Two women in a painting class

Adult Enrichment

Are you looking for a new hobby? College of DuPage Continuing Education offers a variety of adult enrichment courses in convenient formats to meet the needs of your busy schedule. Whether you are interested in picking up a paint brush or dusting off that old guitar, we are pleased to offer courses with top notch instructors in art, computers, music, home improvement, personal finance, fitness, writing and more. Learn more about our upcoming course offerings below.

female students in alternations class

Fall 2021 Sewing Alterations Class

Adult male student working on watercolor painting

Acrylic painter in class.

Teacher consults with student

Calligraphy instructor provides student with feedback.

Adult females at sewing machines

Quilting students working on their creations.

Students in class playing ukuleles

Saturday morning group ukulele class.

Summer 2022 Courses

Click each subject below to learn about upcoming courses. 

Registration Information

Register online by visiting myaccess.cod.edu. Upon registration, students must provide a personal email address. Please check your spam/junk folders periodically to ensure you are receiving important course information.

Registered participants in online or hybrid course offerings are required to have access to a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera and a microphone. Courses will be taught via Zoom and/or the Blackboard online learning management program. For optimal program success, registration for online classes may close up to 48 business hours prior to the course start date.

Students who are new to using Zoom, or looking for additional support, are welcome to participate in the below free Zoom Basics for Students courses for assistance with this virtual learning platform.

Zoom Basics for Enrichment Students
Join instructor Richard Morton and learn tips on how to use Zoom to successfully participate in virtual courses. Topics include how to link your microphone, different view options, and how to use the chat box and reaction buttons. This free workshop will include time for students to ask individual questions and troubleshoot with the instructor.

COMPT-0005-002
Wednesday, July 6
4 to 6 p.m.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Summer 2022 Class Schedule.  Classes are offered both in-person and online.  Virtual classes are offered via zoom.  If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208. 

Acrylic Painting

Learn the various techniques of using acrylic paint. Explore applying glazes, impasto and layering. Create your own masterpiece! A supply list will be emailed before the first class. Instructor: Pam Keller

Thursday, July 14 to Aug. 11
10 a.m. to noon
ART-0002-004, $145; Lifelong Learner $119
Naperville Center (NC), Room 23

Acrylic Painting: Beginning and Beyond

Explore the joy of acrylic painting by learning beginning step-by-step techniques! Through basic painting exercises you will learn how to mix, blend and model colors for creating a realistic painting that simulates 3-d form on a 2-d surface! A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Thursday, July 14 to Aug. 11
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0002-005, $145; Lifelong Learner $119
Virtual Classroom

Cover Me Artist Series

What better way is there to learn about an artist than to emulate his or her work? Much like when a musician plays a cover of their favorite songs, students will use this centuries-old teaching method to recreate a particular artist’s work. Students will create a copy, or “cover,” in the artistic style of the famous artist and read the artist’s own writings to learn more about the history of the artist and style. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone.

Gustave Klimt
Saturday, July 16th
10 a.m. to noon
ART-0002-018, $29
Virtual Classroom

Drawing—Beginning and Intermediate

Let your artistic abilities surface and learn how to draw and sketch. Explore basic drawing skills such as placement, form, light and shadow, and composition. A supply list will be mailed prior to class. Instructor: Pam Keller

Wednesday, July 13 to Aug. 10
6 to 8 p.m.
ART-0001-002, $145; Lifelong Learner $119
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Watercolor

Watercolor is an art form that is fun and easy to do. Begin by painting simple still-life shapes and progress to more complex shapes. Experiment with wet-on-wet and wet paper/dry brush techniques. This class may be taken more than once. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Pam Keller

Tuesday, July 12 to Aug. 8
10 a.m. to noon
ART-0002-010, $145; Lifelong Learner, $119
Naperville Center (NC), Room 23

Watercolor II

Tuesday, July 12 to Aug. 8
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
ART-0002-012, $145; Lifelong Learner, $119
Naperville Center (NC), Room 14

Watercolor: Beginning and Beyond

Enjoy the next step in your watercolor exploration. Continue and enhance your competence. Build your confidence as you create your own style. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Friday, July 8 to Aug. 5
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0002-003, $145; Lifelong Learner, $119
Virtual Classroom

