At College of DuPage Continuing Education, learning never ends. It continues into every stage of life. As the senior population in DuPage County continues to grow, so has the College’s curriculum for older adults.
From enrichment classes in history to training courses to help with career change, Lifelong Learning at COD offers a mix of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures designed especially for adults 55 and older, in a wide variety of topic areas.
“We’ve really expanded all of these courses over the last four years,” said Julie Konczyk, coordinator of the Lifelong Learning program.
Each term, Continuing Education offers 150 to 200 Lifelong Learning courses in varying formats including eight-week courses, one-day workshops and free lectures. All are available at a discount for those over 55, and scholarships are available to those who want to learn but need help paying tuition.
Konczyk said nearly all of the Lifelong Learning opportunities are scheduled to accommodate an adult learner’s schedule. For instance, most classes are held during the day, so students can avoid rush-hour traffic and nighttime driving.
Adult learners can learn new computer skills, keep up with current events, explore other parts of the world or tap into their creative side.
“We try to have as much variety as we can,” Konczyk said.
Along with learning new information, exploring a new skill or getting help finding a new job, people who take classes at COD also enjoy the social aspect of going back to school. Special interest groups, which will be introduced this fall, will bring people with common interests together in small groups that mimic the format of a book club. Discussions and lessons will focus on a specific topic, such as current events or intergenerational relationships.
COD’s free Lunch Break Lectures with return Sept. 6 and continue every other Wednesday, giving adults a chance to gather for a midday meal and an informational talk.
The college’s Sage Series offers free behind-the-scenes tours of places like COD’s Cleve Carney Art Gallery, Culinary and Hospitality Center and McAninch Arts Theater. Sage Series lectures are typically held on Fridays and sometimes include free performances.
Lifelong learners don’t have to study for exams or follow a predetermined course sequence. The Lifelong Learning program at COD is all about the simple pleasures of learning and life enrichment. Visit cod.edu/conted for a full schedule of the many learning opportunities available to adults. Call (630) 942-2208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have a schedule sent to your home.