Learning in Retirement

Learning in Retirement

Learning in Retirement of Waukesha County

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.

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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.

To become a member, fill out the Learning in Retirement Registration of Waukesha County Membership Form and Risk Release Form. If you want to pay via PayPal, you can email these forms to lir@wctc.edu; or mail these forms and your check to:

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

You can also register online. Here, you can view all courses and special interest groups, register and pay for courses via PayPal or via check by clicking "Pay via Invoice."

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

President – Pam Erdmann
Vice President – Judy Pelt
Acting Treasurer – Robert Riedel
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 – open
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.

Learning in Retirement News

Our 2022 spring semester program was a huge success as previous and new members alike returned to classes after a long COVID break. We are looking forward to another great semester this fall with over 35 courses already booked. A large percentage of these courses are new and bring in additional qualified instructors from the community. We will once again offer in-class only, Zoom-only and hybrid course offerings. Although, most members are electing to return to the classroom for more personal interaction, socialization and learning experience. This semester will also offer more short courses for your enjoyment. Classes start Monday, September 12 and end Friday, December 23, 2022. Classes have staggered start and end times during the semester, so you have the flexibility to sign up for classes that match your schedule.

We are especially excited to present a new online registration system for ease of registration, review of available courses and immediate confirmation of your class selection. Watch for more information in mid-July when the new 2022 Fall Course Catalog will be available – both online and by mail for those individuals requiring a hard copy. All of this will be presented at our upcoming Annual Kick-off Event, August 5, 2022, at the Anthony J. Natalizio Center, Rooms S-104A/B, on the WCTC Pewaukee Campus. Entertainment, presentations, refreshments and on-site registration will be available.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are still very much active and several meet through the summer months. If you are not currently a member but are curious about a SIG, contact the office and we can arrange for you to attend one or two of the SIG meetings over the summer so you can “whet your appetite” and realize you would like to join this fall. The following SIGs meet over the summer: Hiking, Golf, Sheepshead, Mah-jongg, Genealogy, Beading & Jewelry, and Philosophy. Starting up again in the fall are Book Lovers, Recipe Trading, Game Playing, Singers, Bridge, Theater and Creative Crafters.

The Special Events Committee organized some great trips this past spring traveling to the Drury Lane Theater to see Evita and a whirlwind trip to Oshkosh where members visited the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Museum, Paine Art Center and Gardens, and the Oshkosh Public Museum with a special lunch at Benvenuto’s Italian Grill to round out the day. The committee is currently focused on the LIRWC Annual Meeting (June 28th – members only) and the Annual Kick-off Event on August 5, 2022 - open to the public. Watch this site, your local newspapers and your mailbox for more information! We will be publishing a calendar of events for the fall in August, so plan on another season of fun and exciting trips to regional locations.

LIRWC continues its community outreach programs, which were highlighted by our attendance at the spring 50 Plus Fest and Retirement show at the Marcus Majestic Theater in Brookfield and the ADRC Senior Resource Fair held at the Sussex Civic Center. We continue to partner with several senior community centers to bring LIRWC opportunities to home-bound residents.

We are always open to hearing from you! Contact us with comments and ideas at the office: lir@wctc.edu, 62.695.3473, or lirwcquestions@gmail.com to reach a board member directly.

Learning in Retirement Location

Downtown Waukesha Campus
327 E. Broadway, Waukesha, WI 53186

  • Conveniently located in downtown Waukesha.
  • Ample, free parking for all students, staff and visitors.
  • Also home to our Dental Hygiene Clinic.


Get in Touch

327 E. Broadway, Room 101G, Waukesha, WI 53186