The addition of the SAIL program to the Farmersville Collin College campus presents a new specialized learning and sharing opportunity for local and regional seniors. SAILING, is an acronym for SENIORS ACTIVE IN LEARNING.
The program, aimed at students aged 55 and over, celebrates its 25andanniversary this year, and its first year at the new campus in Farmersville. The campus is located at the corner of Audie Murphy Parkway (US 380) and County Road 611.
SAIL participants come together for the joy of new learning experiences and to be better informed on a wide range of topics. The SAIL community includes talented instructors, college professors and business leaders with expertise in the subjects they teach.
Students learn from each other, hear and examine opposing ideas, integrate the instructor’s expertise, and ultimately gain new knowledge, opinions, and viewpoints.
No degree or academic experience is required as not all classes are credited, with no tests, grades, or paperwork to write. There are no residency requirements, and participation in SAIL also includes optional special social events and guest lectures.
The director of Collin’s SAIL program is Sherry J. Scamardo and she is excited to expand her reach to the region.
“We are thrilled that the SAIL program is active on the Farmersville campus and we anticipate that many seniors will participate in this unique learning and sharing experience,” she said.
The cost of enrollment is $100 per semester, normally for up to seven courses, although the current Spring 2022 semester has unlimited courses. Guest lectures do not count towards the maximum course load.
The college offers a combination of in-person and virtual (zoom) learning opportunities. In addition to the Farmersville campus, classes are also available at Collin College Courtyard Center, Frisco Campus, Collin Higher Education Center, and Wylie Campus.
Course topics fit into a number of subject groups, including arts and art history, current affairs talks and lectures, games, health/lifestyle/wellness -being, history, informative courses, language/travel, literature/cinema/music and mathematics/science/technology. .
Four online courses will be offered at the Farmersville campus. They are Rebuilding the Red River Valley, Abraham Lincoln and His Legacy, Body Works 101: Integumentary System, and Live Healthy, Stay Young at Heart.
The only in-person class offered at the Farmersville campus is Cruising Through the Panama Canal, which will meet Wednesday, February 2 and 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The class will be taught by a longtime Farmersville resident, retired Air Force Colonel Charlie Tucker.
A complete schedule and list of courses and locations offered for the spring semester, as well as information on registration and special guest lectures can be found at www.collin.edu/sail.
The SAIL office can be reached at 972-985-3788. For more information about the SAIL program at the Farmersville campus, contact campus executive dean Diana L. Hopes, Ed.D.