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Kickoff highlights life long learning program


By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, August 9, 2018

From bike riding and pain management to belly dancing and origami creation, there's something for everyone who participates in East Carolina University's Lifelong Learning Program.

The program is entering its eighth year of operation and the 2018-19 program year officially begins this weekend.

According to the program website, ECU's LLP serves adults ages 50 and older in an affordable, relaxed atmosphere.

The program offers courses in the areas of history and religion, technology, aging and retirement, health and wellness, special interest groups, and regional day trips.

Last year, the program offered 109 courses and some of the trips included the Sarah Duke Gardens and the North Carolina Farmer's Market. 

The kickoff for this year’s program will be held Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the East Carolina Heart Institute. Program director Andrew Ross said this event allows the community to learn about classes coming up in the new program year while socializing.

“Attendees to the kickoff can take advantage of this time to meet with staff, volunteers, program sponsors and network with other attendees and members,” Ross said.

During the kickoff, a presentation on an upcoming Costa Rica trip also will be given.

The LLP serves many Pitt County citizens and offers instruction from professors, community leaders, and field experts on a variety of different topics and in many different settings, according to Ross. More importantly, the program brings people together.

“The Lifelong Learning Program is a great community resource to meet other individuals with similar interests and hobbies,” he said. “With opportunities to choose courses, events, and trips that suit that your schedule and levels of involvement, we are confident that you will find yourself right at home.”

The annual membership fee for the LLP is $40 and Ross said becoming a member gives participants access to discounted and free courses and allows them to enjoy exclusive events.

Saturday's event is free and open to the public. For questions regarding the kickoff or program, contact Andrew Ross at rossa16@ecu.edu or 328-9198.  

Contact Tyler Stocks at tstocks@reflector.com or 252-329-9566. Follow him on Twitter @TylerstocksGDR