New Leisure Learning Program Debuts at Genesee Community College

Adults over the age of 50 now have the opportunity to pursue leisure-time learning courses in history, languages, hobbies, travel, and other subject areas at GCC through a new initiative of The BEST Center, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Eunice M. Bellinger reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening.

Batavia, New York — Adults over the age of 50 now have the opportunity to pursue leisure-time learning courses in history, languages, hobbies, travel, and other subject areas at GCC through a new initiative of The BEST Center, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Eunice M. Bellinger reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening.

The courses are designed to help senior adults explore personal interests and build new skills, Dr. Bellinger said. They do not carry academic credit, and will be offered during the evenings and weekends, and during the summer months. The College is also planning educational tours for interested residents. Housing at College Village will be available for out-of-area seniors who want to participate in Leisure Learning courses during the summer.

Over the next four months, Leisure Learning courses will cover such topics as “Quick and Easy Italian,” “Geocaching 101,” “Quilting,” “Water Color,” and a variety of courses in scrapbooking, Civil War history, and family law. A tentative schedule of upcoming Leisure Learning courses is available at http://www.genesee.edu/best/development/leisure-learning/.

Many of the College’s faculty and staff are eager to share their skills and knowledge with the community in informal settings, Dr. Bellinger said. “We believe our new Leisure Learning program will bring the College’s expertise to many residents over the age of 50 who are eager to learn, and eager to explore new interests.”

Area residents are also invited to complete a survey of their educational interests, Dr. Bellinger said. The survey is available at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22EGQ7R6K59/.

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