A good learning opportunity

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 20:00
Four-week “Ole” courses begin Monday, April 2

A popular adult learning program is branching out to Eagle River.

For the past five years, the Opportunities for Lifelong Education program — “Ole” for short — has been offering a wide variety of classes to Anchorage residents looking to continue their education. By popular demand, the program will begin offering nine courses this spring at UAA’s Chugiak-Eagle River campus.

Gretchen Bersch is Ole’s board president. She said on Monday, March 26 that the program hopes to make its Eagle River course offerings a regular thing.

“We hope and we expect Eagle River will continue to run classes in all the semesters,” Bersch said.

Courses being offered in Eagle River include everything from a local history course taught by Lee Jordan to classes on movies, watercolors, gardening, computers and more. For a complete listing of courses being offered during the four-week spring semester, visit www.oleanchorage.org or see page 21.

The spring classes begin Monday, April 2 and run for four weeks. Eight-week courses are also offered in the fall and winter, Bersch said. The cost to participate in the program is $150, but that fee covers as many classes as folks are interested in taking.

“People pay their $150 and they can take as many classes as they want — which is a pretty good deal,” Bersch said.

Bersch said the program caters mainly to older people who have free time during the day. But, she said, nobody gets turned away who has an interest in education.

“We’ve tried hard to get things that will appeal to everybody,” she said.

Most of the classes are taught by former or current university professors or people who have special areas of knowledge, she said.

Bersch said anyone wishing to sign up for the program can visit the group’s website or call registrar Marcy Johnson at 786-6304. Classes in Eagle River run on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the Anchorage courses are held Tuesday through Friday.

A retired UAA professor herself, Bersch said the program has been one of the most rewarding things she’s worked on in education.

“I’ve never worked on something that was so much fun,” she said.


Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727 or [email protected]

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