Workforce Development Services
ESCC occasionally offers non-credit short courses for personal enrichment in subjects such as the History of the Eastern Shore, Quilting, Creative Writing, Conversational French, and Basic Russian. Many more courses of this type are available to be taken at your leisure online, and can be accessed here.
We are always looking for new class ideas. If you are interested in something you don’t see here, chances are a lot of other people are interested too. Please contact us to tell us about your ideas for joining – or even teaching – a new class in this program.
Academy for Lifetime Learning (ALL)
The Academy for Lifetime Learning (ALL) offers community education classes and activities at ESCC on Fridays during the academic year. The first year membership fee of $25 enables members to attend as many classes (‘workshops’) as they wish throughout the entire academic year, which begins each September. Highly successful classes have been offered in such diverse subjects as Digital Photography, Beginning Bridge, Mahjong, Chime Ringing, Scrapbooking, Memoire Writing, Wine Tasting, and Opera Appreciation. Check the ALL website for more information.
Science and Philosophy Seminar
The Science and Philosophy Seminar meets most Fridays at the ESCC campus, presenting the Science and Philosophy Seminar. The Science and Philosophy Seminar is rigorously informal. There are no by-laws, no elected officers, no membership fees, no initiation rituals, and no secret handshakes. The sole requirement for membership in the Seminar is a commitment to make a presentation to the group at least once every two years, or arrange for and host a presentation by an outside expert. Members who have made five or more presentations are free of this requirement. Regular meetings are held on Fridays at 11:30 AM, from October through May. Most often presentations run about one hour in length and are followed by open informal discussions. Examples of subjects which have been presented are: “Sub-prime Mortgage Credit Crunch”, “17th Century Virginia Indians”, “Fractals and Nature”, “Decisions, Decisions… The Cuban Missile Crisis”, “The Delicate Issue of Russian Backwardness”, and “Organic Fruit Horticulture”. The schedule can be found at the group’s website.
Other lecture series are occasionally held at the College, some free and some for a nominal fee. Call 757-789-7979 for further information on any of these activities.
The community of the Eastern Shore of Virginia has a growing number of non-profit groups that offer excellent community activities in arts and/or education, which the College supports when possible. Among the groups offering such activities are:
- Arts Enter Cape Charles
- Eastern Shore’s Own Arts Center
- Onancock International Films
- The Eastern Shore Art League of Virginia
- The Barrier Islands Center
- Eastern Shore Public Library
- North Street Playhouse
- Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society