Don’t Close That Book Just Yet


By Andrew Wixcel

Lifelong learning is a topic we’ll be exploring throughout 2017 as we bring you information on opportunities for growth, increased knowledge, exposure to the arts, a chance to stretch and get your hearts racing!

Lifelong learning encompasses body, mind and spirit. Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Think again.

“Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” –Henry L. Doherty

lifelong-learningLet’s start off by exploring the various programs offered by area community colleges and college campuses.  Each campus has opportunities for seniors.

Dallas County Community College District students are eligible for a 65-and-over tuition waiver if the following criteria are met:

  1. be 65 years of age
  2. reside in Dallas County or own property in Dallas county subject to ad valorem taxation
  3. register for a college credit course

Brookhaven - Brookhaven’s Students 50-Plus Program of classes consists of computer classes; like Intro to Computers, specific software, and digital camera & Photoshop courses. Brookhaven also offers three levels of Spanish and exercise classes including yoga and pilates.

Collin County Community College - The Senior’s Active in Learning program or SAIL, is open to all 55 and over and you do not have to be a resident of Collin County to take advantage of their wonderful opportunities for growth and learning. The purpose of SAIL is to encourage lifelong learning and to provide members with common interests the opportunity to participate in study, discussion and social interaction. Focus is on literature, history, science and discussion groups like the Visiting Professor Program.

Richland College – Since 1989 Richland has offered seniors a place to exercise the brain and body, to stay connected and give back through volunteer programs. Within the Emeritus program, the Business Office Systems and Support (BOSS) department offers literally hundreds of sections each year.  You will find Genealogy, Software, Photoshop, and many other fun classes specifically focused on the 50 plus learner.   Most classes are 1 credit hour and meet two days a week for three weeks.  There are even weekend classes.

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”-B. B. King

SMUAt SMU Continuing and Professional Education, you can learn something new about a subject that interests you or enhance your career through noncredit courses for adults. With convenient locations on the SMU Main Campus, at SMU-in-Plano, and online, you will find classes and programs that fit your busy schedule. Explore courses in the arts, history, literature, languages and personal finance with personal enrichment courses.

UNT – Lifelong Learning and Professional Development at UNT offers extensive services and programs, ranging from workforce development courses, conferences and event management, to a diverse assortment of continuing education opportunities. The Emeritus College is designed for fun and intellectual development—learning simply for the joy of learning. Emeritus College provides an extensive range of classes, travel programs and social activities for adults age 50 and older. They also offer educational trips to locations around the world through their Travel Learn program.

These are just a few programs to help guide you on your way.

 “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” 
- Gandhi



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