PLUS - New year may call for classes with Quest

The program at Walla Walla Community College offers courses for those 50 and older

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Another new year is almost here. Maybe a new year calls for a new plan.

If you've decided to take some classes and get involved in some new things in January, the Quest Program at the Walla Walla Community College might be an option.

Those 50 and older can participate in classes which start the week of Jan. 10.

The Winter Quest Social is a great introduction to the program at Walla Walla Community College. Here you can meet the instructors and learn about the classes offered in the Quest program for winter quarter. The Social will be held Jan.6 from 3-5 p.m. in the WWCC dining area. It's free for members and first-time guests. Returning guests pay $10, which is applied to your membership when you join. You can meet other Quest members and enjoy plenty of refreshments. After the introductions there will be time left for class registration.

This marks the 13th year of the popular program. The program started out small, with about six classes but continued to grow, because of enthusiastic students and teachers. According to Nancy Kress, coordinator of the office of community education and lifelong learning, the program has continually increased in popularity, with many new classes and plenty of interested, enthusiastic students and instructors. It began with six classes, now the program usually offers around 20 choices. Classes have ranged from geology to ancient history to computer to art and literature.

Winter quarter gives you the opportunity to take an assortment of classes including Beginning Oil Painting, The How to's of Travel and Topics of Astronomical Interest. Other classes include subjects such as antiques, writing, movies, landscape design, rock and roll, technologies and more.

There's a mix of topics, mix of students and some long term Quest instructors and some that are new to the program. Art instructor Steve Henderson has plenty of experience teaching art topics and is excited about bringing his art classes to Quest. "I really appreciate that age group," he said. "Those primarily over 50. They are very serious with positive attitudes. In our classes I've always felt we made a lot of progress. With younger students I didn't always find that level of enthusiasm. It's a pretty exciting program and I'm very much looking forward to it. Students, classes, teachers. It's a good marriage."

Karlene Ponti can be reached by calling 509-526-8324 or by e-mail at karleneponti@wwub.com.

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