Local group promotes lifelong learning through classes, events and fellowship

New Frontiers for Lifelong Learning invites active seniors to join organization.

MESA, Ariz. – Sept 5, 2023 – New Frontiers for Lifelong Learning (NFLL), a Mesa Community College non-credit community education program for active seniors, hosts Lifelong Learning 101, a free drop-in event showcasing fall, peer-led classes and activities. The event is from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 9 in the Saguaro Building at the Mesa Community College (MCC) Red Mountain Campus, 7110 E. McKellips Road, Mesa.

“Lifelong Learning 101 provides community members an opportunity to talk with our members about their experiences, learn about what we have planned for the fall and to have questions answered in person,” said NFLL President Cindy Schrantz. “We offer virtual options for individuals who seasonally leave the Valley but want to remain connected or those who are unable to join us out in the community for whatever reason.”

For less than $10 a month, NFLL members have access to luncheons, workshops, field trips and member social outings and volunteer opportunities. NFLL volunteers continue to be a staple at MCC Empty Bowls events, helping to raise funds for Paz de Christo, a Mesa outreach organization that feeds, clothes and helps those in need to become more self-sufficient.

A member of NFLL since 1997, Tempe resident Peggy Randolph says, “What I love about New Frontiers is the interaction with my fellow members. Learning in a social environment is how I think of it. I’m constantly amazed at the backgrounds of our members and their willingness to share their experiences, taking us on armchair adventures throughout the world or leading us in hiking and biking.” She adds, “I especially enjoy field trips and “oOut-to-lunch” gatherings. Every semester offers something new!”

Annual NFLL membership is $80 covering activities from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31. Members may attend as many in-person and online classes or social events as they wish. Some classes may have fees for supplies, and social events are normally pay-your-way.

Learn more about NFLL by attending Lifelong Learning 101, visiting newfrontiers.mesacc.edu, reviewing New Frontiers News online, or by calling 480-461-7497.

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Media contacts:
NFLL, Jacki McDugle, mcdugle@gmail.com, 480-461-7497
MCC, Dawn Zimmer, dawn.zimmer@mesacc.edu or 480-461-7892

Founded in 1995, New Frontiers for Lifelong Learning is a Mesa Community College non-credit, community education program designed by and for our active senior community. With over 225 active participants, NFLL members serve as MCC ambassadors to our growing community of active adult learners, providing peer-led classes (in person and online), social events, volunteer opportunities, and physical activities like hiking, biking and walking groups. Learn more about NFLL at newfrontiers.mesacc.edu or calling 480-461-7497.

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized for university transfer, career and technical programs, civic engagement, service-learning and innovative approaches to education. On average MCC students provide 23,000 hours of community service annually. For more than 50 years, the college has served as a resource for education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 25,400 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs at its two campuses and additional locations through a combination of modalities. MCC is transforming how it champions student success through Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution with nearly 50% of its students being the first in their families to attend college. MCC has the largest indigenous student population of all the Maricopa Community Colleges; its American Indian Institute serves students from the 22 federally recognized Arizona tribes as well as out-of-state tribes. The diverse student body includes hundreds of international students from around the world. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to attain their goals. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, on the traditional territories of the O'odham, Piipaash and Yavapai Peoples, MCC is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Visit mesacc.edu to learn more.

Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) -- hlcommission.org.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 5, 2023