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Registration now open for Macomb Community College’s SOAR Macomb spring semester

– Monday, April 1, 2019 9:00AM

Program presents 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 15 through May 22, SOAR Macomb will offer nearly 50 noncredit courses, typically two hours in length, spanning topics such as current events, local history, art and literature, self-improvement and mental fitness.

“SOAR Macomb offers participants the opportunity to learn about topics that have always interested them and branch out into some new areas they may have never thought of before,” said William Wood, director, Cultural Affairs and Community Engagement, Macomb Community College. “We know that continuing to learn helps keep us engaged and vibrant.”

Participants choose up to 10 classes for a registration fee of $75 for the six-week program. Courses are taught by current and retired Macomb Community College staff as well as other experts in their respective fields. Once the semester has begun, additional classes are available for a $10 fee.

During Springtime Flavors, Chef Angelo Loria, executive chef for Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, will teach while he cooks, providing both samples to taste and recipes so participants can try the dishes at home.

Samer Kazziha, M.D., Chief of Cardiovascular Services for Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, will present Preventing Heart Disease. He will discuss the different types of heart disease, symptoms to watch for and prevention tips.

Detroit Beer History from 1800 through the Craft Boom will be presented by noted beer expert Stephen Johnson. Founder of Motor City Beer Tours, he will trace the evolution of the brewing industry in the Detroit area from the small brewers that popped up during the mid-1800s to today’s explosion of microbreweries.

Two trips highlight SOAR Macomb’s spring offerings. During Thursdays at the Museum, participants will travel to Detroit Institute of Arts for a guided tour through its galleries. For those interested in baseball, Play Ball!  Offers a behind-the-scenes-look at Jimmy John’s Field in downtown Utica. Participants will tour the facility and learn about the inner workings of the United Shore Professional Baseball League.    

SOAR Macomb’s classes are held at the Macomb University Center on the college’s Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.  The two field trips are the only off-campus classes.

Online registration for the spring SOAR Macomb semester begins Monday, March 25, at Registration will also be accepted via U.S. Mail and processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The catalog of spring SOAR Macomb offerings is available online and by calling 586.286.2106 or by email at

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors 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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