ERIC Number: ED021532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Program for the Educational Enrichment of the Senior Citizens of Polk County. Final Report.
Bradley, Harry M.; And Others
Upon finding that more than 10% of the county's population of 215,000 (1966) were retirees and other senior citizens who had educational needs which were not being met by any single educational agency, members of the Polk Junior College staff developed and implemented a project under the Higher Education Act of 1965 for the purpose of fulfilling such needs. Advisory committee members were selected who, in turn, recommended contact persons in each community to assist in locating teacher-trainees, places to conduct sessions, and program onsultants. Communities chosen to participate in the project were narrowed to Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Fedhaven, and Nalcrest, Teacher-trainees (varying from housewives to college professors), who subsequently were appointed to the college's part-time staff, selected topics of interest to the senior citizens. Two-hour seminars were held twice weekly for a 6-week period. Trainees served as forum coordinators and discussion leaders. Consultants (college faculty and specialists from the local area as well as from state and county agencies) gave lectures and/or demonstrations. Attendance reached approximately 100 per session, with 500 to 600 attending the meetings on a regular basis. Topics generally focused on health (social security, medicare, and medical problems) and on social studies (Florida history, international relations, and current events). (DG)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Polk Community Coll., Winter Haven, FL.
Identifiers: Florida; Higher Education Act 1965