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Macomb Community College opens registration for spring semester of SOAR Macomb

– Monday, March 5, 2018 9:00AM

Program offers variety of short, noncredit courses, offering social and cultural enrichment and personal growth

Registration is open for the spring semester of the Society of Active Retirees (SOAR) Macomb, a Macomb Community College lifelong learning initiative. From April 10 through May 17, SOAR Macomb will present more than 50 non-credit courses, typically two hours in length, spanning topics such as current events, local history, art and literature, and mental fitness. Since its introduction in fall 2014, the program has attracted nearly 1,700 learners. It is expected to draw another 300 participants this spring.

“SOAR Macomb offers the opportunity for participants to delve into topics they’ve always wanted to explore,” said William Wood, director of cultural affairs and community engagement for Macomb Community College. “We know that continual learning helps keep us engaged and vibrant. SOAR Macomb provides the opportunity to connect to the world in new and thought-provoking ways.”

Participants choose up to 10 classes for a registration fee of $75 for the five-week program. Courses are taught by current and retired Macomb Community College staff as well as other expert professionals in their respective fields.

Wondering what has happened to reading the newspaper with your morning coffee? In the class, Death of the Gatekeepers, Ron Fournier, veteran journalist and publisher/editor of Crain’s Detroit Business, discusses the state and future of print journalism.  During the course, In Shock: A Doctor’s Own Story, Dr. Rana Awdish, director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, explores issues that create barriers to ideal medical care and the importance of compassion in medicine.  And in One Man’s Journey to Every Country & Land in the World, Rufus McGaugh, retired Grosse Pointe social studies teacher, will take you on a journey around the world, sharing the stories of his extensive travels and adventures.

New this semester are two film presentations. Both Primary Colors and Out of Africa will be shown followed by in-depth discussions of the films’ themes and impacts. These two classes run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break.

Most of SOAR Macomb’s classes are held at the Macomb University Center on the college’s Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.  Off-campus classes are noted in the course listing.

The catalog of spring SOAR Macomb offerings is available by calling 586.286.2106 or by email at To view the catalog online and for more information, visit

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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