A new learning in retirement program

WMU to begin Lifelong Learning Academy for people 50 and older starting in March
A new Lifelong Learning Academy is opening the doors to continuing education for people 50 and older, starting in March at Western Michigan University. The noncredit courses "will focus on providing intellectual and cultural stimulation, promoting personal growth, and fostering social engagement in an informal, lively learning atmosphere," according to a news release from the Office of University Relations.

Fifteen daytime classes, most in either two or four sessions, and a field trip are slated to begin the week of March 14. Volunteer instructors are either current or retired WMU faculty members or experts on various topics from within the Kalamazoo community.

An open house to introduce the academy, which will be similar to numerous university-related academies for older adults across the country and around the world, will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 in the west lobby of Walwood Hall.

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