Zoom. A sample of computer courses is listed below. For the full listing of computer courses, view pages 8 to 11 of the Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes.

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. Class meetings will be held via Zoom, a meeting invite will be emailed before class begins. Students will need access to a computer with high-speed internet, a webcam and microphone. Instructor: Ameen Huda

Monday, Oct. 5 and 12
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-032, $99

Excel 2016 Basics

Learn the basics of creating an electronic spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel 2016. Discover how to work smarter, faster and with greater efficiency. Students should have previous computer experience. A textbook is required, please check codbooks.com for details. Class meetings will be held via Zoom, a meeting invite will be emailed before class begins. Students will need access to a computer with high-speed internet, a webcam and microphone. Instructor: Carrie Swift

Wednesday, Oct. 14 to 28
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-113, $179

Search Engine Optimization

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. Class meetings will be held via Zoom, a meeting invite will be emailed before class begins. Students will need access to a computer with high-speed internet, a webcam and microphone. Instructor: Richard Morton

Wednesday, Oct. 28
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-037, $59

Excel Shortcuts & Tips

Discover shortcuts and tips to skillfully navigate Excel. Areas covered may include creating tabs and groups, customizing the Quick Access Toolbar, naming and grouping sheet names, copying formulas with the fill option, using the sort and filter commands, and displaying formulas for easy editing. Students should have basic level Excel 2016 or equivalent experience. Class meetings will be held via Zoom, a meeting invite will be emailed before class begins. Students will need access to a computer with high-speed internet, a webcam and microphone. Instructor: Jeffery Brown

Thursday, Nov. 12
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-033, $59

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

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. 11 to Dec. 16
7 to 9:30 p.m.
PROED-0024-002, $149
Online

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, Oct. 24
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PROED-0019-001, $45
Online

 

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

 

Check back soon for Spring '21 Course Offerings!

 

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

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 instructor will guide you through every step of the technique as you learn and practice how to make delicious varieties so you can become a master macaron culinary artist! An ingredient list will be emailed before class.

Sunday, Nov. 1
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0004-003, $49 *new lower price
Online

Pizza Making

Learn how to make a pizza starting with a homemade yeast crust, sauce from scratch, and topping assortments. Students will learn about spice variations for their pizza sauce. An ingredient list will be emailed before class.

Sunday, Nov. 15
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0004-005, $49 *new lower price
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Soups and Stocks

Learn the fundamentals of building a stock while making classic soups. Knife skills, cooking techniques, and experimenting with flavors will all be practiced. Throughout the class, we will demonstrate how to make a mirepoix and adjusting your soup to the proper consistency. An ingredient list will be emailed before class.

Wednesday, Oct. 14 to Oct. 21
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-006, $79 *new lower price
Online

Sushi Making Workshop

Be your own sushi master! Learn the skills to prepare restaurant quality sushi. Techniques include: preparing and seasoning sushi rice, knife skills, purchasing and handling sushi grade fish, and assembling different types of sushi. Participants will be able to create, sample, and take some home! An ingredient list will be emailed before class.

Friday, Dec. 4
6 pm to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-002, $49 *new lower price
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Yeast Breads

Accomplish the techniques to make a delicious, soft, yeast bread! Create various products from sweet to savory breads. Participants will learn hands-on about the function of ingredients, fermenting yeast, kneading, proofing, and baking your very own yeast bread.

Sunday, Nov. 22 to Dec. 13
1 to 4:30 p.m. (no class 11/29)
LEISR-0004-007, $99 *new lower price
Online

New Coffee Course Series!

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. Instructor: Phil Wingo

Friday, Oct. 2
6:30 to 8:30 pm
LEISR-0004-023, $29
Online

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. Instructor: Phil Wingo

Thursday, Nov. 5
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-020, $39
Online

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. Includes a coffee tasting. Instructor: Phil Wingo

Thursday, Oct. 22
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-023, $29
Online

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

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, Medallions, and More! 

Coins and currency hold a rich history, making collecting a rewarding hobby. This class will introduce the basics of coin collecting, and promotes interest in history, geography, and culture. Learn which coins and currency are collectible, storage tips, proper handling, grading, value and pricing. Students can show coins during class for discussion. Instructor: John Kent

Thursday, Sept. 24 to Oct. 15
6 to 8 p.m.
LEISR-0067-100, $99
Online

One-Day Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 24
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0067-102, $39
Online

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

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

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

Saturday, Oct. 17
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-204, $29 *new lower price
Online

Organized and Joyful Holiday Season

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. 4
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-206, $29 *new lower price
Online

Sensational Rooms on a Budget

Update any room in your home by starting with what you have and create a fresh new look. Students can bring in photos of current rooms they want to make sensational! Instructor: GraceAnn Simoni

Saturday, Nov. 14 *new date
1 to 3 p.m.
LEISR-0032-003, $29
Online

Understanding Color and Light

Ever choose a paint color at the store and it looks completely different on your walls? Understand how new light bulbs effect color and discover how the light in your home effects how paint color appears. Never choose the wrong paint color again! Instructor: GraceAnn Simoni

Saturday, Oct.3
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0032-004, $29
Online

Composting and Mulching Basics

Gain an understanding about the differences between compost and mulch and learn about the many benefits they can add to your garden. Learn about the different types of mulches and where to apply them. Cut back on waste while transforming your garden!

