The Lifelong Learning Institute at Immaculata University
Starting in the fall semester, Immaculata University will be the new home for over 600 Chester County senior citizens (age 50 and older) who want to continue learning. For a nominal fee, seniors can enroll in classes taught by volunteers, on topics of interest at the newly created Lifelong Learning Institute.
For over a decade, these seniors had attended similar classes at the Exton campus of Widener University. With the decision to cease operations in Chester County, Immaculata was contacted as a possible new educational site.
“After learning about the needs of the senior community in our region, we knew that Immaculata University would be able to create and deliver a program that will fulfill the intellectual and cultural interests of Chester County residents in their retirement years,” stated Dr. Angela Tekely, dean of the College of LifeLong Learning Immaculata University. “We are excited to have a wonderful advisory board that we will be working with as we launch the Immaculata University LifeLong Learning Institute this Fall!”
With three terms a year (fall, spring, summer), the enrichment, non-credit courses run from five to 10 weeks in duration and are held during the day. Most of the instructors are senior volunteers who also participate in the enrichment classes. Popular classes have included art, film, personal finance, literature, and history.
According to Ed Goll, spokesperson for the senior group of lifelong learners and West Chester resident, one of the tremendous benefits of having seniors teaching courses, especially history courses, is that they have actually lived through it and experienced it first-hand. Several veterans of World War II and Vietnam have served as history teachers.
“We all wanted to continue our lifelong learning group – and to keep it in Chester County,” Goll stated. “We are very excited to begin a new tradition at Immaculata University.”
The fall class schedule will be available in early June. To have a copy emailed and/or mailed to you on the release date, please register at http://www.immaculata.edu/cll/lifelong/request. For more information on the LifeLong Learning Institute, visit the website at http://www.immaculata.edu/cll/lifelong, or call 484-323-3238.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.