COD Continuing Education Offers Free 'Special Interest Groups' Series for Fall

COD News Bureau
Updated 9/13/2017 9:33 AM

Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage is offering two new Special Interest Group (SIGs) series this fall.

"The goal of the new Student Interest Groups program is to foster student learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom environment," said Continuing Education Program Coordinator Julie Konczyk "The SIGs are led by student volunteers and provide a great opportunity for students to share their knowledge and passion for a topic while simultaneously learning from other students who are doing the same. Through our Lifelong Learning program, we are always seeking new ways to serve the growing population of older adults in our district."

Free to join and part of Continuing Education's Lifelong Learning program, SIGs are formed by a collective of people with a common interest in a specific subject. Providing an environment for members to participate as active learners, SIGs are independent and self-directed and participants decide meeting times as well as how the group will function.

This fall's offerings include:

• The Forum: Dialogue to Challenge Our Thinking: This SIG is designed to challenge thinking and broaden expand perspectives through open dialogue and active investigation into current issues ranging from the changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament and climate change. This group will meet on the first Monday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning on Monday, Oct. 2.

• The Joys and Challenges of Grandparents and Grand Friendships: Led by author and intergenerational expert Helene Block Fields, this SIG is dedicated to intergenerational learning in all forms. Participants will share their own experiences and explore ways to share knowledge and talents through mentorship. This group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Fridays of each month beginning on

Friday, Oct. 6.

For more information on SIGs, contact Konczyk at

The Lifelong Learning Institute offers a mix of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures in a wide range of topic areas, such as art and hobby, health and wellness, history, and the humanities. Click here for more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute at College of DuPage.

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