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Posted: 12:45 AM 12/1/2023
The class schedule for the spring 2024 semester has been posted on this website. Click anywhere in this block to go to the list of courses. The printed catalog will be mailed to you soon if you are on our catalog mailing list. We believe you will find many interesting and informative courses being offered this semester. Open House and Registration will be January 3. Classes will start January 16.
Posted: 5:34 PM 8/16/2023
The Center for Lifelong Learning went 'live' on social media with the launch of our Facebook group, 'CSRA Friends of Lifelong Learning' on Sunday, August 13. To join the group, go to our Facebook page by clicking here. If you already have a Facebook account, you may also open Facebook, find it under Groups, and ask to join. You will be approved within 24 hours and will have immediate access to the latest news about the Center. Of course, you can always access our website (www.aikenlearning.org) for complete information, but this group gives us a way to reach an audience through the most popular social media service.
Posted: 7:25 AM 7/7/2023
The Center is run by its volunteers. Running it is work that is meaningful and rewarding. We need volunteers in all areas of the organization: administration, publicity, fund raising, and many others. If you've been thinking about helping your community by volunteering your time and skills and want to explore volunteering with us, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trust me, we'll get back to you quickly. Click to learn more.
Posted: 9:07 AM 7/2/2023
A parking pass is required to park on campus to attend CLL classes. To acquire a pass, take your driver's license and vehicle registration certificate to Room 126 of the Business and Education Building. You may also acquire a pass at Open House if you bring your license and registration. Passes are valid for a year—check the expiration date on your decal. When you come to campus, place your decal in the lower left corner of your windshield and park only in spaces with white lines; spaces with yellow lines are reserved for USCA faculty.
The Center for Lifelong Learning (Center or CLL) is an organization dedicated to providing continuing learning opportunities to adults in Aiken and the surrounding Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).
The Center is associated with the Office of External Programs, Continuing Education, and Conferences at the University of South Carolina Aiken. The university provides support, administrative services, and physical facilities to the Center, which pays a per student fee to the university. Most classes are held on campus; occasionally large classes will be held at other venues and some classes have off-campus field trips.
The Center was formed by the merger of two long-standing organizations associated with USCA: the Academy for Lifelong Learning (founded 1989) and the McGrath Computer Learning Center (founded 1999). The merger became effective July 1, 2021. There was a formal public announcement and signing of the merger agreement at a launch meeting held July 23, 2021, on the campus of USC Aiken.
The two predecessor organizations shared a common goal of adult learning, but each had a different focus. The Academy traditionally offered lecture classes on diverse, general interest subjects such as local history, general history, the arts, religions, health, exercise, travel, authors and books, and many others. McGrath traditionally offered hands-on classes on using personal technology such as PCs (and using apps such as Word and Excel with them), Macs (and using apps specific to them), smartphones, iPads, TV streaming, computer security, and many others. The Center continues these courses, now called General Interest courses (former Academy courses) and Technology courses (former McGrath courses).
To learn more about the history of the Academy and McGrath, please go to our history page.
The mission of the Center for Lifelong Learning is to provide both structured and informal learning opportunities for adults in the CSRA. These opportunities include lecture classes, technology classes, field trips, and social events. Any adult may become a member of the Center and take advantage of these opportunities. Our members share a common interest in continued learning experiences and intellectual stimulation. The goal is to learn and have fun. There are no tests or grades.
The Center is managed by member volunteers and we are always looking for new volunteers to bring fresh ideas.
While the Center is associated with USC Aiken, it is self-supporting. Our courses and activities are planned and implemented by our members. We design our own curriculum and use instructors from USC Aiken faculty (current and retired), from our own membership, and from experts in the community.
The day-to-day activities of the Center are managed by a governing board staffed by member volunteers. That board interfaces with the university to coordinate resources and find classrooms for the classes. In addition, there are many volunteers who work together to choose classes to be offered and to locate instructors for those classes.
Our fees enable us to offer classes and events. To participate in any Center for Lifelong Learning class or event, a membership fee of $35 per semester is required. The membership fee helps us to pay a per-student fee to USC Aiken for the use of the classrooms and for administrative support. This fee also enables us to sponsor occasional social events for members. Each class that you register for will have a small additional cost based on the number of times the class meets. Fees charged for the classes allow us to pay the instructors and other base costs. Occasionally there may be an extra charge for materials related to the class; these will be noted in the catalog description.
If you want to learn more about the Center, come to our Open House held twice a year. You may also call 803–641–3741 or email email@example.com with your questions.