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Jan 14, 2016

Registration for FVCC Senior Institute Opens February 2

Participants in last year’s FVCC Senior Institute musical theatre class perform for fellow students on the final day of the program.
Participants in last year’s FVCC Senior Institute musical theatre class perform for fellow students on the final day of the program.

Registration for Flathead Valley Community College’s 22nd annual Senior Institute opens February 2 at 8 a.m. Designed for seniors ages 65 years and older, the program promotes lifelong learning and allows seniors to learn new information, develop and enhance skills, connect with other seniors and stay active during the winter months.

Seniors can enroll in one of the program’s 19 courses that cover topics ranging from the arts to science. The cost to enroll varies with each class. The program will meet every Friday beginning February 19 and concluding March 25. Students are treated to a complimentary lunch buffet and special program each Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  Classes follow lunch from 1 to 2:50 p.m.

Several new classes have been added to the roster this year, including Drawing for Seniors taught by Richie Carter and Navigating with GPS and Google Maps taught by FVCC Associate Professor of Natural Resources Christina Relyea. Also new this year is U.S. Economy: Where are We Going? taught by FVCC Vice President of Instruction and Student Services Brad Eldredge. Renowned artisan and FVCC Assistant Professor of Jewelry Doug Harling will teach Beginning Jewelry.

Favorites such as Creative Writing with best-selling author Kathy Dunnehoff and Glacier National Park with Sharon Randolph are in this year’s line-up, and Senior Passport to the World will be taught by a group of four global travelers. FVCC International Student Services Director Gerda Reeb and FVCC Assistant Professor of Sociology Ami Mezahav are joined this year by visiting Fulbright Scholars Qingfeng Zi of China and Anderson Viana de Carvalho Junior of Brazil. The four instructors will share personal and professional perspectives from their experiences in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America.

Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may register in person at the FVCC Registration Office in Blake Hall on the college’s Kalispell campus, or registration forms can be mailed to the college. Mail-in registration forms with complete course descriptions and enrollment fees can be obtained by calling 756-3813 or by visiting www.fvcc.edu/seniorinstitute.