Group of adults in 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 Fall. 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.

Monday, Aug. 23
4 to 5 p.m.
COMPT-0005-001, Free

Wednesday, Oct. 6
4 to 5 p.m.
COMPT-0005-002, Free

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 Summer term! Students will need a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera, microphone, and reliable internet access. Classes will be taught via the Zoom platform. See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Fall course schedule of classes.  

 

 

Celebrate American Art Series

Learn your American Heritage through the fascinating exploration of the turbulent history and triumphant heroes of American art! Instructor: Jennifer Scavone - virtual classroom

American Abstract Expressionism: Jackson Pollock
Thursday, July 22 and 29
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0004-015, $49

Colorfield Painting, Pop Art and Op Art
Thursday, Aug. 5
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0004-016, $25

 

Cover Me Artist Series

What better way is there to learn about an artist than to emulate his or her work? Much like when a musician plays a cover of their favorite songs, students will use this centuries-old teaching method to recreate a particular artist’s work. Students will 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.

Pierre Bonnard
Saturday, Aug. 7
1 to 4 p.m.
ART-0002-022, $29 


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

Summer 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 summer, view the Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Tuesday, Aug. 3
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-033, $59

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. 

Tuesday, July 27
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-023, $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, Aug. 5
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-025, $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 Fall 2021 course schedule.  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 online classes offered or view the full Fall 2021 course schedule Students will need a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera, microphone, and reliable internet access.

 

 

 

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 Fall 2021 course schedule. Students will need a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera, microphone, and reliable internet access.

 

 

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 Fall 2021 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.

College Cooking Basics

Master the art of creating your own basic meals, with healthy options and budget conscious ingredients.  Many students focus so much on their studies, they forget they will be responsible for feeding themselves for the first time. Join TV show host and bestselling cookbook author, Chef Katie O’Reilly, for live instruction on even the most basic techniques from boiling water to seasoning your own sauce.  Simple, easy, and affordable, a great foundation for anyone looking to eat well while home or away.

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

 

 

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

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

 

Declutter & Organize Your Home

Whether you are downsizing or just want to simplify, learn the tools and resources you need to declutter like a pro! This class covers the best ways to organize your stuff to make a profit, as well as where and what to donate your items. Instructor: Cathy Feltz

Saturday, Aug. 7
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-011, $29
Virtual Classroom 

Understanding Paint Color and Light

Ever choose the perfect paint color only to realize it does not look the same on the wall. Understand more about color, the new light bulbs and how they affect color. Discover how the light inside and outside your home effects paint colors.  Students are welcome to show samples of fabric or paint. Instructor: GraceAnn Simoni

Wednesday, Aug. 4
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-002, $25
Virtual Classroom

 

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 unless otherwise noted. A meeting invite will be shared with the email we have on file before class begins.

Conversational Mandarin Chinese 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 Mandarin Chinese. Recommended textbook: Living Language Mandarin Chinese, Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307478610). Instructor: Yvonne Mao

Wednesday, June 2 to 30
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
LANGS-0001-003, $199
Virtual Classroom.

Class will be hosted using Blackboard, check your personal email for the guest link.

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, June 3 to July 1
6 to 9 p.m.
LANGS-0001-500, $199
Virtual Classroom

Conversational French 1

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 French. Recommended textbook: Living Language French, Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307478436). Instructor: Matthew West.

Monday and Thursday, June 7 to July 8
6:30 to 8 p.m.
LANGS-0001-006, $199
Virtual Classroom

Conversational Italian 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 Italian.

Monday, June 7 to July 12. No class on Monday,
July 5.
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
LANGS-0001-038, $199
Virtual Classroom

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, June 26 to Aug. 7
1 to 4 p.m.
LANGS-0001- 800, $299
Virtual Classroom

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) Instructor: Eugene Rosypal.

Tuesday, June 1 to 29
6 to 9 p.m.
LANGS-0001-031, $199
Virtual Classroom

Conversational Russian Level 1

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).

Thursday, June 3 to July 1
6 to 9 p.m.
LANGS-0001-028, $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 4463)

Wednesday, June 2 to July 12 (no class July 5)
6 to 9 p.m.
LANGS-0001-017, $199
Virtual Classroom 

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

View a full list of Foreign Language courses offered this summer

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

Summer Courses will be offered online this term. See below for a sample of courses available. For the full listing of classes, view the Fall 2021 Course Catalog. 

 

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, Aug. 4
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-029, $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.

Summer Courses will be offered online this term. See below for a sample of courses available. For the full listing of classes, view the Summer 2021 Course 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. 

 

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

Fall 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 fall, view the Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes.

 

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.

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.

Tuesday, May 18 to June 22
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-001, $169; Lifelong Learner $149
Virtual Classroom

Thursday, June 24 to July 29
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-002, $169; Lifelong Learner $149
Virtual Classroom

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 nonfiction that reflects who you are and what makes your experiences unique. In this course, you will learn to 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.

Tuesday, June 1 and 8
7 to 10 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-702, $79; Lifelong Learner $59
Virtual Classroom

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.’

Friday, June 11 to 25
7 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-014, $119; Lifelong Learner $89
Virtual Classroom

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.

Monday, June 21 to July 26
7 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-705, $159, Lifelong Learner $119 
Virtual Classroom

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

Wednesday, June 16 to July 21
7 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-701, $159; Lifelong Learner $119
Virtual Classroom

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

Register online today by visiting 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. Please call us If you have questions about a course or need assistance with registration. You can also reach us by email at ce@cod.edu at any time.