August 23, 2017
17-202

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Learning in Retirement Presents 91 Opportunities to Learn Something New

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. — C.S. Lewis

The capacity to learn is a gift. The ability to learn is a skill. The willingness to learn is a choice. — Brian Herbert

VALDOSTA — Learning in Retirement is counting down the days till the start of another action-packed season of meeting the educational, physical, intellectual, and social needs of Valdosta State University’s friends and neighbors.

A member-led and VSU-sponsored organization, Learning in Retirement kicked off Fall Semester 2017 with a rock-n-roll themed luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 22, in the Regional Center for Continuing Education Auditorium. They were encouraged to come dressed in attire inspired by their favorite musical era, and they spent part of the occasion painting rocks for the local community’s Valdosta Rocks project.

Men and women 50 years of age and older have 91 opportunities to learn something new during the Learning in Retirement Fall Semester 2017, which features a course lineup full of trips and tours, book reviews, topics that are simply “good to know,” special events, and classes in the areas of health and fitness, computers and technology, fine arts, leisure, history, social studies, and science. The first classes are scheduled to meet on Monday, Aug. 28, with the fun continuing through Friday, Dec. 15.

Founded in January 1996, Learning in Retirement provides a unique opportunity for cultural growth, lifelong learning, and recreation. 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 $75 per person per semester — fall and spring —and allows members to participate in as many Learning in Retirement courses as they desire. Yearly memberships are available at a reduced rate. A few courses and special activities require an additional fee, which is always noted in advance in the course catalog.

New members are always welcome.     

VSU’s Regional Center for Continuing Education is located at 903 N. Patterson St. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life in the region by providing educational, artistic, cultural, technological, and economic development activities and programs. It works to develop and present programs and activities for professional and personal enrichment of community persons.

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/programs/lir/welcome.php
https://www.facebook.com/groups/177509944265/
  • General VSU Information
  • 229.333.5800
  • Office of Communications
  • 229.333.2163
  • 229.333.5983
  • Campus Address
    Office of Communications Powell Hall West, Suite 1120
  • Mailing Address
    1500 N. Patterson St.
    Valdosta, GA 31698