N.J. -- While
baby boomers are expected to revolutionize traditional retirement,
for many the prospect of a long expanse of free time, dealing with
the aging process, and learning to make good financial decisions
can be daunting.
Mercer County Community Colleges Director of Community Programs
Lorna Strang, The more information we can gather in the years
leading up to retirement, the better choices we will make.
Strang has developed a new series of noncredit courses for new retirees
and those planning on retiring called Retire with Attitude,
built around four essential areas: work, economic security, good
health and personal fulfillment. The fall 2006 series is part of
the comprehensive offerings of the colleges Center for Continuing
educator Nunzio Cernero, who headed the colleges Small Business
Development Center for many years until his retirement
two years ago, will return to teach the opening sessions, starting
on Sept. 12. Hell also teach a class about finding jobs and
starting a business after retirement, which meets Nov. 16. Many
retirees start a business in a field of special interest to them,
a consultant in nonprofit management who is the former executive
director of the Princeton YWCA, will teach a class in Mind
Maps on Nov. 6 and 13. An organizational tool, Mind Maps help
you focus on, order and prioritize your dreams, visions, goals,
skills and ideas, she says. As an active volunteer herself, she
will also teach a class on Dec. 7 about finding meaningful volunteer
work that matches your skills and interests.
In a similar
vein, Life Planning After 50, taught by Tom Caines,
is an interactive workshop that delivers an alternative perspective
and road map for creatively planning the second half of your life.
We will examine the beliefs, myths and assumptions related
to the stage of life formerly known as retirement, he says.
The class meets on Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Classes in financial
planning will help participants clarify their investment goals,
increase income and portfolio growth and reduce taxes. Keith Becker
says you will leave his four-session course, Financial Strategies
for Successful Retirement with a comprehensive plan designed
for your specific needs. The information you receive will
pay you dividends for the rest of your life, he said. The
class meets Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 26.
CFP, will offer a course on Understanding the Reality of Your
Financial Future, which will review financial strategies intended
to increase the probability of financial success, including a retirement
income you cannot outlive. The class meets on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Community College is located at 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor,
outside of Trenton NJ. For more information or to register for a
course with the Center for Continuing Studies, call 609-570-3311,
e-mail ComEd@mccc.edu, or visit
the website here.