The mission of the Center for Creative Retirement (CCR) at the College of Charleston, founded in 1993, is to sponsor and support programs for its members who may be retired, semi-retired, or contemplating retirement, through continuing education and social opportunities.
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. Most of our members have come to Charleston from other states and other countries. We are a self-governing group which depends upon active involvement of its members for program ideas and financial support.
The heart of our program is our weekly series of lectures. Every Monday during the school year we meet at 1:00 PM for two 40–45-minute lectures, followed by questions and answers, with a social break in-between.
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, local artists and authors, and all sorts of experts from almost every field imaginable.
CCR meets at the location of the old CofC North Campus at 3800 Paramount Drive, North Charleston, just off of I-526. We are very fortunate to be the guests of ECPI University. You can register online or in person at any of our meetings. Annual dues of $50 per year should be paid at your first meeting.
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.
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.
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.
Check the Lifelong Learning tab for information and registration for the Charleston Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) classes that start each semester. Check the Weekly Presentations Fall 2022 tab for a preliminary list of this coming 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.
Fred Rosenberg, President. email@example.com