50 Plus Program

COM 50 Plus drawing class
COM 50 Plus art show

Registration for 50 Plus Program

For Summer 2017, you will be able to register at COM’s Lifelong Learning Gulfway Plaza beginning Monday, May 1, by calling 409-933-8461, or using WebAdvisor online.

NOTE: If this is your first time to register as a student age 50 or older, you must register at the Lifelong Learning Center at Gulfway Plaza or in the Continuing Education Office on the main campus and show proof of age.

Engage, express, explore

50 Plus Program Mission:

The College of the Mainland Lifelong Learning Program’s mission is to provide learning opportunities for adult students 50 years of age and older by offering personal enrichment classes in a positive, accepting and intergenerational environment. The Lifelong Learning Program staff collaborates with academic departments and the community to develop programs that meet existing and emerging educational needs for this population.

Who Qualifies for This Program?

Our program is designed for students age 50 and older, but is open to anyone age 18 or older at a slightly higher registration fee rate.

Message From the Director

Welcome to the COM Lifelong Learning 50 Plus Program. We are very excited to be in our new facility at Gulfway Plaza. If you haven’t had a chance to come by and see for yourself, please do, and say hello while you are here. We want everyone to see it! Our program is designed for students age 50 and older, but is open to anyone age 18 or older at a slightly higher registration fee rate

Please continue to help us spread the word and tell your friends and neighbors about continuing education opportunities at COM.

We hope you will join us for our summer classes, lectures and educational travel adventures. Inside these pages you will discover ways to express your creative side, learn new skills, connect with others, stay current on technology, have fun and explore a world of opportunity. COM prides itself on instructors who are passionate about their subjects and innovative in their teaching.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

May 1 Summer 2017 Registration Begins
May 29 COM Closed for Memorial Day
June 17 Spring 2017 Classes Begin
July 4 COM Closed for Independence Day
July 31 First Day of Registration for Fall 2017

Have you attended our lectures? We have several scheduled for the summer including AARP driver safety courses, fitness and personal safety workshops, how to use your Android phone (everything but iPhone) and a variety of genealogy lectures.

Book and Movie Community Reading Club

Please join us for our evening Book and Movie Community Reading Club hosted by Ami Blackwell of SpinDrift Media and Entertainment. The summer selection is “Big Fish,” a 1998 novel written by Daniel Wallace made into a movie directed by Tim Burton in 2003. In his prime, Edward Bloom was an extraordinary man who could outrun anybody, never missed a day of school, saved lives and tamed giants. Animals loved him, people loved him, women loved him. At least that’s what he told his son, William. But now Edward Bloom is dying, and William wants desperately to know the truth about his elusive father, this indefatigable teller of tall tales, before it’s too late. So, using the few facts he knows, William recreates Edward’s life in a series of legends and myths, through which he begins to understand his father’s great feats and great failings. The result is a hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous novel and a marvel of a movie starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito and more! Read the book, then join us for the movie and lively discussion and free popcorn.

Have you participated in any of our educational travel adventures?

This is a great way to get to know other seniors and stay involved in your community. Most trips fill up fast, so sign up as soon as registration begins. Our local trips are only for senior adults ages 50 or older, but extended travel trips are available to anyone over 18. We will host a presentation on extended travel July 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Gulfway Plaza location. This presentation will preview upcoming trips including Vienna and Christmas Markets River Cruise (December 2017) and Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg (Spring 2018). For more information, please call 409-933-8912.

YOU ASKED. WE LISTENED. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND.

Facebook

We invite you to find us on Facebook for current information, event announcements and photos: College of the Mainland 50 Plus Program, www.facebook.com/com50plus.

Email Distribution List

As our program continues to expand, I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and try new classes, something that piques your curiosity or that you may have always wanted to try. You might surprise yourself and make some new friends while you’re at it! I am available to speak to local groups or organizations about our program. If you have a suggestion for other new day or evening courses or want to join our email distribution list to receive announcements about events and reminders about registration, please call us at 409-933-8461.

We strive to offer fun, exciting and relevant classes. If you have a sug­gestion for other new day or evening courses, please contact me.

Alesha Vardeman Aulds, Director of Lifelong Learning 50 Plus Program
aaulds@com.edu or 409-933-8432
www.com.edu/50plus


For step-by-step instructions on how to register using WebAdvisor, please click here.

Get Adobe Reader Adobe Reader is free software for viewing and printing Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. If you do not have it installed, please get Adobe Reader.

Registration for 50 Plus Program

Preferred registration in person is 14057 Delaney in La Marque, located at I-45 at Delaney Rd. in Gulfway Plaza beginning Monday, May 1. Students may also register in person in the CE Office on the main campus. Current students may register by phone by calling 409-933-8461 or 409-933-8586, or using WebAdvisor online.

NOTE: If this is your first time to register as a student age 50 or older, you must register at the Lifelong Learning Center at Gulfway Plaza or in the Continuing Education Office on the main campus and show proof of age.

Stay Connected with COM: