Backpacks, No. 2 pencils and notebooks are not just for youngsters — even seniors can return to the classroom, thanks to the Community Church College.
Established in 1976, the college began as an outreach program of the United Community Church and continues to serve the community and surrounding areas.
The purpose of the college program is to inform, entertain and inspire. It serves close to 2,000 students during two six-week semesters each year, proof that its purpose in providing the area with the intellectual stimulation it seeks is being fulfilled.
Located at 1501 La Jolla Ave., United Community Church provides classrooms, administrative space and other services to the college.
The college offers a fall semester in October and November and a spring semester in February and March.
Tuition is $25 per course, and all courses are taught by highly qualified instructors drawn primarily from the community.
A broad curriculum of subjects is offered, including hypnosis, karate and Spanish language classes. The college aims to serve the interests and needs of its students.
"Jesus never rejected anyone, and neither do we," said the Rev. Jean Simpson. "We welcome people of all backgrounds, race and ethnicity."
For more information on United Community Church and College, visit www.uccsuncity.org or call (813) 634-1304.