How retirees are going back to school

For retirees who find themselves with time on their hands and a willingness to learn, taking classes or even going back to school full time may be an appealing option. Colleges and universities are meeting that demand with everything from dedicated lifelong learning programs to on campus living arrangements.

Taking Lifelong Learning into church

NORTH CANTON Walsh’s Lifelong Learning Academy will offer free public lectures by Walsh faculty members and special guests to “enrich the mind and spirit” of local adults. In addition, participants may join the Lifelong Learning Academy for two tours of the classic music and art of local churches.

Two examples are “Pipes: Three Great Church Instruments” which will include organ demonstrations by the resident musicians, and “Panes: Inspirational Stained Glass,” a tour with a demonstration of stained glass art.

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New approach to lifelong learning international

GENEVA, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) — A new approach to lifelong learning is needed for the future of work, the International Labor Organization (ILO) director general has said in a speech to education and employment ministers at a G20 meeting in Argentina, the ILO said Friday.

“We need to replenish skills throughout a working career, and this calls for revisiting the models and concepts of lifelong learning to create the future we want,” said Guy Ryder, the ILO chief.

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MSU opens new Lifelong Learning Center

by Deanna Watson, Wichita Falls Times Record News

Published 3:02 p.m. CT Sept. 12, 2018 | Updated 3:39 p.m. CT Sept. 12, 2018

More than 100 people gathered Wednesday at Midwestern State University’s new Lifelong Learning Center.

The Lifelong Learning Center, housed in the university-obtained property at 2527 Hampstead Lane, welcomes those interested in non-credited education in a classroom setting on a variety of subjects.

Dr. Suzanne Shipley, president of MSU Texas, welcomed those celebrating the grand opening with a short discussion on the center’s mission — a place for people over age 50 seeking further knowledge and discussion, not pursuing formal advanced degrees.

“A lifelong learning center is about more than taking classes,” the Fall 2018 course book states. “It is also about developing a community of older adults who want to socialize and discuss intellectual topics with peers outside of the classroom.”

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Teacher models lifelong learning for special ed classes

Nasa Cole, a Special Education teacher at East Avenue Middle School, embodies the idea of a teacher as a role model by continuing her own journey in learning and inspiring her students to regard their education as a skill to carry with them past the classroom.

She spent eight weeks of her summer break this year as an Ignited Fellow in the Lockheed Martin Military Space Business Unit in Sunnyvale. Read on…

Lifelong learning applied to marriage

A contributor to the Alamosa News brings in a different aspect of “lifelong learning…”

Reminds me of an assignment I had when the editor, F.G. “Doc” Kirby, told me to interview a couple who had been wed for more than 55 years. I was going through a bitter divorce and he thought I could learn from them.

To him, every day was an opportunity to learn something new through experience. Doc was a great proponent of lifelong learning. I learned that when we were typing copy on wire service fanfold paper and sending it to the back to have someone else type it in and set it for printing.

I had written about a government meeting I had attended and did so in great detail, since the discussion seemed to be important to the public.

Doc, who stood more than six feet tall, put one end under his toe and stretched the copy upwards. It was longer than he was tall.

“Keerist! This is bigger than I am. Cut it down,” he said. “It should not be any taller than you are.”

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“CE just lost its voice” in Kentucky, says Ex. Dir.

Local Community Education programs across Kentucky will have less of a voice in state government following a recent move by Gov. Matt Bevin to abolish the state’s Council for Community Education, says Debi Wade Jordan, the leader of Bowling Green’s program.

“We’ve just lost our voice,” said Jordan, executive director of the local nonprofit.

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