Eckerd expands its adult courses
By TERRI D. REEVES
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 22, 2000
PALM HARBOR -- Ah, remember what it was like to be in college: having fun, exchanging ideas and expanding your horizons.
Nowadays, it may feel like the only thing that's expanding is your waistline, but don't despair. College days are here again.
For those who want to recapture the love of learning, Eckerd College in St. Petersburg is expanding its Senior College program to include three new locations in Palm Harbor and Largo. Registration for the autumn term will take place Sept. 26-27.
The idea is to offer adults an opportunity to take enrichment classes, participate in day trips and even travel to foreign countries. And the best part is, this time around there are no tests, homework or grades.
"The non-credit programs are open to everybody who wants to learn and make new friends," said Jim Frasier, director of continuing education for Eckerd College. "There are no age limits or educational requirements."
Frasier said the 4-year-old Senior College currently has about 430 members, most of retirement age. Until now, the classes have been held only at the St. Petersburg campus.
"We've had a lot of requests to offer classes in other locations in the county," he said.
After searching for places that were convenient for seniors and offered ample parking and comfortable meeting rooms, Senior College administrators decided to establish classes at Marriott's Coral Oaks and Stratford Court retirement communities in Palm Harbor, and at Royal Palms, a part of the Palms of Largo Intergenerational Living Community in Largo.
Classes will focus on everything from biographies of famous people to poetry to computer skills. Day trips could include an outing to Ybor City or Busch Gardens or kayaking on a river. Trips abroad are planned for Italy, Switzerland, China and more.
Membership fees for the autumn term are $30. Benefits of membership include class and event discounts, priority registration and a newsletter. Class costs begin at $29 for members and $49 for non-members.
"Learning doesn't stop at any given age. It's a lifelong journey," said Lori Smith, spokeswoman for Marriott Senior Living Services. "We are excited to partner with Eckerd Senior College in providing educational opportunities to the residents of northern Pinellas County."
In North Pinellas, an open house and registration will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Coral Oaks by Marriott, 900 West Lake Road in Palm Harbor and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Marriott Stratford Court, 45 Katherine Blvd. in Palm Harbor. For directions, call Lori Smith at 422-6922. For senior college information, call Jim Frasier 865-7155.
In Largo, an open house and registration will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at Royal Palms, a part of the Palms of Largo Intergenerational Living Community in Largo, at 200 Lake Ave. NE. For directions, call 585-8003. For senior college information, call Jim Frasier at 865-7155.
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