Hesston College partnering with Bluestem Communities in lifelong learning program

Bethel College President Jon Gering, Bluestem Communities CEO James Krabill and Hesston College Vice President of Advancement Rachel Swartzedruber Miller at the BluestemU announcement

Hesston College is joining with community partner Bluestem Communities and higher education partner Bethel College in a new lifelong learning venture for residents in the region and beyond. The program, Bluestem U, will launch its inaugural semester in September 2022 hosted by Hesston College and Bluestem Communities’ Schowalter Villa campus.

Bluestem U seeks to provide lifelong learning opportunities for those 55 and better. Some courses will also be available via Zoom so participants outside the area can participate. Bluestem U will launch its inaugural semester in September 2022.

Bluestem U will offer enhanced quality of life through the joy of learning and social interaction. Courses will vary each semester and be taught by former and current instructors from Hesston College and Bethel College and community experts. Course topics will include subjects such as history, creation care, spirituality, psychology, arts, wellness and technology.

“We are excited to offer this program that will open our campuses to the community and to those who want to learn more about specific areas of interest,” said Ariana Kauffman, Bluestem Communities vice president of marketing and communications. “We are looking forward to working in collaboration with our neighbors at Bethel College and Hesston College to create professional and meaningful programs and experiences for the participants.”

Bluestem U kicks off with a Fall 2022 semester hosted by Schowalter Villa and Hesston College, followed by a Spring 2023 semester with Kidron Bethel Village and Bethel College. Each semester will offer several four- to eight-week courses for $50 per semester course. Classes will be held on the Bluestem Communities campuses, and class times may be during the day or evening based on the instructors’ schedules.

For more information about Bluestem U and available courses, visit BluestemU.org or email Learning@BluestemU.org.