Gulf Franklin Education Encore

Welcome to Gulf/Franklin education encore!

Whether you want to learn a new skill, aim to improve your quality of life or explore a new hobby, this is the place! Stay up to date with NEW course and program listings.  
Do you have an idea for a class or do you know someone who excels at teaching and enriching other’s lives? If so, contact  Pat Strayer below.

Save the Date! Fall education encore - Wednesdays, September 23 - October 28

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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. If social distancing guidelines cannot be met, students and employees will be required to wear face coverings while inside the classrooms and when in close proximity to other colleagues, students and visitors. Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable face coverings. Reusable masks will be available for purchase in the GCSC Bookstore. Additionally, safety protocols are in place if an employee or student is exposed to or contracts COVID-19.

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.

Additional Information:

  • Classes will consist of a limited number of students to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
  • Face masks are required while in any college facility.
  • If there is a notice that Education Encore cannot occur due to a Governor's order, a prorated refund will be provided.


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.


PERIOD 1 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EST)


Discover the joys and convenience of growing in containers! This course will explore growing Fall plants, edible and otherwise, in containers. Participants will also find ways to grow fresh herbs indoors and outdoors. Other topics will include overwintering outdoor plants and looking forward to spring! This is a hands-on and discussion based learning course. At the conclusion of the course, participants will go home with an indoor herb garden to continue their container growing journey!

Instructor: Jeanne Schlichting


Which foods are kosher?  How often do you pray?  What’s a Gurdwara? Explore beliefs and practices from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Indigenous spirituality.   Be a more empathic neighbor through understanding feast, fasts and special days in world religions. 

Instructor: Carol Wood


 This will NOT be a history lesson on the America Presidents. It will be a discussion about the men who held the office and their unique or, in several cases, not so unique qualifications for the position. The study will look into their aspirations, talents, accomplishments, shortcomings, missteps and outright failures. This class will consider the times, heritage, family, in laws and outlaws, intrinsic instincts of each and their sometimes less than cordial relationships with other presidents. The course will look into the interesting question of does the man make the situation he is thrust into…or does the situation shape the man? Hopefully, each student will come away with a fresh, if not revealing, look at some of the most indelible characters to grace the American scene.  

Instructor: Kesley Colbert


This course will teach several skills that are fundamental to the art of jewelry making. It will explore making and joining links, hook and eye closures, and earrings (including earring wires). Each student will create three wonderful, wearable pieces of finished jewelry. Basic tools will be provided in class for the student’s use. Supply Fee includes silver-plated wire and a variety of beads to choose from.

Instructor: Mary Baird

PERIOD 2 - 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM  (EST)


This course will begin with the discovery and exploration of the North West Florida coastline; and the race among French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese sailors to “claim” the area for their respective countries. Stories will include: They Came, They Saw, They Didn’t Conquer, The Life and Times of Old St. Joseph, Port St. Joe and Gulf County Take Root and much, much more!

Instructor: Kesley Colbert


This class will take each student through step by step instruction for two unique bead weaving techniques: Right Angle Weave and Duo/Czechmate woven beads. Each student will produce two wonderful, wearable finished bracelets! A variety of beads, crystals and closures will be offered to choose from. Basic tools will be provided in class for the student’s use. Supply Fee includes a bead mat, measure tape, nylon-coated wire for stringing crystals, and Nano-flex for stringing Duo/Czechmate beads.

Instructor: Mary Baird


Ukulele, “the gift that came here.” Learn the essential techniques including chords, strumming patterns, fingerpicking and much, much more! Participants will begin playing songs right away. It is not necessary to own an Ukulele, but it is useful for practice outside the class.

Instructor: Brooks Jones

PERIOD 3 - 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (EST)


This course will guide participants through creating a written legacy for generations to enjoy! Participants who want to write or have written their memoirs, family stories, or local color and histories will be guided through their personal and historical journey.

Instructor: Dawn Radford


In this course, the focus will be on perfecting the techniques for 24 posture sequences, proper breathing, and flow of movement. Tai Chi has gained recognition as a low-impact exercise, which promotes improved circulation, flexibility, strength, and balance. A recent study found that individuals who practiced Tai Chi 1-3 times a week reduced their rate of falls by 43%!

Instructor: Brooks Jones

Note: Gulf/Franklin class times are in the Eastern Standard Time zone (EST)

frequently asked questions

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 Wednesdays at the Gulf /Franklin campus .

How do I register online?
Click on the Register button next to the class.

What is the cost?
The fee for participants is $75 for the six-week program, which includes three classes each Wednesday.

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?
Individuals interested in the next Education Encore can visit for up to date information.

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 850-872-3823 or toll-free at 1-800-311-3685 ext. 3823. You can also visit our Web page at

A full refund is available for participants requesting by 4:00 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.

For questions or additional information, contact
Pat Strayer
pstrayer@gulfcoast.eduT 850.769.1551 ext. 5501

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