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Summer 2022 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208.  We have many more online course offerings available at www.ed2go.com/dupage  

Basic Computer Skills Suite

Learn essential computer skills for the 21st century workplace, including how to troubleshoot PC issues.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Bundle, $299
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Creating Mobile Apps with HTML5

Learn to use HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery and Web APIs to create cross-platform mobile apps and mashups.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Color Theory

Color plays an important role in visual communication, especially when designing websites. For web designers, understanding color theory is a key to creating a color palette for UI/UX projects. This self-paced course will teach you the fundamentals of color theory and how to apply this framework to your web design practice.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $79
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Computer Privacy at Home

By using safety measures and good practices you can protect your computer, your privacy and your family. Topics covered may include email spam and scams, search engines and browsers, viruses and malware, adware and Trojans. Also explore topics such as safe use of social networks, protecting yourself against hacking and monitoring children on the computer.

Tuesday, July 26 to Aug. 2
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-026, $99
Virtual Classroom

Excel 2019 Intermediate

Work with large spreadsheets, three-dimensional formulas, advanced formatting, lists, charting and auditing features. Learn to create spreadsheets faster and share important information with others. Students must have access to Excel 2019 and basic Excel experience. A textbook may be required. Please check codbooks.com for details.

Tuesday, July 12 to 26
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-016, $179
Virtual Classroom 

Excel 2019 Advanced

Work on advanced spreadsheet concepts in Microsoft Excel 2019, including range names, advanced functions, lists, importing and exporting data, analytical options and macros. Students should have access to Excel 2019 and Intermediate level Excel or equivalent experience. A textbook may be required. Please check codbooks.com for details.

Thursday, July 14 to 28
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-007, $179
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1133

Tuesday, Aug. 2 to 16
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-017, $179
Virtual Classroom 

Excel Advanced Formulas

Use advanced Excel formulas and functions to perform complex calculations, such as absolute references, VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP and other useful functions. Students should have Intermediate level Excel 2019 or equivalent experience.

Tuesday, July 26
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-037, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Excel Charts

Learn the basics of creating chart designs, pie charts and column charts, as well as editing chart data. Basic level Microsoft Excel 2019 or equivalent experience is required.

Tuesday, July 12
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-035, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Excel Formatting

Discover how to work with themes, apply table styles and format a worksheet for printing. Basic level Excel 2019 or equivalent experience is required.

Tuesday, July 5
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-034, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Excel Multiple Worksheets

Create group worksheets, link workbooks and print a worksheet group. Learn how to use 3D references, as well as reference cells and ranges. Basic level Excel 2019 or equivalent experience is required.

Tuesday, July 19
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-036, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1134

Excel Pivot Tables

Pivot table proficiency can give you an edge in the job market. Learn how pivot tables are used to quickly summarize and analyze large amounts of data organized in rows or columns. Intermediate level Excel 2019 or equivalent experience is required.

Wednesday, July 20
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-038, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1133

Excel Shortcuts and Tips

Discover shortcuts and tips to skillfully navigate Excel. Areas covered may include creating row and column groups, customizing the Quick Access Toolbar, naming cells and cell ranges, grouping worksheets, using tables to more easily manage data, quickly splitting and combining data using Flash Fill, using the sort and filter commands, applying Conditional Formatting and more. Basic level Excel 2019 or equivalent experience is required.

Tuesday, Aug. 2
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-033, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1133

Facebook

Discover how to interact, set guidelines, make connections, and adjust privacy settings on Facebook. Manage family public relations and design an action and monitoring plan using Facebook and other popular social networks. 

Wednesday, June 29
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-040, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Google Apps

Discover the tools available by Google that allow you to access your information from any computer with an internet connection. The apps introduced include Google+, Google Play, Google Calendar, Gmail and Google Maps. 

Monday, June 27
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-023, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Google Drive

Store, share and synchronize files with Google Drive. Discover tools within Google Drive, such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Forms and Google Drawing. Come discover how you can put Google to work for you! 

