The Learning Center
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Healthy aging includes life-long learning! The Learning Center provides intellectually engaging, humanities-based educational programs. Classes range from one-hour lectures to nine-week courses on a variety of topics. Conversation circles, discussion groups and skill-building classes such as watercolor painting, writing and yoga are also a part of the ongoing curriculum.
Times of courses vary throughout the year. You can contact The Learning Center Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm.
The Learning Center is for
Anyone over the age of 50 who has a desire to learn is welcome.
Why choose The Learning Center?
- A wide variety of academically-rigorous learning opportunities are provided
- Foreign language conversation circles (currently German, Italian, French and Spanish) meet weekly
- Delicious café-style lunches available for purchase
- Domestic and foreign affairs discussion groups meet each week
- Monday-evening lectures on Skidaway Island, including wine and cheese reception
- Individual computer training
- Sign up only for classes that interest you
- Meet friends, travel, learn
- Travel opportunities offered each year
- Scholarships available based on need
- Priority access to all of the services offered by SCI
Many of the programs have a low fee for enrolling. Learning Center members receive a discount, as well as many no-cost opportunities and amenities.
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Learning Center members often start their day with coffee, conversation and daily newspaper reading in The Club Room. At class time, they join their fellow classmates for a lecture or instruction. In between classes, they talk with instructors, catch up on their email at the computer lab, or just grab a coffee with friends. It’s the best parts of college without the tests!
To view the current catalogue of courses and programs, click here.
To see the spring lunch menu, click here.
Limited scholarships are available. Contact Roger Smith at (912) 236-0363 x145 for more information.
The Learning Center 912.236.0363 x145 or x146
Director, The Learning Center
Hometown: Savannah, Georgia
Education: Armstrong State University, Georgia Southern University
When people over the age of 55 in Savannah expressed a desire for academically rigorous educational programming to enrich their retirement years, I was pleased to join SCI to establish The Learning Center. TLC is a place where the humanities come to life through courses, lectures, special learning programs, and educational travel. TLC has become an extended family of learners where each member benefits from the rich life experiences and knowledge of the others, and all enjoy the friendships that result from common encounters in the classroom.
Who are the instructors?
TLC instructors include retired and active professors from colleges and universities, professionals from museums and other cultural institutions, and others whose training and life experiences make them experts in their disciplines.
Where do TLC programs take place?
Most TLC programs take place at SCI headquarters, 3025 Bull Street, in the Ardsley Park neighborhood in midtown. During certain periods of the year, TLC also conducts programs on Mondays at the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church.
Do you offer computer instruction?
Yes. One-on-one computer coaching is available to members at the price of $15 per half-hour session. Contact TLC to make an appointment. Small group computer classes are also offered regularly.
How do I get to The Learning Center’s location at Skidaway Island?
From the Truman Parkway, exit onto Whitefield Avenue and travel east onto Skidaway Island. Once on the Island, turn left at State Park Road and immediately left into the Presbyterian Church. Using surface streets, take Waters Avenue east and follow it as it becomes Whitefield Avenue and then Diamond Causeway.
What about parking?
Free parking is available at both our Bull Street and Skidaway Island locations. At Bull Street, TLC members and visitors may use the spaces on either side and behind SCI’s building. Curbside parking is available on Bull Street and Washington Avenue.
How much does membership cost and what are the benefits? What about household membership?
TLC membership costs $75 per person per year. There are no household membership rates. The biggest benefit of membership is greatly reduced program fees (usually a 50% discount off rates paid by visitors). Other free-to-member benefits include access to computer coaching, free twice-weekly yoga sessions, free weekly foreign domestic affairs discussion groups, free weekly foreign language conversation circles in four languages, free weekly writing groups, free monthly book clubs, and five-day-per-week access to the Club Room for coffee, conversation, newspapers, and computer access.
How important is pre-registration for programs, and what if I want to pay at the door? What if I want to enroll as a visitor?
Many of TLC’s programs sell out quickly. Therefore, it is a good idea to pre-register for programs of great interest. Receptions are often part of TLC programs, so it’s important for us to know how many members are expected. Your pre-payment confirms your reservation. Visitors should inquire about availability and pricing.
What can I do to help TLC?
TLC exists only through membership dues and program fees, donations, and occasional fundraising campaigns and events. To help ensure a healthy financial future for TLC, consider becoming a member and an active participant in programming, making regular financial gifts to TLC, and volunteering your time as an instructor or in some other capacity.
How do I enroll using the web-based shopping cart?
Visit www.seniorcitizens-inc.org, click on “SERVICES,” and scroll to The Learning Center. From there, members may sign in, enroll in courses, and pay using our secure credit card option.
May I bring a friend to a TLC program if I’m a member?
Visitors are welcome to sample most TLC programs with the knowledge of TLC staff. If your friend lives in the Savannah area, TLC membership is the next step after one or two visits.