PHSC believes that students of any age should have access to higher education and promotes the concept of lifelong learning. Encore Academy focuses on serving adults over the age of 50. This program offers learning opportunities in most academic areas, including those in college credit and technical credit programs, noncredit courses, and other selected monthly activities.

Membership benefits

Several membership options are available. Benefits include:

  • Eight hours of special interest workshops. Subjects include beginning computers, email, drawing, photo fun, genealogy and more.
  • Discounted fees on additional workshops.
  • Enrollment in any three-credit college or technical class per academic term on a space available basis. (Space availability is determined on the last two days of the add/drop period each term.) Examples include psychology, golf, acting, drawing, music appreciation and philosophy. Encore Academy students not interested in college credit may elect to audit their chosen class, which means no grade or credit is given for the course. Classes may be taken on any of PHSC’s campus locations.
  • Personal invitation to special Encore Academy and college events.
  • Complimentary PHSC Perspective magazine.
  • 10% discount off PHSC Performing Arts Center tickets (West Campus).
  • PHSC Library privileges for students enrolled in credit courses.
  • Encore Academy member I.D. card.

Membership eligibility

All individuals, aged 50 or older, are eligible for membership. Spouses of eligible members have no age restrictions. Some Encore Academy workshops may be taken by non-members for a pro-rated fee.

Membership fee

Without a credit class - workshops only
$40 per membership term

  • Includes eight hours of select Encore workshops
  • Discount on additional workshops
  • Full membership benefits

With a college class and workshops
$125 per membership term

  • One college course, up to 3 credits, based on space availability on the last two days of the add/drop period.
  • Includes eight hours of select Encore workshops plus discounts on additional workshops, excluding summer term
  • Full membership benefits

Credit classes may be taken on any PHSC campus.  Certain conditions and deadlines may apply.  Membership benefits may be used only during the term for which a member enrolls.



How do I apply?

Complete the Encore Academy Application form and mail or take the completed form with the application membership fee to any Encore Academy office.