News Releases

For Immediate Release

March 18, 2015
For additional information: 
Chato Hazelbaker
Chief Communications Officer
Telephone:  360-992-2921
Tracy Reilly-Kelly
Clark College Economic & Community Development
Telephone:  360-992-2163


Clark College Mature Learning Program Asks Baby Boomers and Seniors:
"What Does it Mean to be Healthy?"

Clark College's Mature Learning program celebrates its 42nd anniversary on April 1, 2015


VANCOUVER, Wash. – What does it mean to get healthy and stay healthy for the rest of your life? Clark College’s Mature Learning program, a part of the college’s Economic & Community Development (ECD) division, celebrates its 42nd anniversary with a symposium that showcases its health and wellness classes and explores the latest developments in alternative or complementary health.

The half-day event is being held at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center on April 1, 2015, from 9 a.m. to noon. There is a $10 registration fee to attend. Registration is available online at or by calling 360-992-2939. For more information contact ECD Mature Learning Program Manager Tracy Reilly Kelly at 360-992-2163 or Clark College at Columbia Tech Center is located at 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver, Wash. Maps and directions are available at

The symposium will feature a keynote lecture by Dr. Marcus Miller, an associate professor at the National College of Natural Medicine. Attendees will also be able to select from several “mini-courses” presented by Mature Learning/Community Education instructors and local complementary, integrative, and holistic medicine providers. Topics will cover various aspects of healthy aging that highlight mind-body connection, fitness, and natural medicine therapies and treatments. 

Presenters include: Michael Prevec, LAc, Licensed Acupuncturist; Maureen Browning, Reiki Master; Angie Quinn, Certified Health Coach; Paul Cheek, Certified Lyengar Yoga; Jill Ross, Tai Chi; Ann Wagoner and Susan Bass, Yoga and Ayurvedic Practitioners; Dr. Shawnte Yates, Naturopathic Doctor, LAc; Sara O’Leary, Certified Nutritionist and Dietician; Deb Nesbitt, RN, ARNP; Barbara Lindberg, Yoga, M.A., RYT.

“Currently, one in three older Americans die with Alzheimer’s or other dementias,” said retired nurse and Mature Learning instructor David Benedicktus, who will also be presenting at the symposium. "Our mission is to educate people and to link them with resources to take control of their health.”

If you need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event, you should contact Clark College's Disability Support Services Office at 360-992-2314 or 360-991-0901 (VP), or visit Penguin Union Building room 013 as soon as possible.

About Clark College’s Mature Learning Program and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners of SW Washington

Clark College’s Mature Learning program is recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges for its pioneering status in the development of lifelong learning programs for older Americans. Today the program offers almost 30 non-credit courses each quarter at three campus locations to more than 500 Southwest Washington residents age 55 or older. Spring term will add a focus on health with a series of courses offered in cooperation with the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners (CAMP) of Southwest Washington, a newly formed group of practitioners whose activities include educating the public on how to stay healthy and improve their quality of life, as well as on the benefits of complementary and alternative medicines. See  for more information.