Registration under way for spring Lifelong Learning classes

Contact: Tonya Durlach
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Low-cost, short-term educational programs for adults.

KALAMAZOO--Registration has begun for the spring 2012 classes being offered by Western Michigan University's Lifelong Learning Academy.

The academy offers low-cost, short-term educational programs to older Kalamazoo-area residents, although individuals of any age are welcome to participate. It aims to provide an informal and lively atmosphere that is intellectually and culturally stimulating, promotes personal growth, and fosters social engagement. Academy courses are provided for the joy of learning--there are no tests or grades. They fall into one of seven categories: arts and humanities, current events, enrichment, international themes, health, history, and science and technology.

The spring 2012 session runs from Monday, March 5, through Wednesday, May 9, and features 21 non-credit classes that cover a range of topics, including: beekeeping, chemistry, Egyptian culture, genealogy, health and wellness, literature and poetry, pharmaceuticals, real estate, social change, the fall of Soviet Communism, Spanish, and women of World War II.

The academy also hosts a rich array of interest groups, lectures, travel-related activities and special events. Travel opportunities this session include a day trip to the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Mich.; a guided tour of Detroit's renaissance; and an overnight architecture and art tour that will take participants to Columbus and Indianapolis, Ind.


The Lifelong Learning Academy offers an optional membership, which provides a discount on classes and trips as well as other benefits. Tuition is modest and based on the number of times a class meets. Spring 2012 rates range from $20 to $60 for members or $30 to $90 for nonmembers, and include free on-campus parking. Fees also may be charged to offset the cost of class materials, books or travel.

The academy is led by a volunteer advisory board that operates under the auspices of WMU's Extended University Programs division in collaboration with numerous other educational and community organizations.

For more information or to register for a Lifelong Learning Academy class, visit or call Extended University Programs at (269) 387-4200.