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Silver College redesigned for retiree learning
by Tribune Staff
Jul 20, 2011 | 394 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

RENO — Truckee Meadows Community College’s Silver College has expanded and increased ease of registration to enhance retirees’ learning experiences. New categories include music, arts and crafts, language and tai chi, which complement the college’s photography, computer and writing classes that have always been offered. Classes start Aug. 29.

Registration for these noncredit classes is faster and easier, as students no longer have to submit an application for enrollment. They can sign up over the phone, in person or online. TMCC provides a comfortable learning environment with tuition ranging from $29 to $99. Twenty scholarships are available, if needed, for any course tuition of $50 or more.

Silver College student Barbara Feltner has taken creative writing three times.

“We range from beginners to more experienced writers and all have become more skilled,” she said. “We also treasure the support and loving friendship of our classmates. This has been a unique experience.”

Silver College instructor Jean Gage said, “This vital program affords our seniors the chance to keep learning in a ‘silver-friendly’ setting. Having the discounted tuition means those on a fixed income can still get out of the house, come to our Neil Road campus and stay current with technology. Not only is this an amazing education, but it is a huge part of my students’ social lives as well.”

To register for Silver College classes, go to or call 829-9010. TMCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division, which offers about 1,000 professional success and personal interest courses each year, is the noncredit arm of Truckee Meadows Community College. Its programs are self-funded, meaning they do not receive tax dollars and are supported by those who enroll in them.

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