Flagler College’s Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) program celebrated its first birthday Tuesday night, with approximately 150 people — mostly former students in the program’s Lifelong Learning seminars — turning out to mingle with their classmates at the college’s historic Markland House. Over the past year, hundreds of St. Augustine residents have enjoyed talks about Vladimir Putin, workshops on painting and lessons in belly dancing, among others. The numbers, from the program’s inception to now, have soared. In the fall of 2015, seven courses were offered for Lifelong Learning’s first term. Now there are between 20 to 25.
Unique offerings, from “Unlocking the Creative Mind” to “The Hollywood Soundtrack: the 1930s and 1940s,” have drawn participants to the program. Its goal, according to Director Dr. Jorge Herrera, is focused on strengthening community relationships. “The program is about keeping the community engaged with the college, finding out what people want to learn and providing those educational opportunities,” he said. In addition to short, inexpensive Lifelong Learning courses, the program offers corporate training and development, as well as a test preparation center.
First Coast.TV spoke with Dr. Jorge Herrera about the ACE program.