Francis Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning Expands Offerings

Hodges University is bringing their successful Lifelong Learning program to Ft. Myers. Thanks to a generous gift by Smith Barney, the Francis Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning has announced the addition of a learning site on the Hodges University Ft. Myers campus.

According to Center Director Christine Wheeler, the public response to the varied courses offered by the Center has been tremendous. "For the past eleven years we have offered courses for adult learners in Naples. Due to overwhelming community interest in Ft. Myers, Lehigh Acres, Sanibel, Estero, and beyond, we have added a schedule of Center for Lifelong Learning courses on our Ft. Myers campus and look forward to offering the same high quality programming that our Naples members have grown to appreciate," said Wheeler.

Programs offered at the Ft. Myers campus this fall include the history of opera, improving your quality of life, parapsychology, nature, and the myths of the Titanic, among others. In Naples, course offerings include creative writing, computer basics, healthy eating, natural and organic foods, and the history of tea. For a complete listing of the courses offered, contact Christine Wheeler at (239) 598-6133.

To give residents an opportunity to "test drive" the Ft. Myers Center, an Open House is planned for October 1st beginning at 2pm at the Hodges University - Ft. Myers campus. Guests will attend a short presentation about the history of the Francis Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, followed by a mini-course presented by Dr. Ron

Bowman, President of the Naples Opera Society. This is a great way for participants to preview the fall line-up of classes that will be offered.

For its inaugural term, members will be able to take advantage of a semester membership at the Ft. Myers campus for only $60.00. With a membership participants may attend as many programs at the Ft. Myers campus as they wish throughout the fall session.

If you are interested in programming at the Naples learning sites, you may want to purchase a full membership, which entitles you to enjoy all of the programming offered at all locations, as many courses as you like, for $155.00.

The Center is named after the late Frances Pew Hayes, whose diverse interests were only outmatched by her goodwill. Ms. Hayes had been a pioneering force of philanthropy in our community, which continues to benefit lives through the work of such institutions as The Education Foundation of Collier County, The Conservancy, the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Moorings Park, Youth Haven, and Hodges University. She was heralded as Humanitarian of the Year by the University in 2002. To celebrate and honor the extraordinary life and legacy of this icon, Hodges University established the Center for Lifelong Learning in her name. Ms. Hayes’ passion for people, community stewardship, and leadership in initiatives involving healthcare, the arts, education and care for older adults will forever resonate among the values fostered in the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning.
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