know what blows my mind more...the fact that the summer has wound down or that
we have finally moved into our new space! Fall registration started today and
we registered a record number – over 900 registrants in one day! That
easily breaks our prior record of 739. I am beyond appreciative of the
ACE staff – even with such a hectic day the compliments from our students were
the students who came to register in person and those who phoned-in, we could
definitely tell that the community is as excited as we are about the upcoming
semester. We apologize for those who were not able to get through, but we
hope you understand! You still have time if you haven’t registered yet –
each class still has availability, so browse through our website or catalog for
a complete listing of our wide range of courses.
which classes you choose, be sure that the adult enrichment class will have
many benefits – for both you and the community. I wanted to take this time to
briefly stress the benefits of lifelong learning on well-being.
to the International Handbook of Lifelong Learning, well-being is considered
one of the most important outcomes of adult learning – not just for the
individual, but for the community as well.
of the individual, “the accumulated evidence points to positive associations
between participation in learning and subjective well-being, and between
participation in learning and mental health.” Learner confidence and
self-esteem are direct benefits that are constantly mentioned in professional
and measurable research. In addition to direct benefits, lifelong learning can
positively increase earnings and employability.
collective level, adult learning often results in community engagement by
enhancing social capital, helping develop social competences, extending social
networks, and promoting shared norms and tolerance of others.
help you boost your self-esteem and extend your network. Our new facilities
provide an even greater opportunity to do so.
forward to seeing you over the next few days for registration and during the
Fall semester! Keep in mind that we register for classes until it begins
or becomes full.
Source: Field, John. "Is Lifelong Learning Making a
Difference? Research-based evidence on the Impact of Adult
Learning." Second International Handbook of Lifelong Learning(2012):