Senior adults have a variety of offerings available through the College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program.
The program offers courses in arts and crafts, genealogy, computer, driver safety and exercise, as well as other activities such as card games, lectures and excursions.
Alesha Vardeman Aulds, Program Coordinator, said, “We have a rich history of successful participation and community involvement. The College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program is a place to explore the role of mature adults in modern fast-paced times where we celebrate the maturity process with grace and enthusiasm. As we build upon that firm foundation we look forward to exploring new ways to expand our programs and increase our membership.”
There are numerous courses offered through the Senior Adult Program. The courses are offered once a week during each semester. Arts and crafts, including creative greeting cards, fusion glass jewelry, stained glass, mosaic, oil painting, watercolor painting, one stroke painting, painting gourds and Brazilian embroidery, are only a few to choose from. Computer courses are offered for multiple programs such as word, digital scrapbooking, crafts and photo projects and eBay. Genealogy classes and life story writing are exciting ways to learn about family history and to pass it on to future generations. Exercise classes include weight training, dance for health, line dancing, Pilates, Dyna-Bands, total fitness, yoga, Tai Chi and water exercise. A driver safety course is offered, with most of the classesheld at the Delmar Learning Center in La Marque. Exercise classes are held in the COM Gymnasium.
Card games and lectures are also on the schedule. Monday,join the hand and foot card game from 9 a.m. to noon or bridge on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Lectures include topics such as Vegetable Gardening, Senior Leisure and Wellness, Knowing When to Leave Your Nest – Exploring Independent, Assisted Living & Nursing Facilities and how Medicare and Advantage Programs affect your choices and Senior Safety at Home and in Public.
The Senior Adult Program also schedules day trips that are held once a month. There are trips to the Natural History Museum and IMAX, bargain-hunting shopping, an excursion to the Great Day TV show and a bird watching. Once a semester an over-night trip is scheduled. This summer the trip is to the Texas State Railroad to ride a steam train from Rusk to Palestine. In the fall the group will travel to Rockport for the Annual Hummingbird Celebration.
While most of the participants are 55 and older, anyone can participate in the program. You must be registered and have an OneCard to participate in the events and classes.
The Senior OneCard entitles you to enroll in Senior Adult Program classes at nominal cost, take senior adult trips at nominal cost, a 50 percent tuition-only reduction for continuing education classes, big discount on senior recreational membership, use of the COM library, use of the Innovations Computer lab in the TechVoc building, discount on COM Cosmetology servi ces, discount on tickets for COM plays and theater events, theater performances for $5 on special Senior Days, free notary service and other incentives. There are currently more than 1,800 OneCard members.
“The program is a multi-faceted program that has had strong support from both the college and the community. Building upon the excellence that founded this program, I look forward to exploring additional areas of interest to our seniors that will broaden our course offerings, lectures and travel. As one of the only senior-specific continuing education programs in the state, it is exciting to remain cutting edge in all aspects of our program,” said Aulds. For further information call the Senior Adult Office at 409-933-8226.