Group of adults in a cooking class

Adult Enrichment Courses

College of DuPage Continuing Education provides adults of all ages with a variety of enrichment programming. Community members interested in receiving our class schedule at home are encouraged to join our Mailing List

Due to the extended closure of the campus, Continuing Education is excited to offer many online course options for the upcoming term. Registered participants 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.

Register online today 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.

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 this Spring. 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.

Tuesday, April 13
4 to 5 p.m.
COMPT-0005-009

Instructor leads watercolor painting class

Watercolor painting class instructor, Pam Keller, leading a class.

Adult student working on her first quilt

An enrichment student works on her first quilt.

Adults with quilts

The Holiday Quilting Class poses with their final products.

Adult students learning tai chi

Enrichment students learning the art of Tai Chi.

Adult student practicing calligraphy

A student perfecting his stroke in Renaissance Calligraphy.

All your favorite art classes (and some NEW!) will be offered online this Summer term! Students will need a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera, microphone, and reliable internet access. See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full course schedule of classes.  

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

Wednesday, June 2 to 30
10 a.m. to noon
ART-0002-001, $145; Lifelong Learner $119
Virtual Classroom

Thursday, June 3 to July 15
10 a.m. to noon (no class 7/1; 7/8)
ART-0002-004, $145; Lifelong Learner $119
Virtual Classroom

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

Monday, July 12 to Aug. 9 (updated end date)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0002-005, $145; Lifelong Learner $119
Virtual Classroom

Celebrate American Art Series

Learn your American Heritage through the fascinating exploration of the turbulent history and triumphant heroes of American art! Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

20th Century Art World
Thursday, June 3
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0004-006, $25
Virtual Classroom

The 1913 Armory Show: The New York Exhibit of Avant-Garde Modernism
Thursday, June 10 and 17
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0004-011, $49
Virtual Classroom

The Ash Can School, Hopper, Homer
Thursday, June 24
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0004-012, $25
Virtual Classroom

Colored Pencil Basics

Learn basic color pencil techniques, including working with different types of papers, transferring images, layering, burnishing, lifting color and noting colors. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Pam Keller

Wednesday, June 3 to 24
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
ART-0001-003, $99
Virtual Classroom

Colored Pencil: Beginning and Beyond

Discover the endless possibilities of the colored pencil medium! To create vibrant drawings, each week we will explore a variety of different colored pencil techniques and tools such as stippling, hatching, crosshatching, impressed line, graffito, blending, burnishing, colorless blending, etc.! A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone.

Wednesday, July 7 to Aug. 4
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0001-004, $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 will play covers of 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.

Frida Kahlo
Saturday, June 12
1 to 4 p.m.
ART-0002-018, $29
Virtual Classroom

Drawing Basics Part I

Learning how to draw objective representations of the three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional surface through sight measurement!  Gain eye-hand coordination as you learn how to draw objects from direct observation.  A supply list will be emailed before class.  Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Friday, June 4
2 to 4 p.m.
ART-0001-006, $69
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, June 2 to 30
6 to 8 p.m.
ART-0001-001, $145; Lifelong Learner $119
Virtual Classroom

Wednesday, July 14 to Aug. 11
6 to 8 p.m.
ART-0001-002, $145; Lifelong Learner $119
Virtual Classroom

Frida Kahlo: Her Life and Works

Explore the fascinating imaginary of Frida Kahlo derived from the artifacts and nature of Mexico as well as the biographical and historical circumstances of her life and times. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Tuesday, June 1 to 29
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0004-020, $119; Lifelong Learner $109
Virtual Classroom

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, June 1 to 29
10 a.m. to noon
ART-0002-007, $145; Lifelong Learner, $119
Virtual Classroom

Watercolor II

Tuesday, June 1 to 29
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
ART-0002-011, $145; Lifelong Learner, $119
Virtual Classroom

Watercolor for Beginners

Learn how to choose supplies, mix color and paint backgrounds. Discover simple painting techniques to create skies, water, trees, grass and flowers. Learn finishing techniques that will make your painting come alive. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Friday, June 4 to July 9
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (no class 7/2)
ART-0002-002, $145; Lifelong Learner, $119
Virtual Classroom

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 16 to Aug. 13
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.

