In September of 2008 the University of Southern Maine Senior College at Lewiston-Auburn College and Schooner Estates Retirement Community entered into a collaborative venture to work together to expand the offering of courses to seniors in the area.
Schooner Estates is a first-class multi-level rental retirement community in Auburn, offering independent apartments, studio apartments, and residential care. A broad spectrum of services and amenities are available for older adults, including an emphasis on lifetime learning.
The agreement between the two organizations will benefit tenants at Schooner Estates with free transportation for tenants to classes at the College in the spring and fall. In addition at least one course each semester will be taught at Schooner Estates. This course will be open to Schooner Estates tenants first with open enrollment for any senior in the area after a pre-determined date.
In addition, Schooner Estates has created the Schooner Estates Scholarship Fund which provides scholarship money for any senior interested in joining Senior College and taking courses. Seniors interested in courses but feel they cannot afford membership or the cost of the courses can apply for this scholarship by Schooner Estates when they make application to Senior College.
The second venture is with the Auburn Public Library.
The Auburn Public Library offers community members of all ages services to satisfy popular interests, realize self-directed learning and academic goals, find information on a variety of topics, meet and interact with others, and evaluate information effectively.
On October 27, 1890, the Auburn Public Library was officially chartered as "a working library, having the best books of reference, and the standard works of belles-lettres, poetry, philosophy, travel, and fiction; to cooperate with the schools; and to serve the entire community
Senior College will schedule one-day events such as a lecture or condensed version of a day class at APL, and APL will provide space at the library at no cost to Senior College. In both cases, more people in the community will have an opportunity to experience programs provided by Senior College.