Playing Pickleball

Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., especially among the senior population. That’s what makes it so popular with lifelong learning programs.

Danna Garland has played pickleball for just more than a year, but has embraced the sport to the point that she has become a local ambassador and promotes pickleball throughout the Crossroads. She and about 15 others signed up with Victoria College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning to play the sport twice a week at VC’s Sports Center.

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Paying It Forward

“Regardless of your abilities, your age, we want the opportunity for these people to continue to learn,” said Nancy Barton, co-founder of the The Lifelong Learning Center, a place where young adults with special needs can learn life skills and job skills.

Nancy and her husband, Mark, started Lifelong Learning when their daughter, Katie, finished school at 22 years old. There weren’t a lot of options when it came to places for her to go. So they decided to do something about it.

Learning finds home in Colorado Springs mall

A Colorado Springs nonprofit focused on lifelong learning has plans to move into their own classrooms at the Chapel Hills Mall.

The PILLAR Institute, founded in 1998, runs classes “by and for adults in the Pikes Peak region,” according to their hefty class catalog.

The students are made up of retirees and seniors who thrive on learning.

“Our people love to ask questions,” explained Executive Director Vickie Heffner. “They love to learn.”


Tech schools prepare for lifelong learning

PORTLAND — Based on the premise that the best way to learn is by doing, directors of area technical high schools say they focus on preparing students to be career-ready in a variety of high-skill, high-demand fields.

While the majority of high school students still take a traditional path that often includes a four-year college degree, students who graduate from technical schools are considered immediately employable with job-specific skills.

But that’s not the only benefit of attending a technical high school.

“PATHS is about expanding opportunities not limiting them. PATHS students will leave better prepared, than students that have not had a (technical education) experience,” said Kevin Stilphen, the director at Portland Arts and Technology High School off Allen Avenue.