WWU to Offer Free Educational Enrichment Courses in Seattle This Summer

Contact: Lois Longwood, Western Washington University, Lois.Longwood@wwu.edu or (360) 650-6854.

BELLINGHAM ­– Western Washington University will offer several free educational-enrichment courses this summer at North Seattle Community College, starting in June.

The program, WWU Lifelong Learning in King County, is designed for WWU alumni participation and is sponsored by Western Washington University’s Extended Education. Alumni interested in lifelong learning are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity.  

The free enrichment courses at North Seattle Community College mark Western’s second program there this summer.  In April, Western announced its first offering of Summer Session courses in King County, as a means to help students achieve their goal of graduating within four years. 

Courses are taught by Western Washington University faculty and experts in many fields and professions. 

The lifelong learning enrichment courses include:

Wednesday, June 13, 20 and 27 from 7-9 p.m. at North Seattle Community College Campus, Room CC 3449

“How Should We Manage Flooding in the Northwest?”

Instructor: Bob Freitag, director of the University of Washington Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research, presents this three-part evening series that will explore the effects of global warming, urban development and levees on regional flooding.


Wednesday, July 11, 18 and 25 from 2-3:30 p.m. at North Seattle Community College Campus, Room CC 3450

“’Saturday Night Live’ and the United States in the 1970s

Instructor: Kevin Leonard, professor and chair of Western Washington University’s History department, presents this three-part series providing a unique and entertaining window into the social, cultural and political history of the 1970s, though the eyes of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and other programming of the decade.


Monday-Wednesday, July 16-18 from 9-11:30 a.m. at North Seattle Community College Campus Room TB 1642, Washington Park Arboretum and Discovery Park

“Pacific Northwest Birds”

Instructor: Mark VanderVen, a lifelong birder and lecturer in Geography and the natural history of birds at Western Washington University and several Washington community colleges, presents this three-part series, including a lecture on birding, a presentation on a five-month search for the ivory-billed woodpecker, and two instructor-led birding excursions.


Monday and Tuesday, July 9 and 10 from 2-3:30 p.m. at North Seattle Community College Campus Room CC 3446

“Claim the Future with Conscious Choices”

Instructor: Elaine Cress, an exercise physiologist and gerontologist, former faculty member at the University of Washington and the professor emeritus of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia, presents this two-part series, guiding participants in developing an accident and illness-prevention plan, addressing the importance of building a physical reserve, and tools to enhance functional performance.

Preregistration is required; please call WWU Extended Education at (360) 650-6228 or use the free online registration tool found in the Seattle section of www.wwu.edu/summer.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012