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Macomb Community College announces fall schedule for SOAR Macomb with registration now open

– Monday, October 7, 2019 9:00AM

SOAR Macomb offers short, noncredit courses for social and cultural enrichment and personal growth

The Society of Active Retirees (SOAR) Macomb, a lifelong learning initiative presented by Macomb Community College, will offer nearly 50 noncredit courses during its upcoming fall semester, Oct. 14 through Nov. 22. Registration is open, and the course catalog covering topics that include the arts, history, health, local and national economics, computer safety and film discussion is available online.

“SOAR Macomb offers something for everyone,” said William Wood, director of cultural affairs and community engagement, Macomb Community College. “Whether it is the history of the American Civil War or chair yoga, every SOAR student will find engaging opportunities to learn something new.”

Participants can choose up to 10 classes for a registration fee of $75. For those interested in additional classes, an a la carte option is available after the semester begins for $10 for each additional class. Classes are taught by subject matter experts, including Macomb faculty.  Some highlights of the fall selection of classes: 

  • Led by Rose Ventimiglia, BSN, RN, Medicare: What You Need to Know, will provide updates on Medicare, participant rights and fighting fraud. 
  • The four-piece Soundz of Music Band will perform standards, Latin rhythms, polkas and show tunes from the 1920s to the 1960s, singalongs and answer questions about their styling and musical interpretations.  
  • In Nine Ways to Increase Your Personal Cybersecurity, lead instructor for Macomb’s cybersecurity program, Professor Keith Nabozny, will discuss common hacker tricks, and present tips and techniques to avoid safety pitfalls. 

  • Two classes involve screening a classic film in the morning followed by group discussion that afternoon. 1984, based on the novel by George Orwell, follows bureaucrat Winston Smith as he struggles with life in the totalitarian state of Oceania. A Brave New World, based on a novel by Aldous Huxley, examines a utopian society in which disease and aging has been eradicated but at the expense of emotion and art. Lawyers Stephen Steinhardt and Laura E. Polizzi will lead both discussions

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 the trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts on Nov. 14.

Online registration for the fall semester of SOAR Macomb is available at Macomb.edu/SOAR. Registration will also be accepted by U.S. Mail and processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 586.286.2106 or email SOARMacomb@macomb.edu.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) 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.

Media contact:  Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271, patricks28@macomb.edu