Education Encore

No tests! No grades! no stress! just fun!

Education Encore is offered by Continuing Education at Gulf Coast State College and provides non-credit enrichment education classes on a variety of topics for active and senior adults. The learning environment is fun and stress-free while offering diversity, insight, and wisdom. 

Save the Date! Fall education encore - september 25 - october 30

View Spring 2020 Education Encore catalog by clicking the image below.




Register online or In-person



Come to Enrollment Services in the Administration Building at the Panama City Campus to register in-person. 

A full refund is available for participants who send an email request to by 12:00 pm five work days before the first day of class.  GCSC reserves the right to cancel courses and/or the program due to insufficient enrollment.

Panama City Campus DAILY AGENDA

8:00 A.M. - 8:45 A.M.

 Orientation & Welcome

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

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√  Visit the Encore Welcome Station on the second floor of Student Union East (SUE) to obtain your name tag. Then join us in the Conference Center for coffee, courtesy of Gulf Coast State College Foundation. A participant folder containing a current class schedule, class locations, and hand-outs will be distributed.


8:15 A.M.  8:35 A.M.

 Orientation & Announcements

8:30 A.M. - 8:45 A.M.

 Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Period 1 & 2
Learn new things and explore a fun, new hobby.
12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Lunch & Learn
Have lunch in the Student Union East (SUE) Conference Center for a topical  presentation, Q&A session, and important announcements.
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1:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Period 3 & 4
Time for more learning, exploring and networking!

perks & Points of Interest

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. Use of the facilities is for students enrolled in classes during the current term of use. (Please note that you will need to present your student I.D.)

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 including more than 80,000 books, 900 journal subscriptions, and Internet access.

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. 


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 Fridays at the Panama City campus .

How do I register online?
Follow instructions on pages 14 of the Education Encore spring catalog.

What is the cost?
The fee for participants is $99 for the six-week program, which includes four classes each Friday.

The fee is the same whether you attend one class or more. We do not charge on a per-class basis to ensure the viability of the total program.

Where are the classes held?
Each course description includes the abbreviated classroom location. If needed, participants will receive class location changes in the packets distributed at orientation.

Where will I get a class schedule and other information about upcoming Education Encore?
Information will be emailed to you approximately one-week prior to classes.

What about special needs?
Gulf Coast State College is committed to equal access/equal opportunity in its programs, activities and employment. For additional information visit or call the Accessibility Resources office at 850-747-3243.

Contact us!

If you would like more information, give us a call at 850-873-3583. You can also visit our Web page at

A full refund is available for participants who send an email request to by 12:00 pm five work days before the first day of class.  Refunds are issued by check to the person assigned to the Student ID/SNN on the registration. GCSC reserves the right to cancel courses and/or the program due to insufficient enrollment.

Gulf/Franklin REgistration

Click here for Gulf/Franklin Registration

Lara Herter, Program Coordinator, Business & Community Education
T  850.873.3583

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