Lifelong Learning

Our popular Lifelong Learning Institute classes are designed especially for adults 55 and older, and 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 at one of our classes.

Lifelong Learning Institute 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 and the humanities, and more. From popular favorites to brand-new topics, Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage incorporates the best of what enrichment has to offer at any age. Come see what's blooming for spring!

Starting Soon in Spring 2015

A look into some of our upcoming spring offerings. The date listed is when the course begins. Please call or see the spring catalog for full meeting details:

Plus 50: Career Search - March 3
La Vita é Bella: Film and Lunch
- March 4
Thirteen Colonies - March 4
Travel: Airports & Airlines - March 6
Introduction to Grant Writing - March 7
Great Films II - March 10
MacBeth Explored - March 11
Sherlock Holmes: A Study - March 11
Volunteerism in DuPage County - March 13
Italian Opera - March 16 at Grace Lutheran Church, La Grange
St. Patrick and Irish Heroes - March 17


Our Newest Offerings

Sometimes class ideas are too great to wait for the next term! These courses were added after the spring catalog went to press:

Brain Health 101
An introductory course designed for persons 50 and older to help navigate the sea of information about cognitive aging. Learn about important research in a manner that is dynamic and easy to understand. We will also put principles of brain health into action in the classroom!

Thursday, March 5 to 26
6 to 8 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-602, $109; Lifelong Learner $89
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Brain Health 102
Thursday, April 9 to 30
6 to 8 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-604, $109; Lifelong Learner $89
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Chicago History and Culture Seminars
Enthralling presentations by award-winning writer, historian and Chicago tour guide, Jerome O'Connor. Each lecture is $20. Call for full details.

Frank Lloyd Wright SC Johnson Campus - April 17
Famous Chicago Lobbies - April 24
Motor Row Memories - May 1
Chicago's Arsenal of Democracy - May 8

A Course is Born: Bringing Your Concept to the Classroom
This hands-on workshop will guide you through the process of sculpting an idea into an enjoyable class suitable for an adult audience. The focus is on idea shaping, course development, preparation and delivery. Learn  to prepare presentations, manage discussions effectively and get your ideas across in an entertaining, engaging and effective manner. 

*If you have taken a Lifelong Learning class at COD in the past year, the cost of admission is simply your idea for what you might teach and your desire to work at turning it into a great class. For all others, the course fee is $99.

Thursday, April 10 to May 151 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-100, Free*
HUMNT-0001-199, $99
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh
Based on the recent biography, Van Gogh, by authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, we will examine the controversial claim that Van Gogh did not commit suicide—but was murdered! Instructor Ruth Nelson also delves into Van Gogh's troubled life and the tremendously influential art he created.

Monday, March 16
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-102, $26; Lifelong Learner $19
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128


Get Connected to the MAC

This new series of courses helps you prepare for the exciting concerts and theater productions coming to COD's McAninch Arts Center. Take a class, then attend College events with a newfound understanding. Coming again in Spring 2015.

  • A Connecticut Yankee Explored - March 12
  • La Vita e Bella: Film and Lunch - March 4
  • Macbeth Explored - March 11
  • Wasteland: Film and Lunch - Feb. 18


Programming for Plus 50 Community Members

Many adults ages 50 and over are choosing to return to the workforce and explore academic study. As a Plus 50 Encore Completion Grant program, Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes designed with experiences and skills of adult learners in mind. Instructors direct you toward the tools and skills necessary for your next steps.

The Sage Series
Continuing Education offers an inspiring new series of topics for enrichment courses, presented by community members who want to share their passion, experience and knowledge. The offerings are free of charge to community members 50 and over. Lectures will take place on Friday afternoon, from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is required.

  • Inside the COD Greenhouse - March 6
  • Tour of the MAC and Lunch with Diana Martinez - March 20
    Please note: This special tour also includes an all-inclusive lunch at Waterleaf, for a cost of $30.
  • Inside COD's Culinary and Hospitality Center - April 10
  • Social Security Maximization for Seniors - May 1
  • Forks over Knives: Film and Discussion - May 8

Lunch Break Lectures
Our popular Lunch Break Lecture series continues with engaging topics presented by Continuing Education subject experts. All Lunch Break Lectures are sneak peeks at upcoming classes. Lectures are free and open to the public. Please call (630) 942-2208 to register.

  • Build Your Vocabulary with Latin - March 4
  • History of Politics and Crime in Chicago - March 11
  • Travel Europe on a Shoestring - April 1


Coming in April 2015
Continuing Education's Senior Expo!
More details coming soon.

Share Your Passion and Experience

Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage is seeking community members who are interested in facilitating courses and seminars. Whether you are interested in presenting a one-day seminar as part of our Sage Series, or delivering a longer course on a topic that inspires you, we look forward to having you share your knowledge and enthusiasm with Continuing Education students and your peers.

Areas of interest include history, literature, politics, philosophy, art, travel, history and the humanities. We are also experiencing a growing interest in financial and career-related topics. We know you have a wealth of life experiences, and we encourage you to submit a course proposal or call us at the number listed below.

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

Register today!

See the Lifelong Learning Institute schedule of classes in the current Continuing Education catalog.To register, or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email

Contact Information

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



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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  • Babette Dean

    Babette DeanContinuing Education

    "Singing is also therapy. We all need it and some need a supportive, understanding teacher to get them started. My class covers a lot of information about the mechanics of singing and about choosing the right songs in the right key.

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  • Wanda Schlafly

    Wanda SchlaflyContinuing Education

    "I am inspired by seniors who live full and productive lives, continuing to learn and grow at all ages. I love hearing stories of people's lives and families and capturing them on video for later generations."

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  • Matthew Medina

    Matthew MedinaContinuing Education

    "Listening and participating in student discussions had taught me the value of learning as a process and not an end."

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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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