Senior Citizen Programs

Older student sculpting art pieceEastern Iowa Community Colleges offer a wide range of Continuing Education classes specifically intended for older students.

These include such diverse topics as gardening, history, trips and tours, physical fitness and more. In addition to those classes designed just for older adults, many of our traditional Continuing Education classes will interest seniors as well. See the current schedule of classes below.

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges also offers a Plus 50 program for those 50 years or older to take credit classes, earn certifications and even finish degrees.

For more information in the:

  • Clinton/Maquoketa area
    563-244-7040

  • Muscatine area
    563-288-6165

  • QuadCities area
    Gale Roeder
    563-336-3450


April - August

LEARN WITH LUNCH

ANNIE WITTENMYER

In the last year marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it’s good to step back from accounts of politics and battles to be reminded of the important role women played during the war despite the obstacles. Most notably Annie Wittenmyer and the women she recruited and supervised, made their own significant contributions during the war. An orphanage in Davenport was named for her. Her story as an icon of the Civil War will be told in a first person portrayal, the title of which might be called “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better”. (Includes lunch) Cost: $21

Wed. May 27
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
#152918
The Outing Club

DOWNTON ABBEY

Fans of Julian Fellows’ hit show Downton Abbey can step back 100 years to the world of the pampered, privileged upper class and their servants at a tea where they can sample some tea and goodies served at the aristocratic manor house, hear reviews of books related to the series, review the past five seasons with a trivia quiz or perhaps win a prize or two. (Includes lunch) Cost: $21

Thursday, April 30
11:30 a.m.  - 2 p.m.  
#151587
The Outing Club

Thu. May 14
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
#156224
The Outing Club

NOVELTY SONGS
Popular, seasonal, old fun and crazy songs of past decades. (Includes Lunch) Cost: $21

Wed. Jun 17
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
#152920
The Outing Club

BIX, A LEGEND

An interpretation of a Legend. The “Legend of Bix” is a meticulous recreation of the music and look of the jazz age. A dramatic and faithful picture of one of the greatest jazz musicians who ever lived. (Includes Lunch) Cost: $21

Tue. Jul 21
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
#152921
The Outing Club

BOOSTER SIGNS IN THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE

Home of the World’s Largest Strawberry Most towns and cities strive to have a distinct identity, to have a unique place on the map. One way by which they present this uniqueness to the outside world is on the welcoming booster signs along their highway entrances. Some are factual and serious; others are for fun. In addition to being enjoyable, these signs embody an important concept in town planning: each place as it moves forward needs to have a unique identify about which residents are proud. This talk will show many such signs in groups embodying some main themes. (Includes Lunch) Cost: $21

Wed. Aug 12
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
#152922
The Outing Club

 

FITNESS

TAI CHI

Meditation in motion, a gentle non-strenuous movement based on ancient principles which may bring about physical and mental relaxation. A great way to improve balance. Cost: $27

6 Weeks
Thursdays, Begins April 16
9 - 10:30AM
#151392
Bettendorf Community Center

6 Wks Thu. Begins Jun 4
9 - 10:30 a.m.
153090
Bettendorf Community Center


6 Wks Thu. Begins Jul 23
9 - 10:30 a.m.
153091
Bettendorf Community Center

YOGA

Enjoy a class that will leave you feeling relaxed, stretched out and stronger. Please bring your own mat for the floor poses. Cost: $18

6 Weeks
Fridays, Begins April 17
11AM – 12 p.m.  
#151389
Bettendorf Community Center

6 Wks Fri. Begins Jun 5
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
#153082
Bettendorf Community Center


6 Wks Fri. Begins Jul 24
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
#153083
Bettendorf Community Center

TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS

This program has been designed for the beginning student ready to learn Tai Chi and also students who want to go back to the basics. You will practice. Meditation in motion, a gentle non-strenuous movement based on ancient principles which may bring about physical and mental relaxation. A great way to improve balance. Cost: $18

6 Weeks
Tuesdays, Begins April 14
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
#151409
West Davenport Center


6 Weeks
Thursdays, Begins April 16
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
#151396
Bettendorf Community Center

