Retiree Embraces Learning Opportunity through Simpson University for Seniors

For Immediate Release


Tom Yeager

REDDING, Calif. - Tom Yeager has always considered himself a lifelong learner. As early as kindergarten, he developed a fondness for reading. Now, at age 79, Yeager grows animated as he talks about the courses he is taking with Simpson University for Seniors, a program specifically designed for seniors in the Redding area.
Simpson University for Seniors was created for individuals over the age of 50 who are interested in studying a variety of topics in month-long courses. All of the classes, which meet in a Simpson University classroom, are not-for-credit and open to the public. The courses are taught by professors and professionals in their field of expertise, and there are no homework assignments, tests or grades. 
When Yeager signed up, he was returning to the college campus where his wife and three of his four children attended. His wife, Mamie, who passed away in 2006, was a part of the first freshman class when the university relocated to Redding from San Francisco in 1989. 
“Simpson has always been a special place for us,” said Yeager. “After I retired I began looking for college courses to take, so I was excited when I heard about Simpson University for Seniors. It’s been a good fit for me.”
Dr. Glenn Schaefer, coordinator for the Simpson University for Seniors program, said it is a great way for Shasta County’s active retirement community to take advantage of new learning opportunities.
“Since the program began in spring of 2010, over 200 students have taken courses from Simpson University for Seniors, and the participation continues to grow,” he said. 
Yeager said he’s completed 10 classes so far and plans to continue as long as they offer new courses. Past course topics have included the history of Shasta County, photography, spiritual formation, writing for children, geography and elder law. 
I think it’s important for retired people to continue expanding their knowledge,” he said. “A lot of people have the desire to continue learning, but there aren’t always opportunities available. This is an ideal program - it offers affordability, nice facilities and first-rate instruction.” 
Yeager says more people should look into taking courses from Simpson for Seniors.
“The program is offered to people 50 and over, but no one will card you,” he jokes. “It’s important to keep educating yourself as you get older, and there’s something uplifting about being on a college campus.”
Simpson University for Seniors will begin its spring 2012 courses in January. Courses are $95 per person, or $145 per married couple. 
For a list of course offerings or to register online, visit, or call Dr. Schaefer at 226-4146.

Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson's recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master's degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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