The H. Dale Williams Center for Extended Learning, the new
headquarters of Coastal Carolina University's Division of Extended
Learning and Public Services, will make it possible for Coastal to
expand its programs and services for senior adults when the facility
opens later this spring.
This 9,600-square-foot facility, located on the second floor of
the new Welcome Center-Bookstore Building on the Coastal campus, will
house the Lifelong Learning Society, a computer lab, six classrooms,
office space, and the Senior Resource Center, a new service for senior
adults created by H. Dale Williams. The building is expected to be
completed by late April or early May 2001.
The Senior Resource Center will offer free computer access,
Internet, e-mail, fax and copy machine services to senior adults as
well as a reading area which will be supplied with books and magazines.
In addition to the Division of Extended Learning's many programs for
seniors, the Resource Center will offer workshops on health care,
retirement, financial planning and other topics of interest to senior
H. Dale Williams is director of Senior Resource Group, an
affiliate of Metlife Financial Services which specializes in estate
planning with an emphasis on charitable giving. He is founder of the
Senior Resource Center concept, which focuses on educational offerings
and free services of interest to senior adults. In addition to the one
now under construction at Coastal, there are Senior Resource Center
locations in Hilton Head, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
Williams is also co-founder of H. Dale Williams Productions,
creator of The Senior Network, a 24-hour television channel offering
exclusive programming for seniors. Williams is the host of America's
Senior Forum, a state-wide television show which focuses on social,
economic and political issues relating to seniors. H. Dale Williams
Productions has also assumed the role of Title Sponsor of the Sunbelt
Senior Professional Golf Tour held in coastal South Carolina, North
Carolina and Georgia.
Coastal Carolina University has been recognized as a national
leader in providing educational programs for seniors. Coastal's
Lifelong Learning Society received the Exemplary Model Program award
from the Network for Older Adult Learners of the Association for
Continuing Higher Education in 1999. In the last three years membership
in the Lifelong Learning Society grew from 112 people to almost 1,000.
>From three computer courses each semester the program has grown to
offer more than 45, according to Peter Balsamo, dean of Coastal's
Division of Extended Learning and Public Services. Coastal is one of
the few universities in the nation with dedicated facilities for older
adult learning on their campuses, according to Balsamo.