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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 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).

We welcome you to propose an idea for a new CoOL course offering. For details please call  978-556-3110.

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, September 4, 2019, 2:00 –4:00pm

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

Upcoming Seminars/Lectures/Courses

Mad Scientist Horror Movies from the 1930's-1960's

Mad Scientist Horror Movies from the 1930’s-1960’s

Have fun watching and discussing scary “mad scientist” films from this era.  If you dare! 

Lecture Leader: Ruth Young

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays, 10:00 to 12:00 pm, September 9 through October 7
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 550  Course Number: COOL1169 Section: OWA

Tai Chi to Improve Health

“Tai Chi to Improve Health”

Developed for the Arthritis Foundation, this workshop teaches the Sun Form followed by Qigong meditation to blend your mind and Chi.

Facilitator: Allen Drelick

Course Information

Dates/Time: Will be offered Winter/Spring 2020
Location: Haverhill Campus
Cost: $35
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Walking for Fun and Exercise

Walking for Fun and Exercise

These walks will be in wooded areas, not on paved walkways.  The walks will be no more than 2 miles round trip with time for photographs, water and a snack. 
Facilitators: Lillian and Brian McGinty

Course Information

Dates/Time: Monday, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, September 9-meet and greet in Haverhill; 4 walks Sept 16 through October 7
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 545 Course Number: COOL1140 Section: OWA

Why Can't We Just Sing Along?

Why Can’t We Just Sing Along?

We will write songs – funny, biographical, spirituals, pop or folk.  We will sing songs from the decades and decades of American music.  We will learn a bit about music theory.  For the Young at Heart!  Students are asked to bring a writing journal to class.
Seminar Leader: Philip Cosgrove

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, September 17 through October 15
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35 
CRN: 548 Course Number: COOL1167 Section: OWA

The Science of Prayer and Healing – Accessing your Indwelling Power

The Science of Prayer and Healing – Accessing your Indwelling Power 

In this 4 week session we will explore prayer and healing from a perspective that integrates a non-traditional view of science, spirit and the power of intention.
Seminar Leader: Mark Palermo

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, September 17 through October 8
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 551 Course Number: COOL1170 Section: OWA

France in the 19th Century: From Defeat to La Belle Époque

France in the 19th Century:  From Defeat to La Belle Époque

This interactive seminar will explore the history of France from 1815 to 1914 and look at the cultural and political developments of that era.  We will see how France struggled with its revolutionary legacy and its ambition to project itself as a European and global leader.
Lecture Leader: Stephen Russell

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, September 17 through October 15
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 552 Course Number: COOL1171 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, the class will take photos demonstrating these concepts and present them in the next class.  For the first class bring your camera (regular or iphone) and five 4×6 prints of your favorite photos.
Seminar Leader:  Paul Golobski

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 10:00 to 12:00 pm, September 18 through October 16
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 546 Course Number: COOL1132 Section: OWA

Thinking of Leading a Class?

Thinking of Leading a Class?

This is a free three-week class on how to present a class for 5 weeks and prepare for Showcase. We will research a topic, prepare a PowerPoint slide presentation and prepare for Showcase. Hands-on practice with a computer and audio-visual equipment. Registration is required.
Seminar Leader: Bonnie Pearlman

Course Information

Dates/Time: TBD
Location: Haverhill
Cost: free
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Reading “Little Women”

Reading “Little Women”

We will read and discuss Louisa May Alcott’s novel and consider several video versions of the story. Please read the first five chapters for the first class session.

Lecture Leader: Barbara Stachniewicz

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, September 18 through October 16
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 553 Course Number: COOL1172 Section: OWA

Arts and Aging

Arts and Aging

This interactive 3 week class focuses on the artist within all of us, as we examine the interest of arts and aging.
Lecture Leader: Katrina Everett

Course Information

Dates/Time: Fridays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, September 20 through October 4
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $25
CRN: 554 Course Number: COOL1173 Section: OWA

Poetry is Not a Foreign Language!

Poetry is Not a Foreign Language!

Come discuss the nature of poetry, reading accessible poems by some famous and modern poets.  Bring a pocket folder to hold handouts.  Reading needed between sessions!
Seminar Leader: Edie Daley

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays, 1:00 pm- to 3:00 pm, October 21 through November 25 ( no class 11/11). 
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 555 Course Number: COOL1174 Section: OWA

The American Industrial Revolution in the Merrimack Valley

The American Industrial Revolution in the Merrimack Valley

This 3 week course will show how the Industrial Revolution transformed the Merrimack Valley from its rural origins to a bustling center of industry while transforming society along the way.

Lecture Leader:Rich Padova

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays, 2:30 to 4:30 pm, October 21 through November 4
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $25
CRN: 558 Course Number: COOL1175 Section: OWA

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga 

This class combines Indian Yoga with Chinese Taoism.  Emphasis is on passively holding poses easily to mobilize and strengthen our joints, ligaments and deep fascia. A gentle meditative yoga. Bring a yoga mat. The class will take place in the Fitness Center on the Haverhill campus. 

Facilitator:George Medelinskas

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, October 22 through November 19
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 549 Course Number: COOL1168 Section: OWA

“A Terrible Beauty is Born” (W.B. Yeats), Irish History from 1850 to Independence

“A Terrible Beauty is Born” (W.B. Yeats), Irish History from 1850 to Independence

We will follow Ireland’s journey, post famine, from English rule to independence by examining the land

ownership, rebellion, treaties and Civil War events.  Attention will be paid to leaders such as Michael Davitt, James Connolly and Michael Collins.

Lecture Leader: Mary Ellen Morris

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, October 23 through November 20
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 559 Course Number: COOL1176 Section: OWA

What We Know and How we Learned it

What We Know and How we Learned it

We come to understand everything via experience.  The factual basis of experience is contrasted with mysticism and other “isms.”  Explore the contrast of experienced facts with consensus stories.      

Lecture Leader:Arthur Yarranton

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays,2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, October 23 through November 20
Location: Haverhill Campus
Cost: $35
CRN: 560 Course Number: COOL1177 Section: OWA

New Discoveries in Animal Behavior

New Discoveries in Animal Behavior

From loyal household pets to the wild, animals amuse, confound and fascinate us.  Explore some of the findings research reveals about why they behave the way they do.

Lecture Leader:Peter Spellman

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, October 24 through November 21
Location: Haverhill Campus
Cost: $35
CRN: 561 Course Number: COOL1178 Section: OWA

Retirement: Creating Happiness and Sense of Purpose in Your Vital Years

Retirement:  Creating Happiness and Sense of Purpose in Your Vital Years

Whether you are retired or planning to, this seminar is for you.  Learn new ways to plan for and maintain a prosperous, healthy and happy future.  We will explore how to increase your social lifestyle and avoid feelings of isolation.  Match your needs and values with activities that will give a sense of purpose and happiness.

Seminar Leader:Tom Ellis

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 am to 4:00 pm, October 24 through November 21
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35
CRN: 547 Course Number: COOL1150 Section: OWA

Creating Decorative Origami Boxes

Creating Decorative Origami Boxes

Make your own decorative origami boxes to store or gift small precious treasures! Learn this simple paper- folding art using beautiful papers and embellishments. All supplies provided by instructor. No experience necessary.

Seminar Leader:Faith Benedetti

Course Information

Dates/Time: Fridays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, October 25 through November 22
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $35 & $10 Material fee
CRN: 562 Course Number: COOL1179 Section: OWA

 

 

 

 

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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