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Our official name is Senior College at Belfast, but you can call us Belfast Senior College because that's how we typically refer to ourselves. We are a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) educational institution. We are also entirely volunteer-run.

Our courses:

Our courses are taught by our own members, with occasional outside instructors. Anyone can propose a course to our Curriculum Committee. Usually members propose courses based on their interests and experience. There is often a wide variety of subjects. Popular courses are sometimes repeated. Look for the Course Proposals link in the above menu to see what information we request from instructors.

Students are not graded in our courses. Most instructors structure their classes to be quite participatory and discussions are common. Of course, instructors like to see serious interest in the subject matter and encourage questions.

Our Yearly Schedule:

We offer courses and events during three semesters each year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Fall and Spring semesters are 6 weeks long and each course meets once per week on Thursdays, either in the morning or afternoon. Each class is 2 hours long with a 15 minute break. Morning classes are from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Afternoon classes are 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Winter semester, "Winterim", is 4 weeks long but otherwise has the same schedule.

You need to be a member to take classes. The membership year starts September 1st runs through the following August 31st. Membership is $25/year. You can become a member at any time during the year but your membership fee is not pro-rated.

Course registration is usually done online, however the system can generate an invoice that you can print and mail or bring to the office if you want to pay by check. Make checks out to Senior College at Belfast.

Our committees are where most of our activities take place:

Board of Trustees - Oversees all activities and make policy. Meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am.

Nominating Committee - Finds candidates for Trustee positions and key committee positions.

Curriculum Committee - Attracts instructors and course ideas of all kinds. All courses and instructors must be approved by these folks. Meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am.

Special Events Committee - Plans outings and one-time events. Our activities that are not a course are planned by these folks.

Communications Committee - Plans and executes our marketing and regular communications with our membership. These are the folks who get information about our courses and events to you!

Operations Committee - Plans logistics and makes day-to-day operational decisions. Once we know what we want to do, these folks figure out what is needed to get it done. Meets irregularly, but usually on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm via Zoom.

Finance Committee - Oversees our financial health.

Archives Committee - Oversees the long-term record keeping of the organization.

Organizing Documents:

Handbook and By-Laws: Senior-College-Handbook-02-14-2020-updates.pdf

Senior College at Belfast is a 501(c)3 non-profit

80 Belmont Ave, Belfast ME 04915


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