Local College Round-Up
Programs Support Later Life Learning
Sep 8, 2011, 8:48 a.m.
Whether you intend to pursue a long-desired degree, take classes on topics of interest, or simply looking for programs to stimulate the intellect, Chicagoland's community colleges are the place to start. Following is a round-up of local colleges, with information on the later-life learning programs each has in place. Call or visit their websites for further information.
Retired Adult Program
McHenry County College, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin, IL 60123
The Retired Adult Program at McHenry County College offer classes for lifelong learners. These stimulating and thought-provoking classes offer a socially-rewarding venue to share knowledge and expertise within a peer group. RAP is a membership-based, non-credit program dedicated to adults age 50 and older who are active, curious and serious about continually learning. The cost for a one-year membership is $25, and you must be a member to register for classes.
To register for any class or to become a RAP member (Course ID: NRA C01 001), please contact the MCC Registration Office at 815-455-8588. For more information, contact Cindy Kearns at 815-479-7605.
Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin, IL 60123; 847-622-3036; www.elgin.edu
In northern Kane County, Elgin Community College can help you try a new activity, explore a hobby, develop skills and expand your perspective through noncredit continuing education classes. Instruction is held on campus and via outreach locations throughout the northwest suburbs. Classes often consist of one or several sessions, requiring a briefer time commitment than traditional courses.
ENCORE Continuing Education
Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, IL 60171;708-456-0300; www.triton.edu
Continuing Education at Triton College offers courses and programs that are specifically designed for the student who is looking to remain active over the age of 50. Don't think of ENCORE as just your traditional education program. Classes meet a number of needs for those over 50 including Health and Wellness, Personal Enrichment and Enjoyment, and re-training opportunities to remain competitive in the job market!
ENCORE is more than just a class; it's a lifestyle. Courses are offered at Triton College, various extension centers, and at your home through online courses. Discounts are available for in-district adults over 60, with some classes as low as $10.
Older Adult Institute
College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Building K, Room 146, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137; 630-942-2208; www.cod.edu
Whatever the topic, the Older Adult Institute (OAI) offers mature adults an opportunity to engage in intellectual discovery through lifelong learning. Dedicated to enhancing the intellectual, cultural and social life of the mature learner, OAI includes a wide variety of classes. Numerous and diverse non-credit classes offered by OAI are designed for the enrichment and enjoyment of older adults.
College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL 60030; 847-543-6507; www.clcillinois.edu
The Discovery! Program is designed especially for adults over 50 who share a love for learning. Classes, lectures, and tours are offered on a variety of subjects covering art, history, current event, computer, and personal enrichment topics. Most classes are scheduled during the day, usually on weekdays, at various sites including the Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills and Waukegan Township Park Place Senior Services in Waukegan.