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In the News: Colleges open doors to Baby Boomers for learning, new experiences

From the Journal News:

“Experience the visual and performing arts

Purchase College, Purchase

The 500-acre SUNY Purchase College campus offers students options in the arts, sciences, and humanities. It’s also home to the Performing Arts Center and Neuberger Museum of Art.

“We are so pleased that Westchester and Fairfield County community members choose to pursue lifelong learning at Purchase College,” says Kelly Jackson, Director of Continuing Education at Purchase College.

“Our programs and courses are affordable and convenient — typically offered on weekday evenings and Saturdays. Many participants have gone on to start businesses, change careers, or experience visual or performing arts as perhaps they may have always wanted to,” says Jackson.

One interesting option: Voiceover Intensive

Professional voiceover actor Rafael Ferrer teaches the noncredit course which covers the basics of script breakdown, promotion, commercials, movie trailers and animation. The Saturday course gives students insight in working with directors and how to nail an audition.

If you’ve got an eye for detail or want to learn how to redesign your home, the college’s Interior Design Certificate Program is a good choice.  The program is open to beginners and those with some experience and offers topics such as window treatments and upholstery, as well as expertise in redecorating and kitchen remodeling in other sessions.

For a more elective experience, located on the campus are both the Center for Performing Arts and The Neuberger Museum. The Neuberger is a world-class museum, which has a robust permanent collection and a constantly changing and dynamic exhibition schedule.

The Performing Arts Center is home to the performing arts, including theater, dance, music and comedy. Coming up on April 7 is singer Rosanne Cash. Humorist and NPR host David Sedaris performs April 8. For a complete schedule, go to