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Lehigh County Community College (Pennsylvania) and the Lehigh County Senior Citizens' Center collaborated on a project to assess the learning needs of the senior center's 1,600 members. A needs assessment completed by 68 center members and interviews of an additional 38 center members established that senior citizens preferred short-term workshops targeting practical areas such as medical needs, finances, and housing. A curriculum integrating basic skills with the content areas identified in the needs assessment was then developed and field tested by using course outlines on the following topics: calculators and checking accounts, housing options, workings of the medical system, memory improvement, word processing and personal financial management software, medical vocabulary and drug safety, and the six basic food groups. More than 60 senior citizens participated in the various workshops, which contained between four and eight sessions each. The instructors were very positive about the program, and the workshop participants rated the classes highly. (Appended are the needs assessment questionnaire and findings, 11 suggested readings, sample senior center newsletters, a sample evaluation form, a course lesson plan form, and curriculum outlines.) (MN)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Consumer Education, County Programs, Course Descriptions, Educational Needs, Fused Curriculum, Lesson Plans, Needs Assessment, Older Adults, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, School Community Relationship, Skills, Two Year Colleges, Workshops

Author: Lehigh County Community Coll., Schnecksville, PA.


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