Rock Hill SC Launches Adult Training Courses
From financial planning to the area’s history, first aid, arts and crafts and technology, seniors will soon be able to learn new skills in Rock Hill.
The City of Rock Hill’s new Lifelong Learning Program offers a variety of courses from two to eight weeks for adults aged 50 and over. The inaugural semester of the program begins on February 11.
“One aspect of a vibrant community is one that offers all of its inhabitants the opportunity to engage with each other, explore common interests and broaden their knowledge of their world, of their community. Rock Hill Mayor John Gettys said as the program was announced Monday.
The courses will be hosted in the new Rock Hill Sports and Events Center, 326 Chemin du Center de Technologie.
Winter classes include pottery, healthcare, drama, geocaching, and biking. One-off workshops and events will be organized throughout the year.
The program’s courses allow participants to “learn, develop new interests and explore ideas in a growing circle of friends within Rock Hill and the community at large,” said Jody Steele, member of the Lifelong Learning Committee.
Class instructors are volunteers from the community, including college professors and subject matter experts, Gettys said.
Lifelong learning is a way for Rock Hill to live up to its status as City of all America, Gettys said. Rock Hill is one of 10 communities across the country to win the award earlier this year.
“One thing that worries me as mayor is to ensure that everyone here has a chance to have a better life and better opportunities than the day before,” he said.
Rock Hill resident Larry Winsch said he was eager to see what classes would be offered.
“It’s a good thing,” he said. “It’s going to become incumbent on communities like ours to try to embrace the elderly.
Gettys said the program also aims to give retirees a chance to socialize.
By 2030, the elderly in the United States are expected to outnumber children for the first time in the country’s history, according to a 2018 report by the United States. United States Census Bureau.
“This means that for the first time in our history, we have more people in the workforce than in the workforce,” Gettys said. “It means we have more people who are at risk of becoming reclusive, disengaging and not having that human relationship that we all need to continue.”
Rock Hill also serves adults over 55 with the OWLS (Older. Wiser. Loving Seniors) club, which offers social programs such as crafts and sports to more than 700 members, said John Taylor, director of parks, recreation and Tourism Department.
The Lifelong Learning Program is an extension of Rock Hill’s reach to older citizens, Taylor said.
“We always say we serve our community from the cradle to the grave and I think that’s another example of that,” he said.
Online registration for the winter session open Monday and is due before January 24, 2020. Participants must pay an annual membership fee of $ 50 plus all costs related to specific courses.
Classes are offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. The first semester runs from February 11 to April 1.
Residents can also register for classes by calling 803-329-5620. For more information, email [email protected] or visit cityofrockhill.com/lifelonglearning.