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Looking for feedback on the business idea of adult education made fun for adults.  Years ago, I use to teach part-time for a company called “Fun Ed”.  The classes were not your typical college class.   A class could be 1-3 days, a crash course in some type of topic, like “Computer for Absolute Beginners”, “How to play Bridge”, “Technology for Dummies”, “Start an online business” and many more.

I have had my own business before and would be doing some of the training. They paid the instructor about $100-$120/class, but the instructor could follow-up with the students to be hired for addition consulting services outside of class.  Looking for any opportunity in this type of business, since I would be competing with Community Colleges/Continuing Education.

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I am writing up a lesson plan on car maintenance to teach as an adult/community enrichment class through the Jr. College. I still have to approach the college board once I have the plan complete. I am using resources from the Govt. printing dept. and some other places. I don't plan on making a lot of money but a little extra is nice and I will meet more people and make new contacts. Sometimes just making the right contact(s) is worth the time and effort. BTW I was thinking of calling the class "Hoe to keep your car longer than your student loan."

Michael -- Sounds like a great idea. My sister and niece are currently in a cooking class, my friend in an art class. I think there are many adults out there interested in fun learning versus boring college classes. For the computer classes, do you have a location that provides computer and internet access?

Best of luck to you!

We are wanting to move from TX to TN.  Currently, don't have a location yet, but have a few ideas.

Cool idea! You could probably even teach classes for people to learn how to use their iPhones, iPads, or lap tops better. Then you could teach a couple classes at a Panera and have the students bring their own equipment. Just an idea. Good Luck

I am already teaching some classes along this line for a Senior Adult program at a community college in Dallas, but looking about bring the idea to TN. www.MichaelsClass.com

Great idea, Michael! Education should be fun at any age.

From your website, it appears you are currently targeting those 65+. I would imagine you could expand your audience to younger adults, too? I like the idea Travis suggested of having a session at a local Panera (or coffee house) to demonstrate practical applications for the technology.

A slightly different idea expanding on your adult education idea related to technology topics...

I find much of the technology today is second nature to my kids. You may be able to structure some classes with parents/children or grandparents/grandchildren where the younger generation participates in teaching their parents/grandparents. This would not necessarily help you with follow-on work, but could be used to bring the different generations together and provide value add to your services. From this you could probably also build some templates/tools/exercises to package up and promote on your website to further expand those you help.

I have a few traditional college students who take my class as an elective.  In Dallas County, if you are 65+ and own property, they get 6 credit hours for free per semester.  If I have enough senior adult students for a class, then class makes, if I don't have enough for a class, then I don't get paid. That is why I try and market myself to the senior adults students.

Thanks for the suggestion.

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