LLCC Provides Adult Education and Socialization Options

By David Blanchette, Correspondent

The Lincoln Land Community College Academy of Lifelong Learning “may have some of the similar joys of a second childhood,” according to 80-year-old Springfield resident Kathryn Ransom, who has been involved in the program for nearly 10 years.

“Besides, if you don’t use your brain, it goes dead,” she added.
The academy is an education, activity and socialization program for those 50 years of age and older and will hold its annual kickoff event on Aug. 18, in the Trutter Center on the college’s Springfield campus. The doors open at 10 a.m., and refreshments will be provided.

Ransom is a former educator for District 186, still teaches courses at Benedictine University at Springfield, and has been on the academy board for three years.

“It involves seniors in an active way, whether they want to be physically active or they want to keep their mind working,” Ransom said. “It’s a way to get seniors together to have a fellowship and conversation. A lot of seniors live alone, and it’s an opportunity for them to develop friendships both within the group as well as outside of the group.

Membership in the 25-year-old academy program has grown from 306 to 363 in the last four years and includes people in their early 50s through their mid-90s, according to Jamie Stout, director of community education at Lincoln Land.

“They have educational lectures on hot topics like drones or medical marijuana or cancer advancements. They really want to be in the forefront of the things that are happening in today’s world,” Stout said. “We’ve recently started a technology group. A lot of members have grandchildren or they see people around them using Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, smartphones, smart TVs, and they really want to stay on top of the latest technology.

“There really is something for everybody, whether you are looking to learn, or to be social and do things around the community.”

Offerings include lecture and discussion programs; interest groups; a breakfast roundtable; Wander on Wednesday, where members visit attractions locally and throughout the Midwest; Meet, Greet and Eat that allows members to enjoy monthly dinner events; and the Road Scholar program. There is a nominal fee for some of the activities, Stout said. Read the rest…

Hillsdale College Online Courses Surpasses 1,000,000

Hillsdale College’s free, online courses on the subject of the Constitution, politics, economics, and other subjects surpassed 1,000,000 total unique students, the College announced today.

“Hillsdale College was founded to provide ‘sound learning’ that will help preserve ‘the blessings of liberty‘ in America,” said Bill Gray, director of marketing at Hillsdale College. “For more than 170hillsdale years, we have provided that kind of education to our students. Now, with our online courses, we can invite citizens nationwide to learn from the same professors who teach on campus. Achieving this milestone is a great accomplishment, and indicates just how many people are eager to learn from Hillsdale.”

Hillsdale College’s first online course, “Introduction to the Constitution,” launched in September 2011. Currently, Hillsdale offers more than a dozen courses, including:
-Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution
-The Presidency and the Constitution
-History 101: Western Heritage, From the Book of Genesis to John Locke
-History 102: American Heritage, From Colonial Settlement to the Reagan Revolution
-Economics 101: The Principles of Free Market Economics
-Public Policy from a Constitutional Viewpoint
-The Federalist Papers
-Winston Churchill and Statesmanship
-An Introduction to C.S. Lewis: Writings and Significance

More than 868,800 people have enrolled in Hillsdale’s Constitution courses since they were first offered, making it Hillsdale’s most popular online course.

Most Hillsdale online courses last for 10 weeks and consist of weekly video lessons. Hillsdale College faculty members teach the 40-minute lessons. Students may begin an online course at any time and work through them at their own pace. For new courses, one session is released each week. Older courses are archived and available to view online indefinitely.

For more information or to register for an online course, go to