The College of Charleston Center for Creative Retirement (CCR) is made up of a diverse group of seniors – some retired, some about to retire – for whom education is a lifelong learning adventure to be shared with enthusiastic and often new friends. It’s a self-governing group which depends upon active involvement of its members for program ideas and modest financial support.
We are a diverse and interesting group – most of our members have come to Charleston from other states and other countries. We all share an interest in learning new things and making new friends!
The heart of our program is our weekly series of lectures. Every Monday during the school year (starting in September 2017) , we meet at 1 pm. for a 40-45 minute lecture, followed by questions – and we ask LOTS of questions. Then we have a half hour break with snacks and drinks. Another lecture follows.
Many of our lecturers are professors at The College of Charleston, The Citadel and the University of South Carolina. We try to mix it up – – inviting local reporters to share their insights with us, local and government officials to keep us up to date and all sorts of experts from almost every field imaginable.
The best part of CCR is the people you will meet. Most of us have chosen to live in Charleston because it is a great place to retire. We have chosen an active lifestyle and CCR helps us keep our minds active and challenged by exposing us to so many different perspectives and interests.
In addition to the weekly Monday lectures, we also have a book group that meets once a month at the library downtown, study groups that explore various topics in depth for a month, and trips and tours all over the state of South Carolina.
Members, who are considered non-credit students at the College of Charleston, are eligible for:
- Weekly meetings from September through May
- Smaller in-depth study and book groups
- Some off-site meetings
- College of Charleston CCR ID
- CCR newsletters
- Field trips to historical and cultural sites
- Lifelong Learning Institute (started late February 2018)
South Carolina retired seniors over sixty years old may also take tuition free courses at the College of Charleston on a space available basis.
Please visit as our guest to check us out. Membership is $50/year, $30/semester, which can be paid in person or preferably charged through the college’s CCR registration website. See the lifelong learning tab for information and registration for the Charleston Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL).
Check the Calendar tab for this semester’s scheduled lectures and the News Posts tab for the latest updates. The Events tab is the portal for more detailed information on all CCR activities plus other events of possible interest in and around Charleston.
For further information on CCR programs:
College of Charleston North Campus
3800 Paramount Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405