Seniors are Lifelong Learners at Tarrant County College

By Mark Brownstein, 12:41 am on

Tarrant County College Adult Education

An active lifestyle helps seniors live longer and healthier lives. This means keeping your brain active in addition to your body. Taking advantage of the educational opportunities at Tarrant County College not only engages the brain but also encourages seniors to get out of the house and meet like-minded people.

The Senior Education Program at Tarrant County College offers non-credit courses taught by community volunteers. This fall over 150 courses are being offered on a wide range of subjects. Interested in improving your technical skills? Classes are available in computer basics, as well as, Word, Excel and Photoshop.   Finally ready to learn a foreign language? You have French, Italian, and Spanish to choose from. If you are more interested in stimulating your creative side, try oil painting, drawing, or knitting. For the game players, there’s bridge, pinochle, and mahjong.

There are also sports, and health and fitness classes. Alistair Young, owner of Home Care Assistance Fort Worth, will be teaching a Healthy Lifestyle Habits class. This class will explore the Blue Zones movement taking place in Fort Worth and around the world. The goal of the movement is healthy longevity and learning healthy practices from five cities where residents live long without effort.

With all that Tarrant County College’s Senior Education Program has to offer, it will not be easy to decide what to take. Fortunately, there is just a $20 registration fee per semester that lets you sign up for all the classes you want. (Computer classes also have a $10 lab fee per class.) Classes begin on September 14, 2015 and meet for ten sessions. Learn more about the program and see the course catalog to take advantage of this great resource.

Being over 55 does not mean that you must limit yourself to the Senior Education Program. The college also offers Personal Enrichment and Leisure courses for all ages in the areas of Arts & Crafts, Dance, Music & Theater, Languages (see also ESL), Photography, and Physical Fitness, Recreation & Sports. They even have motorcycle riding classes. The courses offered through Personal Enrichment and Leisure provide a more intensive learning experience than the Senior Education Program. The tuition per class varies widely and can be anywhere from $70 to $165. More information about Personal Enrichment and Leisure courses is available online.

Learning opportunities at the College extend beyond personal enrichment even for the over 50 set. The Community and Industry Education department of the College offers workforce training to develop marketable skills. Their 50 Plus Encore Completion Program offers special support services to help those over fifty who are trying to stay competitive in the workforce or learn a new skill to embark on the next phase of their working life. Courses are available in business, healthcare, education, and social service, as well as, trades such as welding.

So, whether you are interested in taking a class just for fun or exploring new career options, Tarrant County College has many options to choose from. Don’t hesitate because the fall semester is starting soon.

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