• Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy “Pacific Coast Adventure”

    Free information session is Thursday, April 6

    Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy takes lifelong learning beyond the classroom in this nine-day excursion to Seattle, Portland and San Francisco.


    (Sarasota-Manatee) Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy’s popular “Academy Adventures,” a travel education program, takes participants on in-depth explorations of the history, art, architecture and culture of different regions through the United States and the world. Its “Pacific Coast Adventure” is August 17-25, 2017. Karen Jutras, Florida district sales manager for Premier World Discoveries, will discuss the itinerary and answer questions about the trip during a free information session, Thursday, April 6, 2:30 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. To RSVP, call 941-309-5111. For additional information on Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy, visit www.rclla.org or call 941-309-5111.

    According to Janna Overstreet, executive director of Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy, the academy launched this travel series in 2015 because “studies show that activities associated with educational travel have positive mental, physical, and social benefits for older adults. This program was a logical next step for us.” She says that highlights of this trip include exploring Seattle, Portland and San Francisco with experienced insiders, visiting Crater Lake and Redwood National Parks, and touring Oregon’s Pacific Coast and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area for a tour of the 250-feet tall sand dunes.

    “As always, our Academy Adventures offer a creative mix of exploration, learning and 100 percent pure fun,” says Overstreet. She encourages interested lifelong learners to visit to register early because, “these trips always fill up fast!”


    About Ringling Lifelong Learning Academy

    Ringling Lifelong Learning Academy offers educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons and enrich their lives. Courses cover a wide range of stimulating topics and are taught by scholars, retired faculty members and professional practitioners. Courses are taught in an engaging, collaborative manner where learning results in the development of civic awareness, ongoing learning communities of peers and intellectual and cultural connections to our communities. As a private, not-for-profit, LLA has served the Sarasota- Manatee region for the past 18 years growing lifelong learning program offerings in number and variety as the demand for services has grown. The Academy is funded by donations and registration fees and led by an executive director and volunteer advisory board. Visit www.rclla.org.


    About Ringling College of Art and Design

    For nearly 85 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. The private, not-for-profit fully accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in eleven disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two. The College’s rigorous curriculum employs the studio model of teaching and immediately engages students through a comprehensive, first-year program that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. The Ringling College teaching model ultimately shapes students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers.