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CoOL Offers Enjoyable Learning Experiences for People Rich With Life Experience

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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 three to six-week seminar/lecture/course 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/lectures/courses. 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 $35 and some courses have additional costs (such as purchasing a book or other class-related material such as a yoga mat).

 

New, Personal Growth & Enrichment Program, Fall 2020

If you are interested in leading a seminar or have class suggestions, please complete our Instructors Needed online application. Applications for paid seminar leader positions for the Fall 2020 semester are welcome at this time. Courses under this new program will consist of 6-8 week Study Units, open to the public, that fall under the following areas; Art, History, Local Interest, Aging, Literature, Writing, Science, Gardening, Health and Fitness. Please note on your application, under “additional information”  that it should be forwarded to Sandy Zappala, Program Manager. 

 

It’s Easy to Register!

Just call Enrollment Services at 978-556-3700 and let us know which course you would like to attend. We will send you a letter and a campus map one week prior to the start of your course with the location, dates and times. Parking tags will be mailed to those attending courses not offered at the Haverhill Opportunity Works building.

Don’t Miss: The CoOL Seminar Showcase

Seminar leaders will give a brief presentation of the courses offered in the Fall

Date/Time: Wed, January 22, 2020, 2:00 –4:00pm

Location: Hartleb Technology Center, TC-103B, on the Haverhill Campus

Upcoming Seminars/Lectures/Courses

Tai Chi for Health

Tai Chi for Health

This popular 8 week program was developed for the Arthritis Foundation. It
includes a warm-up for the joints followed by QiGong meditation to
blend your mind with your Chi. This seminar includes the Sun Form for
balance and strength.

Facilitator: Allan Drelick

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursdays, 11:00 to 12:00 pm, January 23 through March 12
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $79
CRN: 115  Course Number: COOL1111 Section: OWA

Yin Yoga and Meditation

“Yin Yoga and Meditation”

This seminar combines Yin Yoga with Meditation. We will work on
passively holding poses in a meditative way.

Facilitator: George Medelinskas

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 10:00 to 12:00 pm, February 4 through March 3
Location: Haverhill Campus
Cost: $35
CRN: 174 Course Number: COOL1180 Section: OWA

The Rise of European Fascism

The Rise of European Fascism

A mostly lecture course looking at how Fascist movements originate
and grow in several European countries who consider themselves
“democratic” from the late 19th century into the 1930s.
Lecture Leader: Steve Russell

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, February 4 through March 3 
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 175 Course Number: COOL1181 Section: OWA

Reading Wuthering Heights

Reading Wuthering Heights

We will read the fabulous “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte and
discuss the novel and the lives of the Bronte sisters. Participants will
need a copy of the novel.
Seminar Leader: Barbara Stachniewicz

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, February 5 through March 4
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35 
CRN: 176 Course Number: COOL1182 Section: OWA

How to Become a CoOL Seminar Leader or Co-Leader

How to Become a CoOL Seminar Leader or Co-Leader

A three-day fun class where you’ll learn tips on researching topics,
creating presentations, facilitating class discussions and hands on
practice with classroom computer and audio-visual equipment. Please
bring a flash drive to class. Registration is required.
Seminar Leader: Judy Flieder

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, February 6 through February 20
Location: Haverhill
Cost: Free
CRN: 177 Course Number: COOL1138 Section: OWA

Good and Evil in the Movies – Exploring Dr. Jekyll and
Mr. Hyde

Good and Evil in the Movies – Exploring Dr. Jekyll and
Mr. Hyde

We will read Stevenson’s original story and view several movie
versions. We will discuss good and evil and whether we have “good”
and “evil” sides.
Seminar Leader: Ruth Young

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, March 30 through May 4 (no class 4/20)
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 179 Course Number: COOL1183 Section: OWA

Why is DNA so important?

Why is DNA so important?

DNA is in every cell. It is a code that defines both the sameness and the
diversity within a specie. This seminar explains how it happens.
Lecture Leader: Arthur Yarranton

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, March 30 through May 4 (no class 4/20)
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 180 Course Number: COOL1184  Section: OWA

Je Me Souviens (I Remember) French Canadian History &
Culture in New England

Je Me Souviens (I Remember) French Canadian History &
Culture in New England

We will explore the historical background and reasons for migration
as well as the role of religion, language, literature, food, music and
community in preserving heritage.
Seminar Leader: Mary Ellen Morris

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 10:00 to 12:00 pm, March 31 through April 28
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 181 Course Number:COOL 1185 Section: OWA

What’s So Special about the Mona Lisa Anyway?

