Asheville is a vibrant mountain town with a lot to offer for individuals and families of all ages. One factor that makes Asheville one of the best cities for retirees is the abundance of continuing education opportunities. Programs for the development of personal, professional, and creative skills abound and there is truly something for everyone. 

In this post, I briefly cover three continuing education opportunities available for both professionals and retirees in the Asheville area. 

Continuing Education at AB Tech

AB Tech offers a variety of continuing education programs, including certificate programs. The continuing education department seeks to support community members both professionally and personally through the non-credit division of the college.

Their mission statement reads, ““We are committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and the community by offering learning opportunities to promote personal, workforce and economic development.” 

AB Tech’s programs are designed to further their institutional vision of changing lives and strengthening communities. You can see the latest schedule of classes and events on the AB Tech continuing education schedule page.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville was established in 1988 and remains dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, leadership, community service, and research. The program operates under the University of North Carolina at Asheville. 

OLLI at UNC Asheville works to enable their community members to thrive in the second half of their lives. OLLI offers a comprehensive lineup of programs, including courses in the arts and humanities, the natural world, civic engagement, wellness, life transition, retirement relocation planning, intergenerational co-learning, and research on trends in the reinvention of retirement.

Even though most OLLI members are 55 and older, the institute is open to all ages. Many members have relocated to Asheville, which makes OLLI a warm and welcoming community for those who are new to the area.

Adult Continuing Education Art Classes

If you are looking to tap into your creative side, Asheville has a wide array of adult art classes. The Asheville Art Museum has a rotating selection of classes and workshops for adults in their downtown location.

Artists in the River Arts District teach art classes ranging from cloth fiber and glass blowing to photography and pottery. In these classes, you will learn straight from the experts in the heart of Asheville’s artist community.

Additional art related activities include the robust array of fine art classes at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

As a professional or retiree in Asheville, there are a myriad of options for your continuing education. Many people who have relocated to Asheville flourish in the welcoming environment of lifelong learning and arts education.