Choice of continuing education classes

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Carol Sorgen

Participants enjoy a class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, one of many continuing education options in the area.

September traditionally means back to school, and that’s true no matter what age you are. Baltimore offers a range of continuing education classes that are sure to pique your interest. Here are just a few:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The mission of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University is to offer adults, age 50 and older, opportunities for continued learning, along with programs and activities for social and cultural enrichment in a congenial and supportive environment.

Courses are offered in such areas as the fine arts, movies, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, languages, current events and a book club. Membership fees are $50 for an individual and $75 for a couple per year.

For $150 per semester, members may take an unlimited number of four- or eight-week courses each semester. The fee for one four-week course is $65. The fee for one eight-week course or two four-week courses is $130.

To learn more or for an information packet, call (410) 704-3535, email, or visit

Renaissance Institute

The Renaissance Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University is an active group of men and women who have reached the age of 50 and are interested in pursuing lifelong learning and intellectual growth.

Courses include public affairs, literature, writing, history, philosophy, music, art, languages, t’ai chi, film, science, computers, water aerobics, dance and acting, and more. Enroll in as many Renaissance courses as you wish every fall and spring semester. Fall tuition is $215; full year tuition (fall plus spring) is $400.

For more information, call Linda Kuehn at (410) 532-5351, email, or visit

Kaleidoscope Lifelong Learning

The goal of Kaleidoscope at Roland Park Country School is to foster a lifelong love of learning. Over 100 Kaleidoscope programs with more than 1,000 participants are held in the fall, spring and summer.

Programs include book talks; local, regional and international travel; creative pursuits; technology; culinary arts; personal development; and more. Classes range from a few free sessions, to $15 for some single session classes, to more than $200 for multi-session classes and trips.

For more information, call (410) 323-5500, ext. 309, or visit

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

The School for Professional and Continuing Studies at this renowned art school offers a wide range of fine arts and design courses as well as professional development opportunities for creative professionals.

Continuing study classes are offered in the fields of drawing, painting, clay, photography, and more, plus software tools such as Adobe Creative Suite. Classes are offered in fall, spring, and summer. 

Non-credit classes are $200, while community education classes for college credit, but not for full-time admitted college students, range from $630 to $840.

To learn more, call (410) 669-9200 or visit

Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)

​Life enrichment classes for all ages run the gamut from arts to boating, fitness, outdoor activities, crafts, health and wellness, hobbies, languages and more.

There is a separate division for seniors, with courses offered in areas such as the arts, computers, history/politics, and humanities and culture.

Current life enrichment class fees range from $85 to $369. Some classes may have reduced fees for those age 60 and older. For more information, call (443) 840-4700 or visit

Women’s Institute of Torah

The Rebbetzin Frieda K. Hirmes Women’s Institute of Torah (WIT) provides continuing education courses and programs to  women of the Baltimore Jewish community. Courses and programs are designed to enhance personal knowledge and enrich one’s Jewish experience.

Classes are $60 each, but are free for members. Membership is $250. For more information, call (410) 358-2545, email witbaltimore, or visit

Institute for Islamic-Christian-Jewish Studies

The Institute for Islamic-Christian-Jewish Studies (ICJS) is a nonprofit organization that concentrates on disarming religious hatred and establishing models of interfaith understanding. It aims to build transformational learning communities that are interreligious, interdisciplinary and intergenerational, bringing together scholars, educators, clergy, seminarians and lay people from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions, as well as those who are unaffiliated. To learn more, call (410) 494-7161, or visit

Odyssey Non-Credit Liberal Arts Programs

For more than 20 years, Odyssey has offered a wide selection of courses, workshops and lecture series delivered by Johns Hopkins University faculty and community experts. Personal enrichment programs are offered in fields ranging from science to art, writing to photography.

Fall classes range from $30 to $350,
depending on the duration of the class.
For more information, call (410)
516-4842, email, or visit