Education Encore

Education Encore

Education Encore provides active and senior adults with a learning environment that is fun and lively while offering diversity, insight and wisdom so that you can explore new ideas and make your own unique contributions. Education Encore is offered by Corporate College at Gulf Coast State College and provides non-credit enrichment adult education classes on a variety of topics.

Since 1991, Education Encore has been operated on a volunteer basis by the Education Encore Advisory Council. The council supports the planning, implementation and evaluation of the curriculum.

Spring Brochure



Fall - Panama City Campus Education Encore Class dates:  Sept. 22 - Oct. 27           
Cost $92.00

Participants need to register and pay course fees one week prior to the first day of class.

Available only during Encore Registration Dates

  •  Online Registration - Opens August 29


  • In Person Registration:

In-Person Fall registration dates - Opens August 29
Corporate College Registration Desk
Student Union East building, Second floor  

  • Mail-in:

Mail your completed registration form with your check or credit card information to:
Gulf Coast State College
Business Affairs
5230 West U.S. Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
For registration confirmation of receipt call 850-872-3879 

  • Fax:

Fax your completed registration form and credit card information to 850-872-3836.
For registration confirmation of receipt call 850-872-3879

Refunds: A full refund will be granted if requested by 4:00 p.m. three work days prior to the first day of class.  GCSC reserves the right to cancel courses and/or the program due to insufficient enrollment.


Details on a Pre-Paid Lunch Card option are available - follow this link.


  Welcome Station: Come early and visit the Encore Welcome Station on the second floor of Student Union East (SUE) to:
  • Obtain a name tag
  • Sign up for special events or field trips
  • Receive new hand-outs and current information
  • Visit and make new friends with other Encore participants
  • Grab a cup of coffee from the Welcome Station. 
9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.* Class Time Sessions: Learn new things and explore a fun, new hobby. *Note time change.
12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Lunch & Learn: Grab lunch and join us in the Student Union East Conference Center for a current events presentation, a Q&A session and important announcements. Lunches are available at the Commodore Café and are priced at $7/person. See Menu page for each day's selection.
1:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Class Time Sessions: Time for more learning, exploring and networking!



Encore Classes:  Sept. 27 - Nov. 18
Cost $88.00

Three Class Periods: 9 am - 10 am,  10:15 am-11:15 am, 11:30 am-12:30 pm (EST)

In-Person Registration will be held on Wednesday, (TBD) at 1:00 p.m. (EST) at the Gulf/Franklin CAMPUS.

For Gulf/Franklin Campus attendees, if you are unable to attend Initial Registration you may also register by the methods listed below:

  1. Walk-in: Available at the reception desk at the Gulf/Franklin Campus, 3800 Garrison Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL.
  2. Mail: You may also mail in your registration and payment to the Panama City Campus.
    Please mail to: Gulf /Franklin Campus, Gulf Coast State College, 3800 Garrison Avenue, Port St Joe, FL 32456.


While you are an Education Encore participant, there are some perks that you will enjoy including the use of the following facilities:  (Please note that you will need to present your student I.D.)

The campus bookstore has all the supplies you will need for your classes. Browse through the large selection of supplies, textbooks and campus must-haves. The bookstore also offers official Gulf Coast State College apparel and Commodores merchandise.

The College library provides research materials and Internet access. There are more than 80,000 books and 900 journal subscriptions from which to choose.

The Wellness Center
The Wellness Center includes a pool, a hydro-therapy pool and a fully-equipped weight and fitness room. Please check availability for the facilities.

Athletic Events
Enjoy watching the Commodores take on the competition in baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball. No matter what your favorite sport, the games are sure to be tons of fun.

Amelia G. Tapper Center For The Arts
See some of Gulf Coast State College's most talented students performing on the Amelia Center Main Stage. The Visual & Performing Arts Division sponsors several theatre and concert events each semester. As an Encore participant, you may attend many of these events free of charge or at a discounted rate.

Field Trips
Each semester the volunteer Encore Advisory Council - Special Events Committee organizes several fun-filled day trips to historical, cultural, environmental or entertainment sites in the area. Announcement of field trip destinations and registration for the bus trip will begin during Initial Registration. Contact Diane Vitale at

Visit the Welcome Station during the semester to reserve your spot for other special events. All costs, while on field trips, are your responsibility.


Who can participate?
Education Encore is for adults. You are not required to have Florida residency.

When is it offered?
Education Encore is offered during the fall and spring semesters. Classes in each semester meet once a week for six consecutive weeks at the Panama City campus and eight weeks at the Gulf Franklin campus. The day of the week depends on which campus you choose to attend.

What is the cost?
The fee at the Panama City Campus is $92 for the six-week program, which includes four classes each Friday.

The fee at the Gulf/Franklin Campus is $88 for the eight-week program, which includes three classes each Wednesday. To ensure the viability of the total program, we do not charge on a per-class basis. Therefore, the fee is the same whether you attend one class or more.

Where are the classes held?
Each course description includes the abbreviated classroom location. You will be notified of class location changes during orientation.

Classes offered are based on instructor's availability.

What about special needs?
If you have a disability that may require special assistance, please contact the Disability Support Services at 850-872-3834 at least one week prior to the first day of class.

Contact us!
If you would like more information, give us a call at 850-872-3823.

A full refund will be granted if requested by 4:00 p.m. the work day prior to the first day of class.