Monday, July 11 and 18
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-024, $99
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

For decades, artificial intelligence (AI) has been a staple of science fiction stories, but thanks to modern advances in computational capacity and storage capabilities, it's becoming a reality. Today, there are examples of artificial intelligence all around us. The purpose of this course is to provide you with an artificial intelligence practical knowledge foundation.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

LinkedIn

Gain a variety of custom communications and networking strategies that deliver great results through LinkedIn. Explore critical profile navigation sectors and drill deep into the settings to get the most from this important networking tool.

Wednesday, June 22
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-019, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Live Video Streaming

Learn about different live streaming platforms and how to create your own streaming channel to strengthen your business. Topics include creating a channel with professional features, how to moderate a chat room, suggested equipment and more. 

Wednesday, July 13 and 20
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-015, $99
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1134

Maintaining a Healthy PC

Get familiar with the basic maintenance necessary to improve the performance and reliability of your computer. Discover how to deal with Internet viruses, spam, hoaxes and popups. Know more about when you need to upgrade, add memory or buy a new monitor. 

Wednesday, July 13 and 20
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-028, $99
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Keyboarding

Learn how to touch-type or improve your existing typing skills using Keyboarding Pro 5. Currently only available for PC use.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Microsoft Office 2109 Bundle

Whether you're a beginner or need a refresher, the Microsoft Office 2019 Value Suite will teach you the fundamentals of some of the most widely-used programs in the Microsoft Office family. This course bundle will introduce you to Microsoft Word 2019, Microsoft Excel 2019, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2019. These programs are used to handle common workplace tasks like word processing and presentation design. Through hands-on activities, you will gain proficiency in each of these programs and build skills that contribute to your organization's success.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $399
Online (Self-Paced)
Register at ed2go.com/dupage

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Learn techniques to increase your website’s visibility on search engines like Google and Bing and attract the right kind of traffic to your website.

Wednesday, Aug. 3
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-025, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1134

Small Business Social Media

Enhance your understanding of the Internet as a critical marketing tool and learn how to accomplish your business goals. Create an internet presence that gets your business noticed and discover tools to evaluate and manage your social media platforms.

Tuesday, July 19
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-011, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Workplace Computer Skills

Designed for individuals who need to refresh and update their computer skills before seeking employment, this course covers essential Microsoft Office 2019 programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Basic internet and email skills are also introduced. Students should have access to Microsoft Office 2019. A textbook may be required. Please check codbooks.com for details.

Monday, July 11 to Aug. 3
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-020, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1133

Understanding the Cloud

Learn everything you need to truly understand the cloud - including how it works, what drives it, why it’s so popular and how to make the cloud work for you.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Summer 2022 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208.

Crocheting Amigurumi

Learn the Japanese art of crocheting tiny stuffed toys. Students will pick a design and create different parts each week before finally assembling the project. Instructor will email project ideas and a supply list prior to the first week of class. Instructor: Kelly McFadden.

Wednesday, July 13 to Aug. 10
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LEISR-0045-014, $99
Virtual Classroom

Knitting Beyond Basics

Explore more stitch patterns and specialization of basic techniques.  Experience a next level of knitting and stitch patterns beyond the basic garter stitch. Students learn an introduction to knitting-in-the-round as well as various methods of increasing, decreasing, and casting off. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Cheryl Boyle

Wednesday, July 6 to Aug. 3
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0045-007, $129
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Knitting Beyond Basics – Cable Knitting II

Build on previously attained skills pertaining to stitch patterns. Students will continue working on the basic cable stitch to complete the project of a super scarf. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor Cheryl Boyle

Monday, July 11 to 25
7 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0045-008, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Summer 2022 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208.

Avoiding Common Financial Mistakes

Avoid the potential of losing thousands of dollars by learning how to prevent the most common mistakes that are made by making poor financial decisions. Portfolio construction, proper ownership, beneficiary designations, retirement plan choices, tax savings strategies and more will be discussed. Instructor: John Gajkowski.

