A Closer Look at WCC’s Lifelong Learning Lineup

From beer-tasting to mortgage refinancing, there's lots to learn

By now, your household has likely received the Lifelong Learning catalog of fall classes from Washtenaw Community College, mailed to local residents. There are dozens of courses offered on topics ranging from Chinese calligraphy and Arabic conversation to the basics of auto repair and computer programming. Here are some highlights, including a few instructors you might know:

  • Rene Greff, co-owner of Arbor Brewing Co. and Corner Brewery, is teaching two courses: beer tasting and home brewing. Both are held at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. (Page 18)
  • Interested in local history and architecture? Local historian Grace Shackman is leading a six-session course to teach you about the communities of Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester and Saline. (Page 25)
  • Peter Beal, who was in the news last year as he struggled to keep his house at 1960 S. Maple (see the Web site www.supportbeal.com), is teaching courses on woodworking, including the fundamentals of lathe work. (Pages 28-29)
  • Who gets the award for best-fitting name? Ron Sober, who’s offering a couple of wine-tasting classes. (Page 21)
  • Former Ann Arbor police chief Carl Ent teaches a course on mortgages and refinancing. He’s currently a vice president and mortgage loan officer at the Bank of Ann Arbor. (Page 40)
  • Kay Yourist of Yourist Pottery Studio is teaching an intro course that promised to provide “wheel” fun. (Page 5)

Section: Education