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.
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."