Spring courses will be offered virtually. Class meetings will be held via Zoom. A meeting invite will be emailed before class begins.

A sample of computer courses is listed below. For the full list of computer courses offered this spring, view pages 10 to 13 of the Spring 2021 Schedule of Classes.

Designing Effective Websites

Learn the basics of designing and developing an effective website. Discover the advantages of using templates and explore other affordable, easy-to-use resources to create a professional website.

Thursday, March 18 and 25
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-051, $99

Office 2016

Explore the features of this fully integrated software package using Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This class is designed for those who already have some computer experience, including Windows and file management, and want to learn Office 2016 for personal or work use. Students must have access to Office 2016. A textbook may be required. Check codbooks.com for details.

Tuesday, April 6 to May 11
6:30 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-043, $249

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 2016 or equivalent experience is required.

Thursday, April 8
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-031, $59

Google Analytics

If you are not reviewing your website statistics, then you are missing several key opportunities to profit from your website traffic. This course, for non-technical users, takes you through all the key techniques and explains how to use website analytics using Google Analytics, a free online tool.

Wednesday, April 14 and 21
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-034, $99

3D Printing Overview

This one-day seminar showcases new advancements in 3D printing. Learn how 3D printing can be incorporated into gaming, film, media, healthcare, education and everyday life. Imagine being able to design and create your own jewelry, kitchen utensils, medical prototypes or replacement parts.

Wednesday, April 28
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-041, $59

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 2016 or equivalent experience is required.

Thursday, April 29
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-032, $59

Facebook Advertising

Learn how to effectively create, place and manage Facebook ads. Understand advertisement types, explore setting up advertising accounts and learn how to write, manage, bid and place ads.

Monday, May 3
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-037, $59

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

See below for a sample of online classes offered or view the full Summer 2021 course schedule.  Students will need a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera, microphone, and reliable internet access.

Crocheting Basics

Learn the basics of crocheting with a live, online instructor: chain, single crochet, double crochet, simple shaping and how to read basic patterns. Students will need one skein of solid, light-colored #4 medium-weight yarn and size U.S. H-8 (5mm) crochet hook for the first class. Instructor: Kelly McFadden

Wednesday, June 2 to 30
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LEISR-0045-012, $99
Virtual Classroom

Crocheting – Beyond the Granny Square

Expand your skills and learn new techniques to crochet motifs. Designs will include circles, triangles and squares. Learn to connect the motifs to make afghans, tablecloths, doilies and decorations. Prerequisite skills: single crochet, double crochet, crocheting in a round.  Students will need a size G/6 hook and the book Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs, author Edie Eckman: ISBN: 9781603428149. Instructor: Kelly McFadden.

Monday, July 12 to Aug. 9
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LEISR-0045-014, $99
Virtual Classroom

Knitting Basics

Learn the basics of knitting with a live, online instructor: cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off, simple shaping and how to read basic patterns. Students will need one skein of solid, light-colored, #4 medium-weight yarn and size U.S. 8 (5mm) 10” straight needle.

Tuesday, June 1 to 29
7 to 9p.m.
LEISR-0045-005, $99
Virtual Classroom

Sewing Basics 

Eliminate the belief that you can’t sew or use a sewing machine. Learn the basics of using a pattern, reading a guide sheet, seams, and complete a sewing project. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to register. Sewing machines are available for in-class use. A supply list will be mailed before the first class. 

Wednesday, June 16 to July 21
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
LEISR-0045-002, $149
Virtual Classroom

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

See below for a sample of online classes offered or view the full Summer 2021 course schedule.  Students will need a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera, microphone, and reliable internet access.