Tuesday, July 7
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-001, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A03

Know Before You Go: Become a Confident Buyer

Thinking about making a major purchase, like a car or a house?  Learn from an industry professional on how the buying process works and gain behind-the-scenes knowledge before you go so you can make informed choices. The class will cover how and what to expect in the mortgage application and car buying process and how credit scores are used. Instructor: Jim Droske

Wednesday, June 22
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-011, $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A01

The New Retirement Plan

Examine insights from research about how retirement is changing. Students will gain knowledge about health, family, purpose, and finances that can impact quality of life in retirement, making your money last, and what to expect when the paychecks stop. Instructor: Paul Desruisseaux

Wednesday, July 20 and 27
7 to 8:30 p.m.
PROED-0022-002, $49
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A03\

Personal Finance

Do you have clear financial goals? Are you confident you will be able to retire someday? How can you be sure you are making the right investments? Do you know how to change your credit report to reduce your expenses and increase your financial security? Do you know how to keep good financial records? This course will prepare you for a lifetime of worthwhile personal financial planning.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Preventing Problems with IRA’s and Retirement Accounts

Do you invest in an IRA, 401k, 403b or other retirement plan? Although these are great wealth accumulation vehicles, they are froth with peril from little known rules, regulations and ultimately taxes. Explore these issues and learn how to maximize the benefits of these plans while minimizing the potential pitfalls. Instructor: John Gajkowski.

Tuesday, June 21
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-008, $49; Lifelong Learner $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A03

Retirement Strategies for Women Investors

Explore women’s specific needs and strategies for retirement.  Students will learn about the Rule of 72, employer retirement plans, IRAs, Social Security, withdrawal rates, inflation risks, and health/LTC. Discover a process that women can use to identify and act on financial goals. Instructor: Paul Desruisseaux

Tuesday, June 21
7 to 8:30 p.m.
PROED-0022-001, $49
Virtual Classroom

Tax Free Investing

Discover tax efficient investment tips to help protect retirement income while discussing longevity, withdrawal strategies, rising costs, insurance/LTC protection, and healthcare cost concerns for personal investors and small business owners. Learn how to increase your knowledge of tax efficient investing. Instructor: Paul Desruisseaux

Thursday, June 23 to 30
7 to 8:30 p.m.
PROED-0021-008, $49; Lifelong Learner $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A01

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Summer 2022 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630)942-2208. 

Healthy Living Suite

In this program you’ll learn how to establish a healthy approach to successful weight loss and weight maintenance for a lifetime. You’ll learn how to save money and prepare home-cooked meals that are fast, easy and delicious, and how to grow nutritious fruit and vegetables that can be used in your meals.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Bundle, $299
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Women’s Health Bundle

This course combines Perinatal Issues, Violence Prevention and Awareness, and Women’s Health Issues as you learn about the well-being of women, women’s rights, and empowerment.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Bundle, $259
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Summer 2022 Class Schedule.  Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630)942-2208. Class enrollment will be capped 5 days prior to class start for cooking classes to ensure course preparation.  If you do not receive your course information at least two days prior to class, please contact our registration staff at (630)-942-2208.  

Hands-On Cooking Classes

Class enrollments are capped one week prior to class start.  All ingredients and supplies will be provided for in-person cooking classes. For virtual classes, students will need a computer or other media device with a camera and microphone.  For virtual classes, students will supply ingredients and a supply list will be emailed before class. 

Baking Basics

Get down to the basics and explore how to properly measure ingredients and learn baking techniques all while making delicious baked goods.  Students gain hands-on experience and will participate in discussions on your favorite cookies, cakes, and pies.  Knife skills will be used as well.  Samples are eaten in class and taken home. Instructor: Filomena Troianiello

Thursday, June 30 to July 14
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-003, $149
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Essential Knife Skills

Dice and slice like a professional.  Knife skills are an essential part of everyday cooking.  We will be reviewing different cutting techniques, learning how to take care of your knife and we will enjoy delicious seasonal appetizers prepared at the end of class.  Instructor: Filomena Troianiello

Thursday, June 23
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-004, $79
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Summer Recipes: Cooking with Wine

Enhance both the flavor and aroma of your food by cooking with wine! Explore with a live online instructor how to create delicious recipes including Maple Riesling Glazed Bacon Wraps, Goat Cheese Caramelized Onion & Basil Pizza and Summer Fruit Crumble with Red Wine Berry Sauce.  Must be 21 or over to register.  Enroll with a friend!  Each registration includes up to two students per device. Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Tuesday, June 21
6 to 9 pm.
LEISR-0004-006, $49
Virtual Classroom

Coffee Chronicles

Explore how coffee was discovered just a few hundred years ago, through its journey in everyday life today. Learn how, along the way, coffee has had an impact on society, global economies, and even religious ceremonies. 

