Learning in Retirement of Waukesha County

If you’re an adult with passion for lifelong learning, you’ve come to the right place!

WCTC is proud to host Learning in Retirement of Waukesha County (LIRWC). LIRWC is an affiliate of the Road Scholar Lifelong Learning Institute, an international organization that provides programs for ongoing learning. LIRWC members can take advantage of events, special interest groups and courses in music, art, literature, computers, history, financial planning and more.

Learning in Retirement Opportunities

LIRWC courses are held during the day at WCTC’s Pewaukee and Waukesha campuses and other facilities in the area. Offerings include:

  • Short-term courses, one to six weeks in length, on topics including art, music, religion, computers, history, aging, financial planning and more. Most courses cost just $20 or less, and there are no pre-requisites, no exams and no grades!
  • Day-long and overnight chartered bus trips to museums, art exhibits, theater performances and other special events throughout the year.
  • Distinguished speakers on a variety of topics.
  • Groups for special interests including books, genealogy, philosophy, hiking, singing, golf, Bridge, Mah-jongg, Sheepshead, theater, creative crafters, recipe trading, and beading and jewelry making.
  • Access to the WCTC library, computer labs, Style & Class Salon and Spa, Dental Hygiene Clinic, Classic Room and Classic Bistro.

Membership is open to any adult who is retired, semi-retired or working with a flexible schedule. An annual fee of $65 entitles members to low-cost courses, special events and special interest groups.

Become a Member

To become a member, fill out the Learning in Retirement Registration of Waukesha County Membership Form. Mail this form and your check to:

Waukesha County Technical College
LIRWC, Room 101G
327 E. Broadway St.
Waukesha, WI 53186


LIRWC is awake and on the move! We have survived the Coronavirus craziness and are ready to launch our 2021 Fall Course Semester. The new Course Catalog will be emailed the week of July 26, 2021 – hard copies available upon request. We have another great slate of courses to be presented by our volunteer instructors. We are sure you will find at least one or two courses of interest.

The Special Events Committee is lining up a few road trips as well as some Virtual Tours to museums, cities and other venues of interest that we cannot attend locally. The Holocaust Museum RBG Exhibit and WW II Museum tours were well received and many were made aware of new historical facts.

The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are starting up again in the fall so be sure to check out your favorite one – or join a new SIG and spend time with friends and like-minded souls in one of the current popular ones: MAH-jongg, Creative Crafters, Singers, Genealogy, Philosophy, Sheepshead, Book Lovers, Beading & Jewelry, Hiking, Golf, Bridge, Theater; or try one of our new SIGs Recipe Trading and Game Day!

Be sure and attend our 2021 Fall Kick-off Event on August 6th at the new Anthony J. Natalizio Center on the WCTC Pewaukee Campus (more information available under Resources). This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about LIRWC, meet the 2021-2022 Board and Committee members, sign-up for courses and SIGs – all while enjoying refreshments and the musical group “Two Old Men!” We hope to see you there.

2021-22 LIRWC Board of Directors, Officers and Committee Chairpersons

President – Pam Erdmann
Vice President – Judy Pelt
Treasurer – Dick Hoffmann
Secretary – open
Past President – Lisa Peterson
Delegate-at-Large – Doreen Giesfeldt
Delegate-at-Large – Sue Sullivan
Curriculum Chair – Dave Arnott
Special Events Chair – Nancy Langlas
Membership Chair – Donna Homan
WCTC Liaison – Timothy Holloway

If you have any questions, please contact one of your Board members, one of your Delegates-at-large at lirwcquestions@gmail.com, or the office at 262.695.3473 or lir@wctc.edu.