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


Upcoming Classes

FITNESS/WELLNESS

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

7 Wks Tue.
Begins Jan 9
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
#190067
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $25

7 Wks Fri.
Begins Jan 12
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
#189882
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $25

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 incorporatated 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.

6 Wks Mon.
Begins Jan 8
9 - 10 a.m.
#189864
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $22

7 Wks Wed.
Begins Jan 10
9 - 10 a.m.
#190246
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $25


Move to the Beat With Zumba Gold?

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. Dance on in and we'll have fun. Cost: $22

6 Wks Fri.
Begins Jan 12
9 - 10 a.m.
#189859
Bettendorf Community Ctr

LEARN WITH LUNCH 

Down on the Farm
Enjoy the nostalgia of the holiday season as Margo Hanson reminisces with stories of her childhood on a rural Scott County dairy farm in the 1960's. (Lunch Included) Cost: $22

Thu. Dec 7
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
#189112
The Outing Club

Where the West Begins: “Sodbusters and Indians Collide on the Iowa Frontier”
When the Black Hawk Purchase opened Scott County to settlement in 1833, eighty three percent of what would one day become the state of Iowa over a decade later was still occupied by thousands of Indians. Well into the 1850’s, small bands lived in the bullrushes near Nahant or on isolated prairie groves under the protection of sympathetic farmers. The government’s rush to “farmer” a territory so vast that they could not adequately “soldier” it set the stage for the cataclysmic culture clash between the one thousand covered wagon settlers who were rolling across frontier Iowa each week and the thousands of Native Americans who still called Wisconsin Territory home. As one of the disgruntled white squatters living in Black Hawk’s vacant Saukenuk Indian Village lamented, “Ten settlers-and ten thousand Indians!” Pioneer diaries and oral histories were filled with firsthand recollections of Grandma’s “Indian warning bell rope” hanging from the rafters of the barn (Marquette & Lombard St.), John Spencer donning a pair of hanging wooden ice skates to power himself through a large band of Winnebagos migrating across winter ice along his 80-mile mail delivery route to Galena, or heroic tales of Mrs. Christian Kober executing her most effective frontier defensive maneuver-hiding behind the bed all day while Indians commandeered her cabin’s fireplace to roast a deer for their evening meal (53rd St. & Eastern Ave.). Over time, the culture clashes which separated settlers and Indians became the key to drawing them together. Every new-fangled invention settlers drug out of their wagons became the source of much amusement to the Indians and engendered camaraderie for all, despite the language barrier. As a result, the Indian presence was permanently written into settler accounts of some of Davenport’s most historic moments. Join us as we revisit the group of whooping Indians who streaked across town - hanging off of both sides of the first steam engine to ever race down the tracks through frontier Davenport, or relive the day when a group of overly-excited new settlers saddled-up and rode off with a Sac war party - in hot pursuit of a band of hostile Sioux Indians who were laying in ambush at what today is Oakdale Cemetery. (Lunch Included) Cost: $22

Fri. Jan 19
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
#189095
The Outing Club

TOURS

 

Where the West Begins Tour
The "Sodbusters & Indians" bus tour will take us past old Fort Armstrong blockhouses, where two soldiers were scalped in the 1830’s and where setters fled to safety during the Black Hawk War. We will tour Col. Davenport's 1833 "Rocky Island" home and trading post site which was the hub of a regional Indian fur trade operation. Following our visit to the island, local Indian historian, Ferrel Anderson, will take us on a guided tour of the Haupberg Indian Museum in Rock Island, Ill., where he will read passages from Abraham Miller's 1876 Centennial Manuscript, describing Miller's prairie encounters with Black Hawk and his views on life in Indian country in 1834. Level of physical activity: Moderate Handicap accessible entrances & flat interior walking surfaces at both museums -Staircase required to view second story bedrooms at Col. Davenport House -Picture I.D. required to enter Rock Island Arsenal. Cost: $15

Fri. Jan 19
2 - 4:30 p.m.
#189111
The Outing Club