Open house to showcase VCs Academy of Lifelong Learning spring courses
Academy of Lifelong Learning participants learn how to play Bridge, Mah-Jongg and take part in other activities.
Academy of Lifelong Learning participants learn how to play Bridge, Mah-Jongg and take part in other activities.

Victoria College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning will host its spring open house 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the atrium of VC’s Continuing Education Center. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

The Academy of Lifelong Learning is a membership organization for active, mature adults ages 50 and above, offering classes and social activities for continued intellectual and personal growth. The academy provides participants the opportunity to engage in study, discussions and social interactions within a group of peers who share a common interest in learning. Activities also allow members to expand and share their knowledge while meeting new friends and forming new social networks.

Members will be able to register for 24 courses at the open house. There is a one-time membership fee of $50, which covers all classes through May 2014.

“We have some very interesting courses lined up this semester, and participants are excited to get started,” said Destiny Olson, VC’s Lifelong Learning Program Specialist. “With 24 topics to choose from this spring, we have something that appeals to just about everyone’s taste.”

Other Academy of Lifelong Learning classes slated for the spring semester include:

  •     Art History: Impressionism
  •     Viewing the American Revolution from a Different Perspective
  •     Weekly square dancing taught by the Victoria Promenaders
  •     Extreme Couponing
  •     Amateur Backyard Astronomy
  •     Review of “Murder and Malice: Crimes of Passion in Victoria County” by Gary Hall
  •     How to create free video slideshows online
  •     A four-part series on the early history of Indianola, Texas
  •     Tours to Lavaca Bluff Winery and South Texas Milling, Inc.
  •     Class to prepare for an Academy of Lifelong Learning Galveston cruise, set for fall 2014
  •     Representatives from Victoria’s Planning Commission, The Downtown Project, and the local Chamber will present Victoria’s plans for the future.
  •     Heroism in Texas’ 20th Century
  •     Antique Buttons
  •     Bargain Hunting 101
  •     Organizing Your Life
  •     Understanding World Religions: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism

Attendees will also learn about how they can participate in VC Reads. Academy members will be invited to read “The Other Wes Moore” and join in discussions about the book and its issues prior to author Wes Moore’s Feb. 13 visit to Victoria. The last discussion will be with the author.

For more information on the Academy of Lifelong Learning, contact Destiny Olson at (361) 582-2426 or email

If You Go...
WHAT: Academy of Lifelong Learning Open House
WHEN:11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15
WHERE: VC's Continuing Education Center
COST: Free and open to the public

Published: Thursday, 09 January 2014

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