Educational opportunities for adults in Williamsburg

Peninsula Housing & Builders Association's Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. Call 595-1600.

Teacher Institute at Colonial Williamsburg is designed for elementary, middle, and high school social studies teachers who teach U.S. history and government. The intensive week-long Institutes immerse participants in American history. Elementary and middle school teachers focus on the colonial and the early nation period “on location” in Williamsburg, the restored capital city of eighteenth-century Virginia, and nearby Jamestown and Yorktown. Visit

Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and GED preparatory classes are available in various locations throughout WJC Schools. Call 259-3066 for information.

Williamsburg Regional Library offers occasional non-credit courses, educational programs and lectures at two locations, in Williamsburg and James City. Call 259-4070 for current offerings, or visit

Elderhostel, a not-for-profit organization, is the nation's first and the world's largest educational and travel organization for adults aged 55 and older. William & Mary Elderhostel is one of the most popular Elderhostel sites on the East Coast. Call 221-3649, or log on at

Virginia Institute of Marine Science of the College of William & Mary is located in Gloucester. VIMS is among the largest marine science research institutes in the nation focused on coastal and estuarine studies. Call 804 684-7000 or for information about volunteering, tours and special programs.

Christopher Wren Association The Christopher Wren Association is an organization of people from a variety of backgrounds. The members share a common interest in continuing learning and intellectual stimulation. Participants are dedicated to continuing lifelong learning, even after their days of structured education have ended. The association is sponsored by the College of William & Mary, but is self-supporting. Courses and activities are planned and operated by association members, and the curriculum is designed with members’ needs in mind. The office is located at: 5300 Discovery Park Blvd. - Room 320, in New Town Discovery Park. Phone, 221-1506 or Williamsburg Area Learning Tree

WIlliamsburg Area Learning Tree is a public service project of the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists. It is a non-profit education program that brings people together to share in the fun of learning. Individuals from throughout the community volunteer their time to share in the excitement of learning. Classes are offered to everyone in the community from teens to seniors. A complete listing of classes will be available in late fall. In the past, classes have ranged from simple scrapbooking to an introduction to drumming. The Williamsburg Area Learning Tree office is at 3051 Ironbound Rd., Williamsburg VA 23185-2391. Call 220-9975 Or visit for expanded information and class listing.

Mattey’s Garden is located adjacent to the Matthew Whaley School on Scotland Street. The garden encourages kids to learn more about nature’s rhythm and bounty throughout the season. Each grade in school regularly spends time in the garden, cultivating, weeding to keep it looking its best and learning about what best grows there. The garden recently celebrated its 10th year anniversary with special events for the kids and the community. Next time you are in the vicinity, stop by and see all it has to offer.

Healing Harmonicas is program offered at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. It is taught by Buddy Wakefield, who has been playing the harmonica for several decades. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the lungs through harmonica playing. Many participants have shown marked improvement in lung function. Call 345-5434 for more information.

Thomas Nelson Community College opened a new local campus last year on Centerville Road near Warhill High School. The new building is a 120,000 square foot, three-story facility. It contains 25 classrooms, 7 computer classrooms, 5 science laboratories and a nursing laboratory. The college offers more than 40 fields of study with associate degrees and certificates which are designed to help students for the world of work or further study. Credits earned at other colleges can be applied to degree or certificate. The college grants credit for certain examinations and military training experience. Additionally, the credits earned at TNCC can be transferred to many four-year state and private colleges in Virginia and elsewhere. For more information or to tour TNCC, call 757 825-2800 or visit

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