Seniors line up to enroll in SFU courses

November 28, 2016

By Jen Muranetz

Several dozen seniors lined up early at SFU’s Vancouver campus last Wednesday to register for the Continuing Studies Liberal Arts and Adults 55+ program.

“I don’t think there’s any other program in the Lower Mainland that has the same number of people, the same range and diversity of courses,” says Mark Smith, program coordinator.

The program is made up of 47 non-credit courses on topics ranging from art to philosophy, and attracts approximately 1,000 adults aged 55 and older each semester. Although they can register online, many of the students prefer to sign up in person.

“We had to rush all the way from North Vancouver to register and we already missed out on one course that was already full by the time we got here,” says Teresa Carrazon, 75. She’s been attending classes with her husband, Luis, 76, for the last eight years.

It’s not just classes these retired adults are signing up for — but also an opportunity to connect with their peers.

“It’s a very social program,” says Smith. “People come here and make friends. Somebody just said to me, ‘I made a new friend in the lineup today.’”

You can learn more about the Liberal Arts and Adults 55+ program, including registration deadlines for summer and fall semester, on its website.