January 15, 2014

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Learning in Retirement Boasts 97 Opportunities to Learn Something New

VALDOSTA — Men and women 50 years of age and older have 97 opportunities to learn something new during the Learning in Retirement 2014 winter term.

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 winter term kicked off Monday, Jan. 13, with a course lineup that includes trips and tours, book reviews, and classes in the areas of health and fitness, arts and leisure, 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.

Jennings taught a class on making a garden totem during the fall term. Participants constructed garden decorations from inexpensive glass items.

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.

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