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CoOL Offers Enjoyable Learning Experiences for People Rich With Life Experience

A college classroom with older learners sitting at desks conversing happily.

Learning with – and from – your peers is the essence of CoOL, NECC’s College of Older Learners. If you are 50 or older, we invite you to come expand your mind, and social circle, by participating in, or even leading, a six-week seminar in the fall or spring, exploring a topic of interest.

What Attracts People to the College of Older Learners?

  • Being part of a vibrant community
  • Sharing a joy of learning with others
  • Exploring issues relevant to individuals who are 50+
  • Uncovering hidden interests and potential
  • Sharing knowledge and passion for a topic with others
  • Recognizing that a life of learning is a life well spent

College of Older Learners Course Offerings

Each fall and spring, you can choose from a variety of CoOL seminars. Topics vary and range from Meditation, yoga, and Tai-Chi to senior theater, television production, gardening, and more. Typically, classes meet once a week for a five-week period. Most courses cost $30 and some courses have additional costs (such as purchasing a book or other class-related material such as a yoga mat).

We welcome you to propose an idea for a new CoOL course offering; for details please contact Ben Coughlin, 978-556-3110,

Upcoming Seminars

Does There Have to be a Reason?
'It Was the Best of Times': Reading 'A Tale of Two Cities'
Exploring Iceland
Photography for the Fun of It!
Tai Chi for Health
Glorious Italy
Exploring the Universe Through the Hubble Telescope
Reading: 'The Plot to Hack America' by Malcolm Nance
Gardening Tips and Tricks
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
How to Become a CoOL Seminar Leader or Co-Leader
Dealing with Difficult People
Senior Theater — John Proctor

Registration and Confirmation

How to Register

Approximately one week prior to a seminar’s start date, you will be mailed a letter confirming your seminar attendance along with the appropriate campus map.


Most seminars take place on NECC’s Haverhill Campus at the Opportunity Works Building (HOW) and no parking pass is needed. Temporary permits will be mailed for a few courses that are at Haverhill but are not at the HOW building. Parking passes should be displayed on the driver’s side dashboard.

If for any reason you need additional information regarding parking or a guest parking permit, please contact Sandy Zappala at (e-mail is the preferred method of contact) or 978-556-3064.


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