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.

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

Spring Course Spotlight

We've chosen a few to share with you here. Find all of our classes in our Schedule of Classes online. If you don't already receive our schedule at your home, please let us know and we'll have one in your mailbox within days.


The Pioneer Families of the Chicago Suburbs

Instructor: Jack MacRae
The names of many communities and villages come from 19th century settlers and founding families. This class will look at the lives and journeys of the Napers, the Wheatons, the Downers, the Warrens and other pioneers

Monday, Feb. 10 to 24
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-091, $79; Lifelong Learner $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123


All of Us Are SPIES

Instructor: Ron Jerak
The Social, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual are all aspects of the human experience. This seminar explores the broadly accepted five domains that constitute the human being, examining the dimensions of each area, and discussing the experiences that individuals have had. Hear what others have been experiencing in those five life sectors.

Wednesday, Feb. 19
9 to noon
HUMNT-0001-033, $29; Lifelong Learner $19
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Eliza Jumel: From the Bottom to the Top

Instructor: Joyce Haworth
"Rags to riches" stories are common in American history, but this one is exceptional. Eliza Jumel was born in a brothel in the year that the Revolutionary War broke out. She went on to become one of the richest women in New York City. She made a killing in business, befriended Napoleon Bonaparte and married and divorced Aaron Burr. Her remarkable rise shows just how much was possible in the young United States. Instructor: Joyce Haworth

Monday, March 23
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-062, $29; Lifelong Learner $19
On campus in Glen Ellyn



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, please visit page 26 of the current Schedule of Classes.

  • Friday, Feb 21, 1 to 3 p.m. - Introduction on Chinese Painting and Discussion
  • Saturday, Feb. 22, 7:30 to 9 p.m. - The View from Earth: 400 Years of Astronomical Discovery
  • Friday, March 6, 11 to 3 p.m. - The Twilight Zone: Six Degrees of Separation 
  • Friday, April 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m. - Inside Innovation DuPage
  • Friday, April 17, 1 to 4 p.m. - Film: Frida

Lunch Break Lectures

Sessions are free. Registration is requested.
Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1127. 

  • Jan. 8 - The Ascent of Woman
  • Jan. 22 - The Life of Lord Byron
  • Feb 5 - John Lennon: The Solo Years
  • Feb. 19 - 20 Backyard Birds Everyone Should Know 
  • March 4 - The Normans
  • March 18 - Fleetwood Mac: The Chain...Broken
  • April 1 - The Legacy of Shabbona
  • April 15 - Behind the Scenes with BTE's Naperville
  • April 29 - Thoroughbreds, Racing and the Kentucky Derby
  • May 13 - The Stuarts

More for Lifelong Learners

The Plus 50 Program

Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes designed with experiences and skills of adult learners in mind.

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, please choose "Lifelong Learning Programs" on the College of DuPage Foundation donation page or call (630) 942-2462. 

Contact Continuing Education

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

Office Hours
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday