The Golden Years for Learning

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It's that time of year again and Midland College is reminding students over the age of 50 to register for their College Classics Courses.

On Tuesday, professors talked about what they have in store for students this semester.

The winter break is wrapping up and once again Midland College is offering its College Classics Courses.

"College Classics started in 1989 and they had a few classes and it's grown since that time," Brenda Cordero, Associate Director of Continuing Education, said. "I receive comments that they just like to stay active, don't want to stay at home and want to get out on the campus, it is the college feel and there's kids you know all ages."

Just like the full time students, the College Classics students will be able to study and learn in MC classrooms and computer labs.

Last year, more than 80 students signed up and this year the college expects a similar turnout.

For only $25, students can take as many classes as they want.

Some of them include art appreciation, toning with tap dance, and of course some computer classes.

"I have parents that are over 50, my parents while they email every day and they know the Internet fairly well, a lot of contemporaries don't," Rebecca Bell, Email and Internet Use Instructor, said. "I just think there's a lot of stuff that the older people can take adv of using the Internet and will have fun doing it."

If you think you're too old to learn, one professor disagrees.

"I taught my parents to use the computer," Bell said. "If I can teach my parents I can teach anybody."

So no matter your age, opportunities to learn are waiting.

Registration for the classes begins on January 19 and classes kick off on February 1.