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King University to Offer Free College Courses for Adults Ages 60+

BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 20, 2015 – King University is now offering a select set of collegiate courses for adults ages 60 and over. The offerings are part of the new Lifelong Learning Studies program at King in which the adult learners would audit the non-credit classes at King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn., free of charge.

We are excited to offer this continuing education opportunity for our more seasoned adult learners in our community,” said Dr. Richard A. Ray, interim president at King University. “We have received inquiries about offering such a program as this. We truly do want to give our people something they will enjoy, and that will deepen their own personal education.

“King University has a great tradition of service to the surrounding community,” Dr. Ray continued. “It is an important tradition we strive to uphold. Offering thought provoking and engaging courses provide a new pathway to continue the adventure of lifelong learning.”

The new program will offer a select set of courses taught by King professors in the King College of Arts & Sciences and King’s School of Applied Science and Technology. The courses include:

  • Ancient Political Thought, Modern Political Thought
  • Counterterrorism
  • Photographic Foundations
  • Acting 1: Fundamentals of Acting and Play Analysis
  • British Literature I
  • Shakespeare
  • Tudor England and Stewart Scotland
  • Intellectual and Cultural History of the United States.

By auditing the selected courses, the students will be able to attend class, learning alongside the traditional students in the classroom, without worry of test-taking or cost.

“The hallmark of a broadly educated individual is to be a lifelong learner,” said Matt Roberts, vice president for Academic Affairs at King University. “Part of King's commitment to education is to develop lifelong learners--learners who develop an intellectual curiosity for their world that never diminishes as they get older...a program such as the Lifelong Learning Studies helps define and sustain that commitment for our students and our community.”

Registration for the courses through the Lifelong Learning Studies program is currently open for the fall 2015 semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 24.  Books for the classes can be purchased at or most online book retailers.

For information on the Lifelong Learning Studies program, contact the President’s Office at King University at 800.362.0014. Also visit for additional details.


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.