What is a Senior College?
The Anacortes Senior College was an idea created by Dr. George Kovach in the fall of 2006. He placed an ad in the Anacortes American asking for interested persons, and he met with several during the fall and winter months.Their planning resulted in a set of five courses offered in spring, 2007, which were held in classrooms donated by the Anacortes Middle School.
Searches for potential instructors and requests for course topics led to a rapid and self-perpetuating growth which, at the end of nine years, has reached more than 4,000 seniors/students and created a roster of over 70 instructors.
ASC is run by and taught by volunteers. Classes are offered during fall, winter and spring terms, and still meet at the Anacortes Middle School, for two hours per week for either three weeks or six weeks. The Senior College strives to provide a diverse curriculum in a no-stress environment that is comfortable for both learning and socializing. A six-week course is $30; a three-week course is $20.
The college could not exist without the cooperation of the Anacortes School District; support from the teachers and staff is essential and greatly appreciated. The ASC Board of Directors is proud to make donations to the school district and to the Middle School when a specific need is identified. To date, donations have been made to AVID, the Beth Prins/ASC Scholarship, AHS Broadcast Club, AMS Hawk TV, AHS Jazz Choir, AMS Reader Board, textbooks for elementary students, AMS band chairs and to Hospice NW in memory of former board member, Phil Cunningham.
Board of Directors:
- Barbee Cromack, President
- Karen Eichler, Secretary
- Michael Newbrough, Director of Curriculum
- Bill Epler, Treasurer
- Sallie Hughes, Director of Operations
- Pam McCunn, Registrar
- Jim McGowan, Hospitality Chair
- Tom Kuhn
- Susan Easthouse
- Dr. Mark Wenzel