What’s So Special about the Mona Lisa Anyway?

Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and others – a look at their lives and
struggles in tumultuous times and their individual contribution to style
and the advancement of technique.

Seminar Leader: Ben Coughlin & Nancy Clark

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, March 31 through April 28
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 182 Course Number: COOL1161 Section: OWA

Making Mandalas

Making Mandalas

Mandalas have been used for meditation, relaxation and self-discovery.
We will explore this ancient art form using different tools and mixed
media. No artistic skills are required. Bring a pad of 11” x 14” mixed
media art paper (sold in art supply stores).
Facilitator: Donna Childs

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, April 1 through April 22
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 183 Course Number: COOL1186 Section: OWA

Global Warming 2.0 — Can We Adapt?

Global Warming 2.0 — Can We Adapt?

Climate change is considered a global human catastrophic risk. This
course will discuss plans about how we can adapt to this unexpected
reality during the next 100 years.
Lecture Leader: Robert Young

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 pm- to 4:00 pm, April 1 through April 22
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 189 Course Number: COOL1189 Section: OWA

Chanting

Chanting

Explore Chanting as a means for healing, relaxation and mindfulness.
Learn about different traditions of chanting.

Facilitator:George Medelinskas

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursdays, 10:00 to 2:00 pm, April 2 through April 30
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 184 Course Number: COOL1187 Section: OWA

Exploring Traditional Chinese Culture

Exploring Traditional Chinese Culture

Students will be exposed to Chinese traditional culture in five
different topics: Chinese music, Classical dance, Tea ceremony, Qi
Gong meditation and the meaning of Chinese ancient characters and
calligraphy.

Seminar Leader:Sun Ling Liew

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 am to 4:00 pm, April 2 through April 30
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 185 Course Number: COOL1188 Section: OWA

Worry Less, Live More

Worry Less, Live More

Worrying is the mind’s way to problem solve. This seminar will offer
simple tools and techniques on managing our worry habits so we can
live our life with peace of mind.

Seminar Leader: Tom Ellis

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, April 2 through April 30
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 186 Course Number: COOL1164 Section: OWA

Photography for the Fun of It

Photography for the Fun of It

Each week we will view and discuss fundamental photographic
concepts. During the week, class members will take photos
demonstrating these concepts and present them in the next class. For
the first class bring your camera or thumb drive and 5 or 6 of your
favorite photos.

Seminar Leader:Paul Golobski

Course Information

Dates/Time: Fridays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, April 3 through May 1
Location: Haverhill Campus
Cost: $35
CRN: 187 Course Number: COOL1132 Section: OWA

Exploring the Universe Through the Hubble Telescope

Exploring the Universe Through the Hubble Telescope

Explore our solar system, our galaxy (the “Milky Way”), other galaxies,
and the edge of space and time through images from the Hubble Space
Telescope.

Lecture Leader:Jerry Bourdon

Course Information

Dates/Time: Fridays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, April 3 through May 1
Location: Haverhill Campus
Cost: $35
CRN: 188 Course Number: COOL1134 Section: OWA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Registration and Confirmation

Ways to Register

How to Register

There are several ways to register:

  • Register online using FlexReg, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Use FlexReg and search for Cool courses. Follow the prompts or read instructions below on how to Sign–in, search and register for classes or get help.
  • Register by phone by contacting Enrollment Services at 978-556-3700. Have your credit card ready and be prepared to provide your name, address, phone, date of birth and the course number.
  • Fax: Complete the registration form at the back of our course catalogue or the registration form (PDF) from our website and fax it with your credit card information at least one week prior to the start of the course to Enrollment Services at 978-556-3171.
  • Mail: Complete the registration form (PDF) and mail it with your check, credit card information or purchase order to Bursar’s Office, NECC, 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA 01830.
  • In Person: Enrollment Services are at the Behrakis One Stop Student Center on the Haverhill campus, or the Lawrence campus (414 Common Street).

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. If you are registering late, please call Sandy Zappala at 978-556-3064, for directions and/or confirmation if needed.

Parking

Most seminars/lectures/courses take place on NECC’s Haverhill Campus at the Opportunity Works Building (HOW) and no parking hang tag is needed. Temporary parking hang tags will be mailed for courses that are on the Haverhill campus but are not at the HOW building.

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

 

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