Many adults ages 50 and over are choosing to return to the workforce, change careers or explore academic study. College of DuPage Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes in the following areas: computer skills, career search, volunteerism and self-discovery.
Our Plus 50 instructors design these courses with the rich experiences and varied skills of adult learners in mind. Learning is directed toward the tools and skills necessary for a Plus 50 student's next step. Most courses are offered at special prices and are scheduled with an adult's busy schedule in mind.
Career Search for Plus 50
To help individuals ages 50 and older transition to new career and training opportunities, College of DuPage offers a specialized career-readiness workshop. Under the guidance of an expert career coach, update your resume, practice interviewing and negotiating skills, and develop a professional LinkedIn proﬁle. Learn about the resources available to you at College of DuPage and within the broader community. This class is offered at a minimal charge to students age 50 and older only. Registration is required.
Computer Skills Camp Plus 50
In this specially-priced, two-day computer camp, students evaluate their computer skills under the guidance of an experienced and patient instructor. Determine if further study and practice is for you as you build conﬁdence and competence. Set clear goals for where you want your skills to be, and develop a plan for how to get there.
Job Search Websites for Plus 50
This class introduces web sites that assist in your job search. Sites explored include thos e that are local to the Chicagoland area, as well as general job search sites, such as CareerBuilder, Indeed and LinkedIn. Examine the pros and cons of each one, and discuss how you can use these sites to your career advantage.
Job Training Opportunities for Plus 50
National Able presents paid job training opportunities for seniors in our community. Come learn what's available and how College of DuPage and National Able can work with you to help you achieve your job training and career goals. Registration is required.
Networking for Plus 50
Networking is often seen as the single most powerful job-search tool. Many Plus 50 job seekers are hesitant to create a network, let alone advertise to others that they are out of work or looking for a new position. Attend this workshop for some key ideas on networking, how to get one set up and how to use and nurture your network.
Self-Discovery for Plus 50
Evaluate your past accomplishments, current interests, skills and future goals in a friendly and supportive environment. Designed for the adult who is returning to school, entering the workforce, or exploring volunteer opportunities, this course explores some assessment tools, including writing exercises to help you uncover your true interests. Develop an awareness of yourself and your goals for the next step.
Volunteerism in DuPage County
DuPage County offers a multitude of opportunities for you to give back to the community—and some of these placements even pay a wage. Come learn what's out there, who needs your help and where to start this rewarding endeavor. Giving DuPage presents this informative session. Space is limited; advanced registration is required.
To learn more about our programs or request a printed brochure, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email CE@cod.edu.
Please check out the COD calendar for upcoming events, job fairs and career-related workshops on campus. Most events are free and new offerings are posted every day. Take advantage of these and other resources from COD Career Services.
The Chaparral Career Advantage Workshops offer information and hands-on training that is invaluable to your job search. Most workshops are free. Advanced registration is highly recommended, so look through their offerings and sign up today!
Don't forget to check this website often, for new programming tailor-made for the Plus 50 community. Share your insights with us to let us know what you'd like to see in future Plus 50 offerings.
Lifelong Learning Scholarships
Continuing Education provides opportunities for tuition assistance for our Plus 50 learners. Please call (630) 942-2008 for details.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
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 firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Please note: all programming for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 will be online (some exceptions apply).