BEDFORD -- Middlesex Community College will kick off its MILES program with key note speaker Bill Cummings, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, on Wednesday, March 27, at 2 p.m., in the Bedford Campus Center's Café East, 591 Springs Road. The event is free and open to the public.
The MILES -- Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors -- program offers stimulating, interactive daytime seminars and workshops, with no term papers, tests or grades, for active, older adults ages 55 and older.
The opening session provides community members an opportunity to learn more about MILES and the courses being offered, and is an opportunity to meet instructors and peers. Light refreshments will be served.
Cummings became a serial entrepreneur, and then a philanthropist, after working all over the country with two national consumer-products firms. In 1970, he founded the suburban-Boston commercial real-estate firm Cummings Properties, which quickly grew from one small building to a portfolio of more than 100 modern buildings.
Along the way, he accumulated uncommon wealth, much of which he and his wife, Joyce, have been actively disbursing through the Cummings Foundation, which they established in 1986. Bill and Joyce Cummings were the first Massachusetts couple to join the Giving Pledge, an international philanthropic organization founded by Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet.
MILES Spring 2019 Session runs Monday through Thursday, April 1 through May 9, on the Bedford campus. Most study groups meet from 2 to 4 p.m., in one-, two- or five-week sessions, and are facilitated by individuals with expertise in their field. Workshops and seminars focus on such topics as art, the environment, health, history, literature, movies and technology.
Each MILES course is $15, with a maximum of $95 for the semester if you register for seven or more courses. All MILES participants enjoy free use of the MCC Fitness Center and library.
For a complete schedule of MILES courses, contact Lauren Ellis at 781-280-3669, or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/MILES. To register for MILES courses, call 800-818-3434.