At Norwalk Community College there are two options for seniors to continue to be educationally and socially active. If you are age 65 or over, you can apply to audit a regular NCC class free if space is available. Senior registration day for this fall is Friday, Sept. 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the East Campus on Richards Avenue.
Another alternative for retired people and empty nesters, if over age 50, is to take advantage of the non-profit organization within NCC called Lifetime Learners Institute. This 900-member educational institution has been in operation for more than 20 years and has students from Norwalk and most other towns in Fairfield County. They are a guest of the college, offering short daytime classes of general interest in the fall, winter and spring.
These informative classes, which encourage student participation, also help to keep people mentally, physically and socially active -- three factors that have recently been documented to help promote longer, healthier and happier lives.
The LLI instructors, who are called "facilitators," come from many areas of society, including retired high school teachers, college professors, professionals, artists and hobbyists.
These facilitators are volunteers who are given an honorarium for each class they teach to cover personal expenses. The LLI organization has a Board of Directors which is elected by the membership and oversees several operational volunteer committees. One of these is the LLI Scholarship Committee, which selects a few deserving NCC students each year to receive up to $1500 in educational awards from LLI.
LLI is offering 47 courses this Fall at NCC, which will include subjects on the arts, history, literature, language, religion, computers, current events, music, theater and more.
Starting in mid-September or October, these two-hour courses, without stress or tests, meet only once a week at either 1 or 3 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and at 10 a.m. on Friday.
LLI also offers its members a free special guest presentation each Friday afternoon at 1 p.m., which follows a noon social gathering with refreshments.
In addition, members are allowed to use the college's new, extensive, professionally-staffed Wellness/Fitness Center. To cover LLI's operational expenses, there is a 12-month yearly membership fee of $50, and any course selected costs $30.
The public is encouraged to request a free Fall Course Catalog by phoning 203-857-3330 or viewing it online at: www.lifetimelearners.org.