“Don't throw us away because we have gotten to a certain age,” says Louvenia Williams, 73. “We still want to learn.”
Born and raised in Newberry, South Carolina, Louvenia has accomplished a great deal: She graduated from Voorhees College in 1971 and worked in the education sector for 17 years, 13 of them as a teacher. She also worked in the nonprofit sector, supporting kids and their families for over 16 years. And she raised three boys on her own after the unexpected passing of her husband of 23 years, and cared for her mother and her only sibling, her sister, at the end of their lives.
She’s retired now, but that doesn’t mean she’s done learning. “You’re at a point where you're enjoying life; you go to church, you get involved in the community things. But there's still something missing.”
One thing that was missing for Louvenia was feeling independent in the digital age. “My sons were always doing things for me,” she says. “They would just take my phone, or they would do the computer for me. Finally they told me, ‘Mom, we're not gonna do it anymore. You're gonna have to do it.’ So I started looking for classes.”