As COVID-19 restrictions are modified, so are plans for a Utah State University program to encourage lifelong learning for older populations.
For more than 45 years as many as 800 senior citizens attend classes during the summer months on the Logan USU campus. Except for 2020 when the program was canceled because of COVID-19, the Summer Citizen Program provides health and education classes to complement community events and local festivals in June, July, and August.
"Utah State will be able to have some of our classes, with social distancing and possibly masks," USU President Noelle Cockett said. "We're looking forward to having them back in Cache Valley and helping make that Summer Citizens Program a success."
Cockett said plans are underway for on-campus summer classes in 2021, with more options available as the number of COVID-19 cases decreases.
"While the sections might be smaller, we anticipate having the programs we have had in the past, at least a large percentage of those," she said.
The Summer Citizen Program helps support local performing arts programs and is a way for landlords to fill rental units while most students are away for the summer. Most of the participants are from Arizona.