Macomb Community College announces schedule for MORE spring semester beginning April 1

Friday, February 23, 2024 09:00 AM

MORE offers 60 short, noncredit courses starting April 1 - May 17
MORE offers 60 short, noncredit courses starting April 1 - May 17

Macomb Community College announces schedule for MORE spring semester beginning April 1

Online registration for spring semester opens Feb. 26 

The Macomb Organization for Retiree Enrichment (MORE), a lifelong learning initiative of Macomb Community College, will offer 60 in-person, short, noncredit courses April 1 - May 17. These personal enrichment courses range from health and wellness to science and nature to local history. Among the 60 offerings are five excursions to local points of interest and the return of Museum Theater.

“The love of learning is the common denominator of those who participate in MORE,” said William Wood, director, Cultural Affairs and Community Engagement, Macomb Community College. “Macomb’s lifelong learning program offers numerous opportunities for area residents to explore areas of interest, discover hidden talents and just have fun.”

The courses each last approximately two hours with time reserved for a question-and-answer period. Courses are taught by subject matter experts and cover a variety of topics. Highlights of the spring semester include:

  • The Discovery and Importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Reverend Dan Lewis will discuss the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are considered by many as one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Reverend Lewis is the primary adult teacher at Old Mariners’ Church in Detroit and lectures worldwide on ancient biblical studies.

  • Introduction to Astronomy: This class offers a basic orientation to astronomy through the discussion of the evolution of observational astronomy. It will cover how the ancients used the stars to improve their lives and how observational astronomy evolved through the Middle Ages up to modern times. Introduction to Astronomy is presented by instructors Bob Berta and Angelo DiDonato.

  • Unlock the Wisdom Vault: ChatGPT, Your Virtual Knowledge Companion for Retirees: Learn what’s possible with artificial intelligence and ChatGPT. The session is led by Kevin LaBonty, an IT professional with more than 30 years’ experience who is the director of business information systems at Macomb Community College and oversees key technology initiatives including artificial intelligence.

  • A Brief History of American Film Part I: This session will broadly trace the history of American film, taking a close look at important films and filmmakers of American cinema beginning with the late 19th Presenter Dawn Barath taught high school language arts with a concentration on film studies, theater and American and British literature for 35 years at Lake Shore and Detroit Public Schools.

Excursions available with the spring semester include visits to the Michigan Military Technical Historical Museum, the Anton Art Center and a wine tasting at the Fillipo Marc Winery. Some excursions may include additional fees and limits on the number of attendees.

Museum Theatre returns this semester with two mini plays written by Michigan playwright Joseph Zettelmaier that follow a fictional soldier, Jacob Musgrave, from Michigan farmer to serving in the Union Army in the 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment of the Iron Brigade. Zettelmaier is a four-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award for best new play.

MORE courses and excursions are offered in four packages. A special package of four courses for $44 is available for first-time attendees. Other levels of participation include eight courses for $64, 12 courses for $90 and 16 courses for $112. All classes will be held in the Lorenzo Cultural Center, located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus in Clinton Township. Refer to the course catalog for more details.

To view the course catalog and to register, go to For more information, email

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is about transforming lives and communities through the power of education, enrichment and economic development. Macomb grants the largest number of associate degrees in Michigan and is the largest community college in the state. The college provides programming for youth through seniors, including early college for high school students, university transfer and career preparation programs, workforce education, continuing education and certification, and a wide range of enrichment opportunities encompassing arts, culture and lifelong learning.

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