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MCC Offers Hundreds of Noncredit Classes

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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.

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