Curtains rise on the Encore Learning fall season

Patsy Falls Mona Johnson Terry EdwardsPatsy Falls, from left, Mona Johnson (seated) and Terry Edwards get creative during a previous Encore Learning course.
~Registration is open for an array of non-credit courses~
Boost your brain by learning how to play chess or take in the fall foliage while traveling down the Nottoway River in a kayak. You may discover that you want to eat and cook healthy, even during the holidays. Learning more about these topics is possible at the Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce Development.
Registration is now open for one of the more recently created programs the facility offers—Encore Learning.
The program is focused on appealing to adults 50 or older via non-credit classes to help them improve a skill or explore a new area of interest. “Participants also have the opportunity to interact with interesting people in the community,” said Director Teri Zurfluh. “They can choose from a diverse list of offerings and can create their own development program, expand their views of the world and enrich their lives and their communities.”
Encore Learning is a membership based community that offers learning during fall and spring. New and existing class options fall under categories like Arts & Humanities, Encore on the Go! and Hobbies and Interests. Numerous new classes have been added for the fall 2016 term, some of which are taught at the workforce center and others entail fun field trips.
“Prospective members are able to sample a class as well,” said Zurfluh. “That way, people who are new to the program can decide for themselves if this is the right program for them.”
According to Zurfluh, there are many benefits for older adults to continue taking advantage of learning opportunities. “Lifelong learning can improve memory, present opportunities to network with others and provide an exchange of ideas with peers, among other advantages,” she said.
A complimentary coffee bar, The Buzz, is accessible to all members of the program and is sponsored by Keurig Green Mountain. “This allows members to mingle and network before and after classes, and is just a perk of joining the program,” Zurfluh said.
Numerous other community partners allow the program to be successful through the speaker series and other expert presentations, and/or by allowing field trips to their facilities. “We could not do this without the help of these other organizations,” she said.
The cost for Encore Learning is $30 per person for one term or $50 per person for the entire year, or two terms, fall and spring. Participants can enroll in as many classes as they choose. Registration can be completed by fax, mail or by downloading forms from the web site and emailing them. For more information, call 757-569-6050, or visit
Gladys Wiggins Darlene TurnerGladys Wiggins in back and Darlene Turner enjoy an outing of kayaking on the local waterways.

Gladys Wiggins kayakingGladys Wiggins puts her paddling skills to the test during a kayaking session of Encore Learning.