Volunteer Teaching Proposals


Share your passion! Volunteer to teach for the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), a vibrant community of lifelong learners ages 55 and over. The ILR offers a wide variety of enriching non-credit programming. Each semester the ILR looks to grow its course offerings. Submit your course proposal by email or using the online form. For questions, contact the ILR at ilr@bergen.edu or Mary Kate Mellow, ILR Program Supervisor at motoole-mellow@bergen.edu.


The ILR currently offers courses in-person at BCC’s main campus in Paramus, NJ and online. Starting for the fall 2024 semester, courses will also be offered at BCC’s Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack, NJ. All locations will be on the same semester calendar. During the semester, Paramus and online courses run Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Hackesack courses will run Monday-Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ILR General Course Proposal Form– downloadable PDF – submit anytime

ILR Online Course Proposal FormFall Semester 2024 Submissions – Deadline June 5, 2024, extensions available upon request


ILR REGISTRATION: Wednesday, September 11, 2024
ILR FALL SEMESTER: Monday, September 30 to Friday, December 20, 2024

Learn More

The ILR is program in Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Bergen Community College. ILR Courses are taught by ILR members, Bergen community college, professors, and experts from the larger community. ILR instructors receive a free membership and can take up to 5 courses during the semester in which they are teaching.

ILR instructors choose what topic they would like to teach and whether their course will be in-person or online. History, science, finance, studio art, current events, photography, art history, yoga, meditation, creative writing, board games, sports, choir, film, travel, politics, culture, crafts, and foreign language are some of the many areas ILR course cover.

The ILR works with its instructors to find a convenient time for their course to be offered. Depending on the instructor’s preference, a course may meet anywhere from one time to the entire semester. On average, an ILR course will meet 3 to 6 weeks during a semester and run 1 to 2 hours each meeting. The ILR also offers additional one-off bonus lectures throughout the semester.

The ILR is has both a fall and spring semester, with classes running Monday to Friday during the day. The ILR’s Fall semester starts in late September and runs into mid-December. Its spring semesters starts in late February and runs into early June. Join us! 


Contact the ILR

Main Number: (201) 447-7156

General Email: ilr@bergen.edu

Technology Building, TEC-115, Paramus Campus

400 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ 07652