About ElderCollege

VIU Powell River Elder College

Exercise your mind! ElderCollege classes are open to everyone!

ElderCollege is an opportunity for adults of all ages to engage in classes for self-development and fun. Join life-long learners for interesting and stimulating courses.

If you are under 50, you can still be enrolled in the class of your interest, but you cannot become a member to get the reduced rate for the course.

Why is ElderCollege different?

  • a participatory learning experience
  • no quizzes or grade
  • lively, fun and full of discussion

How you can participate

Become a Member for Free

If you are 50 years of age or over and have an interest in learning, become an annual member to take advantage of our many learning opportunities and the reduced rates for our courses. Younger spouses and partners of ElderCollege members are eligible to become members and attend classes at reduced rates. 

New this year becoming a VIU ElderCollege member is free! ElderCollege operates over two semesters. Your membership runs from August 1 (of the current year) to June 30 (of the following year). When you register for a VIU ElderCollege course you will receive your member card the first day of your class and you can start taking advantage of the benefits.

Benefits of Membership


Your membership allows you to enroll in ElderCollege courses delivered at the Powell River Campus.

Please note:

  • Course tuition varies
  • Lab fees may apply
  • Those under 50 can register for an additional fee of $20 + GST to attend any class 

Although instructors are volunteers, your tuition covers a variety of services:

  • registration & administration
  • photocopies & supplies
  • promotional expenses
  • facility usage

Course Offerings

ElderCollege in Powell River will be offering our spring/summer courses in-person. View our full list of courses.


To get the reduced rates, you must be 50 years old or over before registering for ElderCollege courses. Registration for the Fall session starts in early August, and for the Spring/Summer session in mid-December. When you register for a VIU ElderCollege course you will receive your member card the first day of your class and you can start taking advantage of the benefits.

Registration is only available online or by telephone until further notice. 

Web Registration

Online registration is now available for all VIU ElderCollege courses starting mid-December for the Spring/Summer 2022 courses! 

Through the web registration system you will be able to select courses, add them to your shopping cart and at check-out safely pay for your selected courses with a credit card.

Telephone Registration

Should you wish to register via telephone, please phone 604.485.2878 to create or update your student record, and to register for your selected courses. After registering by telephone, you will need to make payment by logging in to your VIU Online Student Record or through your financial institution (personal online banking, on the phone, or in person).


VIU policy permits refunds only if the withdrawal request is received at least 7 days prior to the start date of an ElderCollege course.  Extenuating circumstances may be considered if the request withdrawal is made later.

Teach a Course

Interested in sharing what you love?

Why not teach an ElderCollege course? You can volunteer your time as an instructor. Join others with similar interests and share your knowledge and enthusiasm. Make friends and learn from each other.

VIU ElderCollege instructors do not need previous teaching experience, they just need to love their topic and be able to communicate it well to their students!

Benefits include:

  • Interested and interesting students
  • An enthusiastic and participatory environment
  • Few hours of teaching, rather than a full semester
  • No exams or assignments to grade
  • Complimentary VIU ElderCollege membership
  • A small monetary stipend

Complete the Become an Instructor form. Your information will be emailed to the ElderCollege Coordinator, who will contact you to set up your course.

Volunteers make ElderCollege a success!

Add your name to our Interest List

Can't find what you're looking for? Add your name to our Interest List.

For more information about ElderCollege, please contact Xochitl Hernandez at Xochitl.Hernandez@viu.ca or 604.485.2878 Ext: 8053.

VIU's New 'Community Classroom' Website

The Communications and Public Engagement Office launched a website in 2020 called Community Classroom. It contains some fun educational videos and cool activities created by VIU Faculty, Staff and Students. Check it out and let us know what you think. Go to the Community Classroom.