6 Wks Tue. Begins Jun 2
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
#153095
West Davenport Center


6 Wks Thu. Begins Jun 4
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
#153093
Bettendorf Community Center


6 Wks Tue. Begins Jul 21
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
#153096
West Davenport Center


6 Wks Thu. Begins Jul 23
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
#153094
Bettendorf Community Center

BODY POWER FOR A HEALTHIER YOU

Muscle toning, flexibility, posture, balance and cardio fitness will be emphasized. Resistance training using body weight, resistance bands, and dumbbells will be incorporated to help build muscle with control and balance. A few Yoga moves will be added to emphasize flexibility and some cardio exercises from the chair will help improve your heart health. Building a body capable of doing real life activities will be added to the program through functional fitness moves. Teaching the muscles to work together with ease when bending, twisting and lifting are just a few of the benefits received by adding Body Power to your exercise routine. Modifications for all levels of fitness will be given. Cost: $18

6 Weeks
Mondays, Begins April 13
9 - 10AM
#151379  
Bettendorf Community Center


6 Weeks
Wednesdays, Begins April 15
9 - 10AM
#151381
Bettendorf Community Center


6 Weeks
Thursdays, Begins April 16
10:30 - 11:30AM
#151407
West Davenport Center


6 Wks Mon. Begins Jun 1
9 - 10 a.m.
#153088
Bettendorf Community Center


6 Wks Wed. Begins Jun 3
9 - 10 a.m.
#153086
Bettendorf Community Center


6 Wks Mon. Begins Jul 20
9 - 10 a.m.
#153089
Bettendorf Community Center


6 Wks Wed. Begins Jul 22
9 - 10 a.m.
#153087
Bettendorf Community Center

THE PERFECT EXERCISE MIX

The Perfect Mix provides a combination of stretching, weight training (dumbbells provided) and a low impact cardio workout all in one class. Improve your cardiovascular system, flexibility and strength with the Perfect Mix. Cost: $18

6 Weeks
Tuesdays, Begins April 14
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
#151386
Bettendorf Community Center

6 Wks Tue Begins Jun 2
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
#153084
Bettendorf Community Center


6 Wks Tue. Begins Jul 21
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
#153085
Bettendorf Community Center

MOVE TO THE BEAT

Move to the music that we like best, with low impact moves that are fun and rewarding. If you enjoy music and want exercise, this is the perfect combination. Waltz on in and we’ll have fun. Cost: $18

7 Weeks
Fridays, Begins April 10
9 - 10 a.m.
#151383
Bettendorf Community Center

TOURS

DAVENPORT CIVIL WAR SITES

Following the Annie Wittenmyer Luncheon join us for a tour and discover Davenport Civil War historical sites including the Annie Wittenmyer Complex and Oakdale Cemetery. Cost: $3

Wed. May 27
1 - 2:30 p.m.
#153099
The Outing Club

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL TOUR

The Rock Island Arsenal is located on the largest island on the Mississippi. From its establishment as a Military Fort in 1818 to its present assignment from the Department of Defense. We will tour the entire island just before Memorial Day, where the new flags are flying over the graves of over 30,000 veterans. We will stop by the Confederate cemetery where 2000 Southerners are buried, having died in the Civil war prison camp that was located here. We will stop at the Corps of Engineer Visitor Center, the John Browning museum, and Colonel Davenport’s home.(where the city of Davenport was plotted and he was murdered)? We will have a Dutch Lunch the Arsenal Cafeteria or Arsenal Golf Club. Cost: $34

Fri. May 22 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
#152912
Modern Woodmen Park
Inst. Grensing

DUBUQUE RIVER MUSEUM & AQUARIUM

Dubuque ...one of the oldest and unique cities in Iowa. And the National River Museum is one of newest and finest of its kind between Chicago and Denver. The format and exhibits are developed on the same basis as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. This trip is developed for all ages. We stop at the visitor’s center in downtown Dubuque. Take a bus tour of the city...and stop at the one of unique cable car rides in the world. Which you can ride if you desire. Most of your time will be spent exploring the inside and outside of the Museum...Dutch lunch is available at the restored Rail Road Depot attached to the Museum. This is a truly class Museum... Cost: $64

Tue. May 12
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
#152952
Kimberly Center-Alternative