Terra to expand program

FREMONT -Terra State Community College’s ElderCollege has taken on a new name for the new year; the now Life Scholars program is to bring new opportunities for people age 50 and older.

As part of the overall Lifelong Learning Program at the college, the Life Scholars program is a curriculum of professional and peer-led study opportunities that span subjects from literature and history to science and politics, and current affairs and philosophy to crafts and the arts, Michael Shirtz Terra’s dean of the Business, Communication and the Arts Division, said.

“The ElderCollege program was started in the 1990s to serve as one of the non-credit programs at the college and provide education and enrichment opportunities for the popular age 50 and beyond,” Shirtz said.

Something that has helped expand the Life Scholars program is that it is now aligned with the academic programs at the college, Shirtz said. “Which provides even a great opportunity for new offerings and programming. More of Terra’s faculty have become involved with teaching classes and special interest sessions.”

The cost of membership in the program is $25. Members receive benefits like discounts on classes and outings and Terra State music concerts, special invitations, leadership opportunities on committees, curriculum, travel and executive; use of Terra’s computer labs and library, and use of the Student Activities Center.

Some courses include stitch of the month, Zumba, yoga, running and walking, Windows 8, Ohio Boaters Certification, “The Kennedy’s,” the interpretation of song lyrics, Medicare, painting with watercolor, human trafficking, group piano for beginners, and more.

“The courses meet usually during the day, sometimes at night or on weekends, depending on the type of class,” Shirtz said. “Special programming may include concerts and things, but overall, it’s a schedule designed by the Life Scholars themselves. Even the trips are designed by the members.”

The Life Long program also offers Community Education courses, Kids College, Music Academy, as well as the Life Scholars.

“The great thing about these programs is that people can take classes that are affordable, can help them with career and professional development, build skills in the arts or technology, or just learn for the joy of learning,” Shirtz said.

For a complete listing with all the details, visit www.terra.edu/learning or, call (419) 559-2255.