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Old 02-10-2015, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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My alma mater offered free auditing up to I think two classes per semester as recently as a couple of years ago. I think many regional schools would probably offer something simialr.
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Old 02-10-2015, 01:48 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Yeah, that's what I need to do, sit by myself 10 hours a day, in front of a computer. THAT'S THE PROBLEM.

I'm disappointed that not one person seems to notice what I wrote in the OP:

>> I guess I'd like to hear about others who have gone down this road.

I really wasn't asking for approval. Or advice. I'm a classic late bloomer, finished my BA at 37, my masters five years later. I bet I'd be fine there, and I don't look my age.

Nobody else has tried this? That, after all, is what I was inquiring about, not whether you approve of the decision or not.
I am probably a few years younger than you, as you must be around 65. I had planned on getting a second master's degree which would have started last Fall and would have put me in the position to get a doctorate (in that field of study) in the future, as well.

My husband's health put an end to that plan, along with some financial issues that made it imperative that I devote myself full time to producing a stream of revenue. I was accepted into the program and am still "on hold" with the university in hopes that they may have a future cohort I can join in another year or so.

So, although I haven't done what you asked, I have sure attempted to and will revisit the idea in the future. Of course, I will admit, after 18 months on a roller coaster with my husband's health - and the looming possibility of more surgery - I honestly don't know I would have the stamina to follow through. If your health is good and your stamina is good, and moving isn't an issue . . . go for it!
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Yeah, that's what I need to do, sit by myself 10 hours a day, in front of a computer. THAT'S THE PROBLEM.

I'm disappointed that not one person seems to notice what I wrote in the OP:

>> I guess I'd like to hear about others who have gone down this road.

I really wasn't asking for approval. Or advice. I'm a classic late bloomer, finished my BA at 37, my masters five years later. I bet I'd be fine there, and I don't look my age.

Nobody else has tried this? That, after all, is what I was inquiring about, not whether you approve of the decision or not.
"Gone down this road" to what? Moving to another state to take courses available in a wide ranges of places, community colleges and elsewhere? Do I understand that it's the online courses you reject, you want the personal experience of having a teacher and being in a classroom?

If you mentioned what state you live in I missed it. If you told us, perhaps someone could help you avoid moving. Or do you want to move? If so, indeed you do not need anyone's permission for that, so I thought you were looking to take these classes in your state.

I've lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington State, Washington, DC, and Arizona and I'd be willing to bet I could find most of the courses on your list in any of those places. In classrooms with fellow students and teachers, often available for a low price for seniors. Some of the things on your list are available where I live for free at our county library. We have computer tutors at my county library. They'll tailor a course for you.

Many cities have Mac groups that meet regularly, have newsletters, and offer courses in things like PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, and JavaScript. Your marketing and legal courses are pretty much taught in any university and as others have mentioned most public universities have auditing available for senior citizens. If you want a Certification in CyberSecurity, you no doubt would have to pay for courses in order to be eligible for that.

But whatever you do, don't waste your time taking a course on Dreamweaver. Not many people use that anymore. There are plenty of free sites online where you can build sophisticated websites far easier than using Dreamweaver.
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Florida -
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70 is probably pretty old to still be getting a technical education. How old do you suppose you will be if you don't bother to get the added education?
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:46 PM
 
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Education can never be a bad thing. But because of your age it would probably be worthless as far as creating an income. Massive age discrimination in the cooperate world. Starts at 50.
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Old 02-11-2015, 04:11 AM
 
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Education can never be a bad thing. But because of your age it would probably be worthless as far as creating an income. Massive age discrimination in the cooperate world. Starts at 50.
You must not have read the part where I said I owned my own business and didn't want or anticipate working for anyone. That's okay; I've posted on threads I hadn't read all the way through, many, many times myself.