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 plans choices, tax savings strategies and more will be discussed. Instructor: John Gajkowski.

Thursday, July 8
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-001, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Virtual Classroom

Complete Guide to Investing

Learn about stocks, bonds, open and closed end mutual funds, ETFs, ETNs, MLPs, U.S. Royalty Trusts, options, commodities, annuities, real estate, REITs and asset allocation.  Explore how to find, evaluate, and determine whether each category is right for you.  This practical and comprehensive course gives you all the tools necessary to help guide your financial future.  Instructor: Pete Krouwer

Tuesday, June 8 to July 13
7 to 9:30 p.m.
PROED-0021-002, $139
Virtual Classroom 

Credit Score Management

Do you want to achieve that coveted 850 credit score?  Late payments, job loss, foreclosure and bankruptcy can have a negative impact on your credit score. Banks and credit card companies use credit scores to determine whether to qualify applicants for loans or home purchases, as well as the rate of interest charged. Learn ways to understand and improve your credit score to build your financial future. Instructor: Jim Droske

Wednesday, June 16
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-007, $29
Virtual Classroom

Income and Estate Taxes: The More You Know, The Less You’ll Pay

This is not a tax preparation course but a course designed to help you understand how the different assets you own are taxed, and how those taxes can be minimized or eliminated. All “dollars” are not created equal when it comes to how they will be taxed. Examine ways to reduce the devastating effect taxes have on your long-term wealth and financial success. Remember it’s not what you make, but what you get to keep that counts! Instructor: John Gajkowski

Tuesday, July 13
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-006, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Virtual Classroom

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, July 14
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-011, $29
Virtual Classroom

Investing After 50

Has your investment portfolio not changed since you were in your 30’s? Your financial situation, tax laws, and the world around you have changed so your investments need to be adjusted as well.  If not, you may be leaving your wealth and future financial well-being exposed to significant and, often unnecessary, risk. Learn how to fix these issues and what you need to do to address them. Instructor: John Gajkowski.

Tuesday, June 8
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-004, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Virtual Classroom

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 22
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-008, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Virtual Classroom

Retirement Strategies for Challenging Times

Do you worry if you will have enough income for the next 20, 30 or 40 years? Learn what will help you understand the retirement challenges you will be facing today and the five key planning areas that will determine your future financial success or failure. Discover what you will need for a comfortable retirement and strategies to help you get there. Instructor: John Gajkowski.

Tuesday, June 15
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-005, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Virtual Classroom

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

See below for a sample of online classes offered or view the full Summer 2021 course schedule. Students will need a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera, microphone, and reliable internet access.

Breaking Free of Unhealthy Habits

Are you struggling with negative habits you can't seem to break? Learn life changing strategies to help you convert unhealthy habits into healthy ones. Get insightful tips that you can use right away and improve your life and overall well-being! Instructor: Diane Randall

Tuesday July 13
6 to 7 p.m.
FITN-0001-113, $49
Virtual Classroom

Chair Yoga

Improve and maintain your strength, balance and flexibility through yoga poses. Class lessons will include breathing exercises, seated and standing yoga poses and meditation techniques. Learn from a live instructor online from the comfort of your home! Instructor: Kelly McFadden

Wednesday, May 26 to July 29
10 to 11 a.m.
FITN-0001-107, $119
Virtual Classroom

Gentle Yoga

Explore the practice of the yogic system of mind and body awareness and fitness. Experience a hatha style yoga class designed to be less stressful on the joints. Asanas (poses) are chosen to emphasize flexibility and relaxation. Meditation techniques and restorative poses are emphasized. This class meets online in real time on specified days and times using video chat software.

