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Erie County: University Express fall semester introduces hybrid learning

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Fri, Sep 11th 2020 12:15 pm

Senior Services’ lifelong learning program offers free online content; fall semester session Oct. 1-Dec. 11

The Erie County Department of Senior Services’ Health and Wellness program has announced the fall 2020 University Express semester will be a hybrid learning experience. Classes will be livestreaming every weekday during the semester at 10 a.m. and also on select days at 2 p.m. The fall semester will run from Oct. 1 through Dec. 11. The program offers free, one-hour classes on around 70 different topics covering current events, law and finances, health, science and medicine, the arts and history.

“We want to make sure our older adults are able to stay active and engaged during these times. We are thankful for the ability to provide virtual programming and hope everyone takes advantage of it,” Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services David Shenk said. “Combating social isolation is a priority for us and this is one creative way we are able to do that.”

Participants will be able to register for classes online and will be able to log on or call in from home. There may be locations in Erie County that plan to host a showing of livestreaming classes for people to watch in-person. The class catalog, registration information, and participating locations are listed on the University Express website. Interested students should check the website often as new locations may be added and/or schedules may have changed. The Department of Senior Services is also available by telephone at 716-858-7605 to answer questions and provide information for those without internet access.

Residents can call the Senior Services/NY Connects office for a paper copy of the catalog at 716-858-8526. The catalog will also be available at various locations, including participating University Express locations, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library branches, and open Erie County Stay Fit dining sites.

The University Express program is a collaboration of the Erie County Department of Senior Services, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Excelsior Orthopaedics, and Wegmans.

The mission of the Erie County Department of Senior Services is to promote the well-being of all older adults through coordinated and cost-effective services that enhance their independence, dignity and quality of life. For more information on the Erie County Senior Services Department and programs, click here or call 716-858-8526.

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