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Grandparents And Their Grandkids Take Classes At West Chester University

(Grandparents and their grandchildren take a  TV newscasting course at  Grandparents University.) (credit: KYW's Ian Bush)

(Grandparents and their grandchildren take a TV newscasting course at Grandparents University.) (credit: KYW’s Ian Bush)

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By Ian Bush

WEST CHESTER, Pa (CBS) — A new group of students started classes on Monday at West Chester University, but they’re a little bit older — and younger — than your normal freshmen.

Grandparents University enrolls those who haven’t been in a classroom in a long time.

“It’s a very deluxe dorm, much nicer than when I was in school, says Judy.”

She and others bring their grandchildren, too, and move on campus for the three-day program.

“This is the kind of structured, organized fun to get them out of those daily routines and help them engage in these activities,” says director Mary Braz.

Activities like meteorology, beekeeping, DNA.

Communication studies professor Michael Boyle teaches them how to do a TV newscast.

“They get to play around with the equipment, the switcher, the cameras,” Boyle says. “And also be in front of the cameras.”

As for the economics course, Judy might have to do a bit more studying.

“My granddaughter got to grade me on the test,” she says. “She really used a lot of red pen.”

(Ian:) It was easy for you, though, right?

(Alaina:) “We learn this in school now.”

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