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

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 is in full swing, and there are still courses starting in March, April and May! Course catalogs and related documents are in the Resources section on this webpage. We want to thank all our members who elect to receive our information electronically as it saves time, paper, printing and mailing costs. For members without email or a printer, we are glad to mail you a copy of LIRWC material; call 262.695.3473.

Once again, our volunteer instructors have lined up a wealth of fascinating topics this semester, including our popular computer training classes with the WCTC IT students. Spring course registrations can be accepted at any time for classes beginning February 7, 2022, and running through May 27, 2022. Your confirmation letter is sent approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the start of class, showing final dates, times and classroom locations.

We want to remind everyone that LIRWC has a special microphone system that accommodates the deaf and hard of hearing during classes held in person on the WCTC Waukesha campus. The only requirement is that the member’s hearing aid has an activated T-coil. If you are not sure if you have this, please check with your audiologist. Questions about the LIRWC system? Contact lir@wctc.edu or 262.695.3473.

The Special Events Committee has some great events tentatively planned for the spring, including:

  • March 2022: “Evita” at the Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago
  • April 2022: EAA Museum, Paine Art Center and Gardens, Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh
  • May 2022: 50 Plus Senior Fest at the Marcus Majestic Theater, Brookfield
  • June 2022: LIRWC Annual Meeting
  • August 2022: Annual Kick-off Event

Be sure to check the box on your Membership/Registration form to receive information on all special events, or contact the office at lir@wctc.edu or 262.695.3473 to be added to the distribution list.

The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) continue to meet this spring and into the summer months. Come spend time with like-minded souls, your friends – or to make friends, in one of the fun-loving SIGs: Singers, Genealogy, Philosophy, Sheepshead, MAH-jongg, Book Lovers, Beading & Jewelry, Hiking, Game Day or Recipe Trading (Golf will start up again the first Thursday in May). We are seeking coordinators for Bridge and Theater; if interested contact lir@wctc.edu or 262.695.3473.

LIRWC has been active in community outreach programs such as conducting presentations for local organizations and senior community centers interested in learning more about our group and all that we have to offer. Not all persons are mobile and through our outreach programs, we are bringing LIRWC opportunities to persons who are otherwise shut-ins. To date, we have presented at several Kiwanis Clubs, Lions Clubs, senior community centers and other local groups. Most of these connections were made through one of our members. Word-of-mouth is an invaluable tool for spreading the word about LIRWC and we encourage everyone to talk us up to your family, friends and neighbors. You never know how the information will “spider out” and reach others. This past fall and spring semesters, more than 40 new members have joined our organization! We are glad to visit any organization interested in connecting with us to share how LIRWC can benefit them individually or as an organization – or to talk with them on the phone if they call the office or one of the Board members.

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