Casual courses help Seniors enjoy more active lifestyles

Toning with Tap Dance, Living The French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon, and Art Appreciation are some of the Midland College Classic courses this semester.

The Classics Program is a senior program of choice for adults ages 55 and up, to enhance their knowledge on a variety of topics provided with a low cost, according to the Midland College Classics catalog.

A person who would like to register for College Classics courses. Register at the MC education office in person. The courses can be taken by any individual 55 or older and courses will be offered in three four- week sessions. A $25 fee is.

In the College Classics catalog, the courses that are being taught this semester are: The World`s Greatest Geological Wonder, 1:30- 3 p.m. on Monday; Clogging, 5:30- 6:30 p.m. on Monday; Art Appreciation, 1:30- 3 p.m. on Tuesday; Stars of Texas, 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday; U.S. Presidents (cont`d), 1:30- 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday; Toning With Tap Dance 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday; Living The French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon, 2- 4 p.m. on Thursday and Computer Basics, 1- 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

The College Classics faculty volunteer for courses they enjoy, according to the catalog.

Clogging and Toning with Tap Dance instructor Tori Baca said, “ I read about it in the paper and I thought, I was going to come teach this because I been dancing over 50 years.

I have a lot of dancing experience and it keeps me off my couch, and the enjoyment is wonderful.”

Director of Alumni Relations J. Don Wallace feels like teaching College Classics is his way of giving back to his community.

“I have been teaching College Classics for a very long time I took a break for a while, but the College Classics group wanted me to really come back and teach more about Art Appreciation,” Wallace said. “I feel like it was a calling to come back and do so for them.”

Wallace said he has a great group of students and he just loves College Classics because it provides a culture  entertaining  type group discussion.

College Classics student’s Cherry Owen and Heidi South love to dance; they both are taking Tori Baca’s Toning with Tap Dance. They enjoy the exercise and friendships they have gained taken this course.

“I am 71 years old and this is my sixth year,” South said. “Age doesn`t have anything to do with it. I feel alive and it`s so much fun this course helps me with my mind, heart, brain and it’s really helps with my balances.”

College Classics courses can also be good for physical health. College  Classic Student Denise Brasher an orthopedic nurse, and said she sees a lot of people fall in her offices. She took this class to help strengthen her legs.

“As we age, we were more likely to fall and if we are not strong enough when we go to fall, it’s harder to catch ourselves,” Brasher said. “This class helps me with my balance and I have seen a lot of improvement,”

Jan Reed, a retired MC employee, said  MC Classics was started in 1988; the reason it started was because there wasn’t anything for the 55 and older age group of to get involved in.

“Every year the population grew as they all talked to each other and came together as family. College Classics was something to make them feel alive again,” Reed said.

Not all instructors get paid for teaching according to Brenda Cordero the Associate Director for Community programs and Continuing Education. Instructors work on a volunteer basis to keep fees low so the students can take as many classes as they would like for only $25. For more information, visit http://www.midland.edu/cpce/classics or call 432-685-4518.

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