Seniors program boom

April 3, 2008

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A baby-boomer thirst for learning is fueling steady growth in Continuing Studies’ seniors’ program. Winter ’08 registration was up 18 per cent over last year, with 715 seniors signing up for courses from history to mysticism and literature to political science. Seniors pay regular fees for non-credit courses, but courses leading to a degree are free. “We’re seeing more baby boomers interested in staying in school after they retire,” says program assistant Julian Benedict, who adds that Vancouver’s seniors population is expected to double over the next decade. Next fall, the program will introduce night classes at the Vancouver campus and begin a Learn Where You Live program at assisted-living centres. “We don’t believe mobility should be a barrier to learning,” says Benedict, “so we’re bringing the classroom to seniors.”
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