Lifelong Learning – A Line-up of Captivating Options

on January 11, 2019

I have a confession – I still make New Year’s Resolutions every year.  This year, along with my inevitable resolutions to get healthier, eat right, and exercise more, I resolved to commit to lifelong learning.  Lifelong learning is a powerful and enriching process but I know from experience that if I am to have any chance of being successful, I need a plan of action for lifelong learning.  So to that end, I’ve become a member of Learning in Retirement.

What is Learning in Retirement?

Learning in Retirement (LIR) is a self-directed, membership-based association of people 50 years of age and above.  The Continuing Ed Program is member-led and sponsored by Valdosta State University.  It’s geared for those who want to learn but aren’t trying to get a degree. Membership is $75 per term (Fall or Spring) or $135 for the year and entitles you to choose from among 85+ classes each term.  Most classes have no extra charge beyond the membership fee.  If there is an additional charge, it is always noted in advance in the course catalog.

Members choose the topics or subjects, recruit new members, manage the budget, take the lead in organizing classes, discussion groups or tours and participate in peer teaching and learning.

Lifelong learning

Spring catalog

Line-up of Captivating Programs

The beginning of the new spring season is kicking off this month with a line-up of captivating programs.  The Spring catalog is full of trips and tours, books and book reviews, topics that are simply “good to know,” and classes in the areas of health and fitness, computers and technology, fine arts, leisure, history, social studies, and science even cooking classes.  Life-long learning is a powerful and enriching process and to have the time to do so as I mature is liberating.  The first classes are scheduled to meet on Monday, Jan. 28, with the fun continuing through Friday, May 10.


There are no educational prerequisites, no grades, no tests, no papers—just learning for the fun of it. The classes are designed specifically for those ages 50 and above who want to learn for the pure enjoyment of learning.  Classes are offered on a wide variety of topics and in a variety of lengths and formats, including lectures, discussions, hands-on arts, crafts, cooking, and technology classes, and moderate exercise classes.  Most presenters are volunteers.

Membership Benefits

LIR promotes lifelong learning for mature adults through a variety of stimulating opportunities.

  • Enjoy active learning opportunities while meeting wonderful new people of similar age and with varied interests
  • No long-term commitments
  • LIR members are eligible to join the VSU Rec Center
Lifelond learning

Photo credit: Susan N. Bass

Currently Learning in Retirement has over 200 members, and new members are always welcome.

Are you looking for something to keep yourself sharp, active and involved?   Learning in Retirement will kick off the spring semester with a teacher appreciation lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, January 24, at the Regional Center for Continuing Education. Admission is $12 and you do not need to be a member to attend.  You can register in person, online, or by phone.

For more information, call 229-245-6484.

Come join the fun!


Photo credit for cover photo:  Paul Leavy, University photographer


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