New Adventures in Learning Provides the Fun Side of Education for Seniors

Monday, June 5, 2023
El Rancho

Leo and classmates on a field trip to El Rancho supermarket where they ordered food in Spanish and enjoyed lunch.

By Kyle Messner

When asked about the benefits of taking classes at New Adventures in Learning (NAIL), Leo Recker answered, “My brain has stayed active and my curiosity continues to grow. I have met some interesting people, many of whom have become friends.”

Since 2008, Recker has taken multiple classes on topics such as Arizona history, issues in healthcare, investing, politics and media, memoir writing, religion, Spanish, and Native American cultures. The classes were offered in multiple formats such as one-session classes, tours, round-table discussions, and 12-week sessions at the NAIL campus in Sun Lakes, one of the largest lifelong learning programs in Arizona for people at or near retirement age who wish to keep learning without having to worry about homework, tests, or grades.

NAIL members get the opportunity to meet new people and expand their horizons. The program, which is run entirely by volunteers and supported by Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC), gives seniors access to dozens of classes every spring, summer, and fall. Topics include everything from military history and genealogy to blogging and current events.

The program is very affordable; membership costs $60 a year and then $20 a semester for unlimited classes. So if you are already a member, $20 allows you to take as many classes as you would like for the summer semester. If you are not a member and interested in joining NAIL, email and request a New Adventures student application form. You can also call 480-857-5500 and leave a message with your name, phone number and email address to request the application. The form will be emailed to you to begin the process.

Registration is open for the summer semester and ongoing for the duration of the semester. It’s never too late to learn!

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