Learning in Retirement of Waukesha County | Waukesha County Technical College

Learning in Retirement of Waukesha County

If you’re a senior 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, hiking, singing, golf, Bridge, Sheepshead, theater and creative crafters.
  • 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 $85 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

Important Announcement

WCTC sent a letter regarding the cancellation of its personal enrichment classes effective January 1, 2020. This letter was sent to students who have taken these courses in the last three years. This does not refer to LIRWC or its classes. Only WCTC personal enrichment classes such as upholstery, sewing, cooking, etc. are affected. Learn more.


Many new and exciting things are happening with Learning in Retirement of Waukesha County (LIRWC)!  For starters, we are now officially a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with IRS recognition. This will open doors for us with obtaining grant money and allowing individuals or companies to donate money and claim a tax deduction. WCTC still hosts LIRWC, and our relationship has not changed. We are very grateful for their strong support in our organization and interest in helping us grow.

The new 2019 Fall Course Catalog is now available! It was mailed to our members and inquiry database July 19, but you can view a copy here on this webpage as well.  However, the best news is we can now offer online registration! There will be a link on this page with the release of the new system; but our target date is July 25, 2019.

Don’t forget to join us at the Annual Kick-off Event Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the Richard T. Anderson Center on the WCTC Pewaukee campus. You can meet the board and committee members and mingle with other like-minded seniors joining or renewing for the new academic year (September 1 through August 31). You can even submit your registration/membership form and sign up for classes during this event – and we will demonstrate the new online registration system for our current and potential new members. Refreshments will be available, and the LIRWC Singers will entertain with a short program at the start of the event at 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Watch for future flyers in the mail for these upcoming 2019 events for LIRWC members:

  • July 25: Kick-off Meeting – open to the public
  • September 10: Cantigny Gardens, Wheaton, IL
  • Octover 10: The Japanese Gardens, Rockford, IL
  • November: Milwaukee, WI, trip to be announced
  • December 4: Marriott Lincolnshire Theater – “Oliver”

Flyers for these events are to be mailed to the full member database. However, please read about the new special event trip procedure in the 2019 Fall Course Catalog (pages 7 & 50). Beginning January 2020, If you want to receive flyers regarding planned trips, you need to check the appropriate box on the membership/registration form, or call the office at 262.695.3473. Beginning with the 2020 events, flyers will be sent only to those members requesting them.


LIRWC Board Members and Committee Chairpersons

President – Claire Fowler
Vice President – Lisa Peterson
Secretary – Leslie Mollet
Treasurer – Matt Corby
Past President – Debbie Nicely
Delegate-at-large – Diane McMahon
Delegate-at-large – Alice Slusher
Curriculum Co-chairs – Winnie Mading, Don Lamb
Special Events Co-chairs – Nancy Langlas, Karen Cotter
Membership Chair – Donna Homan
Promotions Chair – (open)
WCTC Staff Liaison – Timothy Holloway