Learning in Retirement

Learning in Retirement (LIR) provides special events, special interest groups, and courses on topics such as music, art, literature, philosophy, history, physical fitness, and computers. Sponsored by Waukesha County Technical College, LIR is an affiliate of the Elderhostel Institute Network, which promotes campus based programs for ongoing learning. WCTC's LIR is one of many institutes located throughout the country meeting the educational needs and interests of members. Our elected Board of members directs the activities of LIR.

Is LIR Right for Me?

LIR is right for you if you are retired, semi-retired or have flexible working hours, and enjoy any of the following:

  • Interest in learning
  • Participating in a variety of tours
  • Lively discussions
  • Joining a special interest group
  • Sharing knowledge and exploring ideas

When and Where are Courses Held?

LIR courses are held on the WCTC campus in Pewaukee, at the WCTC Waukesha Campus, or at other facilities in the nearby area. Courses meet during the day. Brochures describing the class offerings are published and mailed twice a year. You may choose to receive LIR mailings via email or mail.

What Do We Offer?

  • Short-term courses, one to six weeks in length, covering a wide range of topics, including art, music, religion, computers, issues of aging and local history. There are no prerequisites, no exams and no grades. Courses usually cost $10 each, unless otherwise noted.
  • Day-long and some overnight chartered bus trips to museums, art exhibits, theater performances, and other special events are scheduled several times during the year.
  • Distinguished speakers on a variety of topics.
  • The opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Find people with similar interests in courses or in special interest groups such as: Book Discussion, Bridge, Genealogy Discussion Group, Hiking, LIR Singers, Sheepshead, Swingin' Golfers, and Waukesha Civic Theater/Dinner and Discussion.
  • Access to the WCTC Library, the WCTC Computer Lab, the WCTC Style and Class Salon, and the Dental Clinic.

A Sampling of Courses from Past Years

  • History of Jazz
  • Digital Cameras
  • Genealogy
  • Basic Art & Watercolor
  • Calligraphy
  • Beginning Computers, Beginning Internet
  • Pasta Making
  • Wealth Management
  • Comparative Religions
  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • You, Too, Can Write
  • Philosophy
  • Aging with Pizzazz
  • History of the English Language
  • Walk & Talk
  • Great American Playwrights
  • Musical Memories
  • U.S. History
  • An Introduction to Facebook

LIR courses are held on the WCTC campus in Pewaukee, the downtown Waukesha WCTC campus, or other facilities in the area. Brochures describing the class offerings are mailed twice a year.

A Sampling of Special Events

A variety of special events, encompassing many categories, are offered on a monthly basis. Here are a few of our past special events:

  • Cultures
  • Visit to a Wisconsin Amish community
  • Concerts
  • Christmas Concert at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center in Brookfield
  • Religions
  • Tour of the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin in Pewaukee
  • Tour of the Jewish Center in Milwaukee
  • History
  • Visit to historic Chinatown in Chicago, Illinois
  • Overnight visit to historic Galena, Illinois
  • Museums
  • Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Theater
  • White Pines Dinner Theatre in Mount Morris, Illinois

Become a Member

Who Can be a Member and What Does it Cost?

Membership is open to any older adult who is retired, semi-retired, or employed in a position with flexible working hours. An annual membership fee of $50 entitles members to take courses for a very nominal cost, to participate in special events and in special interest groups. There are no prerequisites, no exams and no grades. You are cordially invited to become part of this vital learning community.

Become a member, fill out and mail to:
LIR Office
A Building, Room A-102E
Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street Pewaukee, WI 53072

All members must follow the Code of Conduct.