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    Encore Program Students

    Campus neighbors over the age of 60 have exciting opportunities available at Lee University. The Encore program allows individuals to enrich their lives through experiencing Lee’s academic excellence and Christ-centered atmosphere.

    Since 2007, when 112 students enrolled in the program, Encore has more than doubled in size to include an average of 250 students each fall semester. According to Community Relations and Encore Program Coordinator Bethany McCoy, each semester the program has experienced a consistent ten percent growth in student participation.

    “What is perhaps even more encouraging is that even with a steady influx of new students each semester, Encore has seen a large percentage of its students come back semester after semester, boasting a retention rate of over 50 percent,” said McCoy. “Last year, we experienced record-breaking numbers, with over 280 students enrolled in the fall 2014 semester.”

    Encore students can choose to take one of two class options: traditional or mini-courses. Traditional courses integrate Encore students with traditional students and meet for a full semester. These classes can be taken for credit or audited by Encore students. Also available are mini-courses, specifically designed for Encore. These classes meet once a week for five to eight weeks. Classes are offered every fall and spring semester. Encore Scholars are eligible to take up to two courses each semester.

    This semester, Encore will offer 16 different mini-courses, one of the largest mini-course offerings in the program’s history.

    “Though the numbers are great, it's the connections that are made that are the most rewarding,” continued McCoy. “Encore was created to cultivate an intergenerational learning environment for our students. This program creates a unique campus community.”

    Enrolling in Encore also gives scholars the opportunity to attend athletic events, the Presidential Concert Series, and theatre productions as well as utilize the campus recreation center. They receive access to the library, computer labs, and a Lee University email account. No special educational background or records are required to be an Encore student.

    “It is a privilege to be able to coordinate a program such as this,” said McCoy. “Hearing the stories and life experiences these students have had is incredible. Furthermore, many of them never had the chance to attend college. This program truly lives up to its name by providing these students with a second chance to have a small part of the ‘college experience.’ Whether you have never tried college, or hold advanced degrees, it's never too late to learn or experience something new, and that's what the Encore program is all about.”

    For more information, please contact the Office of Community Relations at (423) 614-8598 or communityrelations@leeuniversity.edu.

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