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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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Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 10:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 10:51 p.m.

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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