Mon. and Wed., June 16 to Aug. 9
5 to 6:50 p.m.
Non-credit: FITN-0001-102, $138; Lifelong Learner $69
Credit: PHYS-1904-VCM02
Virtual Classroom

Tues. and Thurs., June 15 to Aug. 5
9 to 10:50 a.m.
Non-credit: FITN-0001-101, $138; Lifelong Learner $69
Credit: PHYS-1904-VCM01
Virtual Classroom

Getting Started with a Plant-Based Diet

Want to add more plant-based foods to your diet while reducing your risk of lifestyle diseases and health issues caused by eating processed foods?  Learn how to tweak or replace at least one meal with a plant-based option and get 5 simple strategies to help you transition from a standard American diet to a plant-based diet. Instructor: Diane Randall

Tuesday, May 25
6 to 7 p.m.
FITN-0001-110, $19
Virtual Classroom

Tuesday, June 15
6 to 7 p.m.
FITN-0001-011, $19
Virtual Classroom

How to Set Healthy Boundaries

Boundaries are an important part of the process in making self-honoring choices and boosting your self-esteem. Learn proven ways on how to set and communicate healthy boundaries while improving your self-esteem. Instructor: Diane Randall

Tuesday, June 22
6 to 7 p.m.
FITN-0001-112, $19
Virtual Classroom

Qi Gong Tai Chi

The inner health of the body is just as important as the outer health. Through the mind-body practice of Qi Gong you can improve your health and longevity, boost your immune system and reduce stress. Using slow, gentle, rocking and stretching motions combined with deep relaxed breathing will improve your circulation and digestion.  These easy to learn exercises can help calm your mind, reduce tension and anxiety, regulate heart rate and blood pressure, and boost energy. Students may choose to sit or stand as needed, making this class suitable for all ages and abilities. Instructor: John Roberston

Wednesday, June 2 to July 21
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
FITN-0001-105, $99
Virtual Classroom

Say Goodbye to Antacids

Do you suffer from heartburn, acid reflux or indigestion? Learn gentle, effective exercises that have the potential to reduce or eliminate these issues. Instructor: John Robertson 

Saturday, June 12
9 a.m. to noon
FITN-0001-100, $39
Virtual Classroom

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

See below for a smaple of online cooking and beverage classes. For the full listing of classes, view the Summer 2021 catalog online. Class enrollment will be capped 5 days prior to class start for cooking classes to ensure course preparation. Students will need a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a microphone, camera, and reliable internet access.

Al Fresco Dining

Looking to add spark and inspiration to your summer outdoor cooking season? Learn to cook and prep an incredible meal that allows you to enjoy being a guest at your own social gathering.  Design a menu that will impress your guests, highlighting the flavors of the season.  Pair with bountiful summer wines, cocktails and mocktails.  Learn tips and receive expert advice to set your perfect table in the fresh summer air. Instructor: Katie O’Reilly

Tuesday, June 1 to 22
6:30 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-003, $119
Virtual Classroom 

College Cooking Basics

Master the art of creating your own basic meals, with healthy options and budget conscious ingredients.  Many students focus so much on their studies, they forget they will be responsible for feeding themselves for the first time. Join TV show host and bestselling cookbook author, Chef Katie O’Reilly, for live instruction on even the most basic techniques from boiling water to seasoning your own sauce.  Simple, easy, and affordable, a great foundation for anyone looking to eat well while home or away.

Monday and Wednesday, July 26 to Aug. 4
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-003, $89
Virtual Classroom 

Just Desserts

Sharpen your techniques of baking and create amazing desserts, from puddings to cakes and toppings.   Recipes include: Lemon Drizzle Cake, Baked Banana Pudding with Meringue Topping, Caramel Shortbread and Triple Chocolate Mousse Torte. Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Thursday July 8 to 29
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-010, $139
Virtual Classroom 

Pâte à Choux

A French pastry dough classic!  Students will create their own cream puffs, whipped cream, and chocolate ganache. Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Sunday, July 27
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0004-007, $39
Virtual Classroom

Pizza Making

Learn how to make pizza starting with a homemade yeast crust, sauce from scratch, and topping assortments.  Students will learn about spice variations for their pizza sauce. 

