Deptford Twp. – Gloucester County College’s Division of Continuing Education unveiled plans for its latest community venture the Academy of Lifelong Learning, an education program designed specifically for baby boomers, on Monday, April 29.
A new initiative unique to GCC, this academy program will facilitate education, workforce development and personal enrichment to individuals who are at least 50 years of age. Students will receive an all-access membership with benefits at the College for an annual fee of $90.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “There are more than a quarter of Gloucester County’s residents who are 50 years of age or older so it is important we are offering educational programming that is geared toward their needs and interests.”
Privileges provided through the Academy of Lifelong Learning include acceptance to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, free and/or discounted GCC Continuing Education and academic credit courses and access to campus resources such as the Career & Academic Planning Center, computer labs and library.
Members can also participate in community trips, special exercise programs and book clubs for personalized enrichment.
The GCC Academy of Lifelong Learning will be supported by the AACC Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, which is funded by a $3.2 million grant from the Deerbrook Charitable Trust. The College is one of only 36 institutions selected by the AACC to offer the Encore Completion Program.
Freeholder Lyman Barnes, liaison to Gloucester County College said, “The average retirement age in this county is now 67. The Freeholders are very proud of GCC for being selected to participate in this program and we know it will be of value to our county.”
GCC’s 250-acre campus is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, right off Exit 56 of Route 55.
“Gloucester County College is excited to be a part of this effort to assist adults in updating their skills and transitioning into new careers,” added Gloucester County College President Frederick Keating. “The College is committed to promoting professional development, supporting economic growth and enhancing the community’s quality of life by offering affordable and accessible programs and services.”
For more information about the Academy of Lifelong Learning, call 856-468-1742.