Gearing up for school senior style

Kids aren't the only ones going back to school, seniors are too.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, ElderCollege is holding registration for its fall classes at the Landing Sports Centre from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids aren’t the only ones going back to school, seniors are too.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, ElderCollege is holding registration for its fall classes at the Landing Sports Centre from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Coordinator Judy Becker expects at least 200 seniors signing up, many of who will start lining up two hours prior to the doors opening.

“Our community has a lot of vibrant seniors who are still really interested in learning and growing,” said Becker. “I think ElderCollege fills that need.”

ElderCollege is a non-profit society that offers non-credit courses to people 50 years and older in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley.

While the courses are designed for learning, there are no tests, no homework, no pressure.

“It’s purely for the joy of learning,” said Becker.

The fall program has 23 courses, most of which are six weeks in length. Some of the courses, including cell phone tutorials, the science of health advice, and managing hearing loss, are specifically geared for the aging population. Others are more broad based.

This year’s selection of courses include medias such as writing non-fiction, drawing, calligraphy, water colour painting, and a hitchhiker’s guide to 20th century music.

There are two “class-on-a-bus” field trips this semester, one will tour the CBC newsroom, and the other the Vancouver School of Music.

ElderCollege favourites, Travel With Me and Tapestry for Thought, which both bring in a range of presenters, are also back again this semester.

For those who have not yet taken advantage of ElderCollege, “you will probably be pleasantly surprised,” said Becker. “The instructors we have are all qualified … and the topics thought provoking.”

Most classes begin in the middle of October.

For more information, contact ElderCollege 604-702-2611 or visit the website www.ufv.ca/eldercollege.com.

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