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Lifelong learning: Winter classes at Pensacola State

Snowbirds Find Leisure Landing at PSC


An abundance of art galleries, concerts, plays, museums, restaurants, sparkling emerald waterways, warm winter days and spectacular sunsets are just a few reasons the Gulf Coast is a preferred destination for winter travelers.

While basking in the gorgeous surroundings, some winter residents also like to mix learning with their leisure lifestyle, according to Frances Yeo, coordinator of Continuing Education at Pensacola State College.

“Our temporary residents often take advantage of Continuing Education classes as a way to meet new people and connect with the community,” Yeo says.

“The relaxed atmosphere in our classes provides the perfect place for participants to enjoy learning and getting to know each other. Taking a class is another opportunity to socialize with those who share some of the same interests. We also welcome our temporary residents to teach classes where they have a skill and a passion.”

A further enticement, Yeo adds, is that several PSC leisure courses are created with winter residents in mind. Rather than offering all classes in 10- or 12-week sessions, the college now offers several workshops and classes that last just a couple of weeks or a month.

“Some of our winter residents are only here a month or two so we try to offer classes that are interesting and fit their schedules,” Yeo says.

With Continuing Education classes at five of the college’s locations, it is quick and easy to add learning to a visitor’s list of fun things to do. PSC’s South Santa Rosa Center and Warrington campus are especially convenient to those who are wintering at Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach, Navarre, or Perdido Key.

“We want to encourage lifelong learning,” Yeo says, “Over the years we have offered hundreds of different non-academic classes for thousands of different students.”

The range of courses available in PSC’s Continuing Education lineup covers something for everyone. For those looking to exercise away the holiday pounds: Ball Room Dance Refresher, Belly Dancing, Fitness, or Aquatics will keep you moving.

For those wanting to learn something new: Spanish, French, Computers for Seniors, Creative Writing for Fun, or History of Pensacola will exercise your intellect.

If you want to broaden your interests, check out Interior Design Seminar, Themed Party on a Budget, Floral Design Workshop, Spot of Tea, Basic Photography, Night Photography, Nature Photography, or Dog Obedience.

Of course many more courses are available, and you can view the complete schedule online at

To request a printed schedule booklet or ask questions, contact the Continuing Education Department at 850-484-1797 or email