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Timely Topics, Engaging Dialogue Make for a One-of-a-Kind Educational Experience for Retirees


Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland,
Long Island University

Lifelong learners in Diane's Worby's class For retirees who view learning as a continuing, lifelong process, the new Learning Collaborative at Rockland's Center for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning is the perfect place to fulfill their scholastic passion. With such classes as “Exploring the Cosmos,” “Adventures in Jazz,” “Opera Appreciation” and “Love in Literature,” there is something for everyone.

In a unique arrangement, students and teachers work and learn together in a series of high caliber, mentally stimulating courses where the pleasures of learning, not just the materials being taught, are a priority. Dialogue between students and instructors is encouraged, and throughout the day, opportunities abound for informal intellectual exchanges.

The collaborative, which was modeled after nationwide programs, was designed to fulfill the academic needs of the members of the retired community who approached administrators at Rockland for assistance with the program. Attendees are made up of retired local residents of the lower Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey, retired educators, and self-proclaimed “lifetime learners.”

Over a six-week period, attendees take three classes of their choice from nine offerings. Brown-bag lunchtime sessions include guest speakers. Instructors come from diverse backgrounds, and each brings with them a passion for the area they are teaching.

“We are committed to lasting learning opportunities for adults and strive to make our classes convenient, informative and inexpensive,” said Ken Reilly, director for the Center for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning. “Our mission is to expand access to the resources of Long Island University by offering advanced, non-degree education to individuals and organizations in the Hudson Valley region.”

For those looking to advance in their career or expand their intellectual horizon, professional and personal development courses in education, business, real estate and career development are offered through the Center. From the business-focused Breakfast Series to a Child Development Series for parents, the programs are a treasure trove of information for students.

“If you can imagine it, wonder about it, or aspire to it, we probably teach it,” Reilly said.

Posted 08/15/2007

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