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“I never want to stop learning or being curious. Encore Learning gives me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and interests by hearing excellent lectures by professionals with intimate and often practical experience and who sincerely enjoy the sharing of knowledge and exchange of ideas.” — Ann Kaupp

What is Encore Learning?


Encore Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2002. We offer a wide variety of college-level noncredit courses, clubs, special events and activities to help meet the continuing educational and social interests of anyone over age 50, regardless of residence location.

Our volunteer instructors — retired or working professionals and academics — create a stimulating learning environment through an exciting array of subjects.

Van Metre Hall - GMU Arlington Campus

Members explore and share new ideas and develop new friendships inside and outside of classrooms. Encore Learning obtains classroom space and other assistance through its association with George Mason University, Marymount University, Arlington Public Schools Adult Education Program, and WETA. We are a member of the Road Scholar Institute Network.

Encore Learning’s members support, govern, and finance the organization by volunteering their time without compensation and through membership and course fees.

Encore Learning is an equal opportunity organization without regard to gender, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability.

Encore Stage & Studio and Encore Creativity for Older Adults (Encore Chorale) are independent programs in the DC metropolitan area.  They are not connected with Encore Learning.

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Not yet a member but want to learn more? Join our email list!

Encore Learning’s main office is in the Arlington Public Schools’ Syphax Education Center in Arlington.  Please call ahead for an appointment for office visits.

Lora Pollari-Welbes, Executive Director
Patty Rowland, Administrator
Donna Banks, Academic Course Coordinator
Francesca Chilcote, Virtual Class Host
Vivian Gray, Communications Specialist




Office Location:
Encore Learning
Syphax Education Center
2110 Washington Blvd., Room 349
Arlington, VA 22204
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Monday thru Friday
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Summer Office Hours:
Our office operates on a reduced schedule from Memorial Day to Labor Day. See our calendar for specific hours.

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