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Registration underway for VIU ElderCollege’s 30th-anniversary school year

Courses being offered online and in-person in Parksville, Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley
Vancouver Island University’s ElderCollege is celebrating 30 years in 2023. (News Bulletin file photo)

September is back-to-school for some of the region’s older students, as well. In 2023-24, Vancouver Island University’s ElderCollege will celebrate three decades of providing learning opportunities for people 50 years and up.

In a press release, VIU stated that registration is open for fall semester of the ElderCollege’s 30th anniversary year, with 78 courses, 38 of which are online, allowing students from across the globe to attend class. In-class instruction is offered at campuses in Nanaimo, Cowichan and Parksville. The fall session begins Sept. 5.

One of the course offerings expected to be popular is Road Safety for Seniors, taught by Drive Smart B.C. columnist Tim Schewe. Introduction to the Night Skies and and Are You Ready for the Next Emergency are two other courses highlighted in a press release previewing the coming semester. New courses this fall include William Blake: Words and Images, Fundamentals of Photographic Composition, and Coast Salish Oral History: Elders’ Voices.

VIU ElderCollege Saturday Speakers presentations are also scheduled to continue with the first, from Lindsay McCunn on Sept. 9 when she will discuss Environmental Psychology, Climate Change and the Benefits of Nature. The talk will be held in Parksville and also via Zoom.

For more information, go to or call 1-866-734-6252.

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