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MCC Offers Hundreds of Noncredit Classes
There's a name for people who love learning for the sake of
learning. Dubbed lifelong learners, these individuals love reading,
surfing the web, checking out museums or heading to the local
library. They take calligraphy or language classes, just because.
They keep up on the latest computer skills—or learn new ones to
grow successful careers.
For lifelong learners like these, MCC offers hundreds of Continuing
Education classes. "It's never too early or too late to learn," said
Gerry Baker, Coordinator of Community Services. "Education is a
lifelong process. The value can be as simple as feeling more personal
satisfaction and happiness to more career-oriented benefits, like
improving job skills and marketability."
MCC has classes for crafters, carpenters, gardeners, bakers and
photographers—or individuals who just want a taste of the topic.
Build technical skills with classes on mastering Microsoft PowerPoint
or Excel. Or take time for self-enrichment with yoga, water aerobics
or hypnosis. Classes take place at MCC locations or dozens of
off-campus locations and range from one session to six weeks.
Some students, like Vaneeta Nigro, use Continuing Education
classes to explore a new hobby. Nigro remembers her grandfather
playing the fiddle at parties when she was a young girl. Now 75,
Nigro decided she wanted to learn to play her grandfather's fiddle.
She signed up for a Beginning Violin class. Working with her patient
instructor, Nigro began to play. "When you get older it takes more
effort, but I found that if I practiced, it's amazing what you can
learn," she said.
In addition to traditional courses, Continuing Education offers a
full spectrum of online courses via Education to Go. The six- to
eight-week courses are taken entirely over the Internet, giving
students the flexibility to study around their schedule.
MCC offers half-price tuition to individuals ages 62 and above for
most classes. For a full schedule of courses, visit
www.mccneb.edu/ce or call (402) 457-2620.