Thursday, July 14
10 a.m. to noon
LEISR-0004-021, $29
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1021 

Coffee Journey: A Farm to Cup Experience

Ever wonder what happens in the process of coffee before it arrives to you? Explore the journey a coffee bean takes from starting at the farm to your cup of morning coffee. Includes a coffee tasting!

Wednesday, June 22
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-020, $29
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Decoding Your Coffee Label

Gain a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the information given on a coffee label. Roast level, country of origin, altitude, processing among several others you may see all impact the final flavor of coffee. Includes a coffee tasting!

Thursday, Aug. 4
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-023, $29
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Ale Trails: Colorado

Kick off your trail exploration with a trip to the mountains of Colorado, considered by many the micro mecca and the indisputable birthplace of The American Homebrewers Association and home to The Great American Beer Festival. Explore the region and taste the best the Rockies have to offer!

Thursday, Aug. 25 to Sept. 15
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-012, $119
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1021

Ale Trails: Midwest

Head back to the Midwest, home to many of our favorite Oktoberfest brews and fun beer halls. Discover many tidbits about the region and enjoy the best of Oktoberfest and fall. Prost!

Thursday, Sept. 22 to Oct. 13
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-013, $119
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1021

Ale Trails: Mid-South, Bourbon Trail, and Smoky Mountains

Pack up your beer backpacks and trek to the Middle South and the craft beer boom along the Bourbon Trail and into The Great Smoky Mountains. Explore whiskey barrel aged brews and more. Cheers y'all!

Thursday, Oct. 20 to Nov. 10
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-014, $119
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1021


Ale Trails: California

Join us on a venture to sunny California, origin of the American craft brewing movement. Discover sunshine IPAs and delicious ciders!

Thursday, Nov. 17 to Dec. 15 (No class 11/24)
7 to 9 p.m.  
LEISR-0004-015, $119
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1021

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Summer 2022 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208. 

Paranormal Entanglement

Explore the theory that would explain a lot of the “how” and maybe some “whys” of how certain phenomenon occurs. It’s called gravitational field distortion. Finding the answers was never made easier for those in attendance. Students will explore everything from quantum physics, current fringe science experiments, to brain function and consciousness. Material is presented in a no-nonsense, engaging way and easy to understand, especially in its application to paranormal phenomena. Students will discover how different scientific fields and facts are incorporated into the process of observing and documenting the paranormal. Instructor: Mary Marshall

Wednesday, July 13 and 20
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-012, $49
Virtual Classroom

Wow, What a Great Event

Are you planning a special event and could use some helpful advice? Considering event planning as a future career or curious about what other event planners are doing? This event planning course has all that and more! Discover how all the pieces in the event planning process fit together to make any size or type of event successful, whether it's for your family or friends, your employer, or your favorite charity. You'll learn about themes, venues, menus, entertainment, décor, and much, much more. You will develop skills, find resources, and gain confidence to plan any event.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

How to Start a Pet Sitting Business

If you're an animal lover, find out how you can start your own pet sitting business to translate your passion into a profitable career! In this course, you will master the essentials of running a cat and dog sitting business. You'll begin with pet care, including nutrition, exercise, first aid, and the identification of common diseases. You will discover how to handle home visits and impress your potential clients. 

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking

Make the most of your scrapbooking talents to show off your photos and memorabilia with digital scrapbooking. This course provides hands-on experience building scrapbook pages, using artistic journaling, and producing your own artwork with Photoshop Elements.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Summer 2022 Class Schedule.  Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630)942-2208. 

