Learning in Retirement

If you’re a senior with passion for lifelong learning, you’ve come to the right place!

WCTC is proud to host Learning in Retirement of Waukesha County (LIR). LIR is an affiliate of the Road Scholar Lifelong Learning Institute, an international organization that provides programs for ongoing learning. LIR members can take advantage of events, special interest groups and courses in music, art, literature, computers, history, financial planning and more.

Learning in Retirement Opportunities

LIR 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 $10 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, hiking, singing, golf, Bridge, Sheepshead, theater and creative crafters.
  • Access to the WCTC library, computer labs, Style & Class Salon, 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 $50 entitles members to low-cost courses, special events and special interest groups.

Become a Member

To become a member, fill out the Learning in Retirement Registration Form. Mail this form and your check to:

Waukesha County Technical College
LIR, Room 101G
327 E. Broadway St.
Waukesha, WI  53186


Our 2018 fall semester was a great success with over 50 courses offered and over 1,500 class registrations, and our 2019 spring semester is shaping up to be even greater! We have over 70 courses now scheduled, including beginner and advanced IT courses taught by WCTC IT students once again. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is encouraged. The LIR 2019 Spring Catalog scheduled mailing is December 14, 2018.

We appreciate members notifying us when contact information changes so we can update our records – especially emergency contact information. We had an unfortunate incident on campus recently and the member’s emergency contact phone number was out of service. We had a difficult time notifying any family members.

Watch for future flyers in the mail for the following upcoming 2019 events:

  • February 22: Annual Bread Bowl
  • March 21: Kenosha Civil War Museum
  • April 3: Drury Lane "Mama Mia"
  • April 26: Eleanor Roosevelt First Lady of the World
  • April 30: Baraboo Circus World Museum

LIR Board Members and Committee Chairpersons

President – Debbie Nicely
Vice President – Claire Fowler
Secretary – Barbara Nagy
Treasurer – Matt Corby
Past President – Chuck Gevaert
Membership – Mary Alice White
Promotions Chair – Christian Nagy
Delegates at Large – Don Lamb, Sharon Bashaw
Special Events – Nancy Langlas and Karen Cotter
Curriculum Co-Chair –Winnie Mading
WCTC Staff Liaison – Timothy Holloway