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Lifelong Learning program may be offered by school

By Staff | Mar 18, 2011

Shepherd University is evaluating community interest in the establishment of a Lifelong Learning program for retirees, semi-retirees and seniors. An advisory committee, appointed by Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley, is developing the non-credit program to be rolled out in fall 2011.

The committee’s first action is to survey Shepherdstown and the surrounding communities to access interest, needs and the desired program structure. The full survey is being distributed through community service groups, churches, libraries, stores and other public places throughout Shepherdstown, Charles Town and Martinsburg for anyone wishing to participate. An interactive survey is available on Shepherd’s homepage at www.shepherd.edu.

The Lifelong Learning committee is co-chaired by Diane Melby, vice president for advancement and Richard Helldobler, vice president for academic affairs. Members of the committee include professors Heidi Dobish and Mark McCoy and community members Jack Young, Lisa Younis, Lisa Oswald, Mary Sue Eldridge, Art Wineburg and Sue Kennedy.

Areas of study being considered include financial planning, website development and other high-tech skills, healthy living, the arts, current events and consumer protection. Survey results, full-course offerings and other program details will be posted as they are finalized.

For more information about the Lifelong Learning program at Shepherd, contact Melby at 304-876-5378 or dmelby@shepherd.edu.