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FARMINGTON — Older members of the community will have plenty of learning opportunities in 2016 as Encore classes at San Juan College gear up for the new year.

The Encore program, which is housed under the Community Learning Center, offers classes that are designed for residents age 50 and older, though classes are open to all students who are at least 18.

In the spring semester, 53 classes will be offered, ranging on topics from business and information technology to humanities, according to the Encore catalog.

The first spring Encore classes will start Jan. 11, with staggered start dates for other classes through early March.

"Students can usually register even after classes have started, but we encourage students to register early as some classes do fill and we do cancel classes with low enrollment," said Liesl Dees, director of the Community Learning Center, in an email.

Courses continue for either 16 hours or 25 hours, depending on the type of class, with many classes lasting for two hours a week for eight weeks, Dees said.

The spring schedule includes a few weekend field trips that last two days, including a new field trip to the Pueblo of San Ildefonso for the feast day celebration and ceremony.

Registration for Encore classes will resume when the college opens for spring semester on Jan. 4, Dees said.

Registration can be completed at the Community Learning Center in room 1911 in the West Classroom Complex of the main Farmington campus at 4601 College Blvd.; at the East Campus, 315 S. Ash St in Aztec; and at the West Campus, 65 County Road 6500 in Kirtland.

New students need to register in person, but returning students can register by telephone with a credit card by calling 505-566-3214.

Most classes are one credit hour, and students age 65 and older who meet New Mexico state residency requirements can take up to six credit hours for $5.75 per credit hour.

Residents under 65 pay $46.75 per credit hour and non-residents pay $146.75 per credit house

For more information about Encore, contact the Community Learning Center at 505-566-3214 or visit sanjuancollege.edu/clc.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.

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