Decorating Diagnosis

After spending over a year in your home ‘trapped’ do you find yourself thinking your rooms are boring or need to be refreshed?? Discover the 12 common symptoms and cures for what your ailing rooms need. Gain inexpensive tips to improve the look of your home. Students can discuss their current decorating problems.  Instructor: GraceAnn Simoni

Wednesday, June 22
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-003, $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A01

Understanding Paint Color and Light

Ever choose the perfect paint color only to realize it does not look the same on the wall. Understand more about color, the new light bulbs and how they affect color. Discover how the light inside and outside your home effects paint colors.  Students are welcome to bring in samples of fabric or paint. Instructor: GraceAnn Simoni

Thursday, July 14
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-004, $39
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A01

Gardening with Native Plants

Discover how to incorporate native plants into your garden. Learn about the various native plants of Illinois and the Midwest, including flowers, shrubs, and trees. Explore the positive environmental benefits to growing natives, plant culture and care. Instructor: Marilyn Joyner

Saturday, June 25
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0032-301, $29
Virtual Classroom

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Summer 2022 Class Schedule

Conversational Brazilian Portuguese Level I

Start exploring the beautiful language and culture of Brazil in this conversational beginning level class. Learn the basics of Brazilian Portuguese, including common vocabulary and expressions to help you interact with native speakers in everyday situations. Get acquainted with the essentials of Brazilian Portuguese grammar and learn basic expressions in natural communication in the language. Develop basic verbal and written communication skills while exploring Brazilian culture in this fun, interactive class. Required textbook: Bom Dia, Brasil, 3rd Edition. (ISBN-13: 978-0300116311)

Conversational Brazilian Portuguese Level II

Build on concepts learned from conversational Brazilian Portuguese I and expand your understanding of language structures, vocabulary, communication skills and information about the culture and geography of Brazil. While the emphasis is on conversation, class also includes grammar. Required textbook: Bom Dia, Brasil, 3rd Ed. (ISBN- 13: 978-0300116311)

Conversational Brazilian Portuguese Level III

This class is intended for intermediate to advanced level students that are interested in advancing their oral communication and listening skills as well as college students intending to pass the oral proficiency Interview in Portuguese. (OPI-Portuguese). While the emphasis is on conversation, class also includes grammar. Required textbook: Bom Dia, Brasil, 3rd Ed. (ISBN-13: 978-0300116311)

Conversational Mandarin Chinese I

Immerse yourself in a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Mandarin Chinese. Recommended textbook: Chinese Link: Beginning Chinese, Simplified Character Version, Level 1/Part 1 2nd Edition (ISBN: 9780205637218). Instructor: Yvonne Mao

Conversational Mandarin Chinese II

Add to your Mandarin Chinese vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of Chinese culture and learn to read and comprehend written Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese I or equivalent experience. Recommended textbook: Chinese Link: Beginning Chinese, Simplified Character Version, Level 1/Part 2, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 978-0205691968). Instructor: Yvonne Mao

Conversational Mandarin Chinese III

A continuation of conversational Mandarin Chinese I and II with increased emphasis on listening, speaking and complex sentences. Gain a deeper perspective of Chinese culture and learn to read and comprehend written Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese I and II or equivalent experience. Recommended textbook: Chinese Link: Intermediate Chinese, Level 2/Part 1, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 9780205782802) is the textbook for intermediate level 3 Chinese learners. Instructor: Yvonne Mao

Conversational French I

Discover a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in French. Recommended textbook: Living Language French,
Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307478436).

Conversational French II

Add to your French vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of French culture and learn to read and comprehend written French. Recommended textbook: Living Language French, Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307478436). Prerequisite: French I or equivalent experience

Beginning Conversational Hindi I

Delve into the Hindi language and Indian culture through the consideration of cultural themes, vocabulary and phrases. Learn about this rich and complex culture as you explore basic terminology and expressions. This class is for participants with little or no knowledge of the Hindi language and Indian culture. Textbook: Living Language Hindi, Complete Edition (ISBN :978-0307972415)

Conversational Hindi II

Continue to build your knowledge from beginner’s conversational Hindi I to enhance your speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills. Students continue to practice oral use of the language in everyday situations with an emphasis on cultural traditions and elements. Textbook: Living Language Hindi, Complete Edition (ISBN :978-0307972415).

Conversational Italian I

Join our class to learn to read and write in Italian. Learn practical vocabulary including numbers and days of the week. The class helps you introduce yourself, describe how you’re feeling and engage in conversations regarding your personal life. Participants learn correct pronunciation and sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Italian. No textbook required.

Conversational Italian II

In Italian II, learn to talk about different activities you and your family participate in and how often, and to describe weather conditions, seasons, and special occasions and events. We also cover the vocabulary for emotions, and introduce the future tense. Italian II builds upon material covered in Italian I and, therefore, the completion of Italian I is recommended, but not required. Some previous knowledge of the Italian language is required in order to attend this course. No textbook.

