Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage incorporates the best of what enrichment has to offer at any age. Our popular Lifelong Learning classes offer a mix of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures designed especially for adults 55 and older, in a wide variety of topic areas. A reduced senior rate applies.

We remain appreciative of your years of curiosity, commitment to growth and learning, and your support of COD programs. We believe that learning never stops. Come join us for one of our classes!

Fall Offerings are Just Beginning!

We invite you to check out the great selection in Lifelong Learning this  term, as well as the broad range of inspiring programs throughout Continuing Education.

Reserve Your Seat in an Upcoming Class

For full course details, please call (630) 942-2208.

Alexander Hamilton – Sept 28 (Roselle)
The Chicago World's Fair—A Century of Progress – Sept. 28
Alexander Hamilton: Father of American Capitalism – Sept. 29
Polish Cinema – Sept. 29
The Italian Americans – Oct. 6
Building the Transcontinental Railroad – Oct. 10
Christianity and Islam: A Comparative Study – Oct. 12
Ralph Nader – Oct. 13
Opera Appreciation Basics – Oct. 17


New Course Spotlight

Ancestry and Family History
Learn how to conduct an oral history interview and then create your own family history project with historical documents, a photobook and digital slide shows. Give the gift of memories to your family!

Thursday, Nov. 10, 1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-009, $29; Lifelong Learner $19
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Classical Music Appreciation
Get an introduction to the music and style of the great classical composers, from Bach, Beethoven and Mozart to Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff. Engage in discussion of their most inspired and popular compositions, while also exploring the genre as a whole.
Instructor: Bob Kucaba

Monday, Oct. 31 to Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-072, $159; Lifelong Learner $119
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

The History of Halloween
Get a glimpse into the why and how we celebrate this fantastical holiday. Learn the historical basis of the origins of the Halloween celebrations and discover why we follow traditions of dressing in costume, trick or treating and carving pumpkins. Also discuss the literary beginnings of the famous characters such as Dracula and Frankenstein.Instructor: Michael McCann

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-075, $29; Lifelong Learner $19
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Programming for Plus 50 Community Members

Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes designed with experiences and skills of adult learners in mind.
See Plus 50 page for full details.

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 this spring.

Lunch Break Lectures
Join us for engaging lectures and discussions during the noon hour on Wednesdays in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110. Registration is recommended.

Oct. 5 – King Arthur
Oct. 19 – Travel: Central Asia
Nov. 2 – The Trojan War
Nov. 16 – DuPage County Community Services
Nov. 30 – Making Theater Happen
Dec. 14 – Scotland's Kings

Sage Series
Enjoy a variety of topics presented by local subject experts. Registration is required. For meeting times, please view the Schedule of Classes or call (630) 942-2208.

Sept. 30 – 20 Feet from Stardom
Oct. 7 – Behind-the-Scenes at the MAC (Tour only)
Oct. 21 – Wordplay (Film and discussion)
Nov. 4 – Travel Indonesia
Dec. 2 – Russian Foods

Lifelong Learning Advisory Committee

If you are interested in serving as a representative on our Lifelong Learning Advisory Committee, please complete this brief survey. For more information, please contact Julie Konczyk at konczykj@cod.edu.

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.

Continuing Education wants to hear from you!

Let us know what kind of Lifelong Learning programs you'd like us to offer. Please take a few minutes to share your opinions—complete the Lifelong Learning Survey.

Lifelong Learning Scholarship Fund

College of DuPage Continuing Education is dedicated to serving the educational needs of all COD district residents. Limited scholarship funds are available to assist Lifelong Learners who choose to participate in Continuing Education programs. Individuals who wish to apply for, or contribute to, this fund are encouraged to contact Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or CE@cod.edu

Register today!

See additional Lifelong Learning Institute classes in the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes. To learn more about our programs or request a printed schedule, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email CE@cod.edu.

Contact Information


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

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Faculty Spotlight

  • Carmela Martino

    Carmela MartinoContinuing Education

    “I love teaching almost as much as I love writing. I learn so much from it, not only from the work I do in preparation to teach but also from my students. Their questions make me think more deeply about the writing process. I hope my students feel affirmed in their desire to write.”

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  • Irina Gorbunova-Ford

    Irina Gorbunova-FordContinuing Education

    "Teaching is sharing knowledge. I love to share and learn from my students at the same time. I understand how important it is to build a working relationship with students and embolden them to learn a subject.

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  • John Schreiber

    John SchreiberContinuing Education

    "I encourage an open classroom environment where the students are free to engage me with questions, comments, additions and corrections."

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