Senior adults can participate in enrichment courses offered by GCSC. [ GCSC ]
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Education Encore is back: GCSC to reinstate popular enrichment program

Education Encore is coming back to the Gulf/Franklin Campus this fall. 

Gulf Coast State College is excited to offer personal enrichment courses in a wide-range of topics.

Education Encore is offered by Continuing Education twice a year during the fall and spring semesters and provides enrichment classes on a variety of topics for active senior adults. Whether you want to learn a new skill, aim to improve your quality of life or explore a new hobby, Education Encore is the place.

“We are so excited to bring Education Encore back to the Gulf/Franklin campus,” said Kristal Smallwood, director of Gulf/Franklin Campus. “There will be an exciting variety of classes offered that you don’t want to miss this fall!” 

For the gardener, you can learn how to grow plants, edible and otherwise, in containers. If you want to brush up on your history, Encore will offer two classes from which to choose. Other types of classes include cake decorating, bird watching, home repairs, ukulele and wellness through Tai Chi.

The Gulf/Franklin classes are held for six consecutive Wednesdays, September 13 – October 18. Registration opens Friday, August 4, 2023. The cost for three classes is $95. For more information, visit or call 850.227.9670.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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