New Program Designed for 55 and Older

~Diverse opportunities available through non-credit courses~
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development is offering a new program that will allow adults to take a variety of courses based on their interests.


The Encore Learning program will offer non-credit courses to adults 55 and older.


“The courses will be designed for people who want to improve their skills, explore new ideas and interact with interesting people in the community,” said Teri Zurfluh, education program coordinator for Workforce Development. “Participants will be able to create their own development program through a diverse collection of courses that will expand their views and enrich their lives and their communities.”


In addition to offering non-credit, community education courses for this targeted age group, the program will include:


  • Opportunities to travel to area attractions, museums and businesses
  • “Lunch and Learn” opportunities with local experts in healthcare, law, politics and the arts, etc.
  • Local community volunteer opportunities
  • Social activities
  • Free movies

The following are some examples of the topics and classes being offered:


Computers and Technology:

  • iPad for Beginners
  • Computers for Ageless Wonder-ers

Backyard History:

  • Archaelology in Isle of Wight County
  • Walking in History Series: Fort Huger and Nike Park

Fitness, Wellness and Recreation:

  • Pond Paddlin’:Beginning Kayaking
  • Self Defense for Seniors

Hobbies and Interests:

  • Family Tree Climbers: Intro to Genealogy
  • Lather Up! Beginning Soap Making

Silver Speaker Series:

  • Loss and Life After
  • Western Tidewater Medical Reserve Corps


The program will be membership based, with two memberships offered — a single term membership for $30 or a two-term membership for $50. Members may enroll in as many courses as they choose after establishing their membership.


“We are also promoting programs offered by our partners, Rawls Museum Arts, Suffolk Center for the Cultural Arts and the Isle of Wight County Museum,” said Zurfluh. “We are excited to offer ‘The Buzz,’ a coffee bar sponsored by Green Mountain Coffee that will be available for members during Encore classes.”


The Encore Learning catalog and registration form are available online at or stop by the Workforce Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.


Volunteers are needed to teach, assist in the classrooms, and perform administrative support duties. For more information, call 757-569-6050.