Goodwin College offers free summer classes for people 55 and older
By Corey AmEnde - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Thu., Jul. 11, 2013
Goodwin College has announced four summer classes for the Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program that will start on Friday, July 19. The program is free of charge to people who are 55 and older. Classes are held at the East Hartford South End Senior Center at 70 Canterbury St., on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m., and at Goodwin College at 211 Riverside Dr., on Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“We really want to promote learning for seniors in the community,” said Mary Ginnetti, the ACE program director.
The full list of summer ACE classes includes:
Computer 101: Boot Camp (Basic Computer Skills) on Friday, July 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Goodwin College, room 411.
Using Excel at Home (Working with Simple Spreadsheets: The Basics of Microsoft Office Excel) on Saturday, July 20, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the South End Senior Center.
Connecticut Geology on Friday, July 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Goodwin College, room 411.
Long Term Care/Dementia and Coping with Caregiver Placement on Saturday, July 27, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the South End Senior Center.
The ACE program launched last September with the goal to provide learning opportunities to seniors and residents who are 55 and older. In addition to the summer and fall sessions, there is also a spring session.
“It was successful enough last year that we were able to continue it this year, and it was something that we got some attention for,” said Matt Engelhardt, communications coordinator for Goodwin College. “We did have people that were asking not just about what courses were available, but [who were] also interested in teaching courses. So that sort of continued the mission this year, where we saw it as a worthwhile activity that people were enjoying and utilizing.”
Teachers in the ACE program are mainly comprised of Goodwin College faculty. Ginnetti said she has received great interest from faculty who wanted to teach classes on various topics. “What I looked for was subjects that faculty had an interest or passion about, but then tying that in with what seniors were interested in, and it seemed like there was a lot of interest from seniors in working with computers,” said Ginnetti. “Art and history was another hot topic, and in addition to that, health topics as well.”
Registration is required for each class. For more information and to register, contact Mary Ginnetti at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-913-2132.