Lifelong learning for retirees

Did you know there was a place in Rockford where community members ages 50 and older can go to continue their quest for lifelong learning?

Rock Valley College’s Center for Learning in Retirement, located at 3350 Bell School Road, offers its members the opportunity to register for educational and fun classes, bus trips, social events, the Golden Eagles Fitness Program, special interest groups, and volunteer opportunities.

The classes offered cover a wide variety of topics and interests, including Arts & Crafts, History, Humanities, Religion, Science, and many more. There are even computer courses that cover everything from computer basics to learning how to use Facebook.

Some of the brand new courses being offered this fall include Ways to Improve Brain Fitness, Music that Changed the World, Native Wisdom:  Learning How to Live Better Lives, Sweden Today, and Beginning Chess. As you can see, there is a wide variety to choose from!

There is an annual membership fee of $25 and most courses have a modest registration fee. There is even financial assistance and scholarships available through CLR. A few free courses are also offered each year, including the Northern Illinois Senior Citizen Police Academy. The Rock Valley College Police Department has hosted this academy since 1999. The program provides an understanding of the operations and resources of area public safety departments and provides seniors with resources that can help them avoid being victims of crime.

To learn more about the Center for Learning in Retirement, you have a couple of options. You can check out the CLR website at www.rockvalleycollege.edu/clr or you can choose to attend the CLR’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 2, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Bengt Sjostrom (Starlight) Theatre on the RVC main campus (3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford).

By attending the Annual Meeting, you will be among the first to receive the Fall 2012 CLR Catalog and be able to register early for any of the 148 fall classes. Following the introduction of the 2012-2013 CLR Advisory Committee, you will hear about the exciting things planned for the fall semester and be treated to an entertaining musical program by professional musician and vocalist, J.T. Nolan, who will perform songs from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. Door prize drawings and complimentary refreshments will follow the program. No pre-registration is required and this is event is free and open to the public.

If you have any questions about Rock Valley College’s Center for Learning in Retirement please call (815) 921-3931.

Sketching and Painting class at RVC's CLR

A Sketching and Painting class at RVC's Center for Learning in Retirement.