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Our Courses for students 55 & older

Note: These courses were specifically designed for students 55 and older; however, students 55 and older are welcome to take any courses listed in the catalog. Scholarships are available. Please contact Sherry Hayes at shayes17@massasoit.mass.edu or 508-588-9100 x1695

More Community Reads

Come join a community of avid readers age 55 and older in this popular series of book discussions lead by distinguished MCC faculty and staff members. Offering a provocative mix of new and classic literature each semester, the course meets the third Tuesday of the month. Books are available at local and online bookstores and at most local libraries. Please note that availability may be limited, depending on the book’s popularity or release date, so we recommend calling your library to confirm.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

1/19/2021
The Library Book
By Susan Orlean
2/16/2021
Peony: A Novel of China
By Pearl S. Buck
3/16/2021
The Book of Longings: A Novel
By Sue Monk Kidd
4/20/2021
The Poisonwood Bible
By Barbara Kingsolver
5/18/2021
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
By Michael Finkel

Web | 28250 | $0
Tuesday | 3:30 – 5:00 pm
1/19 – 5/18/2021
Instructor: Carol Cohen

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Modern Quilt Group

Would you like learn to make a quilt or finish one of your Unfinished Objects (UFOs)? For students age 55 and older, this class is designed to help you do exactly that! You can learn how to piece a simple quilt top from beginning to finish, bring in a “UFO” that you never seem to have time to finish, or start an entirely new project. Whether you are trying quilting for the first time or finishing your 100th quilt, you will expand your knowledge as you quilt with this group.

Note: This course is offered online using learning management system (Canvas) and video conference program (Zoom) on scheduled days and times above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28278 | $69
Tuesday | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
3/23 – 5/25/2021
Instructor: Diane Bennett

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Writing for Memory Enhancement

This 4-week workshop, designed for students age 55 and older, focuses on the benefits of story-telling and journal writing for brain health. Practical approaches will utilize writing for creative thought, short-term recall, and recording memories.

Note: This course is offered online using learning management system (Canvas) and video conference program (Zoom) on scheduled days and times above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28251 | $18
Friday | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
3/26 – 4/16/2021
Instructor: Agelina Avedano

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iPhone Basics

Feeling overwhelmed by your iPhone? Designed for students age 55 and older, come learn how to navigate the basic features of your iPhone.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28253 | $6
Thursday | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
5/13/2021
Instructor: Katy Mayo

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Introduction to iPads

This is a 2-part class that will teach students age 55 and older everything you need to know about using the basics of your iPad. We will cover the basics during the first class. The basics include, connecting to Wi-Fi, setting up email, change settings, and exploring iCloud. In the second part of the class we will learn about downloading and using apps from the App Store, using FaceTime, email, internet (Safari), photos and much more.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28254 | $12
Thursday | 1:00 – 3:00 pm
4/1 – 4/8/2021
Instructor: Katy Mayo

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Intermediate iPads

This is the second half of a 2-part class that will teach students age 55 and older to go beyond the basics. If you are using your iPad only to send email and search the internet this will take you to the next step. Review downloading apps, add payment methods, record video, learn to text, edit photos, create photo albums, copy and paste and, many tips and tricks.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28257 | $12
Thursday | 1:00 – 3:00 pm
4/22 – 4/29/2021
Instructor: Katy Mayo

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Computer Concepts for Beginners

How much do you know about using your computer or downloading from the internet and attaching files? Ever wonder what terms like desktop, file, browser, and document mean? This course, designed for students age 55 and older, will demystify topics like Windows, the Windows Desktop, basic terminology, connecting to the internet, understanding browsers and search engines, as well as provide a basic introduction to word processing.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28261 | $24
Saturday | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
2/20 – 3/13/2021
Instructor: Marian Bazarian

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Intermediate Computer Concepts

This course is designed for students age 55 and older as a continuation of Computer Concepts for Beginners. Now that you are comfortable with computer basics, take your skills to the next level by learning how to create folders and manage your files, size windows, move and copy files, and multitask in the Windows environment. Emphasis will also be given to continued work in Microsoft Word.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28264 | $24
Saturday | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
3/27 – 4/17/2021
Instructor: Marian Bazarian

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Gentle Yoga

This course will provide students age 55 and older with gentle stretching and breathing techniques. These series of poses (asanas) can be done on a chair or on a mat. These poses stretch the muscles in the body while increasing flexibility in the joints. Yoga creates relaxation, pain relief, easing of depression and anxiety, and improves the quality of life.

Note: These courses are offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28270 | $30
Friday | 10:00 – 11:00 am
1/22 – 4/2/2021
Instructor: Susan Andrea

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Web | 28272 | $30
Friday | 10:00 – 11:00am
4/9 – 6/11/2021
Instructor: Susan Andrea

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Zumba Gold

This Zumba Gold course will provide students age 55 and older who are looking for a modified Zumba class that creates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity. The design of the class introduces east-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Come ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong. Class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance!

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28274 | $30
Monday | 1:00 – 2:00 pm
2/22 – 5/10/2021
Instructor: Marlene Leal

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About Our Instructors

Susan Andrea earned her A.S. and B.S. Degree in Nursing from Curry College and her M.S. in Nursing from Boston College. She holds certifications in Reiki, Shambala and Qigong, and, in different yoga practices including Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga. She is an experienced yoga teacher with over 500-hours of certification. She teaches mat and chair yoga to diverse populations in all age groups, and works locally as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Dr. Angelina Avedano earned an M.A. in Theology Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and M.A. in English from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies, with emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute (PGI). Her journal articles, poems, and short stories appear in several publications. Her goal is to help others tap their creative potential and offer support as they step into authentic self-expression.

Marian Bazaian holds an A.A.S. in Computer Science from Blue Hills Technical Institute and a B.A. in Education from Boston College. Currently, she is also an adjunct professor at Massasoit Community College, where she has taught Computer Applications in the Division of Computer Technology and Information Management for the past 25 years.

Diane Bennett earned her B.A. in Business Management from Eastern Nazarene College. Diane has been quilting for over 40 years, and enjoys sharing new and exciting techniques. Making quilts for various organizations like the Quilts of Valor and blankets for the homeless have become community projects. Diane believes that the best part of sharing quilting is helping each student find their creative potential.

Carol Cohen earned a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.S. in Urban Planning from Boston University. She holds three Massachusetts Teacher Certifications. She has been teaching in higher education since 1981. Carol presently teaches at Lesley University in the Graduate School of Education.

Marlene Leal started dancing at the age of three. She took dance lessons (tap, ballet, ballet on pointe, and jazz) for 15 years. Dancing is her passion. Marlene believes that Zumba is the most invigorating and most exhilarating way to get into shape and it also allows you to let go of your inhibitions and get truly energized. Marlene has been teaching Zumba Gold for Massasoit Community College since 2017

Katy Mayo is a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist. She has been teaching clients all over the country the most cutting-edge software in the workplace for over 30 years. From a full-day training to a one-hour class, a one-on-one session to a company-wide training, Katy utilizes hands on training to make sure her clients feel confident and informed when they leave. As a Microsoft Office Specialist, sizable companies frequently seek out her expertise. Katy also has developed and delivered hundreds of specialized programs teaching technologies to the senior population.