They call it Senior College, but it’s a lot more fun than “real” college—and there are no grades.

If you’re over 50, have an inquisitive nature and a love of learning, you are invited to take classes at Penobscot Valley Senior College (PVSC). The organization offers interesting, fun, inexpensive peer-taught courses on a wide variety of subjects.

Classes include topics in politics, art, technology, writing, literature, science, and others. They meet for six weeks in the fall and another six weeks, with a new lineup of courses, in the spring.
With a few exceptions, courses meet on weekdays from 10 to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 in accessible classrooms in Bangor and Brewer.

Need more convincing? Here are 10 good reasons to join PVSC:
1) You’ll learn new things
2) It’s affordable
3) It’s accessible
4) Instructors are engaging
5) There are no tests or grades
6) Terms are short—2 hours/week for 6 weeks
7) You’ll be invited to special one-day events
8) You’ll meet new people
9) You can share your thoughts
10) You’ll continue to grow
Courses listed for fall have something for nearly everyone. Titles include “The Titanic and More,” “Government in the Age of Trump,” “Getting the Most Out of Your Phone/iPad,” “Six Paths to Spirituality,” and “Genealogical Essentials,” among others.

Another course is designed to help seniors who face that daunting challenge of clearing out decades of accumulated stuff—photos, treasures, kids’ art, souvenirs, and so forth.

Math, writing, codes, literature, flower arranging, and drawing and painting courses round out the fall schedule. PVSC members are also eligible to enroll in courses at other nearby Senior Colleges, such as those in Ellsworth, Machias, and Belfast.

Past experience shows that seniors love this kind of learning. The atmosphere is different from that of standard college classes. As longtime student Valerie Levy of Orono puts it, “It is so exciting to be in these classes, taught by experts in their fields, and with no pressure to write papers or take tests!”

Levy also noted an important side benefit: socializing. This is a particular value for seniors who may not have regular ways to meet and hang out with peers.

Fall courses begin the week of Sept. 25 and end Nov. 3. Costs are kept low: $30 per class, which covers any materials needed. There is also a yearly membership fee: $25 for one, $40 for two people at the same address. Membership allows one to attend occasional 1-day events, such as field trips and special lectures.

For more information or to sign up, call Penobscot Valley Senior College at 207.992.0118. Please leave a clear message and someone will get back to you. Membership applications are also available at eaaa.org; just click on Penobscot Valley Senior College. Penobscot
Valley Senior College is also on Facebook.