As they have for decades, the Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers now approaching traditional retirement age want to define life after 50 on their own terms. They want to stay active and involved and many want to continue to work. The Plus 50 program is designed to do exactly that. It can bring new meaning to your retirement and it might even change your life.
Dawson Community College has partnered with the American Association of Community College's (AACC) Plus50 Initiative to bring to you a unique learning opportunity. Intended to showcase programs for 50 plus learners, the Plus50 initiative, funded with a $3.2 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies, has funneled money to 14 community colleges over the past year to develop learning opportunities unique to the 50 plus learner.
MaryAnn Vester, Director of Online Education and Outreach at DCC said "We are currently working with the parks system in both Montana and North Dakota to develop educational outreach opportunities for 50 plus students that showcase park operations from behind the scenes. If you have been curious about the history, the day to day operations, working or volunteering at a state or national park, or historical site, this would be a great opportunity, an opportunity to discover the sites, connect with the history, and contribute your talent and experiences."
Vester went on to say "The Plus50 Initiative is helping DCC build a tradition of authentic enrichment opportunities for mature learners by its association with the Senior Academy which is in its second year. The college is looking forward to connecting with those who are interested in staying active and involved and applying their skills, interests, and life experiences, while participating in a variety of learning opportunities."
The partnering of DCC with several state, national, and historic sites comes together this year. Day excursions to several area sites have been scheduled allowing participants an insider's view. The sites included in the 2011 program are Makoshika State Park in Glendive, MT, Theodore Roosevelt State Park in Medora, ND, Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, and Fort Buford State Historic Site both located near Williston, ND. Participants will partake in an extraordinary educational experience by getting to know the site inside and out and will participate in hands-on activities, experience what goes on behind the scenes, interact with park superintendents and staff, and discover the history of the site.
If you are interested in becoming an active Plus50 learner and participating in this unique experience we encourage you to apply. The cost of the program is $200 per person which includes a great learning opportunity, transportation to and from each site, lunch, and much more. Applications are now being accepted. Applications are also available for a limited number of partial scholarships. Call MaryAnn at 377-9405 or Marilyn Dutton at 377.9405.
Online registration or printable packet with registration form and information available by clicking here.