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Baby Boomers' Expectations Explored at Lifelong Learning Seminars at Eckerd College

posted on 04/16/2013

On Monday, April 29 and Friday, May 3, Eckerd College will host a two-part seminar on Baby Boomers and their expectations from continuing education and lifelong learning institutions as they enter their "third age." The seminars, scheduled from 2:00-5:00 p.m. each day in Lewis House, are free and open to the public with limited seating. Registration is required. For more information, call 727-864-8834 or email aspecrsvp@eckerd.edu. Click here to view the seminar schedule and registration form.


"The demographic composition of Pinellas County and the rest of the nation would suggest that there is more need than ever before for lifelong learning programs that keep challenging "retired" or transitioning adults in an engaging environment ," said Kelly Kirschner, Dean of Special Programs at Eckerd College.

Dean Kirschner oversees Eckerd's executive education and lifelong learning programs, including the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).  "Looking ahead at the famous wave of Baby Boomers approaching retirement age, we want to know if Baby Boomers will seek out lifelong learning in similar ways and patterns that their parents did."

The following presenters will be featured: Nancy Schlossberg, Ph.D., an emerita professor of counseling psychology and author of several books on productive retirement, including Revitalizing Retirement; Maria Vesperi, Ph.D., a cultural anthropologist at New College of Florida and author of numerous publications, including City of Green Benches: Growing Old in a New Downtown; and Ms. Regina McCombs, an Emmy-winning faculty member at The Poynter Institute who finds new ways to tell stories on Web and mobile platforms, especially with video.

The seminars will explore four main questions: Who are the current Baby Boomers and what are their expectations from continuing education and lifelong learning institutions? What programs and approach should continuing education and lifelong learning institutions offer Baby Boomers? How are Baby Boomers engaging in the digital world? How do you communicate with Baby Boomers and engage them in continuing education and lifelong learning?

Seminar attendees will include experts in lifelong learning and marketing to Baby Boomers, members from ASPEC and OLLI, and interested persons from the local community.

About Lifelong Learning at Eckerd College
Eckerd's lifelong learning community is nationally known as an originator and leader, beginning with the founding of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) in 1981. Eckerd is also home to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), which offers programs at various partnering facilities throughout Pinellas County, as well as Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel), which draws hundreds of retired "student travelers" to the area for week-long programs.           

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