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GSC Senior Citizen Classes Popular in Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, and Calhoun Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2013

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Annette Barnette
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College

GSC instructor Dr. Bob Henry Baber leads a class on Appalachian culture at the Calhoun County Senior Center

GSC instructor Dr. Bob Henry Baber (far left) leads a class on Appalachian History at the Calhoun County Senior Center.

GLENVILLE, WV—Area senior citizens are proving ‘it’s never too late to go back to school’ thanks to a Glenville State College faculty and staff initiative that took classes to four central West Virginia senior centers.  GSC Professor of History Dr. Michael Gherke taught Appalachian History at the Gilmer County Senior Center, while GSC Student Support Services teacher Ashley Hopkins and GSC Public Relations Specialist Dr. Bob Henry Baber led Appalachian History classes at the Lewis County Senior Center and Calhoun County Senior Center respectively.  GSC Student Support Services Administrative Assistant Robert Woods taught Introduction to Social Media at both the Braxton County and Gilmer County Senior Centers.

“We explored and shared different aspects of Appalachian culture. The participants especially enjoyed video clips, scholarly and classic literature, music, poetry, documentary clips, and telling their own stories.  Teaching this class at the senior center was a great and valuable experience!  I definitely learned as much, if not more, from my students as they learned from me,” said Hopkins.

Woods said, “I had eleven students, all of whom did quite well.  For example, Mrs. Marilynn Phillips of Glenville signed on to Facebook for the first time and in one week had thirty friend requests. That’s more friends than I have on Facebook.”

“A person never stops learning.  At GSC, we realize seniors citizens are some of our most inquisitive people and have an innate desire to gain knowledge.  These classes were specifically designed to accommodate their expressed areas of interest,” said GSC President Dr. Peter Barr.  “We plan on continuing classes in the spring and expanding our senior citizen initiatives in the future,” Barr added.

The one-credit hour classes lasted for five weeks and normally cost $266, but GSC classes for seniors are always half price or $133 per credit.  In order to jumpstart the classes, Dr. Barr provided senior scholarships which reduced the costs even further.

For more information about senior citizen classes, contact GSC Director of Off-Campus Programming  Mollie Ferguson at or (304) 462-6025.

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