50+ Enrichment

Tue
23
Apr

Join Us for Rutgers Day, Saturday, April 27

Join Us for Rutgers Day

Play a prize wheel, experience 3-D printing, enter to win a $500 scholarship. These opportunities and more await visitors to the Division of Continuing Studies’ (DoCS) programs at Rutgers Day, this Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Rutgers’ New Brunswick Campuses.

Virtual Rutgers: Past Present, Future, and Making Reality in the Busch Campus Center will give visitors the opportunity to experience 3-D printing and game technology for a virtual experience. Meet Rutgers students who are engaged in exciting makerspace projects.

In the Bishop House area on the College Avenue Campus, visit the Summer Session booth to enter a raffle to win a $500 scholarship toward a Summer Session course.

On Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus:

Thu
12
Oct
Fri
07
Jul

Video: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU)

OLLI-RU students kayaking in estuary

At Rutgers, we truly believe in lifelong learning, which is why we offer programs and courses for individuals throughout their lifespan. After reaching 50, you may want to explore interests and topics you didn’t have the opportunity for earlier in your life. We invite you to participate in our programs and expand your interests, make new connections, and perhaps even find a second career!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU) is for individual sover 50 who are looking for an opportunity to expand their horizons, learn in an engaging environment, and meet new friends. OLLI-RU offers noncredit education that is stimulating, friendly, and informal - there are no tests and no grades! You will be part of a learning community that is full of diversity, insight, wisdom, intellectual and cultural stimulation, and friendship.

Mon
28
Nov

Women Help Women Move into High-Tech Careers

Women from the social networking group

By Padraig Ryan

They may vary in age and have different personal and professional backgrounds but a team of women who recently completed an intensive six-month computer coding program at Rutgers believes that women need to stick together to move forward in the high-tech industry. 

“Women represent more than half of our population,” said Nancy Lukas, a former teacher who graduated from Rutgers Coding Bootcamp after working for more than 20 years as a teacher. “We use technology as much as men and it is crucial for women to be part of the design and implementation of this technology.”

That’s why Nancy and four other women who met at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp decided to create a social networking application called The Loop that they say will offer help and support women in the high-tech industry who want to break into what has traditionally been a male-dominated field.

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Mon
27
Jun

Rutgers' Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Taps into a Thirst for Learning that Knows No Age Limit

A senior adult making a mosaic

Social connection among the 50+ community is as important as the intellectual stimulation

For Lynette Birkins, taking a class for older adults was a lifeline out of a depression that settled in after she retired from a 36-year career in education. A friend who knew about her love of writing encouraged her to take a creative writing class offered for the 50+ community. Now, 105 classes later, Birkins actually taught a class of her own last semester.  She credits the friends she made and the nurturing hand of the teachers with her recovery.

Mon
05
Oct

Where Were You At 62? Court Reporter Finds Her Own Words Through Rutgers Degree Earned Off Campus

Patricia Florio of the Rutgers Class of 2005

Patricia Florio spent an entire career as a court reporter writing other people’s statements.

But all along, the writer inside of her wanted to put her own words down on paper.

And at age 62, when many contemporaries were calculating Social Security payouts, Florio earned her bachelor’s degree through Rutgers Off Campus Programs to help launch her second career as a writer.

When she worked in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., Florio had to painstakingly assure that every word was recorded correctly, for legal purposes. “On the job, and through someone who proofed my work, I learned how to become a perfectionist,” said Florio. “And that is very much required when you're a court reporter.”

Florio also had experience as a freelance newspaper reporter, giving her the background to launch her writing career. But she felt she needed the confidence that a college degree would provide.

Mon
29
Apr

OLLI-RU Slates Summer Classes in Art, Music, Film and More for Learners 50+

Guy reading newspaper

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – New courses on rock operas, Woody Allen, and vaudeville-inspired musicals will be among the offerings of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers (OLLI-RU) this summer. Registration begins May 6 for the session, which starts June 4 in Highland Park and June 5 in Freehold.

Classes will be offered Tuesdays, June 4 through July 2, at The Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S. 2nd Ave.; and on Wednesdays, June 5 through July 3, at the Western Monmouth Higher Education Center at Brookdale Community College, 3680 Route 9 South, Freehold.  

The noncredit courses are taught by current and retired instructors from area colleges, including Rutgers, as well as high schools. There are no grades or tests, and a college degree is not required to enroll.

Courses cover a wide range of subjects, including, art, film, music and current affairs, with specific courses ranging from Mosaic Art, to Computer Basics, to Discovering Natural New Jersey.

Wed
13
Feb

OLLI-RU’s Spring Session Enrolling Learners Over 50

Jane Austen fans, nature lovers and war history buffs can fuel their passions in several new courses offered for learners over 50 by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers (OLLI-RU) during its spring session, March 4 through May 14.

Registration is underway for more than 200 courses in art, music, language and other interests for adults over 50. Classes are taught in five- and 10-week sessions at three Central New Jersey locations: The Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S. 2nd Ave.; Western Monmouth Higher Education Center, 3680 Route 9 South, Freehold, and Raritan Valley Community College’s Bridgewater facility at 14 Vogt Drive. Some classes meet at the Rutgers Public Safety Building, 55 Commercial Ave., New Brunswick.

Mon
03
Dec

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers Opens Registration for Winter 2013 Classes

OLLI-RU

New classes in acting, aromatherapy, history and film are on the schedule for the upcoming winter 2013 session of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU), offering lifelong learning opportunities for persons over 50.

Enrollment is in progress until December 21 for OLLI-RU’s winter session from January 9 through February 7. Most classes are offered at two locations: the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 23 S. Second Ave., and the Western Monmouth Higher Education Center, 3680 Route 9 South, Freehold. The facilities are handicapped accessible with free on-site parking.

OLLI-RU courses are taught by active and retired educators from high schools, colleges and universities, including Rutgers. There are no grades or tests, and a college degree is not required for any of the noncredit courses or seminars.  Classes meet once a week for five weeks.

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