Registration Open for NC State’s Encore Center Spring Semester Courses, Trips, Events

North Carolina State University’s Encore Center for Lifelong Enrichment – which offers a variety of non-credit educational programs for adults aged 50 and older – has begun registration for its spring courses and study trips which run from January 20-April 24.

Thirty-nine short courses covering a wide range of topics in the liberal arts and sciences are scheduled. Although most courses are six weeks in length, this semester, three special format programs will be offered: a special half-day seminar on options for health care reform in North Carolina; an evening financial planning course, tailored for pre-retirees; and a three-session course on North Carolina’s economic outlook, taught by NC State professor Michael Walden. A study trip to Santa Fe, which will focus on the cuisine, art and history of the area, has been planned for March (registration deadline December 19). The spring semester kick-off lecture will feature Rob Christensen, News & Observer columnist, speaking about Tarheel politics.

Encore’s membership fee from January 2009-August 2009 is $40 and includes NC State benefits such as library privileges and discounts on campus cultural events.  Most six-week courses are $45 each, Monday colloquia are free with membership, and trip and event prices vary. For full descriptions of the programs, visit Encore’s website at or call 919/515-5782 for a free catalog.

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