Adult Education

CURE offers a leading Adult Education program that promotes professional development, lifelong learning, and personal enrichment for residents throughout Northwest Indiana. Our non-credit programs are strategically focused to prepare individuals for productive employment, help professionals advance their careers, provide employees with work skills development, and assist companies that want to invest in their employees through customized work-related training and certification programs. Please visit the Adult Education webpage to learn more and/or see below for a list of free sessions open to adults of all ages.


Upcoming Adult Education Sessions

Sessions take place at various locations on the IU Northwest campus in Gary, IN, unless otherwise specified.

  • My Credit: My Score and More
    • 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Tuesday, October 1
    • The need for financial credit is a reality in today’s world, as are the many questions related to it. How do I get credit? What is a credit score and how important is it? How do I develop a good credit score? If I have bad credit, is there any hope? During this credit journey session, IU Credit Union Branch Manager, Doug Achterhof, will answer these questions and more. Participants will learn about techniques for establishing credit, creating a strong credit score, and getting back on track if your credit score has had some bumps or bruises.
  • Social Security Seminar
    • 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Monday, October 21 or
    • 11:00am - 1:00pm, Tuesday, November 19
    • It is never too early, or too late, to learn about your benefits. Seminar participants will get a crash course in Social Security 101, which will cover Retirement, Disability, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Widows Benefits. We will also cover the easiest way to get a replacement Social Security or Medicare card and tips for handling Social Security related fraudulent phone calls. To get the most out of this learning experience, create a Social Security account at and bring your Retirement Estimates with you to the session.

Registration Required: If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, please contact the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence via email at [[cureiun]] or call (219) 980-6978.

Senior University (Ages 55 & Better)

Through the Senior University program, IU Northwest has offered programming to senior residents for almost two decades. Since 2012, CURE has successfully continued the program’s mission of providing educational, social, and engaged learning opportunities for seniors residing in Northwest Indiana. This includes offering a variety of free workshops, seminars, and programs for seniors throughout the year. Please see the Senior University schedule below for details on current offerings.

Upcoming Senior University Sessions

Sessions take place at various locations on the IU Northwest campus in Gary, IN, unless otherwise specified.

  • WiFi the Unseen Hero: An Introduction to Wireless Networks
    • 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Thursday, October 3 at IU Northwest
    • This new session will provide participants with a better understanding of wireless networks. Participants will learn how to SAVE data, search the web at HEROIC speeds, and RESCUE their phones from suspicious connections!
  • Introduction to Email & Internet
    • 11:00am - 1:00pm, Fridays, October 4, 18, and 25 at IU Northwest
    • If you have a functioning knowledge of computer use (you can log on and access your email account) and are ready to take the next step, then join us for this three-part series! The email component of the series will introduce participants to basic email terms and will describe actions such as forwarding messages, attaching photos and documents, sending messages to multiple parties, and more. The internet component will define basic internet terms, teach participants how to access the internet, and will offer tips on how to surf the internet safely. 
  • Business Building Basics
    • 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Saturdays, November 2 & 9 at IU Northwest
    • If you want to live your dream as a business owner, then the Business Building Basics workshop is the one for you! Through this two-part workshop, participants will receive a business plan template, an entrepreneur’s guide for doing business, strategies to build a debt free business, strategies to build a success team, and tools to focus on your products and services.
  • Giants of Jazz Piano
    • 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Saturdays, November 2 & 9 at St. Timothy Community Church, Gary
    • The piano is at the beginning of the rich history of jazz. Scott Joplin and other great ragtime players and composers pointed the way. Greats like Jelly Roll Morton, Earl Hines, Fats Waller, Mary Lou Williams, Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly and others will be discussed. Present day greats, such as, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Benny Green, Gerald Clayton and the contributions of many others will be examined in these two sessions. Those who are fans of the piano will love these informative classes.

Registration Required: If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, please contact the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence via email at [[curesu]] or call (219) 980-6907.

Parking Permits: Parking permits can be purchased at the IU Northwest Parking Permit Kiosks for a fee of $2 per day (exact change and credit cards accepted). Parking Permit Kiosks are located in parking lot 2 (north side of IU Northwest), in front of the John W. Anderson Library, and in parking lot 13 (near the Arts & Sciences building). Parking permits are not required for Friday or Saturday sessions. Parking permits are required for disability parking spaces.