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Macomb Community College announces fall schedule for SOAR Macomb, with online registration beginning September 17

– Thursday, September 13, 2018 2:00PM

Lifelong learning initiative offers short, noncredit courses for social and cultural enrichment and personal growth

The Society of Active Retirees (SOAR) Macomb, a lifelong learning initiative offered by Macomb Community College, will present its fall semester Oct. 9 – Nov. 16, offering 50 noncredit courses with topics including local and national history, arts, health and wellness, safety and security, and current affairs. Course catalogs for fall semester are now available online, with registration beginning September 17.

“Every new semester of SOAR Macomb we work to introduce different subjects to the class selections,” said William Wood, director of cultural affairs and community engagement, Macomb Community College. “We’re committed to keeping SOAR Macomb’s offerings fresh so that our participants can keep coming back to learn new things and explore a variety of interests.”

For a $75 registration fee, participants can chose up to 10 classes. For those interested in additional classes, there is an a la carte option available after the semester begins for $10 for each additional class. Classes are taught by experts in their field as well as current and retired Macomb Community College staff.

Musical classes joining the SOAR Macomb roster this semester include How Jazz Influenced Our Performance. Performers Kat Orlando and Larry Pinoh will explain and provide musical examples of how guitar and sax play a dominant role in popular music. During Music of the Great Depression, participants will learn about the songs of the era, a time when popular music helped people temporarily forget their difficulties.

In remembrance of the 40th anniversary of the death of 918 members of the People’s Temple in the jungles of Guyana in November 1978, members of Puzzle Box Theater will discuss and perform Theater as Documentary: A New Examination of Jonestown, based on interviews of survivors of the cult’s demise. 

In the history category, classes range from Meet General Alexander Macomb, a presentation on the county’s namesake, to Aviation in Action: Turning the Tide in the Pacific. The Race to Space class will look back at the past 50 years of the space program and forward to what lies ahead.

Law enforcement is also well represented with visits from the FBI, the Michigan State Police and a discussion of border security past and present.

All SOAR Macomb classes are held at the Macomb University Center on the college’s Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township with the exception of a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts and Flavors of Fall, a class on cooking for the season.

Online registration for the fall 2018 semester begins Monday, September 17, 10 a.m. at Registration will also be accepted via U.S. Mail and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 586.286.2106 or email

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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