MCC-Maple Woods partners with Shepherd’s Center Central to offer learning opportunites for 50+ students

MCC-Maple Woods has partnered with Shepherd’s Center Central to introduce THE 50 FORWARD CLUBTM and is accepting charter memberships effective immediately.

“This new club is exclusively for people age 50+ with no residency restrictions and includes a wide range of benefits and opportunities. THE 50 FORWARD CLUBTM is in line with Shepherd’s Center Central’s mission over the past forty years to empower midlife and older adults to live healthy, engaged, and independent lives,” said Pam Seymour, Executive Director of Shepherd’s Center Central.

“There are two levels of membership, GOLD and SILVER, and in this instance, GOLD equals golf, thanks to a strategic partnership with the Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation Department. The buy one, get one free green fees apply daily after 12 noon at all five of the city’s golf courses – Heart of America, Hodge Park, Minor Park, Shoal Creek, and Swope Memorial,” said Sandra Aust, Director of Coming of Age Kansas City and THE 50 FORWARD CLUBTM. “In addition, the Park Board has authorized a 20 percent discount off the regular price on all monthly or annual fitness passes and fitness programs of the KCMO Parks and Recreation Department. We are very grateful for the opportunity to work together on behalf of people age 50 and older,” Aust added.

The GOLD and SILVER LEVELS include a wide range of benefits, such as discounts for continuing education, VIP invitations to special events, unique travel opportunities, first month of membership FREE at all four Northland “Y” locations, singles mixers, and direct access to Coming of Age Kansas City workshops and professional staff of Shepherd’s Center Central’s many programs and services.

MCC – Maple Woods will be the initial site of the new THE 50 FORWARD CLUBTM College and continuing education classes designed specifically for people in this age group. THE 50 FORWARD CLUBTM COLLEGE will be launched on Friday, April 4, 2014, and be offered every first Friday of the month thereafter.

“MCC-Maple Woods is proud to announce our partnership with Shepard’s Center Central in working with our 50+ learners. The 50 Forward College, allows us to serve even more of our surrounding community and offer them opportunities to learn and continue moving forward with technology. Our partnership with SCC will allow us to connect our mission of serving communities and benefit this ever growing population in the Northland” said Dr. Utpal K. Goswami, President MCC Maple Woods.

The North Kansas City Schools will provide their Golden Pass to all THE 50 FORWARD CLUBTM members, Cruise Holidays and Comfort Tours are planning special member travel and Deborah Mason Travel and Tours will offer exciting day trips. “More member benefits are in the pipeline and we are truly grateful to all our strategic partners,” said Aust.  “A membership would also make a great gift for anyone 50+,“ she added.

GOLD LEVEL charter memberships are available at $70 per person and SILVER LEVEL charter memberships are available at $20 per person.   Charter memberships close March 31, 2014 at which time GOLD LEVEL memberships will be $75 per person and SILVER LEVEL memberships will be $25 per person.

For more information about exclusive benefits for THE 50 FORWARD CLUBTM or to become a charter member, visit  Memberships are available online or by requesting a form.

“We invite everyone age 50+ and older to become a charter member today and take advantage of this unique and exciting opportunity to enhance and enrich their lives,” said Aust.

For more information contact Sandra Aust, Director, at 816-444-1121 ext. 109 or email Meredith Mershon at m