Conversational Italian III

In Italian III, continue to solidify what you have learned in Italian I and II. Acquire vocabulary for clothing, colors, favorite styles and accessories, and what is worn in different seasons and occasions. Converse about why we like specific clothing items and describe past shopping experiences. Students are introduced to the past tense. Participation in Italian III requires conversational knowledge of the topics covered in Italian I and II, as well as the present and future tenses. No textbook.

Beginning Conversational Japanese I

Students learn practical, elementary conversational skills based on comprehension of basic grammar and correct pronunciation. This level is for students who have not studied Japanese before. In this seven-week class, learn some basic conversational skills, such as greetings, counting and simple everyday phrases. Read and recognize hiragana characters. The goal of the class is to begin to speak Japanese and enjoy the process of learning. Required book: Japanese for Busy People (ISBN: 978-1568363844).

Beginning Conversational Japanese II

Continue to expand on your knowledge of practical, elementary conversational skills based on comprehension of basic grammar and correct pronunciation. This level is for students who have not studied Japanese before and completed Beginning Japanese I. Continue to learn how to read and recognize hiragana characters. The goal of the class is to begin to speak Japanese and enjoy the process of learning. Required textbook: Japanese for Busy People (ISBN: 978-1568363844).

Beginning Conversational Korean I

Learn to speak Korean for leisure in our beginning classes. Topics covered include elementary level Korean conversational skills with simple everyday phrases while learning aspects of Korean culture. This course is designed for those with little or no knowledge of Korean language. Textbook: Living Language Korean (ISBN 978-0307972231).

Beginning Conversational
Korean II

Continue to build your knowledge from beginner’s conversational Korean language I to enhance your speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills. Students continue to practice oral use of the language in everyday situations with an emphasis on cultural traditions and elements. Textbook: Living Language Korean (ISBN 978-0307972231).

Conversational Polish I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Polish. Recommended textbook: Polish Doesn’t Bite! (ISBN: 9788362482733).

Conversational Polish II

Add to your Polish vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of Polish culture and learn to read and comprehend written Polish. Recommended textbook: Polish Doesn’t Bite! (ISBN: 9788362482733). Prerequisite: Polish I or equivalent experience.

Conversational Polish III

This class is for those with an intermediate
knowledge of Polish looking to further improve their conversation skills. Build confidence in oral and written communication Prerequisite: Polish II or equivalent experience. Recommended textbook: Polish Doesn’t Bite! (ISBN: 9788362482733)

Conversational Russian I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Russian. Recommended textbook: Living Language Russian, Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307972101).

Conversational Russian II

Add to your Russian vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of Russian culture and learn to read and comprehend written Russian. Prerequisite: Russian I or equivalent experience. Recommended textbook: Living Language Russian, Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307972101)

Beginning Sign Language Level I

Develop skills in sign language and an appreciation of deaf culture. Sessions include elements of American Sign Language and English word order. Express yourself using basic sign vocabulary, fingerspelling and body and facial expressions.Required textbook: Signs of the Time (ISBN: 978 156 368 4463).

Intermediate Sign Language Level II

A continuation of skills acquired in Beginning Sign Language, this class combines elements of American Sign Language and English word order. Required textbook: Signs of the Time (ISBN: 978 156 368 4463). Prerequisite: Beginning Sign Language or equivalent experience

Sign Language Level III

A continuation of skills acquired in Sign Language Level II, this class combines elements of American Sign Language and English word order. Prerequisite: Sign Language II or equivalent experience. Required textbook: Signs of the Time (ISBN: 978 156 368 4463).

Conversational Spanish I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Spanish.

Conversational Spanish II

Add to your Spanish vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of Spanish culture and learn to read and comprehend written Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish I or equivalent experience. No textbook.

Conversational Spanish III

Interactive activities help expand your Spanish conversation skills learned in previous levels. Focus on additional grammar concepts to improve reading and writing skills while exploring this fascinating culture. Prerequisite: Spanish II or equivalent experience. No textbook. 

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Summer 2022 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630)942-2208.

