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Old 12-29-2015, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Southern New Jersey
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I love the idea of education being offered to Seniors so they too can continue to learn more. Yet all that education is for naught if someone 50-60-70 years of age cannot find work so they can make use of the knowledge and education. We live in a throw a way society. 90% of electronics get thrown away as it's cheaper to replace them. Same as Seniors. In most instances we're no longer viable when one reaches 50's 60's or 70's. I would love a program that not only offers classes and further education- But also job placement. And if someone hates what I have to say next, sobeit. Veterans come back into society and are often forgotten and thrown to the curb. How about offering Vet's jobs that ILLEGALS get? Or homeless? Why can't they get free education or job training for a brighter future? We're quick to take in and take care of any ILLEGAL or "refugee" that plants foot in the USA all the while many people beg for jobs and a chance to start over. Including Seniors. We're no someone that wants to be forgotten. We have skills and experience and wisdom that ILLEGALS and refugees most likely don't. So while continued education is a perk- Why not help those who want to be a benefit to society with more than education?
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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If you want to parlay the knowledge into any type of marketable skill for maybe a part time business, engines is the no brainer. I am an economics major, and an average person can easily teach themselves basic to moderate level macroeconomics with nothing but a textbook, paper for the math, and Google.
I hear what you're saying about econ, its interesting but too theoretical to be of use in starting a business.
Actually I was interested in macroec just so I can get a better handle on the markets, and maybe improve the yields on my retirement funds by a half point or two. I've been reading an economics text lately, and while it certainly helps, formal instruction would probably help more. Afther this, I'll be looking at a course in financial markets that builds in it.

I'm interested in auto mechanics because we're thinking of picking up an RV and I figure if you're going to hit the road in one of those you at least need to know enough to keep from being ripped off when it breaks down.
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:07 AM
 
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Careful! It's a slippery slope. Next thing you know you'll be getting inked.
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:15 AM
 
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Dunno about "illegals" per se, but if you're talking "recent immigrants", the ones I see are either doing hard outdoor labor (do veterans really long for these jobs?), cleaning houses, or fixing things inside people's houses. There is a huge demand for people who can fix things competently (especially as the rest of us get too old to do it ourselves), and our local technical college is booming (can't outsource fixing stuff!) No reason veterans could not get those jobs, if they train for them. I agree that the training should be taxpayer-funded. There is a GI bill for college; why not one for technical training?

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How about offering Vet's jobs that ILLEGALS get? Or homeless? Why can't they get free education or job training for a brighter future? We're quick to take in and take care of any ILLEGAL or "refugee" that plants foot in the USA all the while many people beg for jobs and a chance to start over. Including Seniors. We're no someone that wants to be forgotten. We have skills and experience and wisdom that ILLEGALS and refugees most likely don't. So while continued education is a perk- Why not help those who want to be a benefit to society with more than education?
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:17 AM
 
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Why let this bother you? It's fun to be around young people. When I was in undergraduate school, there was a small handful of students over age 50 in my classes. The rest of us treated them just like any other student (well, with one exception: we weren't hitting on them, LOL)

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you don't have to be the "old person" in classes of 18 year olds,
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I have no desire to do anything that involves structure and time constraints yet. Inner child is still fully in control, rebellious, fun loving, and spontaneous. I'm still giddy with the freedom that comes along with not having to work. If I feel like working on my closet plaster repair project at midnight in my undies I will do so. Inner child really wants to color with mathjak and his granddaughter. Fun Some day when inner child is not so much in control I would love to learn how to do upholstery and work on stained glass projects. Until then I will let life take me where the wind blows for as long as it takes until I'm bored with it.
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Old 12-29-2015, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I have no desire to do anything that involves structure and time constraints yet. Inner child is still fully in control, rebellious, fun loving, and spontaneous. I'm still giddy with the freedom that comes along with not having to work. If I feel like working on my closet plaster repair project at midnight in my undies I will do so.
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Old 12-29-2015, 03:41 PM
 
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LIFE is continuously teaching me. I spent 2 & 1/2 hours on the phone with comcast yesterday installing a new modem. Luckily I hit on a good tech and he walked me through the setup and then together we got the desktop, the tablet, two smartphones, an ipod, the tv and printer on board. Today I got a new wireless adapter card and installed that. Always learning!
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Old 12-29-2015, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Agree. We've already had our careers. Now many of us would like to study something we love. Maybe it would be what we always wanted to study but never could because we had to study something that would get us a real job. I don't live near any place where I could take a class but maybe someday I'll live closer to a place where I could take art classes. That's what I always wanted to do.
That is why I take art history classes. Never took any in college. Never miss one now.
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Old 12-29-2015, 05:51 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Lol, get some of those adult coloring books & practice in private.
OMG, if you had a hard time staying in the lines with kids' coloring books, those adult coloring books will drive you bonkers. That's why I have had to find other hobbies.
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