Sunday, June 6
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0004-005, $39
Virtual Classroom

Summer Fresh Cooking

Relish in the beautiful, delicious bounty that summertime offers! Learn to create dishes featuring creative vegetable-focused meals for those who aspire to eat less (or none) animal protein.  Utilizing fresh seasonal herbs and spices, you will enjoy every bite.  This class will make you forget that you are eating healthy.  Instructor: Katie O’Reilly.

Wednesday, June 9 to 30
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m
LEISR-0004-002, $119
Virtual Classroom

Sushi Workshop

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.  Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Thursday June 10
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-008, $39
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, June 3
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-021, $25
Virtual Classroom

Coffee Home Brewing Methods

Pour Over, AeroPress, French Press, Cold Brew are all ways you can brew coffee at home. Discover how flavors are impacted by various methods and learn tips for what you have been brewing. Learn about various coffees and brewing methods.  

Thursday, June 17
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-022, $25
Virtual Classroom

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. 

Wednesday, July 21
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0004-020, $25
Virtual Classroom 

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. 

Wednesday, June 9
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0004-023, $25
Virtual Classroom

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

Coming Soon! 

See below for a sample of online classes offered or view the full Summer 2021 course schedule. Students will need a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera, microphone, and reliable internet access.

Art and Challenge of Downsizing

Looking to downsize or simplify your current home? This class can help you to declutter and organize for your current needs and lifestyle. Learn great tips on how keep only what you love in your space for optimal function.  Discover how to sift through your treasures and find the gold. Instructor: Cathy Feltz

Saturday, June 12
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0032-012, $25
Virtual Classroom

Declutter & Organize Your Home

Whether you are downsizing or just want to simplify, learn the tools and resources you need to declutter like a pro! This class covers the best ways to organize your stuff to make a profit, as well as where and what to donate your items. Instructor: Cathy Feltz

Saturday, Aug. 7
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-011, $29
Virtual Classroom

Home Staging/Interior Styling-Is This a Career for You?

Do you love the decorating shows on HGTV? Do you friends compliment you on the decorating skill you show in your own home? Do friends and family ask you for help with decorating? Explore the expanding field of Home Staging and Interior Redesign/Styling and learn what’s it is like to be a profession in this business and what you need to get started.  Students will also learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the field from seasoned professional.  Instructor: GraceAnn Simoni 

Saturday, June 5
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0032-008, $25
Virtual Classroom 

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 show samples of fabric or paint. Instructor: GraceAnn Simoni

Wednesday, Aug. 4
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-002, $25
Virtual Classroom

Walls, Mantles, and Tabletops-Oh My!

Have you accumulated lots of accessories and art, but are struggling with the best way to display it? Explore interesting techniques for hanging art, mirrors, and other accessories as well as mantles, bookcase displays and tabletops.  Students are encouraged to show 2-3 accessories for the challenge in class.

Wednesday, June 16
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-0004, $25
Virtual Classroom

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

Spring 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.

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 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 book: Japanese for Busy People (ISBN: 978-1568363844)

Saturday, March 27 to May 8
1 to 4 p.m.
LANGS-0001- 811, $299
Virtual Classroom

Registration closes 1 week before the start of the program to ensure Zoom links are emailed to registered participants.

View a full list of Foreign Language courses offered this spring

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

Summer Courses will be offered online this term. See below for a sample of courses available. For the full listing of classes, view the Summer 2021 Course Catalog. 

Falls: They Don’t Have to Happen to You

Falls are the leading cause of injury death for Americans ages 65 and older. Learn the risk factors, causes and consequences of a fall to reduce your risk, improve your balance, and maintain your quality of life. Instructor John Robertson.

