August 17, 2016

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Learning in Retirement Presents 101 Opportunities to Learn Something New

The Learning in Retirement 2016 fall course catalog is available here.


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 will kick off its 2016 fall semester on Thursday, Aug. 25, with a Fall in the Woodlands luncheon in the Regional Center for Continuing Education Auditorium. The celebration will begin with a business meeting at 11 a.m., followed by a buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a special program at noon. Registration costs $12 and is due by 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22.

Men and women 50 years of age and older have 101 opportunities to learn something new during the Learning in Retirement 2016 fall semester, which features a course lineup full of trips and tours, books and 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.

Founded 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 $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 cost of $135. 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 to learn more.

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