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Register for TMCC’s Silver College
by Donna Clontz
Chair, Reno Senior Citizen Advisory Committee
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Donna Clontz
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As a senior, you might think you’re never going back to school again. But take a look at the classes offered by Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) in their Community Education program located at their Meadowood Center at 5270 Neil Road in Reno.

Rick Sorensen, Program Specialist for TMCC’s Community Education programs, explained, "Our catalog comes out three times yearly in Fall, Winter/Spring and Summer and features hundreds of low-cost (from $39 and up) noncredit, non-graded, fun courses in 18 different categories."

Classes are offered to anyone aged 18 or over in Arts, Crafts & Photography, Beauty, Dance, Fitness & Sports, Food & Beverage, Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Languages, Money & Investing, Music, Outdoors, Pets & Animals, Professional Advancement, Pilates, Special Interest, Spiritual Exploration, Writing and Silver College. Classes vary in length from 2 hours to 10 weeks. Course titles include watercolor painting, calligraphy, blog writing and creating websites, high desert gardening, upholstery, Spanish and French conversation, line dancing, bridge, singing, guitar and ukulele, Nevada ghost towns and paranormal activities, wine appreciation, drone technology, mystery novels, dog massage, politics and a monastery retreat.

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Especially for those folks who are 55-plus, TMCC offers its Silver College classes in three categories—Arts, Technology, and Wellness. Instructors in these courses develop topics of special interest to those over 55. Silver Arts classes teach Spanish, acrylic painting, creating art with alcohol inks, mosaics, photography and using digital cameras. Silver Technology shows seniors how to use computers, basic software, social media, smartphone tips and tricks. Silver Wellness is the most popular with many sections of yoga, tai chi and Pilates on various days and times at the Meadowood Center. Other classes such as Growing Older with Grace and Grit, Mindfulness and Meditation, and Dating for Seniors put a positive spin on the aging process that all of us experience. As Cindy S. said about Silver Pilates, "I’ve gotten so much stronger. I can go down stairs faster with less pain. I’m doing things I didn’t think I would ever be able to do again."

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Silver College has 21 paid instructors and about 525 students per semester. Their enrollments have more than doubled in the last four years and they will continue to expand to serve the growing senior population. Community Ed is self-supported with no state funding, so they split their course fee 50/50 with their instructors. They are always looking for new teachers and topics. If you want to share your expertise, visit and click on "Teach for Us".

Seniors 65 and older can apply for tuition assistance discounts through the Senior Sunshine Fund established by Helaine Greenberg. This fund provides $20 toward any class priced $50 or higher. To apply, call the TMCC Community Education office at 829-9010 for more details. As a special bonus, those 65 and over will receive a 10 percent discount on most of the regular Community Education classes (excluding Silver College, conferences, online classes and professional advancement courses.)

Silver College offers personal enrichment and life-changing opportunities to those who enroll. A few years ago, Hank, now his 90s, signed up for creative writing. After completing several classes, he thanked the staff for remembering him and "his continuing quest to amount to something, because his father had told him he’d never amount to much." He said he now knows that his "dear father was mistaken." He’s gone on to take online classes at Stanford University. What an accomplishment!

During Older Americans Month (OAM) in May this year, look for several Silver College classes that will be featured in the OAM booklet, and give one of them a try!

For more information on Silver College, please pick up a Community Education catalog at TMCC or the libraries, or contact them at 775-829-9010 or visit online at