5 East Valley Options for Adult Education

Now that the kids are back in school, what about East Valley adults? Shouldn’t we get a chance to learn new things that excite and improve us?

Whether looking to expand your knowledge and skills or simply joining a book discussion, the East Valley has a wealth of free and affordable higher education options for adults. From photography to metal working to completing a degree, we’ve found some local organizations that might have just what you’re looking for – and all within 30 minutes of Cadence at Gateway!

MCCCD strives to give back to the communities they serve and enhance the quality of life for the public. Whether it’s a free event like astronomy night, or a painting workshop, or participation in outreach efforts, the colleges provide opportunities for community learning and personal enrichment programs, along with classes to update job skills or gain professional certifications. 10 locations, with two in the East Valley (Mesa Community College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College).

Example of options include:

Everyone Can Code: Learn to build apps for iPhones and iPads taking only three classes at Mesa Community College. It’s one of only six colleges in the U.S. selected to offer this opportunity, applicable for so many situations. Contact MCC’s Business & Information Systems at 480-461-7711.

To find an MCCCD community education class and learn about the tuition rate for senior citizens (50 percent of the current County Resident tuition), click here: https://www.maricopa.edu/community-business/community-education-programs/lifelong-learning

For events such as poetry readings, arts performances and rewarding volunteer opportunities, click here: https://events.maricopa.edu/.

For fitness classes at Mesa Community College, click here: https://www.mesacc.edu/departments/exercise-science/lifetime-fitness/fitness-centers#noncredit.

New Frontiers for Lifelong Learning at MCC is a peer-led, self-governing organization with interests in volunteer opportunities, travel, hiking and healthy lifestyles. Discovering new, lifelong friendships is an added benefit. https://newfrontiers.mesacc.edu/.

  • East Valley Libraries

There’s a multitude of resources available through East Valley libraries, including computer classes at Mesa Public Library, or the “More Than Books” section of the Chandler Public Library website featuring book reviews, gardening tips/seed swap events and online book groups.

The Queen Creek Library has interesting events such as Tales and Ales, which meets the second Wednesday of every month at Old Ellsworth Brewing Co. for a lively book discussion. Have a drink and enjoy meeting some new friends and book enthusiasts.

Take a look at the multitude of classes/clubs/events listed on the Southeast Regional Library/Maricopa County Library events webpage. You can join a discussion on books made into movies, seek advice on wise investing by the AZ Corporation Commission or join the adult computer coding club.

Explore technical education options for adults at the East Valley Institute of Technology. Try your hand at Barbering, Welding, Solar Design and more. Most programs provide training and required hours for students to be able to sit for certification exams once class is completed. The adult education classes are located at 1601 W. Main St. in Mesa, but several branches other around the East Valley including one five minutes form Cadence at on Power Road and another location in Apache Junction.

  • East Valley Recreation Programs and Classes

The City of Mesa Activity Guide: https://www.mesaparks.com/sports-programs/registration is the place to register for classes in and around Mesa, including the Red Mountain Multigenerational Center. Located in northeast Mesa, the center offers classes in aerobics, cycling, kick boxing, yoga, Pilates, drawing, story writing, Karate and more.

Or there’s the Town of Queen Creek Recreation Program filled with special interest classes for all ages. Try your hand at ceramics, jewelry making or Mediterranean Art and Cuisine. There’s even equestrian classes at the Swingin’ C Ranch in San Tan Valley.

The Mesa Arts Center is a wonderful resource for more than 1,000 adult and youth classes that include sculpture, ceramics, photography, multimedia, acting, dance and music. Mesa residents receive an automatic discount on adult class prices. It’s a fantastic facility with knowledgeable and talented instructors.

Continuing to expand your learning through any of these options in the East Valley means better brain balance, improved quality of life and a respite from the pressures of work, home and family for a few hours each week!

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