Summer Reading and Writing Skills

For more information, or to register, call 1-800-903-0029 or visit

Options Programs

Through the Options Program, the university offers classes, workshops and seminars covering a wide array of interests for all ages. Included are classes in academics, computers, arts and crafts, business and vocations, dance and fitness, music, personal development, recreation and special courses for mature adults. This service unit offers the opportunity to join an active, creative community of lifelong learners. All classes are non-credit and reasonably priced.

The Program of Choice for Life-Long Learning Options


Summer Classes

Registration Begins Wednesday, June 17, 2020


Cannabis Certificate Program

Practical Cannabis 101 & Cannabis Production in a Greenhouse Environment

are core classes and must be taken together-Fee: $199.

  • Practical Cannabis 101

    Instructor: Deborah Dillon

    July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 2020 - Saturdays 10:00am

    Workbook required for this class. Workbook Fee $30.00-payable to instructor.

  • Cannabis Production in a Greenhouse Environment

    Instructor: Dr. Lori Riley

    July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 2020 - Saturdays 12:30pm 

    Workbook required for this class. Workbook Fee $30.00 payable to the instructor.


Chemistry and Pharmacology of Cannabis-derived Compounds

Instructor: Dr. Edward Ofori

August 7, 2020 Friday 5:30pm (one session only)

Class Fee: $99

Recreational Cannabis: Legal and Social Implications

Instructor: Jon Patterson

August 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020 - Saturdays 9:00am

Class Fee: $99

Cannabis Entrepreneurship

Instructor: Scott Upshaw

August 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020 - Saturdays 12:30pm

Class Fee: $99


  • For additional information, and to register, call 773 995-4466
  • To receive certificate, students make take all five courses. 


Summer Reading & Writing Skills

Programs are taught by skilled and dedicated teachers from the Institute of Reading Development. The Institute is a leader in live online reading instruction for children of every age. Tuition varies by program level. Please ask about our family discount.

For registration and additional information or call 1 800 978-9596 


Grammar Refresher

Develop your English grammar skills and take your writing and speaking to the next level of excellence in this course. This course explores the eight parts of speech, punctuation, mechanics, and foundational sentence construction. You will learn about phrases, clauses, problem words, common grammar mistakes, and much more through practical, hands-on exercises. You will also learn through short videos, examples, and even fun games. Take your writing and speaking to the next level of excellence!

Six weeks (6)



Beginning Writer’s Workshop

This online course will help you write your own creative writing pieces. Like a true writing workshop, you will learn literary techniques, peer review a classmate's work, and receive constructive criticism on your work. In addition, you will learn how to move your work from the prewriting stage to editing and final revision. You will also learn how to use literary devices, meaningful dialogue, and imagery in your different drafts. By the end of this online workshop, you will have a thoroughly developed creative writing piece. You might even be ready for publication!

Six weeks (6)



Camp Algebra for Jr high, Freshmen, and Sophomores

Students are exposed to the tools and world of algebra (problem solving plans, variables and expressions, equations, and much more...

Instr: Gregory Nimpson

Fee: $93


Dates: 7/14-7/29 (Tuesdays & Wednesdays) Time: 1:00-2:15

For additional information, and to register, call 773 995-4466.


Morning Yoga

Yoga is a way of living that includes physical exercise, meditation and breathing techniques. During this five (5) week course each person works at their own level to increase strength, flexibility and relaxation. One goal is to increase self-awareness and muscle control.

Instr: Larry Turner

Larry Turner is a retired Licensed Clinical Psychologist and RN who has been practicing / teaching yoga for over 20 yrs. He often used different yoga techniques in his clinical practice and when working with trauma victims.

Fee: $61


Dates: July 10-August 7, Fridays, 10:00am

For additional information, and to register, call 773 995-4466.

Check Out Our Partners

If you are interested in any of our Options Programs, please contact us.

Stop by... 9501 S. Martin Luther King Drive

Jacoby Dickens Athletic Center, Room 201

Chicago, IL 60628

Phone: 773-995-4466

Office hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

Call today! 773-995-4466