College of DuPage Offers Workshops and Classes for Older Adult Lifelong Learners

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By Mike McKissack

The Continuing Education program at College of DuPage is offering special programming aimed at lifelong learners 50 years and older this fall semester through its Living Well and Plus 50 series.

Offered through a partnership between College of DuPage and Advocates for Aging Well, the Living Well Series features programs designed to meet the growing needs of the Plus 50 community covering a variety of topics, including estate planning, memory, health and cognition. The following Living Well classes and workshops are being offered during the fall 2018 semester:

  • All about the Journey: Attorney Nancie Dorjath discusses a range of legal topics, including estate plans, trusts and the five key documents everyone should have in place.
    Sept. 12 to 26, 1 to 3 p.m.
    HUMNT-0001-600, $25
  • Exploration of the Brain and Memory: Covering fun, interactive programs designed to keep the brain sharp to in-depth discussions on identifying and working with memory loss, this class will discuss several topics on memory and the brain and how to maintain healthy brain function.
    Oct. 11 to 25, 1 to 3 p.m.
    HUMNT-0001-602, $25
  • So You Think You Know Healthcare?: Delve into healthcare topics, including the cost of care and services, different types of coverage, and addressing family concerns while learning about a variety of healthcare issues through fun and interactive sessions styled after popular gameshows such as Jeopardy, The Price is Right and Family Feud.
    Oct. 11 to 25, 1 to 2 p.m.
    HUMNT-0001-606, Free. Registration is required.
  • Healthy at Home: This workshop is aimed at participants who are downsizing or reorganizing. Attendees will learn techniques for de-cluttering, estate sale secrets and home modification.
    Thursday, Nov. 1, 1 to 3 p.m.
    HUMNT-0001-603, Free. Registration required.
  • Medicare and Medicaid Workshop: This workshop provides important information on Medicaid and Medicare, helping participants to choose the appropriate Medicare plan, demystify Medicaid and learn ways to plan for the future.
    Thursday, Oct. 4 or Dec. 6, 6 to 8 p.m.
    HUMNT-0001-601, HUMNT-0001-605, Free

Aimed at older adults who are choosing to return to the workforce or make a career change, the Plus 50 Series provides streamlined classes designed to guide participants through career searches, skills retraining and more. The following Plus 50 classes and workshops are being offered during the fall 2018 semester:

  • Career Search for Plus 50: Under the guidance of an expert career coach, participants will update their resume, practice interviewing and negotiating skills, and develop a professional LinkedIn profile, as well as learn about the resources available at COD and the community.
    Oct. 1 to 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    HUMNT-0001-150, $35
  • Computer Skills Camp for Plus 50: During this specially-priced, two-day computer camp, participants evaluate their computer skills under the guidance of experienced and patient instructors.
    Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 to 20, 9 to 11 a.m.
    HUMNT-0001-152, $50
  • Job Search Websites for Plus 50: Discuss the pros and cons of a variety of job search websites, including local Chicagoland sites as well as general search sites such as CareerBuilder, Indeed and LinkedIn.
    Wednesdays, Nov. 7 and 14, 6 to 8 p.m.
    HUMNT-0001-157, $25
  • Job Training Opportunities for Plus 50: Participants learn about job opportunities for seniors offered through National Able, discovering what is available and how COD and National Able can help participants achieve their job training and career goals. 
    Friday, Sept. 21, 9 to 11 a.m.
    HUMNT-0001-155, Free. Registration is required.
  • Networking for Plus 50: This two-session workshop will provide information and key ideas on networking, how to set up a network, and how to use and nurture your network.
    Tuesdays, Nov. 13 and 20, 6 to 8 p.m.
    HUMNT-0001-151, $25
  • Self-Discovery for Plus 50: Designed for adults who are returning to school, entering the workforce or exploring volunteer opportunities, this course examines assessment tools to help participants uncover their interests and goals.
    Tuesday, Nov. 27 to Dec. 11, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    HUMNT-0001-153, $35
  • Volunteerism in DuPage County: Presented by Giving DuPage, this workshop will cover the multitude of opportunities for volunteerism throughout the DuPage County community.
    Friday, Nov. 30, 1 to 3 p.m.
    HUMNT-0001-156, Free. Registration is required.

The Lifelong Learning Institute at College of DuPage offers a mix of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures in a wide range of topic areas, such as art and hobby, health and wellness, history, the humanities and more.

College of DuPage is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Serving approximately 26,000 students each term, College of DuPage is the largest public community college in the state of Illinois. The College grants seven associate degrees and offers more than 170 career and technical certificates in over 50 areas of study.

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