Exploring New Concepts of Retirement Education    


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.

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.

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.

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.

CCC Library Priveleges!

Many ENCORE members are aware of the Community College Library privileges available to them through their ENCORE membership. Each ENCORE membership card has a student I.D. number that entitles the bearer to full Clatsop Community College Library privileges.

But did you know that your library card also is good at numerous other libraries in the United States? The Clatsop Community College library is part of the Oregon Library Passport Program that began in 2013. The nearest participating library is the Astor Public Library in Astoria.

I stopped in to have a chat with Rhonda at the Clatsop Community College Library recently. She showed me how the library is connected to six additional coastal libraries through the library website, and also told me about the Library Passport Program. With a photo I.D. (in this case my driver's license) and my current ENCORE membership card (or student I.D.) as proof of qualification, Rhonda issued me a Clatsop Community College Library Passport. Rhonda also provided information about the library hours and demonstrated the use of the library website for additional information to reserve items, check on availability, or extend a due date. By taking my Clatsop Community College Library Passport to any library participating in the Oregon Library Passport Program, that library will issue me a Library Passport for their library free of charge.

Your student library privilege at the college library also allows you to utilize the nationwide "Inter-Library Loan" system. Check it out by visiting: www.librariesoforegon.org/passport for more information and the lists of participating libraries, or stop in and get your questions answered by Rhonda or the other helpful members of the Clatsop Community College Library staff.

All FREE for ENCORE members!
Kay Limbird

ENCORE Memorial Page

Information about ENCORE members who have died in the last three years is on the Memorial page.

ENCORE Timeline Begins in 2000

January 2000: Kitty Paino, Dean of Continuing Education and Rose Alsbury, Continuing Education Coordinator at Clatsop Community College started researching Learning in Retirement programs to provide local opportunities for seniors and augment the Elderhostel program.

August 2000: In August, Rose attended the ALIROW (Association of Learning in Retirement Organizations in the West) regional conference in Portland.

April 2001: The College sent Rose and Jeri Olson to a biennial ALIROW conference in California. This conference jump-started the process and announcements of an organizational meeting were sent out.

May 2001: Interested persons showed up to organize ENCORE.

August 2001: A public meeting was held to attract members. Facilitated by temporary committee members who had worked all summer, the meeting attracted 100 people, and 65 joined the group.

October 2001: ENCORE's first six classes were held. First General Membership meeting was held. Officers were elected, and committees approved. Director was Dorothy Scott, Assistant Director was Tom Bell, Secretary was Doris Holce, Treasurer was Joan James, Member at Large was Helen McDaniel, Curriculum Chair was Anne Splane Phillips and Membership Chair was June Gammon.

Since 2001: ENCORE had offered classes such as Shakespeare, Gardening, Science, and Sustainable Living. People over 50 continue to join and enjoy the classes and friendships in ENCORE.

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