Never Too Old to Learn: Tuition-free Classes available to Seniors

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From Special Reports

Coweta’s retired educators may have left the classroom, but they haven’t stopped learning.

A recent Coweta Association of Retired Educators program focused on continuing education opportunities at the University of West Georgia (UWG).

Brittany Cook, Student Enrollment Specialist, and Tiffany Powers, Continuing Education Program Coordinator, shared opportunities for retirees to engage in lifelong learning at the Newnan and Carrollton campuses.

Tuition-free college classes, they explained, are available to Georgia residents 62 years of age and older. Although there is no application charge at UWG, other fees, such as the cost of books and materials, may be required once students register.

The speakers also described the university’s continuing education program. These courses enable students to earn certificates or licenses for a variety of occupations, develop and maintain life skills, or gain personal enrichment. Both online and face-to-face classes are available.

Members attending the monthly CARE meeting also received information about “The Other Night School,” a series of lectures by UWG faculty. Offered both fall and spring semesters, these programs are open to the public and held alternately in Carrollton, Newnan, and Serenbe.

When planning the yearly schedule, said Powers, the continuing education staff is interested in what they consider the needs of the community. She said they would “love to partner with retired educators to share their passions and skills with the community.”

To learn more about Continuing Education at West Georgia, go to the website at westga.edu/conted or call 678-839-6615.

Coweta Association of Retired Educators is a local affiliate of the Georgia Retired Educators Association. More information about each organization can be found on the groups’ respective Facebook pages.

Pictured above are Brittany Cook (left) and Tiffany Powers.

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