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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Center for Lifelong Learning?

The Center for Lifelong Learning is the continuing education extension of Athens State University.  We provide non-credit educational opportunities to promote lifelong learning in the areas of: 

  • Personal Enrichment Classes: No homework….No Tests…..Just Fun!  Sometimes referred to as “leisure” programs, these classes allow you the opportunity to learn more about those topics you have always wanted to explore! Photography, Music, Blacksmith, Books, Travel – visit to find the perfect match for your individual interests.  Can’t find what you’re looking for? — Call us at (256) 233-8260.
  • Professional Development Classes: Continue building your professional portfolio with programs designed to meet your specific industry standards and training requirements.  For a listing of current course offerings, visit or by contacting us at 256-233-8260.
  • Concerts & Lectures:  From Songwriters' Showcases to Grammy-Award Winning Artists to Top Names in Leadership, the Center for Lifelong Learning invites you to join us at one of our upcoming events!
  • Youth & Children:  Summer Camps, Music Programs, ACT Prep, Tutoring, and so much more -- please call the Center for Lifelong Learning to hear what after-school enrichment programs are "just right" for your child!
Do you rent the building for uses other than continuing education?
We have spaces to rent for events, board meetings, luncheons, wedding rehearsal dinners, retirement parties, reunions, and more.
When was the Center for Lifelong Learning founded?

We held our Grand Opening on April 24, 2011.

What was in the building before?

This was formerly the Boys and Girls Clubhouse, The Green Door Antiques, The Denim Shop, Ben Jaffe’s Department Store. An interesting fact – during the renovation, the original floor was refinished and the original ceiling tiles were kept as much as possible.

How do I register for an upcoming class?

You can register online, in person, by phone, or via mail.
Online:  Registration is available 24/7 by visiting
By Phone:  You may register by calling (256) 233-8260 to speak with one of our staff members during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm).  
In Person:  You may register in person at our office located at 121 South Marion Street in Athens, Alabama.  We are open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday.
By Mail:  Mail your completed registration form with a check or money order to:
                                        Athens State's Center for Lifelong Learning
                                        121 South Marion Street
                                         Athens, AL  35611

How do I find out what classes you offer?

We publish a catalog three times a year. You can view our catalogs by going to our catalogs page to view the current catalog online. We also send out announcements on FacebookInstagram, and  Twitter. If you are on our mailing list you will receive emails.

Where do you park for classes?

Parking available on the street in front of the building is limited to three hours and is subject to ticketing between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. There are public parking spaces at the Municipal Building lot with entrances on Washington and Market Streets and in the lot on Marion Street in front of the C.E.I. Bookstore. These spaces are free and have no time restrictions.

How do we know if a program is cancelled for weather?

Typically, the Center for Lifelong Learning follows the inclement weather procedures and guidelines communicated by Athens State University.  However, there may be special circumstances in which our programs will continue even if the University is closed.  We will make every effort to inform you of program cancellations by email, phone, and/or social media in the event of unexpected weather conditions. 

What is your refund policy?

If you are unable to attend a currently scheduled program, you must notify the Center for Lifelong Learning within 72 hours of the program's start date in order to receive a full refund. No refunds will be given once the program begins.