NCTC Continuing Education addresses community needs through Prime Timers

Elizabeth F. Abu | Feb 28, 2019

Adapting to the latest technology has become difficult, especially for senior citizens. As a result, education for older adults is more important than ever. One way that North Central Texas College’s Adult and Continuing Education Department is addressing this need is through their Prime Timers Program. 

The Prime Timers Program is offered to seniors, ages 62 and over, that live in Cooke County free of charge. Prime Timers started as a way to give back to the community that has paid taxes and given so much to the college.

“I like that the classes are offered so close to home in Cooke County,” said Prime Timer student Steve Patterson. “It saves us time and money to be able to attend classes locally.”

There are many benefits to this program for the seniors in Cooke County. The most obvious of these benefits is the ability to be in a learning environment with other participants in the same age group and with the same challenges. 

Topics for the classes offered are determined by polling the community and are scheduled at times dictated by the students. Most of the classes offered are one or two hours for each day and typically one to three days in length.

Class topics cover many different interests, including creativity, history, culinary arts, lecture, and literary classes.

One class that addresses adapting technology is Basic Computers, taught by Doug Lillard.

In his class this month, 12 students learned from Lillard about the basics of operating their computers.

Seniors take these classes for a variety of reasons, whether to learn something new, meet new people, or just get out of the house.

“These classes give the older generation a chance to be in class with someone instructing us on topics we are interested in,” said Prime Timer student Glenda Mitchell. “It gives us peace of mind and satisfaction to show up here and learn something new.”

The program also offers travel classes, the most popular being an A-Train class that teaches the Prime Timers to take advantage of public transportation.

“I love the different outings,” said Prime Timer Sally Bigley. “The train trip was so helpful for me and opened a door to something that I normally wouldn’t have tried!”

For a full listing of Prime Timer classes or to suggest a class for the future, you can contact Linda Clark in the Adult and Continuing Education Department at lckark@nctc.eduor call 940-668-3373. 

NCTC Adult and Continuing Education Prime Timers class, Basic Computers, taught by Doug Lillard. Prime Timers is a free program for citizens of Cooke County age 62 and over.