Ringling plans lifelong learning hub

Merger of three programs — so far — will transform the Ringling College Museum Campus

When Sarasota High School’s historic layer cake of a building completes its transformation into the Ringling College Museum Campus — expected to happen by the fall of 2019 — the community will have a visible, accessible portal to a critical mass of adult learning opportunities that have been hiding in plain sight for years.

While continuing education programs in other parts of the country are often run by the region’s leading university or college, Southwest Florida’s many offerings have sprung up organically over time. This area’s cluster of smaller colleges, along with a dynamic and highly educated retiree population, have given rise to so many lifelong learning classes that prospective students often don’t know where to begin.