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FOLSOM LAKE COLLEGE, El Dorado Center, in Placerville has classes for everyone. Democrat file photo

The Other Side of 50

Folsom Lake College promotes learning for all

By From page OSF10 | December 24, 2012

College years — the time for late night football games, parties and study sessions in the dorms, right?

That may be the case for some, but many of Folsom Lake College’s students have matured past the days of rambunctious outings and term papers written at 2 a.m.

All courses offered by Folsom Lake College are available for students of any age.

Certain courses, however, seem to be more appealing to those on the other side of 50 who have decided to keep education and learning part of their daily routine.

Scott Crow, public information officer for Folsom Lake College, said that there are two major categories of courses that those over 50 tend to gravitate toward.

“Those interested in lifelong learning, or what we also call personal enrichment, and those interested in improving a certain skill, like on the computer,” he said.

The majority of lifelong learning courses focus on art. Students can take classes to learn ceramics, painting, drawing and watercolors (among others) from highly-regarded and sought-after instructors from the community.

Many of these classes, as well as the computer literacy classes that are popular with the upper classmen, are only one-unit courses.

This means they are less expensive and less time consuming than the traditional three-unit courses offered at most colleges.

Making the decision to go back to school after years of not worrying about tests or getting to class on time can weigh heavily on a person’s mind.

Thinking you may stand out like a sore thumb because of your age may also make the decision even harder.

Crow advises anyone who is over the age of 50 should not let any of those misconceptions deter their goals if those goals involve going back to school.

“I say go for it,” Crow said. “It is important that they enjoy the opportunity to learn and know that the way they may feel about their age is simply not the case, and they see that as soon as they get into the classroom on that first day.”

Those in the community who are over the age of 50 are encouraged to take a look into the courses Folsom Lake College has to offer.

Maybe you have an interest in political science or history, perhaps you have a desire to learn ceramics, or maybe there is one skill you are simply determined to improve upon.

Folsom Lake College is not just a community college for recent high school graduates and the traditional college-aged student. It is a community college for those over the age of 50 who still have a passion for learning.

“This is a place where they can thrive and they can really add a lot to our community and to the Folsom Lake College community,” Crow said. “They need to understand that this is their community college and we encourage them to go ahead and check out what we offer and to add to our experience because every time a new student comes through it makes it that much better.”
Folsom Lake College serves the community with classes offered at the main Folsom campus, two outreach centers (the El Dorado Center in Placerville and the Rancho Cordova Center), and various off-site locations in communities of the region.

A full spectrum of support services and programs are available to enhance a student’s success, including: counseling, financial aid, tutoring, libraries and computer labs.

The Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, is at 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville.

Folsom Lake College’s vision is to inspire excellence and provide educational opportunities to enrich and empower students.

The beautiful campus offers a collaborative and innovative environment that promotes personal interaction as the foundation of learning; honors diversity; cultivates sustainability; and encourages civic engagement.

Students of all ages are welcome to pursue new knowledge and enhance knowledge. There is no age limit on learning.

For more information on the learning opportunities at Folsom Lake College call 530-642-5644.

Rachael A. McCoy

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