back to school!

Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” We agree with Henry. Here are some organizations and educational institutions that can help kick-start your exploration of something you either know nothing about or have always wanted to pursue.

Learning in Retirement
at Iona College
A mostly volunteer organization, LIRIC is all about “stretching your mind intellectually and meeting new people.” They are now celebrating 25 years of courses and activities, offering a mix of topics. They meet at the Greek Orthodox Church in New Rochelle as well as at Iona College. To learn more about LIRIC, attend their Sunday, September 10 open house from 2-4pm, at Spellman Hall/Iona College in New Rochelle. You can also visit, call 914.633.2675, or email

Mainstream, The Institute
for Mature Adults
Ready to embark on a new career for the next stage in life? Mainstream, a part of the Westchester Community College system, offers adults ages 50 and over courses to support career change options. Under the Senior Audit program, ages 60 plus may enroll in courses on a space-available basis. For information, call 914.606.6793 or email

SUNY Purchase
Senior Citizen Auditors Program
Purchase College offers noncredit lifelong learning through their personal enrichment courses and professional certificates. Pursue your passion by working towards a certificate in Home Staging, Appraisals, or Interior Design. Take courses in art history, voiceover, or drawing. For more information about continuing education, call 914.251.6500 or email

University Without Walls
The beauty of Dorot’s UWW is that classes are offered online or through teleconferencing, so just because you may have mobility or transportation issues doesn’t mean you have to miss out on learning. Founded 25 years ago, the range of classes is a “great way to stay connected,” and runs the gamut from arts and history to current events and health concerns. Programs are free or low cost. You can find more information by visiting or calling 877.819.9147.

WCC’s Collegium
for Lifelong Learning
Combining serious study with social exchange, Collegium – at the WCC Valhalla campus – was created in 2004. Courses are taught by professors, retired educators, or professionals with expertise in the subject area. For more information, call 914.606.6748, email, or google Collegium for Lifelong Learning at WCC and click through on the link.


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