Brenna Shippy


Even if retirement seems a long way off for some, it’s not too late to form a current retirement strategy. Students and community are able to define their retirement goals during a two session course, “Retirement Planning Today” available at Lorain County Community College.

The course is led by Tony D’Amico, instructor for Center for Lifelong Learning. Students will learn how to plan their retirement income, determine the amount of money they will need to retire, and eliminate debt in order to create a “successful retirement.” The cost is $49 and includes a 224-page workbook in the tuition. Those who register may bring a spouse or guest at no additional charge.

 More than half of American households will not have enough retirement income to maintain living standards they were accustomed to before retirement, even if members of the household work until age 65, according to The Center of Retirement Research at Boston College.

 D’Amico’s goal for the course is to help attendees align their resources so their resources coincide with their vision of retirement, as well as look at current investments to see if individual’s investment mix takes the right amount of risks. “I think if you tried to tackle retirement planning without being educated, it would be very challenging,” said D’Amico.

 The two-session course is offered is offered on two consecutive Wednesdays, (Sept. 30 and Oct. 7) and on two consecutive Tuesdays, (Oct. 6 and 13) from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The same two-session course will also be offered at the LCCC Midpoint Campus in Brunswick on consecutive Thursdays, (Oct.8 and 15) and consecutive Wednesdays, (oct. 14 and 21) from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

 “One of the challenges people have is finding a good source for objective, unbiased education and information,” stated D’Amico, “What’s great about the class is there’s no products or services sold at the class. It’s strictly educational.” To register for the course call 440-328-8382.