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New Lifelong Learner Programs for 50+

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The Georgia Southern University Division of Continuing Education (CE) is expanding its offerings to include specially designed courses for the 50+ population.

The Lifelong Learner programs feature a wide breadth of travel, artistic and language-based offerings among others. The Beaufort Tour and Charleston Tea Plantation excursions are the first of their kind developed by CE since the Flying Eagles program of the early 2010s. Both educational tours explore some of South Carolina’s most beloved and historic cities, rich in Lowcountry history.

These new programs come on the heels of the Evening at Armstrong Community Lecture Series, a series of events led by members of the community designed to provide lifelong enrichment for those seeking to stay engaged after retirement. These lectures feature a diverse range of topics; past lecturers include Pat Prokop, a veteran meteorologist of more than 30 years who is also known for his green thumb and “backyard astronomy” photographs.

Deedee Southerlin, Ed.D., the program manager working alongside director Diane Badakhsh, Ed.D., and other members of CE have piloted several of these lifelong learning courses for the spring 2020 season.

“The intent of lifelong learning content is more about engaging individuals in something they find meaningful—that continues to help them develop intellectually,” Dr. Southerlin said. “The programs that are successful will match the interest of their communities.”

Those interested in learning more about the Lifelong Learning Programs through CE can view a listing in the spring 2020 issue of Advance., on the website, or contact Dr. Southerlin at or 912-478-5555.


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