Ormond Magazine — March - April 2010
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Daytona State College Offers Educational Program to Seniors

Area seniors are going back to college, but seeking no degrees. Unlike most college students, they want to go to class just to learn.

Wisdom in Senior Education, also known as

W. I.S.E., is a program designed especially for seniors at Daytona State College. The program offers educational workshops and lectures that seniors can attend without the worries of attendance, tests and grades.

They are provided a college environment with professional, well-educated speakers - but no tuition! They do, however, pay an annual fee of $25 ($45 for a couple) for a membership.

The idea was brought to the Daytona State Foundation’s board in late 2008 by six individuals that simply didn’t want their senior“minds turning to mush.” They wanted a way to engage their minds through education without having to enroll as a student.

In just a few short months Dr. Kent Sharples, President of Daytona State College, delivered the first W.I.S.E. lecture on the importance of college. Over 100 patrons attended the lecture, cementing the future of the program.

The program has just begun its second year of workshops. They have seen an increase in membership and are now offering an average of one workshop per week, typically in the afternoon.

“The afternoons work out well since parking is a premium here,” said Kent Ryan, Executive Vice President of the Daytona State College Foundation. The workshops offer a wide range of topics - anything from photography to law enforcement to religion. The topics are chosen based on requests from members.

The programs’ speakers are generally Daytona State professors and area professionals. The speakers are well-educated in their respective fields and clearly demonstrate a passion for the subject The programs’ speakers are generally Daytona State professors and area professionals. The speakers are well-educated in their respective fields and clearly demonstrate a passion for the subject by volunteering their free time to educate others.

“The W.I.S.E. program has had a positive impact on the college and our community,” said Ryan.

To register for a workshop or to find more information visit the foundation’s website at http//:www.daytonastate.edu/foundation or call 386 506 4425.
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