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 23 - October  28

Registration opens august 8th!


Fall At-A-Glance

Supply List


Register online or In-person


View step-by-step instructions of how to register for Education Encore on page 13 of the brochure.

Participants may also come to Enrollment Services in the Administration Building at the Panama City Campus to register in-person. 

Lunch Tickets

Purchase Lunch Tickets

Enjoy six lunches provided by the Empowerment Cafe. Graduates of the Arc of the Bay Culinary Program put their skills to the test by working in a truly integrated restaurant environment. The cost is $50 for six lunches. A menu for the lunches can be found here.

Please note, lunches cannot be transferred to different weeks. The fee is for one lunch per week. No refunds will be given if a week is missed.

Health & Safety Information

The College is committed to the safety of all students, faculty and staff and continues to follow guidelines provided by the CDC and health officials. Please visit Covid 19-Coronavirus webpage for the most updated information.

The College has also taken additional precautionary safety measures including: installing Plexiglas shields in high traffic areas; distributing reusable masks to full-time employees; fogging classrooms, labs and public spaces with disinfectant; equipping classrooms with disinfectant wipes; and nightly facilities crews for extra cleaning. 


A full refund is available for participants who send an email request to by 12:00 pm five workdays prior to the first day of class. After this date, refunds will not be granted.  GCSC reserves the right to cancel courses and/or the program due to insufficient enrollment.

Education Encore Course Proposal

Education Encore is always looking for new courses to offer our students. If you have a course idea, please click the following link to submit a course proposal. Please send your resume to Lara Herter at

Submit Course Proposal

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.

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 13 of the Education Encore spring catalog.

What is the cost?
The fee for participants is $125 for the six-week program, which includes four classes each Friday.

Where are the classes held?
Each course description includes the abbreviated classroom location. If needed, participants will receive class location changes in their email prior to the first day of class.

Where will I get a class schedule and other information about upcoming Education Encore?
Information will be emailed to you in the registration confirmation email you receive after submitting your registration.

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 our equity webpage 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.  GCSC reserves the right to cancel courses and/or the program due to insufficient enrollment.




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