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Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Jeff Miner displays two books he will use in his six-week Retirement Planning Workshop at Lake Tahoe Community College. Late enrollment is still permitted.
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Lake Tahoe Community College is offering a Retirement Planning Workshop from 6:10 to 8 p.m. on six Tuesdays starting this week and ending Feb. 14. The course was last offered in the spring quarter of 2005 by Jeff Miner, who retired from Lake Tahoe Unified School District in 1999 and now has a consulting business on Web pages and planning issues.

“This is a good class for anyone who wants to be more prepared for life after work,” Miner said. “The text book, ‘Get a Life: You Don’t Need a Million to Retire Well’ is a refreshing change from the typical investment guides usually associated with retirement planning. A happy retirement has more to do with developing interests, nurturing relationships, protecting your health, and having a zest for life, and less to do with just accumulating a lot of money.”

The class explores retirement options via articles, books, Internet Web sites and interviews with retired folks. Class members build their own personalized retirement plan with their own goals and action items. The class even helps members to succeed at the dreaded “B” word: budgeting.

“I try to keep the class interesting and interactive,” Miner said, “because we are all in this together. Everyone’s retirement will likely be unique, as our lives are, but we can all learn from each other.”

Guest lecturers will address the class on their own areas of expertise, such as exercise, relationships and identity theft. The author of the textbook, Ralph Warner, made a rare guest appearance last spring that drew more than 80 people from not just the class but from the community as well. He spoke of his research in writing “Get a Life,” and about the successful retired people he met in the process. The talk was videotaped and may be shown again this quarter.

Late enrollment is still permitted. The 1-unit class is listed in the Winter Schedule of Classes as BSN 191AS Special Topic: Retirement Planning Workshop, Tuesday 6:10 Ð 8 p.m., Rm HSPC1 1/10/06 Ð 2/14/06 credit/no credit basis.

Register at Lake Tahoe Community College, One College Drive. For more information call (530) 541-4660.


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