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Never too old to learn

Posted: September 9, 2011 - 8:39pm

We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but as a community, the Brainerd lakes area is not getting any younger. 

However, just because baby boomer retirees and soon-to-be retirees are transitioning from the working world to a less hectic pace doesn’t mean they aren’t going to continue to be interested in what’s going on in the world. That realization, no doubt, played a part in Central Lakes College’s decision to be the source of lifelong learning opportunities for older adults as it launches the Center for Lifelong Learning this fall.

This is a good idea on a number of levels. First, it will likely offer seniors stimulating programs that will entertain and inform them, and hopefully make them more involved citizens. There is no expiration date on one’s ability to learn and grow, unless, of course it’s self-imposed.

Second, it will create a stronger connection between the community and the college. Our college has long served non-traditional (that term often means older) students and this will expand the base of people who can benefit from ideas, speakers and programs at CLC’s beautiful campus on the banks of the Mississippi River.

A third benefit of the Center for Lifelong Learning is that it may afford the opportunity to harness some of the energy, institutional knowledge and skills of older adults for worthwhile volunteer efforts. Sometimes all one has to do is ask the right people and talented volunteers can be found for any number of good causes.

Before the center starts offering courses there will be a community information session to outline offerings and solicit ideas and support for the center and its functions. Those with something to contribute may call the center’s coordinator, Bill Brekken at 855-8146 or email him at bbrekken@clcmn.edu. 

Add the advent of this new program to the list of things we can look forward to this fall.