Fall 2008 |
Metropolitan Community College´s mission is to provide quality
learning experiences for a diverse community of lifelong learners, and
MCC´s Community Education Department is devoted to making programs
reach learners of all ages. Part of this is coordinating the College´s
Lifelong Learning offerings.
Lifelong learning is for people who see learning as a lifelong process.
While the purpose is to provide enrichment opportunities for people who are
retirement age, there are no age restrictions for these classes. Individuals
ages 62+ may take courses for half the listed tuition for most of the courses
(day tours excluded).
A Lifelong Learning Advisory Committee regularly meets to discuss
opportunities that meet the needs of the older students. This committee is
made up of community residents over 55 years old who have shown an interest in
adult classes. The top 20 adults over 55 who enrolled in the most classes are
invited to be on the committee, and community leaders 55+ are invited as well.
Popular courses include Watercolor for 50+, Internet for 50+, Silversmithing,
Tai Chi and Day Bus Tours.
"Lifelong learners are taking classes because they choose to take them
and often will just enroll for fun," said Gerry Baker, coordinator of
community services at MCC. "They often are not concerned about a degree
and usually are not taking classes for career advancement reasons. They
want the information presented in an interesting way."
Baker recommends Lifelong Learning as a method of staying mentally sharp
and healthy, adding that the social aspect of getting together with other 55
and older people is of value as well.
"Adult classes are a fun, low cost way to keep up on what´s
going on in our world," he said. "It is also important to learn to
use computers and the Internet with email, etc., so that those 55+ can avoid
being isolated and can keep in touch with the kids and grandkids!"
MCC makes it easy for anyone to register for noncredit classes, including
Lifelong Learners. No student ID number is necessary to register, just a phone
call to MCC´s Registration (457-5321) and the course number of the
class. For more information on Lifelong Learning and other noncredit programs,
call MCC´s Community Education Department at 457-2620.