A no-muss, no-fuss continuing education.

That is what Gulf Coast State College at its Gulf/Franklin Center will be offering in the coming weeks as Education Encore returns for another year.

Education Encore offers non-credit enrichment classes for adults on a variety of topics.

“We have a saying, you are never too old to learn,” said Jim Barr, coordinator of Education Encore. “There are no tests, no grades, no stress, just fun.”

Registration for Education Encore begins at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in Building A, Room 101, at the Gulf/Franklin Center. Registration is first-come, first-served.

Classes will be held on six consecutive Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 23 and continuing through Feb. 27.

Classes are being offered in three morning time periods, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, making it possible for a student to take three classes during this year’s Encore.

In fact, the fee is based on each student having access to all three classes each Wednesday.

The goal of Education Encore, Barr said, is to provide a learning environment that is fun, lively and offers diversity, insight and wisdom in which adults explore new ideas.

If you have been to college, Barr said, this is an opportunity to re-live the college experience. If you have not attended college, this is an opportunity to live the college experience.

“Just as exercising the body keeps one physically fit—exercising the mind keeps one mentally fit,” he added.

The courses offered at the Gulf/Franklin Center include basic computer skills, digital camera, drawing, writing, chair yoga, marine biology, “Dare to Repair”, acrylic painting and conversational Spanish, among others.

The fee for participants is $66 for the six-week program, which includes three classes on each of the six Wednesdays.

To browse the selection of classes offered, visit the website at www.gulfcoast.edu/EducationEncore or for more information call 872-3823 or transmit an email to Barr at jbarr@gulfcoast.edu.

As Barr said, “Don’t miss this great opportunity to continue your education or pursue a longtime interest. You are never too old to learn.”