March 19, 2014
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Jessica Pope
Communications Specialist

Learning in Retirement Boasts 88 Opportunities to Learn Something New

Learning in Retirement capitalizes “on the strengths and experiences of older adults, empowering them to continue learning, expand their horizons, and enhance their personal development.” During the spring term, members will have 88 opportunities to learn something new, maybe even how to play the ukulele.  

VALDOSTA — Men and women 50 years of age and older have 88 opportunities to learn something new during the Learning in Retirement 2014 spring term, which begins Monday, March 24.

A member-led and Valdosta State University-sponsored organization that began in January 1996, Learning in Retirement “provides a unique opportunity for cultural growth, lifelong learning, and recreation,” according to information provided by the organization. The course offerings and curriculum are “chosen, designed, and often led by the members, encouraging peer learning and active member participation.”

Learning in Retirement capitalizes “on the strengths and experiences of older adults, empowering them to continue learning, expand their horizons, and enhance their personal development.”

Membership costs $45 per person per term — fall, winter, and spring — and allows members to participate in as many Learning in Retirement courses as they desire. A few courses and special activities require an additional fee, as noted in advance in the course catalog.

Learning in Retirement’s 2014 spring term features a course lineup that includes a host of things that are “good to know,” trips and tours, book reviews, and classes in the areas of health and fitness, fine arts, leisure, history and social studies, science and nature, and computers. New members are always welcome.     

“Some of the benefits of Learning in Retirement membership include making new friends, motivation to get out of the house, and enjoying the camaraderie with your fellow members, especially on the trips and tours,” said Carol Lynn Jennings, who serves as president of the organization. “You also have the opportunity to share your own skills and knowledge by teaching a class if you wish.

Learning in Retirement is located in Valdosta State University’s Regional Center for Continuing Education at 903 N. Patterson St.  

Contact Suzanne Ewing, Learning in Retirement program coordinator, at (229) 245-6484 or sewing@valdosta.edu to learn more.

On the Web:

http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/extended-learning/continuing-education/

Visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/valdostastate/sets/72157639810976445/ to view photos from courses offered during the 2014 winter term.