For seniors in Carbondale, Illinois, and nearby Carterville, Illinois, opportunities abound for continuing education-which also means a continuing social life-at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and John A. Logan College in Carterville.
Southern Illinois University’s Division of Continuing Education
The Division of Continuing Education at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIUC) offers classes and programs for seniors who want to keep active in body and mind.
Membership in Learning in Retirement, SIUC’s Continuing Education program for seniors 55 and over, includes: classes; monthly meetings; social events; a monthly newsletter; free parking on campus during class times (a very valuable perk, as anyone who has tried to park on campus at peak times knows); the use of SIUC’s beautifully remodeled Morris Library; and, last but not least, half-price tickets to events at SIUC’s Shryock Auditorium, if available, on the day of the performance.
These classes and benefits are available to area seniors for an annual fee of just $25! I have two friends who belong to the SIUC Learning in Retirement program and love it. Maybe it’s time for me to join, too!
Seniors in the Carbondale, Illinois, area can also take advantage of the SIUC Division of Continuing Education’s Community Listener’s Pass, which also costs $25. It allows the holder to sit in on any regular SIUC class, with the permission of the instructor. The Community Listener’s Pass is different from an official Audit, which involves registering as an SIUC student and paying tuition. With this pass, the Community Listener arranges with the instructor how much work he or she will do, ranging from just listening each day, to handing in homework assignments and taking tests.
The Division of Continuing Education at SIUC offers other classes that might interest seniors, such as Ballroom Dancing. Register early for this class, which is held at the Carbondale Civic Center and is very popular!
A new one-day workshop for Baby Boomers age 45-65 is Retire = Refire. Recently retired seniors, or those considering retirement, will, according the the blurb on the website, “open new doors and ideas about volunteering, education, travel and second careers.” The fee is $30.
John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois
Another excellent place for seniors looking for a continuing education experience near Carbondale, Illinois, is John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois, just fifteen minutes away.
Their catalog (in paper and online) offers a wide variety of continuing education classes ranging from the practical (health care, computers, real estate, to name just a few) to general education and, well, fun things (antiques, herbs, hypnosis, languages, pet care, travel). If you don’t find the class you want, you are encouraged to request it, and John A. Logan College will try to offer it. Most of the continuing education classes are held on the Carterville campus, but some are at local high schools, senior citizens’ centers and other public buildings around the area, making them convenient for all.
Best of all, seniors sixty and over pay no tuition for Continuing Education classes at John A. Logan. Sometimes there is a fee, usually around $30, and seniors do pay that. You can register in advance, or show up at the first class meeting and register then.
So far, I have taken a one-day piano workshop for beginniners through John A. Logan College Continuing Education, which I loved, and an Ebay class that got me started buying and selling on that site. Through an International Cooking class I met people from all over the world, sampled their cooking, and learned how to make some of their dishes. I took three semesters of Italian at a friend’s suggestion. When I got the chance to travel in Italy, I was able to get around well. Also, the people in that class were (still are) very social, going to lunch and dinner together, playing bocce ball in Herrin, going to the opera films. Finally, I took a Writing for the Web class. Taught by Associated Content writer Lucinda Gunnin, it is the reason why I am writing this article now. It was a great class!
I came to live in Carbondale, Illinois, for both the beautiful natural surroundings and the wealth of educational opportunities here. As a senior, I’m taking advantage of these opportunities more than ever, continuing my education with classes I enjoy and can afford, and making new friends along the way.
Continuing education is alive and well in the area around Carbondale, Illinois, and a particularly good option for seniors. Just contact one or both of these local educational institutions:
Southern Illinios University-Carbondale
Division of Continuing Education’sWashington Square Building C
Carbondale, IL 62901
John A. Logan College
Office of Continuing Education
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, IL 62918
From Jackson County: (618) 457-7676
From Williamson County: (618) 985-3741