Lifelong Learning – Can You Believe It’s Been 5 Years?

4-1-2016 12-11-03 PMJust five short years ago, the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) opened its doors on April 26, 2011. The opening was attended by city, county, and state officials. Many from the community came to ask the ever present question – What is it you do here?

Last year, we offered nearly 400 programs with more than 7,000 people coming to the Center. We collaborated with community organizations like Spirit of Athens, Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce, and Storytelling Festival, to host events or provide speakers. We held classes for children of all ages – music lessons, summer camps, ACT Test Strategies, and Tutoring in Math and Reading. We offered classes for adults in everything from art (Blacksmithing and Photography) to personal interest (Ballroom Dance, Sewing, and Academic Travel programs). We also offered classes for business professionals, both online and in-class programs.

It is very easy to register for our classes or events. Just go online at or call us at 256-233-8260.

This month, our leisure classes will include Intermediate Blacksmithing, on Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Classes will be held at 208 Commercial Dr, Athens, Alabama. The class is taught by Travis Fleming and Al Stephens, both well-known blacksmiths. It is recommended that you take Basic Blacksmith prior to taking this class. The fee is $99/person. Class size is limited to eight.

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Saving Money on Groceries & More will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This class is taught by Kristan Stanton. Classes will be held at the Center for Lifelong Learning.

If you are looking for professional or career courses, look no further. For the accountants in our area, we are offering Implementing SSARS 21 for Accountants. Class will be held at the Center on Thursday, April 21, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon. The instructor for the course is Mike Brand, of Johnson, Feigley, Newton, and Brand. The course is approved for 3.5 CPEs in Accounting and Auditing. The fee is $75/person.

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May 16-19, 2016, we will offer ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training. Classes will be held 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. This course satisfies both the competency based and qualification based Exemplar Global auditor certification training requirements. The fee is $1995/person. Classes will meet at the Center for Lifelong Learning.

The Power of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership will be offered on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 9:00 a.m – 12 Noon. Class held at the Dynetics Solutions Complex Main Conference Center, Huntsville, Alabama. This workshop is $65/person.

For the adventurous among you, we have a program called Academic Traveler. This month we are offering a trip to Montgomery, Alabama for The Comedy of Errors on April 30, 2016, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival – Octagon Theater. The fee is $99/person. The deadline to register is April 8.

Check the website – – for upcoming trips to Gettysburg and Israel. Or call me at 256-233-8260 for all your questions.

And don’t forget our birthday on Monday, April 25 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon; we will be serving birthday cake.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262