Saturday, June 12
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0067-011, $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. Recommended textbook: Wherever You Go, There You Are; Author Jon Kabat-Zinn (ISBN 978-1-4013-0778-3). Instructor: Stephanie Frantz

Thursday, July 15 to Aug. 5
Noon to 1 p.m.
LEISR-0061-002, $49
Virtual Classroom

Monday, July 12 to Aug. 2
8 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-004, $49
Virtual Classroom

Secrets to Living a Long Life

Learn sound dietary habits and balanced, healthy lifestyles that can lengthen your life. Inspired by the best-selling book of the same name, this program summarizes the nutrition and lifestyles of the world’s five most remarkable longevity hotspots. Instructor: John Robertson

Wednesday, Aug. 4
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-029, $39
Virtual Classroom

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

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

Summer Courses will be offered online this term. See below for a sample of courses available. For the full listing of classes, view the Summer 2021 Course Catalog.

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.  For more information please contact Jennifer Lange at langej89@cod.edu. 

Beginning Harmonica

Come have fun learning tricks and techniques to playing the harmonica! Learn simple songs, proper breathing and basic blow/draw patterns. Students should bring a 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C. No prior music or harmonica experience required. Instructor: David Kachalon

Sunday, June 6 to Aug. 8
1 to 2:30 p.m. (no class 6/20; 7/4)
MUSIC-0001-006, $149
Virtual Classroom

Learn to Play the Ukulele

Enjoy the ease of learning and playing the ukulele. This versatile instrument can be used for all kinds of music, from classical to pop. Students learn about the ukulele and how to play it, starting with basic chords and common songs, and moving up to basic pop tunes. You don’t need to have previous musical instrument training. The course fee includes a ukulele and a pitch pipe. Class enrollment will close on June 11 to ensure adequate time for shipping course materials. Please make sure your contact information is updated at the time of registration. Instructor: Todd Volker

Saturday, June 26
9 a.m. to noon
MUSIC-0001-004, $135
Virtual Classroom

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

Spring courses will be offered virtually. Class meetings will be held via Zoom. A meeting invite will be emailed before class begins.

A sample of photography courses is listed below. For the full list of photography courses offered this spring, view pages 21 and 22 of the Spring 2021 Schedule of Classes.

Natural Beauty—Spring Photography

Capture the beauty of spring. Explore camera and composition techniques to photograph leaves, trees, landscapes, insects and weather. Understand the performance of proper exposures to gain photography skills. Instructor: Erica Benson

Thursday, March 18 to May 6
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (no class April 1)
PHOTO-0001-007, $185

Travel Photography

Document your life's adventures! Develop the skills to capture the architecture, events and people you encounter on your travels and explorations. Instructor: Kate Quinn

Monday, April 5 to 26
7 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-008, $125

Sports Photography

Learn how to capture action shots of your favorite sports and events. Learn the difference between candid and posed photographs and how to get the best results for each situation. Students are encouraged to practice techniques mentioned in class and to share their work for class discussion. It is recommended that students own a camera with a Stop Action setting. Instructor: Erica Benson

Saturday, April 17 and 24
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
PHOTO-0001-010, $59

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

Spring 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.

Writing Fiction—Get Started

Fiction writers develop the tools needed to write a compelling story or begin a gripping novel. Read short works of fiction for inspiration, explore techniques to unleash creativity during in-class assignments, and
learn reader-centered writing through our sessions.

Thursday, March 17 to April 21
4 to 6 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-304, $109
Virtual Classroom

Writing Poetry

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

Friday, March 26 to April 2
6 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-801, $159; Lifelong Learner $119
Virtual Classroom

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 nonfiction that reflects who you are and what makes your experiences unique. In this course, you will learn to 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.

Friday, April 16 and 23
6 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-105; $79; Lifelong Learner $59
Virtual Classroom

Registration closes 1 week before the start of the program to ensure Zoom links are emailed to registered participants.

View a full list of Writing courses offered this spring

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu.

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Contact Information

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

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. If you are attempting to register for a class, Please leave a message and Continuing Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at ce@cod.edu at any time.

Please note: all programming for Spring and Summer 2021 will be online (some exceptions apply).