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ETSU Alliance for Continued Learning to offer fall classes

Contributed • Sep 13, 2019 at 6:28 PM

East Tennessee State University’s Alliance for Continued Learning will offer a wide range of classes and activities during the fall session, which runs from Sept. 17-Oct. 24.

The ACL is a member-powered, member-driven and member-governed learning opportunity. Participants decide the study groups, forums, classes and other activities to be held; identify leaders for the sessions; and elect officers.

To give new members an opportunity to become acquainted with the group, the ACL will welcome all participants at a continental breakfast Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 9:30 a.m., at Food City, 940 N. State of Franklin Road, in the upstairs meeting room; all classes throughout the season will be held at this location.

During that introductory session, Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock will discuss the challenges facing the city. Entertainment will be provided by ETSU music students led by Matthew Potterton, chairman of the Department of Music.

Topics to be covered this fall include reggae legend Bob Marley, the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain, and current and future challenges facing community colleges.

Several conservation-related topics are planned, such as sustainability, the human impact on polar ice caps and the preservation of Rocky Fork, the large tract of mountain land known as Northeast Tennessee’s “Gateway to the Appalachian Trail.”

A variety of health-related subjects will be addressed, including cases encountered at the William L. Jenkins Forensic Center at ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine, trauma-informed care, health issues in Appalachia, cognitive impairment and dementia and the opioid epidemic.

Presenters include current and retired ETSU faculty members and guest speakers.

All ACL classes will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon.

The ACL is sponsored by the ETSU Office of Professional Development, and no educational prerequisites, examinations or grades are involved. Registration is $50 and allows participants to attend any or all sessions.

For more information, a schedule of classes or registration, call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at 423-439-8084 or visit www.etsu.edu/professionaldevelopment and click “Community Groups.”

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