Retirees Leading Initiative
In 2005, with the help of a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation in Chicago, Spoon River College established the Retirees Leading Initiative. Since it's creation, the program has offered many Retirees Leadership Academies in Canton and Havana with Retirees Learning Institutes being held in Canton, Macomb, and Havana.
The Retirees Leading Initiative objectives include (1) increasing the number of trained and knowledgeable retiree leaders for the community; (2) creating a volunteer and/or employment base for economic and community development; (3) initiating institutes of learning in retirement presented to and by retirees; and (4) providing a network of experienced individuals who will provide guidance to the community’s businesses, service organizations, and educational institutions. All program work is guided by an advisory panel representing area civic, business, and organizational entities.
Graduates of the Retirees Leading Initiative have participated in the programs including: The Retirement Learning Institute, The Generations Connect Project, and The Big Read.
Visit the Retirees Leading Initiative page for more information about this program.
Retirees Learning Institutes
The Retirees Learning Institute takes place at several locations each year. Close to 200 retirees are served each year through these institutes created for retirees. This program is for those ages 50 and older! This event is an exciting time for retirees to come together, to share with friends, and to learn something new. The day’s events feature educational sessions, resource fair, luncheon, prizes and more!
The Generations Connect Project brings together retirees and at-risk youth from the Fulton-Schuyler Regional Office of Education. They work collaboratively on many projects and learn to appreciate their individual gifts, challenges, and experiences.
"Plus 50" Computer Classes
We offer technology training for those age 50 and over. Each class is taught in a comfortable environment and at an unhurried pace. Enjoy 2 hours of instruction followed by optional lab time. Topics include: Computer Skills for the Novice, Finding Information on the Internet, and E-Mailing Made Easy. Best of all, each class is tuition FREE.
Plus 50 Program
Completion is the key to opening new doors. Going back to school and earning your college degree or certificate paves the way to opportunities for new jobs and career advancement. The Plus 50 Program is a “whole college” approach to recruiting and supporting those 50 and over who may be seeking a credential, a certificate or an associate’s degree. Perhaps you are currently unemployed and are looking to return to work as soon as possible. Perhaps you began an academic certificate or an associate’s degree several years ago and now find that you want or need to return to SRC and complete that program. Or perhaps you are ready to begin something totally new, like opening your own business or in healthcare. If this sounds like you...CLICK HERE to find out more!