A new learning in retirement program

The university's Division of Continuing Studies is planning to launch a Lifelong Learning Program starting this fall. Modeled after the Elderhostel program that formed in the mid-1970s, Lifelong Learning will offer adults 50 and older learning opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere that doesn't involve entrance requirements, exams or grades.

"It's not a novel idea but it's new to eastern North Carolina," said Ron Kemp, a volunteer and chairman of the program's advisory panel.

North Carolina State University has operated a similar program, called Encore, for about 20 years. Last fall Encore classes explored topics such as modern Christianity, learning digital photography, investing, opera, gardening and multiple book discussions.

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