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Learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

Here are some tips for installing the habit of lifelong learning:

1) Always have a book.

It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time. Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities you could read as much as a book a week.

2) Keep a “To-Learn” List

We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study. Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

3) Get More Intellectual Friends

Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart. But people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you. Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

4) Guided Thinking

Albert Einstein once said, “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

5) Put it Into Practice

Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on QuickBooks isn’t the same thing as using the software program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush. If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

6) Teach Others

You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning. Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

7) Clean Your Input

Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance. You might look at cleaning internet items you subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. Purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

8 ) Learn in Groups

Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills. Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

9) Unlearn Assumptions

You can’t add water to a full cup. Try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas. Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

10) Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does. Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

11) Start a Project

Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging. If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

12) Follow Your Intuition

Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind. Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

13) The Morning Fifteen

Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education. If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

14) Reap the Rewards

Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of website building helps me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

15) Make it a Priority

Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

If you are looking for some educational and fun courses, visit us at SCC Corporate & Community Education. There are classes available for you!

A challenged, stimulated brain may be the key to a vibrant life. Studies show that staying active and keeping your brain constantly engaged may help stave off mental and physical ailments and diseases. How do we do this? The answer is simply Lifelong Learning.

Lifelong Learning is the continued educational experience that uses non-credit academic courses, personal development courses, and community interest courses to fully engage the brain, heighten physical activity and maintain healthy social relationships.

Lifelong learning is like a health club for your brain. An active mind can stimulate physical activity and keep your spirits high. It’s an all-around fantastic tool for better health.

Top 10 Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning helps fully develop natural abilities – We all have natural abilities. Take the opportunity to fully explore and develop these abilities.

Lifelong learning opens the mind – An integral part of lifelong learning is the exchange of ideas and viewpoints. These is nothing like listening to or taking part in stimulating discussions to help us see the other side of an issue. The give-and-take opens our minds.

Lifelong learning increases our wisdom – It increases our understanding of they why and whats of previous successes and failures. It helps us understand ourselves better.

Lifelong learning makes the world a better place – Learners can give back to their communities and the world. What we learn can be translated into value for the betterment of society. Our wisdom and insight is a tangible benefit to the world around us.

Lifelong learning helps us find meaning in our lives – Sometimes it is difficult looking back on our experiences. Lifelong learning can give us the benefit of real perspective and enables us to find meaning in our past and current lives.

Lifelong learning keeps us involved as active contributors to society – As 78 million Baby Boomers prepare for their retirement, they are no longer content to sit on the porch and wile away the hours. They are taking part in educational programs, traveling and offering their expertise to society through community involvement. They are an incredible asset and want to keep their skills and brains sharp.

Lifelong learning helps us make new friends and establish valuable relationships – Lifelong learning is a brilliant way to keep in touch with people, meet new friends, and enjoy life surrounded by the company of others.

Lifelong learning leads to an enriching life of self-fulfillment – The capacity to learn and grow does not decrease. We can expand our awareness and create an exciting multi-dimensional life.

If you are looking for lifelong learning opportunities, visit SCC’s Corporate & Community Education webpage. 



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Operation Education is about to commence at Spartanburg County Jail.

Several months ago, Spartanburg County Council Chairman Jeff Horton asked Maj. Neal Urch, jail director, and Henry Giles, president of Spartanburg Community College, if something could be done to keep people from returning to the jail. Horton became interested in doing something after years of seeing the same faces in mugshots.

“I think the general theme is they are just trapped in the way they are in now, and they don’t know another way,” Horton said.

Surveys of the jail found the average inmate had a 10th grade education. The vast majority of those who did not have a high school diploma or GED said they wanted one, Urch said. Recent changes to the GED make offering courses in the jail cumbersome because of time and expense. But by combining the Work Keys program currently at the jail with some skills training, Urch, Giles and Horton began to believe the education gap could be overcome.

Urch and Giles assembled a team and the conversations that ensued set the stage for a program some leaders believe will become a model for criminal justice reform.

“Detention in itself does not modify behavior,” Giles said. “To give someone job training and skills, they can make an impact on their own lives.”

Beginning April 13, the community college will offer job training and program certificates at the county jail. Four programs – office assistant, bakery/floral/deli grocer, landscaper and manufacturing assistant – have been custom designed to be taught at the jail, said Nannette Bongiovi, director of corporate and community education for the college. Each program incorporates skills training – cake decorating, small engine repair, and computer programs – and coaches less tangible skills like problem solving, making decisions under stress and communication. There is also a work readiness component to each class that covers personal grooming, crafting a resume and preparing for an interview.

“We wanted to offer basic classes that will challenge them, but not to the point they will get frustrated,” Bongiovi said.

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There are over a dozen new classes like Fashion Show Production, Conversational Chinese, Floral Design, Decorating Cupcakes & Cake Pops, Professional Development, Marketing and many more!

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