College Offers Free Classes For Senior Citizens

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UNION COUNTY – Union County College will be offering the following free classes for senior citizens as part of the Learning Is ForEver (LIFE) Center throughout the county beginning the week of Sept. 7. Classes will run until the week of Dec. 10. Registration will be held during the first session of each class.

The LIFE Center program provides free college-level academic education for senior citizens who are Union County residents, 62 years old or over, at off-campus locations throughout the county. The courses are offered at places and times convenient to the students, mainly at community and senior citizen centers.

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Classes are free for the students and there is no limit to the number of courses that an individual may take. The courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters only and each course is held for two hours a week for 15 weeks. Those students who wish to pay for their classes and complete the academic requirements of the course may earn up to three college credits to be used towards an Associate or Bachelor degree. The courses are usually offered in History, Fine Arts, Political Science, Literature, Health, and Science.

This fall the following courses are being offered:

  • In Elizabeth, at the Peterstown Community Center (622 Salem Ave), “American National Government” will be taught on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. by Professor Lipkin and at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center (408 Palmer St), Professor Bruckner will teach “Music Appreciation” on Tuesdays, at 1 p.m.
  • In New Providence, at the Senior Citizen Center (15 E. Fourth St), Professor Dunscombe will be teaching “Selected Topics in Biology” on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
  • In Plainfield, at the Senior Center (400 E. Front St), Professor Dunscombe will be teaching “Selected Topics in Biology” on Wednesday s at 12:30 a.m. and Professor Coma will be teaching “Introduction to Drama” on Fridays at 1 p.m.
  • In Roselle, Professor Nicoli will be teaching two courses, “Painting I” on Mondays at 10 a.m. and “History of Art” on Mondays at 1 p.m. at the Roselle Community Center (1268 Shaffer Ave).
  • In Scotch Plains, at the JCC of Central New Jersey (1391 Martine Ave), “Appreciation of Art” will be taught by Professor Nicoli on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
  • In Springfield, at the Sarah Bailey Civic Center (30 Church Mall), Professor Gibbs will teach “American Foreign Policy” on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.
  • In Summit, “Introduction to Shakespeare” will be held at Sage ElderCare (290 Broad St) and taught by Professor Comeau on Mondays at 1 p.m. Professor Gibbs will also offer “American Foreign Policy” at the Summit Community Center (100 Morris Ave) on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
  • In Union at the Green Lane YM-YWHA (501 Green Lane), Professor Toplansky will teach “Survey of Yiddish Literature” on Mondays at 1 p.m. and Professor Melman will offer “Nutrition in Health and Disease” on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.
  • In Westfield, Professor Gibbs will offer “English History, 1485 to present” at the Westfield Senior Citizen Housing (1133 Boynton Ave) on Fridays at 10 a.m. and Professor Coma will teach “Introduction to Drama” on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. at the 2nd Westfield Senior Citizen Housing (1129 Boynton Ave).

For additional information or to receive the full schedule of classes for all LIFE Center courses offered in the fall, contact the LIFE Center at 908-497-4360.


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