For the last 15 years, older learners in Maine have been learning for the love of it at Maine Senior College, proving the other often-repeated adage You can’t teach an old dog new tricks to be utterly false!

Since it first began, the Senior College movement in Maine has grown by leaps and bounds and now stretches across Maine from York County to the St. John Valley to provide a curriculum of intellectually stimulating learning opportunities for people 50 years of age or older. (See all the Senior Colleges in the network.) It began with a vision a simple idea, really, and now thanks to a network of dedicated community and university leaders and volunteers, Senior College reaches out to all older learners and is now an integral part of the lives of more than 5,000 Maine people. Seventeen Senior Colleges serve far more than 17 Maine cities and towns around the state.

Members of Senior College may choose from an extensive array of courses in the liberal arts and sciences. There are no entrance requirements and no grades or tests. It is experience and love of learning that count. No college background is needed. Members renew their enthusiasm for learning in the relaxed atmosphere of Senior College classes. During class, members engage in discussion on course material, enjoy lectures or presentations from an instructor, and contemplate life’s questions and answers.

In addition to the courses, there are extracurricular activities, social events, lectures, trips and excursions. Organized activities have included trips to the theater, art museums, historical sites and international destinations. Senior College members have truly gone around the block and around the world.

Most Maine Senior Colleges have an annual membership fee of $25. There is a nominal fee for classes and other learning and social opportunities. At many Senior Colleges, scholarship funds are available through a simple, friendly and confidential process.

Learn for the love of it join today! To find a Senior College near you, please visit: www.maineseniorcollege.org or contact the Maine Senior College Network office at 207-780-4128, or email: mscn@usm.maine.edu. Want to find out what’s happening this month? Read the Maine Senior College Network newsletter.