Community Programs

Our community programs provides personal enrichment for everyone, whether you're 25 or 65. You'll be sure to find something that interests you, from "Learn About" sessions on topics such as public speaking, to learning for the fun of it in our Lifelong Learning Institute.

If you have an idea for a community event we could offer, contact us at or 815-753-5200. You can also submit your idea using our submission form.

Online Hobby and Skill Courses

We offer a variety of online courses that can help you learn a new hobby or skill. You can choose from nearly 500 courses where you study and interact with a cohort over the course of six weeks. These courses start monthly with twice-weekly lesson plans. If you prefer independent learning, you can select a self-paced course. You'll have access to all lessons immediately and have three months to complete the course.

Courses are available on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Career exploration
  • Soft skills
  • Computer programming
  • Health and fitness
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Computer applications courses
  • Accounting
  • Information technology
  • Arts and design
  • Leadership

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For questions or more information on our online courses, please contact Mark Pietrowski at or 815-753-1456.

Contact Us

NIU Continuing and Professional Education
148 N 3rd St.
DeKalb, IL