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Master the Possibilities Education Center strives to be on the cutting edge of life-long learning and as such is a focal point of our active community. Located in the new Circle Square Commons Town Center, our exciting educational programs provide hundreds of opportunities throughout the year to learn and grow. Our outstanding faculty is involved in designing classes that build on our active adults' knowledge and experiences and stimulate and challenge them to become more engaged in education.

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VISITING ARTISTS

Visiting Artists: Kathie George presents Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper Workshop
Attend a three-day workshop on Feb. 12, 13, and 14 and create a different work each day. For details see the Arts and Humanities section of the course schedule.

Visiting Wildlife Scholars and Photographers: This winter’s schedule includes four outstanding programs featuring nature and wildlife. Guest speakers represent an international view from former president of the World Wildlife Society, two award-winning nature photographers/speakers highlighting America’s Everglades and the Galapagos Islands, and a scientist duo sharing the tremendous impact that citizen scientists are making in the conservation of birds and habitat. Click on the Science section of the course schedule for details.

Visiting Scholar: Charles Troy presents The Creation of Cabaret – The Story Behind the Show
This is just one great example of Charles Troy’s seamless multimedia presentations that examine the great works of the American musical theatre. They consist of original graphics, scanned photos, video clips, and edited audio tracks with the lyrics displayed onscreen – accompanied by a thoroughly researched, scripted narrative that makes the events depicted into a cohesive,
dramatic story. See details in the Arts and Humanities section of the catalog.


Karlyn Holman Workshop
January 19, 20 & 21, 2015

Click here to view workshop descriptions and view examples.


Kathie George Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper Workshop
February 12, 13 & 14, 2015

 

 

NEW CLASSES

Be the first to find out about new courses happenings. Consider signing up to get our weekly email alert about new and upcoming classes or modifications to classes. Click here to register for email alerts.

Dynamic Discussion Groups. Socrates Café and our Current Events discussion groups always fill up fast. If you want to be a part of the Socrates Café, participants must register and attend Socrates Café: What’s This All About on January 2, 2015 or May 2, 2015 in the afternoon. Click on the Social Sciences section of the winter catalog for details.

Expanded Learn and Go programs. Attend a variety of educational sessions followed by a trip to see more about the topic. Tour some of the area’s horse farms, an organic and blueberry farm, a wildlife rehabilitation center, and a national historic landmark. For more details see Lifestyle and Fun in the winter catalog.

Taste of Music Coffee House and Workshops. Join us on the third Thursday of the month for our new coffee house in the Master the Possibilities lobby from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Experience music of all types from blues to Florida songwriting to classical. For details on the first Taste of Blues coffee experience and associated courses click here.

Creative Saturdays. The third Saturday of each month comes alive with courses to help you discover or rediscover your creative self. Participate in one of several all-day immersion classes in the visual arts, theatre, music or writing. For details see the Arts and Humanities section of the catalog.

Expanded art classes. The winter schedule includes more than 100 art classes – a creative explosion! Artful Gifts, an outreach of Marion Cultural Alliance, is just around the corner from MTP in Circle Square Commons. We have integrated some of their faculty into our line-up of courses. If you aren’t sure where to begin, attend our free Art Demonstration Day on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us on Tuesday, December 16th from 3:00pm-4:00pm in the Circle Square Cultural Center for Jerry Colen’s America’s Founding Fathers: Creating the Framework for America’s Freedom and Identity. This lecture will focus on some of the key Americans who led the American Revolution against the British and established the United States of America. Leaders like John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were instrumental in crafting the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution – the critical framework for America’s freedom and unique identity.

 



NEWS & UPDATES

The Master the Possibilities Winter Catalog is now available online, at the Education Center and at various libraries. There are 530 classes and 150 brand new offerings to help you learn, grow and have fun. Register early to insure you get your top choices. Some classes fill up fast.

Take a Center tour. Have you always wanted to take a course, but just weren’t sure where to start. Classes are open to all adult learners, no matter where you live. New Director of Education Margaret Spontak is hosting tours each week for interested students. Just call (352) 387-7571 or email Margaret_Spontak@otowfl.com to sign-up for a visit. Staff and faculty want to encourage everyone to make education part of their new year.

Model Train Exhibit through Dec 27, 2014
Everyone is invited to view the On Top of the World Model Railroad Club 3-rail (Lionel-type) model railroad exhibit from Dec. 15-27 in the lobby of the Master the Possibilities Education Center located in Circle Square Commons at 8415 SW 80th St. The exhibit will be open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Along with the model railroad exhibit, visitors can see the holiday tree, and pick-up the new Master the Possibilities Winter Course Catalog.

Master the Possibilities Receives National Recognition
Master the Possibilities Center for Lifelong Learning has been identified as a national model for adult education. The Center was recognized by Retire Magazine (2012) and Where to Retire (2014) Magazines as a “stunning success” with “cutting edge programming.”

Special Themed Weeks, Months and Exhibits
Every month Master the Possibilities has an exhibit in the lobby. Each month during the winter term, except for Dec. and April, the Shutter Bugs Photography Club at On Top of the World will provide outstanding photography exhibits by one of their members. December features a model train and holiday exhibit and April includes a Bonsai exhibit and items highlighting Horse Week. For details see the course catalog.

Enroll in the Sheriff’s Citizen Academy Coming Jan. 15
Learn how the Sheriff’s Department works from inside to out. Each session focuses on a different unit of the organization with lots of unique and exciting fields trips included. Click here to fill out your application for the upcoming program and register through MTP, too.


Students enrolled in the Sheriff Citizen Academy that begins January 12th, please download the attached application form and either bring it with you on the first day of class, or fax/email it to the Sheriff's office.


Read the recent Ocala Star Banner article on Master the Possibilities. Click here to read.


Click here to read "College For Seniors" an article about Master the Possibilities that was published in Ocala's Good Life magazine.


Online Classes
Join Instructor Robert Levin as he helps move Master the Possibilities into a new dimension. Robert will offer 30 online classes. As virtual classes, the courses are available 24 hours a day and can be taken at a time that is convenient to you. Most of the Online Classes are now Interactive. When you finish viewing the class videos and Power Point presentations you contact the instructor. He forwards you an exercise that you complete at your own pace at home. Then the finished material is posted back to the instructor via email. He will make suggestions and provide notes in regard to your finished work. All your questions will be answered at any time during the two or six month subscription to the class material. To register use this link at any time.

Robert has created his own video advertisement for the online courses. The video can be viewed on his site http://www.dataimageme.com/online_classes.html.

He has also created a demo page that will provide students with a sample of how the materials work. http://www.dataimageme.com/Online_MTP.html