Adult Enrichment Courses

Fall 2019 Course Highlights

We've chosen a few courses to share with you here. Find all of our classes in our Schedule of Classes online! If you don't already receive our schedule at your home, please let us know.


Beginner Italic Calligraphy
Come learn the beautiful art of Italic Calligraphy! Italic script is an elegant style written with a broad edge pen. Letterform consistency and spacing are emphasized to help students develop their eye as well as their hand. Students will also learn some variations of Italic, as well as exploring the tools of the calligrapher. Although this class is geared towards beginner/intermediate students, all levels are welcome. A supply list will be mailed before class. Instructor: Matt Wright

Thursday, Sept. 26 to Nov. 14
9 a.m. to noon (no class 10/24)
ART-0005-003, $175, Lifelong Learner $155
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Jewelry Making Basics 
Discover how to make your own jewelry creations! Learn jewelry making techniques and how to use the necessary tools to complete different pieces of jewelry such as wire necklaces, stacking bracelets, and leather earrings. Each student will bring home their own creations. No prior experience necessary. A supply list will be mailed before class. Instructor: Kim Andrews

Wednesday, Sept. 18 to Oct. 2
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0004-008, $79
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119


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 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, Nov. 6
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-011, $39
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A03

Retirement Strategies for Challenging Times
Discuss how to build a portfolio and explore important topics, including low interest rates, stock market volatility, stagnant or falling real estate prices, the potential for higher taxes, inflation and increasing costs of healthcare. Instructor: John Gajkowski

Thursday, Sept. 26
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-012, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
On campus in Glen Ellyn


Sushi Making
Be your own sushi master! Learn the skills to prepare restaurant quality sushi. Techniques include: preparing and seasoning sushi rice, knife skills, purchasing and handling sushi grade fish, and assembling different types of sushi. Participants will be able to create, sample, and take some home! Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Friday, Oct. 11
5:30 pm to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-002, $79
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

New Course Series! Join instructor Marty Nachel, local beer author and educator, for these one-day workshops perfect for the homebrewing hobbyist or beer enthusiast. All students must be 21 years of age to attend.

Food and Beer Pairing
One day journey through the art of pairing beer and food. Learn about beer ingredients, styles and flavors. You will be led through a tasting session. Gain an understanding of how flavors in food and beer complement each other and the knowledge to the right beer to accompany your meal.

Thursday, Sept. 19
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-010, $69

History of Beer
The rich history of beer spans thousands of years. This one-day workshop will take you from the middle ages to prohibition through modern-day to learn about brewing and beer history, origins and traditions.

Saturday, Oct. 12
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-011, $59

Understanding Beer Styles
Beer styles continue to evolve and with craft brews increasing in popularity, the varieties of beers available is endless. You will be led through a tasting session to expand your knowledge of the many styles of beer including ingredients, brewing methods, serving temperature and more.

Saturday, Nov.
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-011, $69


Crocheting Basics
Learn the basics of crocheting: chain, single crochet, double crochet, simple shaping and how to read basic patterns. Bring one skein of solid, light-colored #4 medium-weight yarn and size U.S. H-8 (5mm) crochet hook to first class. Instructor: Kelly McFadden

Tuesday, Oct. 1 to Oct. 29
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
LEISR-0045-008, $119

Introduction to Coin Collecting
Coins and currency hold a rich history, making collecting a rewarding hobby. This class will introduce the basics of coin collecting, and promotes interest in history, geography, and culture. Learn which coins and currency are collectible, storage tips, proper handling, grading, value and pricing. Students can bring coins to class for discussion. Instructor: John Kent

Thursday, Oct. 3 to Oct. 24
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-100, $99, Lifelong Learner $79
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A05

Fall Vegetable Gardening
Extend your gardening season by transitioning your garden to adapt to cooler temperatures. Learn which types of vegetables will thrive in fall weather and proper cultivating and harvesting techniques.

Saturday, Sept. 7
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-300, $69
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1135

Gardening for a Lifetime
Do you love gardening but are having increased difficulty keeping up with the maintenance and care? Learn how to adapt your garden for all ages and abilities so you can enjoy this outdoor activity for years to come.

Wednesday, Oct. 16
6 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-304, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Piano Discovery 
Come experience a basic introduction of beginning piano skills for non-pianists. Learn background elements which include note identification, basic keyboard understanding, elementary technique, rhythmic and harmonic understanding. Recommended textbook: Adult Piano Adventures (ISBN 978-1-61677-302-1). Instructor: Dr. Karol Sue Reddington


Living Mindfully
Learn the basics of mindfulness and how to cultivate intentional and skillful ways to be more in the present moment and live more fully in our lives through thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. Utilizing lecture, practice of meditation, and group discussion, learn how use mindfulness in everyday situations. Instructor Chris George.

Thursday, Oct. 3 to Nov. 14
7 to 8:30 p.m. (no class 10/31)
LEISR-0061-010, $99

Saturday, Oct. 12 to Nov. 14 (dates updated from book) 
10 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0061-012, $99

The Wired Family Workshop
Feel like technology and media have overtaken your family? Wonder how technology is affecting your kids and how to intervene? Learn what experts say about the impact of technology on child development and what they advise, and create a workable family technology plan to regain your peace of mind. Instructor: Dr. Nancy Kratz

Saturday, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19
9;30 a.m. to noon
LEISR-0061-102, $79
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1429


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

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday