About CCR

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 financial support.

CCR will return to in-person meetings in January 2022 at Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing. Look for the schedule of our presentations in early December.

CCR is part of the College’s Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities.  The Riley Center is an interdisciplinary initiative of the College that uses its intellectual resources to support livable communities – those which are economically and culturally vibrant with equitable access for all residents to education, jobs, healthcare, and housing as well as diverse opportunities in arts, culture, and recreation. CCR’s mission for continuing education and creative retirement for the growing population of retirees in the Charleston area is a core value for livable communities.

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 (currently) online lectures. Every Monday during the school year we meet at 1 pm. online for a 40-45 minute lecture, followed by questions and answers– and we ask LOTS of questions. We plan on returning to having two presentations in person beginning in January 2022.

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, and field trips all over the state of South Carolina. We also offer our own lifelong learning institute, the Charleston Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL), which offers multi week classes on a variety of subjects from the very academic to most enjoyable.

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
  • Charleston Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL)

South Carolina retired seniors over sixty years old may also take tuition free courses at the College of Charleston on a space available basis.

All  CCR meetings through November 2021 will be virtual, with only one presentation each meeting. We will return to in person meetings in January 2022 at our new location–Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing in West Ashley. Come to our open house on December 13, 2021 at Founders Hall to see our new meeting facility and to register if you are not already a member. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required for in-person meetings.

Boundary Street Elementary SchoolWe have the convenience and security of the Marketplace platform at the College of Charleston.  We are asking all our returning – and new – members to go to:

College of Charleston MarketPlace – TouchNethttps://secure.touchnet.com/C20590_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=101LL
Click here for more Detailed Registration Instructions
If you do not want to use the online option, please contact Alison Burkey at The Riley Center, 843-953-6103 (0ffice).

Check the Lifelong Learning tab for information and registration for the Stock Illustration - Lifelong learning - chalkboard. Clipart Drawing gg53740431 - GoGraphCharleston Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) classes that will start in October. Check the Weekly Presentations Fall 2021 tab for this semester’s scheduled lectures. The Events Calendar tab is the portal for more detailed information on all CCR activities, past, present and future, plus other events of possible interest in and around Charleston.

For further information about CCR programs contact:
Catherine Langlois, President cathmlang@msn.com
The Riley Center: 
Dr. Kendra Stewart, Director.  stewartk@cofc.edu
Alison Burkey,  Director of Community Outreach.   ALittke@cofc.edu