COTC Life Long Learning Institute Hosts ElderQuest Film Series

NEWARK, Ohio, November 13, 2015 —The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) of Central Ohio Technical College is hosting a program on Tuesday, November 17, at 12:30 p.m., at the John Gilbert Reese Center on the shared campus of Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark. The program, an Introduction to the ElderQuest Film Series, is open to senior citizens throughout central Ohio, and begins with an interesting and engaging insight into the ElderQuest concept. 

"ElderQuest is a film-based, facilitator-led series of film viewings based on the themes of elders on a quest; from men and women aging issues to late-life romance and intergenerational issues," explains Vicki Maple, director of the Workforce Development Innovation Center through which the Lifelong Learning Institute is operated. "While we have presented ElderQuest for years in Franklin County, we are eager to now introduce it to Licking County."

The film being presented and discussed is "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada." The director and star is Tommy Lee Jones. Jones plays Pete Perkins, a hard-working small cattle operator, who hires Melquiades Estrada, an illegal Mexican immigrant to work as a cowboy. Taking place in a small border town of poverty that proves to be a hard land for men and a heartbreaking one for women, Pete takes justice into his own hands after a confrontation with a Border Patrol agent and the local sheriff.  

Beverly Vogeley and Cathy Adamescue will serve as discussion facilitators. Both are longtime members of LLI and members of the LLI Steering Committee.

The course begins promptly at 12:30 p.m., includes popcorn and a raffle, and concludes at 3:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend, and guests will enjoy their first course with LLI free.

"Our mantra at the LLI is 'Never stop learning because life never stops teaching,'" Maple continued. "Our goal is to provide educational options for the experienced learners of central Ohio; further providing the opportunity to broaden and expand their knowledge, become more attuned to community resources, share their life experiences, and interact socially with other lifelong learners."

The Reese Center is located at 1209 University Drive, Newark, OH. Senior citizens, over 60 years old, who reside in Licking County and have an interest in joining the LLI will receive their LLI membership fee at half price, thanks to Licking County Senior Citizen Levy funding. For information and details about attending the film-study introduction or joining the Lifelong Learning Institute, please contact Vicki Maple, phone 740.364.9565, or email​

Central Ohio Technical College is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential.  COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.