The H. Dale Williams Center for Extended Learning, the new
headquarters of Coastal Carolina University's Division of Extended
Learning and Public Services, will open May 15.
The 9,600-square-foot facility, located on the second floor of the
new University Hall on the Coastal campus, will house the Lifelong
Learning Society, two computer labs, five classrooms, office space, and
the Senior Resource Center, a new service for senior adults created by
H. Dale Williams.
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.
All classrooms and the Senior Resource Center will be connected to the
Internet. In addition to the Division of Extended Learning's many
programs for seniors, the Resource Center will offer workshops on
healthcare, retirement, financial planning and other topics of interest
to senior adults.
Coastal 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
Coastal's Division of Extended Learning and Public Services is a
comprehensive continuing education operation, managing programs such as
the Lifelong Learning Society, Bachelor's of Arts in Interdisciplinary
Studies (BAIS), professional development workshops and seminars,
specialized technologies certification, contract training, travel and
study, Coastal Youth Academy, leisure learning, Command Spanish, credit
and non-credit distance learning, high school dual credit, and the
SuperSonic Summer Youth Program for children.
For more information on Coastal's Division of Extended Learning
and Public Services, contact Balsamo at 349-2648 or visit
www.coastal.edu/learn on the Internet.