Dear Brown & Gold Club Member:
This year, Johnson County Community College is taking the opportunity to review the efficiency and effectiveness of its total operation. We want our offerings to be both effective and cost efficient, especially in light of the economic challenges the community and the college have recently faced. One of the programs we reviewed was the Brown & Gold Club, and although we have realized we need to make some changes, we feel we have come up with some positive solutions.
Effective immediately, we have entered into an agreement with Shepherd’s Center Central/Coming of Age, which will assume all management and programming for the Brown & Gold Club. This wonderful opportunity allows Shepherd’s Center Central (SCC), whose mission is “to empower midlife and older adults to lead healthy, engaged and independent lives,” to work even more closely with our Johnson County population of people age 55 and older. SCC will have an office on campus during this transition.
We are impressed by SCC’s dedication, energy and enthusiasm to continue to provide pertinent programming and activities for Brown & Gold Club members. Through SCC, your membership will continue, uninterrupted, with great benefits – and even some new ones that you’ll learn about in the near future. You’ll continue to receive regular communications through a newsletter as well as discounts and special pricing for performing arts events at JCCC, travel opportunities specially designed for the members, day trips to area attractions and historic sites, free admission to all JCCC athletic events and JCCC Bookstore specials.
You’ll also have direct access to SCC’s personnel and programs, including free “Explore Your Future” and “Capturing the Energy and Expertise of People 50+” workshops; free Medicare/Social Security/supplemental insurance consulting; a free caregiver support line, informational classes and training; free home-sharing program access; and free guidance about volunteer and community service opportunities. You’ll also find special opportunities through Johnson County Parks and Recreation 50 Plus programs and activities.
JCCC is excited to have a partner organization so dedicated to the mental, physical and social well-being of people age 55 and over. We see this as a tremendous opportunity for our Brown & Gold Club members.
We know how valuable many of you have found the free credit classes that have been offered to Brown & Gold Club members. However, these classes were not really free. The college is required by state statute to cover tuition costs and has done so in the past by drawing funds from the student activity fees. To help defray those continuing costs, the college will make two changes.
First, effective for the spring 2014 semester, every Johnson County resident age 60 and older – not just Brown & Gold Club members – will be able to enroll in credit classes on a space-available basis on a specified date each semester. Usually, it’s the day before classes start; for the spring 2014 semester, that day is Jan. 10.
However, we can no longer offer this opportunity for free. We will ask the people who take advantage of this opportunity to pay $16 a credit hour for the class. That means this spring a 3-credit-hour art history class will cost $48 for a 60-year-old Johnson County resident who enrolls on the specified day (compared to the $85 a-credit-hour cost, or $255, paid by regular students). The 1-credit-hour Lifetime Fitness Class will now cost $16. This small amount will help JCCC control its costs.
A decision about costs for 60+ students for noncredit classes has not yet been made.
We have appreciated the support of our Brown & Gold Club members over the years; we know you will be well-served by Shepherd’s Center Central. Our faculty appreciate having senior students in their classes, and so we look forward to seeing many of you in class this spring.
If you have questions about the Brown & Gold Club or Shepherd’s Center Central, please call Cheryl Brown Henderson at 913-469-8500, ext. 2497, or email@example.com.
Vice President, Student Success and Engagement