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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 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

Session 1 Seminars: September to Mid-October

Monday Lecture
Audio Storytelling: How to Record and Share Your Stories
More Historic New England
The Moderns and Mrs. Dalloway
Genetic Engineering
Now and Zen
What is Comedy?
Worry Less, Live More

Session 2 Seminars: Late October to November

Einstein: The Man and a Non-scientist’s Guide to his Big Ideas - Jerry Bourdon
Tai-Chi for Health
Global Weather
Artists the Critics Love to Hate
Who are They? A Look at Vice Presidential Spouses from Abigail Adams to Karen Pence
Senior Theater
Non-Traditional Healing
Audio Storytelling: How to Record and Share Your Stories


There is a $30 registration fee per course that does not include the cost of course materials IF they are required.

Registration Options

Call Enrollment Services
Sign-Up on Campus
Sign-Up Online
Sign-Up by Mail

Registration Confirmation

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.


For seminars that take place on NECC’s Haverhill Campus, you will also receive a guest parking pass. Parking passes should be displayed on the driver’s side dashboard. For seminars that take place at NECC’s Lawrence Riverwalk Campus, no parking pass is needed.

If for any reason you need additional information regarding parking or a guest parking permit, please contact Christine DeRosa at (e-mail is the preferred method of contact) or 978-659-1225.


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