Never Stop Learning – Learning As A Lifestyle

By: Wanda Campbell
The motto of Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning is Never Stop Learning. There is a Jewish Proverb that says, “An educated man can never be poor.” Lots of commentary, reports, and articles have said that continuing your education enhances your self-image, improves your marketability, increases your job skills, and furthers your career. The great thing about our classes at the Center for Lifelong Learning is you don’t have to take tests (unless you want to) and don’t have homework. You can start right out of high school or after you retire, and anywhere in between.

We offer Certificate courses and Certification courses and personal interest courses to spark you interest or continue your interest in a particular subject. You can find a listing of all of our courses at

What is the difference between Certificate courses and Certification courses? Most classes for career development will provide a certificate at the end of the class. This is your verification that you attended the program. Sometimes a job will require a certain number of certificates to renew a license or earn a promotion.

Some classes are skill driven and require testing to prove you have mastered the skill. These courses are Certification courses. Sometimes you are required to earn a certification before you can get a job, and sometimes you have to have a certification for promotion to the next level.

On January 9, we will begin the Yoga classes. Classes are Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. You can attend one day a week, two days a week, or attend all week. Classes are $5 each and you can pay at the door, or get a punch card and attend when you can.

January 22, we will provide ServSafe Training for food service managers in restaurants, nursing homes, and daycares. This class is at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, located at 133 Second Ave, NE. Class is from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and includes the test for your certification. The fee is $175/person.

January 29, we will begin the Freezer Meals Cooking Class at Food Fite on the main Athens State Campus. Classes are in the Sandridge Student Union Building from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The cost is $155 and includes all supplies.

The month of February will bring Sign Language classes, Dance classes, Photography classes, Communication classes, and so much more. Details about all of our classes are available on our website – To request a catalog, give us a call at 256-233-8260.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262