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ESCOM AdThe Emeritus College is a unique program designed to meet the needs of Marin County’s lifelong learners who already may have earned their degrees and who may be transitioning—or have already transitioned—into  retirement.  Emeritus College classes offer a wide array of opportunities for students to discover new interests, reconnect with lifetime passions, and find engaging interaction with like-minded individuals in a multitude of classes and activities. The Emeritus College classes offer first-rate instructors and high-quality classes that actively support the principles of quality of life, lifelong learning, and creative retirement.

If you are seeking something new to capture your interest, take a moment to peruse the many fascinating and fun courses within in the Emeritus program, all offered to you at a discounted enrollment fee indicated by the EC after the five-digit Course Number in the description.

Perhaps you aspire to be more adventurous and want to get out and explore our phenomenal landscape in California Geology: The Once and Future Land, including field trips to Point Reyes and Ring Mountain on the Tiburon Peninsula; or it might be that you want to finally seriously pursue a new hobby, such as Bird-Watching in Marin: A Field Exploration where students learn to identify the local birds by sight or by their distinctive bird song, learning both in the classroom and in the field on bird-watching walks.  It might be possible that this summer you want to get into the ‘swim’ of things by taking Aqua Exercise for Active Adults at either the beautiful Kentfield or Indian Valley Campus pool.  Maybe you want to brush up on your Conversational Spanish through a series of classes before a big vacation to a Spanish-speaking country, to make the most of your travel experience, or if you choose to stay closer to home, you might enjoy several of the creative writing classes offered in the Emeritus College, such as How to Write Flash Fiction—and Why You Want To, Elements of Creative Writing, or Tales Told from Memory, where you can develop your own memoirs.

It’s time to follow your bliss and do what you love! Please join us—you will be in great company.

Download a PDF copy of our brochure here (PDF | 189 KB)
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ESCOM is the self-governing older adult student organization of the College of Marin.

Emeritus Centers

Both centers offer a lounge for ESCOM members and a place for ESCOM committees and clubs to meet. ESCOM volunteers welcome you at both locations.

Kentfield Campus
Emeritus Center
Student Services Bldg, Room 146
College of Marin
Kentfield CA 94904
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm, and is staffed by volunteers.
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Indian Valley Campus
Emeritus North
Administrative Services complex
Building 10, Room 140
1800 Ignacio Blvd.
Novato, California 94949
415.457.8811, ext. 8322
To schedule use of Emeritus North, please call 415.883.7805.
IVC Driving Directions
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Membership - Join for the joy of it.

Navigate a creative retirement!

Membership in ESCOM gives you your choice of many special - interest clubs, the Newsletter, the Forum and other special events, and a voice and vote in ESCOM and other college affairs.

Download a copy of the application below. Sign up at Emeritus Center on campus or mail your check for $15 to: ESCOM-Emeritus Center, Student Services Room 146, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA 94904. Support and join ESCOM!

Download an application here (PDF | 990 KB)
ESCOM Application


Call 415.485.9652 for information about clubs. Participation in all clubs requires a current ESCOM Membership.
Note: This schedule is subject to change without prior notice, contact ESCOM at 415.485.9652 or contact persons below for current information.

Click here to download a copy of the current Daily ESCOM Club Calendar (Updated: March 2013).

Emeritus Club

Club: Digital Camera
Club: Great Minds of Western Philosophy Club
Club: Book Forum
Club: Bridge
Club: Adventurers

Club: Writer’s Workshop
Club: Moral-Ethical and Legal Issues Roundtable

Club: Bocce/Petanque
Club: British & Foreign Film
Club: Book Banter

Club: Opera and Beyond
Club: Computer Chat
Club: Atelier

Club: Current Events and Issues
Club: Great Ideas in Western Philosophy
Club: Scrabble

Club: Chess

Club: Book Banter
Club: Global Issues

Club: Islamic Studies

Club: Humanities
Club: Film Noir DVD Forum

Additional Clubs
Club: Painting

Note: This schedule is subject to change without prior notice, contact ESCOM at 415.485.9652 or contact persons above for current information.

Officers 2014-2015

  • President: Eric Sitzenstatter
  • Vice-President: Marlene Knox
  • Treasurer: Art Ravicz
  • Past President: Dick Park

Council Members

  • Sarah Fagan Greenberg, Newsletter Editor
  • Toni Middleton
  • Jim Moore
  • Gini Moore
  • Bev Munyon
  • Donna Posard
  • Len Pullan
  • Bill Raffanti
  • Michael Sachs
  • Iris Tandler
  • Paul Tandler
  • Rosalie Wallace


  • Director of Student Affairs and Health Center

Emeritus Newsletters



Emeritus Grants

The ESCOM Council awards tuition grants, funded by the COM Foundation, to eligible students for any COM Community Education course. You must be a minimum of 55 years of age and submit a statement of financial need. Only partial grants are awarded due to limitations of funding.

New policy: To be eligible for a Tuition Grant, you must have registered and paid all registration fees; vouchers are no longer available. Please call 415.485.9652 to request to have the new application procedures and an application mailed to you, or come to the Emeritus Center.

Current submission deadline: Completed application forms must be received at the Emeritus Center on the Kentfield Campus no later than the end of the business day, Monday, June 9.

Recipients must:

  1. Be 55 or older.
  2. Submit a statement of financial need.

Additional Details:

  1. Only partial grants are awarded due to limitations of funding.
  2. Only registration fees are covered (not materials fees).
  3. Up to $1,000 per quarter is available. pending available funding.

Support and join ESCOM!

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Community Education / Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM) web page
Technical Contact: Cheryl Lynn Carlson, Program Specialist, Community Education, Lifelong Learning and International Education.

Content Responsible: Dr. Jason Lau
, Director, Community Education, Lifelong Learning and International Education.