Lifelong Learning

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Odyssey USA

Odyssey USA is a community of adult learners who share intellectual curiosity and who participate in  educational opportunities offered them through The Center for Continuing Education (CCE).  Courses are designed to stimulate the mind and to encourage personal growth throughout life.  Topics are challenging and thought-provoking with mind-stretching activities on a wide variety of subjects.  These courses are open to any adult in the community, or thanks to technology, any adult in the world! Most courses are offered both in the classroom and on Zoom.  There are four terms per year, and each term lasts six weeks. 

2023 Fall Courses Starting August 30th.


▼   Odyssey Membership 

To become a member, simply register for one or more courses in any term throughout the year.  There are two terms in the spring and two terms in the fall.  Memberships expire on July 30 of each calendar year.  


▼    Wednesday Art Classes August 30 - November 15

Wednesdays August 30 - November 15

Offered on the Mobile Campus

Instructor: Marcy Matherne

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Understanding Acrylic Paints

Join this popular, hands-on course to begin to learn about this versatile medium. You will learn theory and technique, but those will be combined with a lot of "hands-on" experience. 

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Continuing Acrylics

Students who feel they would like to move on to deeper elements of acrylics are invited to join "Continuing Acrylics."  

▼   Wednesday Classes: 2023 Fall Term August 30th - October 4th

Wednesday Classes: August 30 - October 4

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.


3:00 - 4:30 p.m.


Flannery O'Connor and Her Kin: Southern Gothic Literature

 Offered on Mobile Campus and Zoom

 Presented by Jim Flowers

Join Jim Flowers as he leads the class in reading selected short stories of Flannery O' Conner, and Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece Child of God.  O'Conner and McCarthy belong to the genre of "Southern Gothic" in that they are adept at depicting the beauty and poignancy of life, not forgetting its mysterious dark side. 


▼   Friday Classes 2023 Fall Term Sept. 1 - October 6

Friday Classes: September 1 - October 6

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 


3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 

Alabama: Old Southwest to Old South

Presented by Michael Bunn

This six-lesson course will examine the land that we know as Alabama as it developed from its earliest days as a part of an American territory in the late 1700s to its development into one of the most influential economic, political, and population centers in the South during the antebellum era. Covering the people, places, and events which played prominent roles in the state's formative era, it will introduce students to the tumultuous period in which the state took shape.