Don’t Let Stress, Stress You Out

Feelings of anxiety or stress are never pleasant and many of us have varying interpretations of what stress is. Knowing how to handle stress and challenges prevent mental and physical harm to our bodies. We will look at different methods of stress reduction and relaxation, including the use of exercise meditation, labyrinths, mandalas, Qigong and Tai Chi. Instructor: John Robertson

Wednesday, July 27
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-010, $39
Virtual Classroom

Meridian Hand Exercises

Discover the secrets of meridian health balls, an exercise system developed in China that has been in use for 2,000 years. Improve strength, flexibility, dexterity and circulation in the fingers, hands, and wrists—as well as relieve joint stiffness and soreness. Reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, repetitive strain injury, rheumatism, and arthritis. These hand exercises can be deeply relaxing and may improve overall health, stimulate the mind, and reduce your risk of cognitive decline. Instructor: John Robertson

Wednesday, July 20
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-008, $39
Virtual Classroom

Mindfulness Meditation

Train your mind the way you train your body for the perfect way to stay centered. Learn centuries-old meditation techniques to relax and increase your overall sense of well-being. Explore the benefits of developing a regular meditation practice to improve health, strengthen the immune system and release stress and anxiety. Instructor: Stephanie Frantz

Thursday, July 14 to Aug. 4
1 to 2 p.m.
LEISR-0061-003, $49
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2545

Wednesday, July 13 to Aug. 3
8 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-004, $49
Naperville Center (NC), Room 21

Introduction to Natural Health and Healing

Would you like to learn more about natural health but don't know where to start? In this course, you'll learn about the various stages of health and illness and discover that true health means wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit.

Using a variety of methods like diet, hydrotherapy, positive attitude, relaxation, yoga, chiropractic, natural remedies and more, you'll explore way to achieve total health in mind, body, and spirit. By the end of this course, you'll have begun taking charge of your own health and healing! 

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Skills for Making Great Decisions

Learn how to make excellent everyday decisions from an experienced counselor and life coach. This course will help you discover how to effectively deal with a crisis, how to use your emotions as decision-making tools, and how to work with others to make the most of every opportunity.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

Private music lessons are available for most traditional band and orchestra instrument for all ages through the Music Academy.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Summer 2022 Class Schedule. Classes and lessons are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630)942-2208.

Harmonica Private Lessons

Online private harmonica lessons are available with instructor David Kachalon.  Sessions are 30 minutes long for a total of 4 hours and are conducted through the Zoom platform.  

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Summer 2022 Class Schedule. Classes and lessons are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208.

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

Courses will be offered virtually and class meetings will be held via Zoom. A meeting invite will be shared with the email we have on file before class begins.

Creative Writing

You love to write and arrange words on a page,but you are not sure what you want to write. Paul Barile—published novelist/playwright/poet—guides you through a series of exercises designed to unlock the writer within. Explore a different genre of writing each week and discover which appeals to you and your writing style. Instructor: Paul Barile

Memoir Writing

We all have a story of a life lived among family and friends. Learn how to tell yours with Chicago writer and actor Paul Barile. Using a variety of tools and prompts, create a piece of literary non-fiction that reflects who you are and what makes your experience unique. Through the course of the day, identify the most important moments of your life and turn them into stories for readers. There is no topic too marginal or too grand. You just might be amazed at how many people would be interested in hearing your story.

Short Story Writing

The short story is a time-honored tradition for writers. The challenge for the writer is to pack all of the essential elements into a story that is just a few pages long. Using a combination of writing prompts, in-class writing and discussion, students complete this session with a draft of a short story as well as direction in marketing it. Writer Paul Barile has had short stories published in a variety of magazines and ‘zines.’

Writing Poetry

Using prompts and in class writing, create poetry in the various forms. Discover haikus and cinquains as well as sonnets and free verse. Break down the forms of traditions styles and create our own work. Devote some class time to learning how to use social media to promote and publish your work.

Writing Workshop

Join like-minded writers working in a variety of genres, including short story, novel, poetry, flash fiction, screenplay and creative non-fiction. Get friendly support, critique and encouragement,regular assignments and deadlines that help get the work done. Instructor: Mardelle Fortier.

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
(630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785
Email: CE@cod.edu

Continuing Education Summer 2022 Course Offerings