Saturday, Sept. 26
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0032-306, $39
Online

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.

Wednesday, Oct. 14
6 to 8 p.m.
LEISR-0032-304, $39
Online

Crafting with Succulents

Do you love succulents? Learn to do easy crafts with these easy to care for plants. Students will review care, discuss different containers, proper growing media, and design. At the end of class, you will design and take home a terrarium to add to your home decor. Students will each receive two plants. Students will need a glass container with a mouth/diameter of 3-5 inches (large enough for your hand to fit in easily). Container should be no taller than 8 inches. An additional supply list will be emailed before class.

Saturday, Nov. 7
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0032-302, $29 ***New Lower Price**
Online

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

Conversational Italian 1

Learn practical present tense vocabulary, correct pronunciation, and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Italian. Particular focus on learning numbers, days of the week, and how to communicate basic information about yourself.

Monday, Aug. 31 to Oct. 05
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (No Class Sept. 7)
LANGS-0001-400, $199

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

Watch a video preview of Conversational Italian 1 here!

Review additional online Language classes by clicking on this link.

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu.

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

Don't Let the Holidays Stress You Out

Feelings of anxiety or stress are never pleasant, especially during the holiday season. Knowing how to handle stress and challenges prevent mental and physical harm to our bodies. You will learn different methods of stress reduction and relaxation, including the use of exercise meditation, labyrinths, mandalas, Qigong and Tai Chi. Instructor: John Roberston

Wednesday, Nov. 11
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-016, $39
Online

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, Nov. 4
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-014, $39
Online

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, Oct. 22 to Nov. 19
Noon-1 p.m. (no class 10/29)
LEISR-0061-003, $49
Online

Thursday, Sept. 17 to Oct. 8
8:00-9:00 p.m.
LEISR-0061-004, $49
Online

Thursday, Oct. 22 to Nov. 19
1 to 2 p.m. (no class 10/29)
LEISR-0061-005, $49
Online

Mindfulness One-Day Workshop 
Monday, Dec. 7
8 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-006, $19
Online

Thursday, Dec. 3
8 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-007, $19
Online

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, Oct. 7
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-003, $39
Online

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

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 fall catalog online.

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 have a 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C. No prior music or harmonica experience required. Instructor: David Kachalon

Sunday, Sept. 27 to Nov. 15
1 to 2:30 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-007, $149
Online

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, we will examine what goes into making a good song. Discuss lyrical structure, chord progressions and arrangements—and then write a song from concept to completion.

Saturday, Sept. 26 to Oct. 3
12 to 3 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-005, $69
Online

You Can Uke: Learn to Play

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. Course enrollment will close 2 weeks prior to class start. Instruments will be mailed out to the address on file.   

Saturday, Nov. 7
9 a.m. to Noon
MUSIC-0001-003, $135
Online

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 Aug. 24 to Dec. 18

Harmonica Private Lesson Session II
MUSIC-0006-002
Available Aug. 24 to Dec. 18

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

Fall courses will be offered online via Zoom. A sample of photography courses is listed below. For the full listing of photography courses, view pages 20 to 21 of the Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes.

Color Versus Black & 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. Class meetings will be held via Zoom, a meeting invite will be emailed before class begins. Students will need access to a computer with high-speed internet, a webcam and microphone. Instructor: Erica Benson

Wednesday, Sept. 30 to Nov. 11
6:30 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-011, $185

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

Creative Writing

Memoir Writing 

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. There is only you and your story and you might be amazed at how many people might be interested in hearing it. The class will be conducted in Zoom and registration closes 48 business hours before the start date.

Monday, Oct. 28 to Nov. 4
6 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-009, $79; Lifelong Learner $59 Online.

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

Social Media for the Writer

Welcome poets, essayists, bloggers, and other writers who want to elevate your profile with social media. Paul Barile (author of various books and blogs) will break down the assortment of ways to use social media to get your story into the hands of readers around the world. Discover blogs, Kindle direct publishing, and query letters for agents while exploring how to market those platforms to introduce your audience to your latest writing piece. No prerequisite or laptop is required for class. Bring a notebook and a pen. All necessary links will be provided by Paul after the class.

Saturday, Oct. 3 to 10
11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-019, $79; Lifelong Learner $59 Online.

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

For a full listing of online Writing classes, click here

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu.

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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 Fall 2020 will be online (some exceptions apply).