Continuing Education

he Institute for Continued Learning at Young Harris College is an adult-education center affiliated with century-old Young Harris College in north Georgia. It is a member to an expanding Elderhostel Institute Network that offers programs at more than 200 campuses nationwide. It provides courses and seminars to satisfy the educational and cultural interests of the general public. There are no age restrictions for ICL members.

ICL aims at a broad range of adult interests. The curriculum is structured to appeal to a diverse population from the physically active to the seriously studious to those simply seeking a good time. A sample of courses is as follows: Aerobics, Antiques, Astronomy, Computers, Contract Bridge, Gardening, Genealogy, History, Investing, Music, Natural History, Painting, Spanish, Wildflowers, Woodworking, and, Writing.

ICL offers a new series of subjects every quarter commencing in January, April, June, and September. Classes are held at Young Harris College. For more information, call (706) 379-4311 ext. 5194 or

The John C. Campbell Folk School was founded in 1925, a collaboration of two progressive educators and an Appalachian community. Olive Dame Campbell, Marguerite Butler and the people of Brasstown created a unique institution that seeks to bring out the best in people. The John C. Campbell Folk School seeks to bring people toward two kinds of development: inner growth as creative, thoughtful individuals, and social development as tolerant, caring members of a community. Throughout its history, the Folk School has worked toward these goals through performing arts, agriculture and crafts rooted in the traditions of Southern Appalachia and other cultures of the world.

The 380-acre campus is located just over the North Carolina line in Brasstown, NC. The Folk School offers a unique blend of culture, history and art through weekend and weeklong classes in time-honored crafts, music and dance for nearly a century. Students with all skill levels, from beginners to experts, can learn or perfect their art through a variety of classes offered year-round. A wide variety of classes are offered including: banjo making, pottery, furniture building, carving, cooking, wood turning, gardening, medicinal herb studies, fly-tying, weaving, guitar, dulcimer, fiddle, blacksmithing, and over 400 more classes. For more information, contact the John C. Campbell Folk School at (828) 837-2775 or .

North Georgia Technical College with campuses located in Blairsville, Clarkesville and Toccoa also offer Continuing Education classes including: computer, conversational Spanish, real estate, aerobics, international cuisine, cake decorating, interior design, SAT preparation, signing for the deaf, golf, basic keyboarding and many more. The North Georgia Technical College campus in Blairsville is located on Hwy. 515 just west of Blairsville. More information on North Georgia Tech may be found under Education on this Website, or contact (706) 781-2300, .

Situated in Young Harris, near the North Carolina border, is the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts . Here the serious Rock hound can learn how to turn rough gems into family keepsakes. At the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts classes are taught by volunteer instructors in such procedures as faceting, silversmithing, the making of cabochons, wire crafting, wax modeling and casting, gem trees, carving, channel work, bead knotting and design, and opal cutting. Students learn to use all the special tools and shop safety is stressed. Each student carries home the fruits of his or her efforts as well as fond memories of new acquaintances.

The school is named for a deceased past president of the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies. The creation of the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts was primarily a personal philanthropy of Harold Sparks, another past president, and his wife Mary Lou. Classes are of one-week duration and the courses vary during the time the school is in operation from the last Sunday in April through October. A student takes one class for the week. Lodging is available at the school. For more information, contact (706) 379-2126 or .


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