Elder College In PG?

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Elder College In PG?

Higher education is not restricted to the young. Or at least the Council of Seniors thinks so. Some think college is for kids, right? Wrong, according to the Seniors Council and others. The Seniors Council is looking into the idea of creating an “Elder College” in Prince George. Currently there are 18 “Elder Colleges” in BC and some are affiliated with accredited Colleges, like Thompson Rivers University. The idea has been around since the early 60’s.
“They are quite often their own societies. They offer an annual membership that ranges anywhere from $5 to $25 a year. And they offer courses of interest to seniors, taught by other seniors,” explains Lola-Dawn Fennel, Executive Director for the Council of Seniors.
A vibrant Elder College exists in Williams Lake, called the Cariboo-Chilcotin Elder College. It is also affiliated with Thompson Rivers University. The College of New Caledonia is open to the idea.
“Our mandate is to serve the needs of all people in the CNC region,” says Henry Reiser, President of the College of New Caledonia. “That includes direct entry high school, existing high school students through CTC (Career Technical Centre), adult learners and then, of course, mature learners.”
He’s even put in calls to TRU, as well as Selkirk College and Vancouver Island College to get an idea of what that affiliation looks like in their cases.
If you want more information on Elder College, visit their website.
And if you’re are inclined to say yes to such a college click here.


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