About ENCORE

ENCORE (Exploring New Concepts Of Retirement Education) offers short-term courses, which are often lead by members and cover a wide range of topics, including science, health, art, music, literature, history, writing, religion and current events.

  • No tests or grades
  • No compulsory attendance
  • No homework

…just plenty of enjoyment, enrichment, and friendship! ENCORE provides life-long learning opportunities for older students. It is sponsored by Clatsop Community College, but is run entirely by its members.

Who We Are:

ENCORE is an association of retirement-age people who share a love of learning. Established in 2001 by a steering committee of retired adults, ENCORE is sponsored by Clatsop Community College.

Who Can Be A Member?

ENCORE is a membership organization open to adults 50 year of age or older who enjoy intellectual stimulation and the opportunity to meet new friends. Dues are paid annually entitling members to enroll in any of the ENCORE courses. The only additional fees may be minimal costs for class materials. Click here to Join!

Where and When?

ENCORE holds classes both on and off campus at many locations in Astoria, Warrenton and Seaside.
Classes are planned to follow the Clatsop Community College quarterly schedule, if possible. ENCORE does not offer summer classes, although there may be a picnic or summer social event to which all members are invited. Anyone may attend two sessions of any of the classes for free. To continue in a class, they must then join ENCORE.

The majority of our courses are offered at the Senior Center, 1111 Exchange St, Astoria.

 What We Offer:

ENCORE provides life-long learning opportunities for older adults. It is sponsored by Clatsop Community College, but is run entirely by its members. Members decide what they want to learn and how they want to learn it. They conduct their own classes, invite guest speakers, discuss current events, read books and plays and keep their minds active. Because of ENCORE’s affiliation with the college, members are entitled to several privileges, including use of the College Library, inter-library loan privileges (members must pay any fees assessed for the books ordered) and use of the computers in the library reference area. Invite your friends! Anyone interested in the ENCORE experience may “try a class for free”! Anyone may enjoy two sessions at no cost or obligation. We know they’ll want more!

ENCORE Dues Information

The ENCORE membership year is from September 1 through August 31. The dues schedule is also from September through August. New and renewing members pay $50 in September. Payment of dues qualifies members to attend as many classes as they like each quarter during the school year. Dues are reduced to $25 for individuals joining after the winter quarter, which ends in March.  Payment of dues qualifies members to attend as many classes as they like each quarter. Usually there are ten to twelve classes from which to choose.

Scholarships Are Available. In order to include all interested participants in ENCORE activities, the Board reminds members that financial help for ENCORE membership and class materials is available. Any interested person is encouraged to contact CCC at 503-338-2566 for contact information for ENCORE’s President. All information is confidential.