Adult Enrichment Courses

Spring 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  and we'll have one in your mailbox within days.

Finance and Investment

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

Thursday, Feb. 21
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-006, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1H09

The 12 Universal Laws of Successful Investing
Discover the 12 Universal Laws which are your clues to investment success and help you protect what you have. Learn how to make your returns more predictable, investing less stressful and yourself more successful. Instructor: John Gajkowski

Thursday, March 21
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-005, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1H09

Top 10 IRA Mistakes
Discover the top 10 mistakes related to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and learn how to avoid them. Discussion includes information about conversion and beneficiary designation, as well as strategies to maximize value and minimize taxes. Instructor: John Gajkowski

Thursday, March 7
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-002, $45, Lifelong Learner $29
Student Resource Center (SRC) Room 1118

Credit Rating for Beginners
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 improve your credit score and build your financial future. Instructor: Jim Droske

Wednesday, March 13
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-007, $39
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Credit Ratings—Beyond the Basics
Take your credit monitoring skills to the next level. Learn advanced techniques for building and maintaining your credit score.

Wednesday, March 20
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-008, $39
Berg Instructional Center (BIC) Room 1H07

Hands-On Cooking Classes

Baking Basics
Get down to the basics on learning about how to properly measure ingredients all while making your favorite baked goods. Hands on learning and discussion on cookies, cakes, and pies. Knife skills will be used as well. Samples are eaten in class and taken home.

Sunday, Feb. 17 to March 10
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0004-003, $99
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Irish Cuisine
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with authentic Irish cuisine cooking! Learn about the history of the dishes of Ireland, experience demonstration, and cook hands on with recipes from Ireland. Learn about different cooking techniques and samples will be taken home.

Sunday, March 17
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0004-004, $75
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Home and Garden

Sewing for Home & Family
Take this class for home décor inspiration, whether you're looking to make a handbag, an outfit for a baby, or the perfect throw pillow for your couch. Our class is perfect for intermediate sewists! A supply list will be mailed to participants, please include a valid email when registering.

Wednesday, April 17 to May 15
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
LEISR-0045-111, $119
Student Resource Center (SRC) Room 1123

Attention Homeowners! Meet Dr. Diagnosis
Is your house suffering? Are your rooms uncomfortable? Is it painful to think of the expense involved in the cure?
Listing the causes and diagnosis of various ailments that most homes suffer from and the possible cures and remedies. Learn the diagnosis and treat various other ailments with helpful and inexpensive remedies. This class will teach you techniques to give rooms a fresh look using your existing furniture art and accessories as well as the placement of furniture. Instructor: GraceAnn Simoni

Thursday, March 7
6:30 to 8:30 p.m
LEISR-0032-005, $59
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1415


Popular Songwriting
You don't have to be a musician to enjoy this class— you just need a love of good music! Using examples from blues, pop, rock, and country, we examine what goes into making a good song. Discuss lyrical structure, chord progressions and arrangements, and use this class as a springboard to your songwriting endeavors. Instructor: Paul Barile

Saturday, March 2 and 9
Noon to 3 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-001, $99
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Saturday, April 6 and 13
Noon to 3 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-002, $99
Naperville Center, Room 29

Beginning Harmonica
Come have fun learning tricks and techniques to playing the harmonica! Learn simple songs, proper breathing and basic blow/draw patterns. This course introduces and works entirely in First Position. Students should bring a 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C. No prior music or harmonica experience is necessary. Instructor: Martin Lang

Saturday, April 6 to 27
9 a.m. to noon (no class April 20)
MUSIC-0001-008, $149
Westmont Center, Room 02


Tips and Tricks for Plus 50
Look and feel your best at any age. Explore makeup and skincare, discover how to take care of your skin's basic needs and learn how to stay fresh, natural and current. Discover time-saving tips for your busy lifestyle. This two-part series gives you an opportunity to try new techniques between classes and return to discuss and refine them. Instructor: Michelle Laarabi

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 26 and 28
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0043-010, $119
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Pre-Teen and Teen Makeup - Ages 11 to 15
An introduction to the world of makeup and skin care. Learn how to use appropriate products and develop a skin care routine that can be carried into adulthood. Topics include a full makeup lesson, basic health and hygiene tips including the importance of sunscreen and how to clean makeup brushes, and how to achieve a fun, natural look. Instructor: Michelle Laarabi

Saturday, April 13
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0043-030, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Mind, Body and Spirit

The Art of Letting Go
Begin the process of letting go and start the more rewarding course of filling your life with things you desire. Find what brings you joy and happiness. Instructor: Miriam Iwrey

Saturday, March 16
9 to 11:00 a.m.
LEISR-0067-111 , $49
Naperville Center (NC), Room 29

Don't Let Stress, Stress You!
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 prevents mental and physical harm to our bodies. We look at different methods of stress reduction and relaxation, including the use of exercise, meditation, labyrinths, mandalas, Qigong and Tai Chi. Instructor: John Robertson

Saturday, Feb. 16
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
LEISR-0067-001, $199; Lifelong Learner $179
Naperville Center (NC), Room 22

Vision Board Your Life
Creating a vision board defines with clarity those things
you want to bring into your life. The images used on your
vision board represent your dreams and aspirations. Join
this class where we will map out your life goals. Instructor: Miriam Iwrey

Saturday, May 4
9 a.m. to Noon
LEISR-0067-112 , $39
Naperville Center (NC), Room 29

Contact Continuing Education

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email You may also register online. To view our complete program listing, see the Spring 2019 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Contact Information

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

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

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