The Organization of Active Adults (OAA) was founded in 1983 in partnership with the Manchester Community College Continuing Education Division. It includes college personnel and community members sharing a common interest in lifelong learning, travel opportunities, and monthly entertainment features at the college. Several hundred adults, 50 years of age and older, are members.
How Do I Join the OAA?
Membership is open to all persons aged 50 or older. Our membership year is from September 1–August 31, corresponding to the academic year. Annual dues are $20. Membership is effective on the date your payment is postmarked or presented in person and is valid for the remainder of the current membership year, except that dues postmarked from June 1– August 31 are valid for the remainder of the summer and for the upcoming membership year.
OAA members enjoy the stimulation of socializing with people who share similar interests in a wide variety of educational, social, and entertaining activities including:
- Free monthly programs at the college with entertaining speakers and performances on various subjects, with refreshments afterward, September through May (except for luncheon months).
- Reduced fees for luncheons at local fine restaurants or banquet facilities.
- The OAA Travel Committee arranges many popular motor coach day trips, overnight trips and international travel. Although non-members may participate, OAA members are given priority and pay discounted rates. Recent destination offerings have included Connecticut, New York City, Boston, Rhode Island, and Nashville.
- TheUPDATE, a monthly newsletter providing information on activities, events, non-credit courses and news of interest to active adults is available online and in print.
- A Tuition Rebate Program for non-credit courses costing more than $10, offering a 20 percent reimbursement of the fees paid up to a total of $50 per membership year. The MCC non-credit program offers a wide variety of low-cost courses and lectures of interest to the older adult, but all ages are welcome to participate. There are no tests or grades, and courses are designed to be friendly, fun and informative.
- Members may also use the college library for books, movies, music and other resources. In addition, members are encouraged to participate in college activities, lectures and performances.
Can I Take Classes?
Our motto is “Never Stop Learning”. MCC’s Continuing Education Division offers a wide variety of low-cost, non-credit courses and lectures designed specifically for older adults.
When, Where, and How Much are Classes?
Please read the non-credit course catalogs for class schedules, topics, and fees. OAA members are eligible for tuition rebates (see above) on all non-credit courses costing over $10. Rebate applications can be found online.