I appreciate the positive threads.
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Old 02-11-2015, 04:18 AM
 
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70 is probably pretty old to still be getting a technical education. How old do you suppose you will be if you don't bother to get the added education?
This is a bit confusing. What is usually remarked, to encourage non-traditional students, is that they will likely be a projected age, anyway, so why not go to school. So your second sentence is good; I can't say that I agree with the first sentence. Like anyone, I could die in the very near future, or I could live to be 100+. So why not enjoy the challenge.
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Old 02-11-2015, 04:26 AM
 
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"Gone down this road" to what? Moving to another state to take courses available in a wide ranges of places, community colleges and elsewhere? Do I understand that it's the online courses you reject, you want the personal experience of having a teacher and being in a classroom?

If you mentioned what state you live in I missed it. If you told us, perhaps someone could help you avoid moving. Or do you want to move? If so, indeed you do not need anyone's permission for that, so I thought you were looking to take these classes in your state.

I've lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington State, Washington, DC, and Arizona and I'd be willing to bet I could find most of the courses on your list in any of those places. In classrooms with fellow students and teachers, often available for a low price for seniors. Some of the things on your list are available where I live for free at our county library. We have computer tutors at my county library. They'll tailor a course for you.

Many cities have Mac groups that meet regularly, have newsletters, and offer courses in things like PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, and JavaScript. Your marketing and legal courses are pretty much taught in any university and as others have mentioned most public universities have auditing available for senior citizens. If you want a Certification in CyberSecurity, you no doubt would have to pay for courses in order to be eligible for that.

But whatever you do, don't waste your time taking a course on Dreamweaver. Not many people use that anymore. There are plenty of free sites online where you can build sophisticated websites far easier than using Dreamweaver.
This whole idea of being treated like, or perceived as, a "senior citizen," I find offensive. I just won't stand for it. I'll likely end up getting two associates degrees and a security certification, and I had better be treated with respect, as a regular student, or I'll take legal means to defend myself.

I think my direction is the one of the future, as people live to be older and older.

Not sure why you italicized 'pay', among other things. I can PAY my tuition; I'm not impoverished. I don't need anybody to HELP me. I don't need anybody to TAILOR A COURSE for me. After a lifetime of putting up with sexist attitudes, now I have to tolerate being put down because of my age? I don't bloody, frikkin think so.

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Old 02-11-2015, 04:49 AM
 
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I am probably a few years younger than you, as you must be around 65. I had planned on getting a second master's degree which would have started last Fall and would have put me in the position to get a doctorate (in that field of study) in the future, as well.

My husband's health put an end to that plan, along with some financial issues that made it imperative that I devote myself full time to producing a stream of revenue. I was accepted into the program and am still "on hold" with the university in hopes that they may have a future cohort I can join in another year or so.

So, although I haven't done what you asked, I have sure attempted to and will revisit the idea in the future. Of course, I will admit, after 18 months on a roller coaster with my husband's health - and the looming possibility of more surgery - I honestly don't know I would have the stamina to follow through. If your health is good and your stamina is good, and moving isn't an issue . . . go for it!
So sorry to read about your husband. A lot of women sacrifice their own ambitions for the sake of their families. Men, too, no doubt but perhaps women more, though I have no hard data. Though things have changed dramatically over the past several decades, at least in the past I think it's safe to say that for women, it was expected (they would make these sacrifices). It does seem unfair and it's such a waste of human potential. But I've been in that same position myself, and I certainly understand and sympathize.
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Old 02-11-2015, 07:37 AM
 
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What the .... Overkill? Defensive? Disproportionate response ... to what, and why would EdX have anything to do with anything??? And where did I imply that you HADN'T already finished your degrees???

And that's what I get for trying to help someone who has already rejected nearly every encouraging post in this thread.

I wish you good luck.

I'm sorry you feel that way. My mother used to do this, too--rain on my parade. Whenever I would think of something new to try--law school, a doctorale program, touring Europe--she would sit there, shake her head, and tell me all the reasons it was a bad idea, useless, would end in disaster, etc. She was too timid to venture out of the house.

I hope you don't do this to your kids, if you have any. It patently doesn't "help."
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