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Lifelong Learners

You may view courses, register and pay with a credit card by clicking the “Register Now” button below. Please note that this will take you to a third-party website utilized to help with the registration process. Due to accessibility concerns, the College encourages people with disabilities or screen reader users to request more information or register for Lifelong Learning classes by calling 815-599-3403 or sending an email to

How to Register

Complete the registration form, enclose your personal check and:

  • Mail it to:
    Highland Community College
    c/o Lifelong Learning
    2998 W. Pearl City Rd.
    Freeport, IL 61032
  • Call 815 599-3403 to register over the phone with a credit card.
  • Like our Facebook page, HCC Lifelong Learning, for news and updates.

Online Courses through Partnerships

Through the HCC Business Institute, we offer a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely over the Internet. All of our courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you.

Ready to explore our catalog? Browse our catalog or check out our popularnew, and featured courses.

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More Information

For more information about Lifelong Learning classes call 815-599-3403, email: or Admissions at 815-599-3414, email: Alternative formats of the class schedule are available by request as a printed booklet.

Want to teach a course? Please complete and return the Course Proposal Form. We will contact you once the form has been received.

Featured courses with our online partners at Ed2go and UGotClass:

Beginning Conversational French, OnlineProper pronunciation is essential for excellent communication. So, whether you intend to travel abroad or simply want to learn a fun new skill, the Beginning Conversational French course will help you master the basics of French pronunciation.$115Register
A-Z Grant Writing, OnlineThis course provides students with the hands-on experience and knowledge they need to successfully begin the planning process for projects in need of grant funding. An approach to grantseeking begins with thinking about why the funding is needed and involving the grant applicant’s stakeholders in the planning process.$115Register
Keys to Effective Communication, OnlineBecome more confident, make great first impressions, get along with others, and create better personal and professional relationships. This course provides a step by step process to become a great conversationalist as you use communication to build rapport and create trust, warmth, and respect.$115Register
Achieving Success with Difficult People, OnlineDo you want to know how to interact with anyone, regardless of how difficult you perceive them to be? This course will give you the skills to effectively meet your needs while protecting the dignity and rights of others to form more cooperative relationships.$115Register
Interpersonal Communication, OnlineCommunication is more than just speaking, hearing, or having a good vocabulary. This course explores strategies for success in everyday interpersonal communication. You will explore clear examples of verbal and nonverbal habits, effective listening, self-concept, differences in conversational styles, and conflict management.$115Register
Leadership, OnlineGain the respect and admiration of others by developing your leadership skills. Even if you’re not working in a leadership role, this course will teach you how to use the principles of great leaders to achieve success in your professional and personal life.$115Register
Grant Writing Suite, OnlineThis series will give you the skills you need for effective grant writing. Learn from an experienced grant writer how to best present information in grant proposals to raise needed funds. After developing a good grant writing foundation, you’ll discover the steps you can take to become an in-demand grant writing consultant, including what services to offer, how to set fees, and how to find clients to start your own business.$299Register
Small Business Suite, OnlineLearn how to be your own boss! This series will give you the information you need to start your own home-based or online business by developing the qualities of successful entrepreneurs. You will receive a step-by-step approach that will help you build a simplified strategy and attract customers with successful marketing techniques on a tight budget.$299Register
Introduction to Java Programming, OnlineGet comfortable programming with Java while gaining skills from an experienced Java programmer. This course provides you with easy-to-understand examples and plenty of skill-building exercises using the latest version of Java to give you confidence as you learn programming.$115Register
Growing Plants for Fun and Profit, OnlineTurn your love of plants into an enjoyable and profitable home business. This course provides information on licensing, site preparation, equipment, how and where to find supplies, how to select and produce plants, how to produce quality material, and how to market your product.$100Register

Click to learn more about WIOA funding available for Career Online Training Opportunities through Ed2go.

Did you know you can purchase gift certificates for Lifelong Learning classes? Stop by the bookstore or call 815-599-3694 to pay with a credit card over the phone.