Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning at Kendal at Lexington

Lifelong learning is core value embraced by the entire Kendal System. Residents and staff establish ties with nearby colleges and universities through courses and lectures, use of the libraries, athletic and cultural events and much more. In fact, several Kendal communities were created expressly to build on these connections.

Here in Lexington, the area is filled with these opportunities for art, cultural and educational experiences. The Kendal at Lexington community is populated by people who seek out opportunities for lifelong learning.

Residents have even developed their own Kendal College program. Courses range from ancient philosophy to current events, fine arts to the newest technology.

Lecturer and residents gathered for a Kendal College class

Kendal College Programs

Some classes are lecture-style; others are hands-on. Most take place on the Kendal campus but some include off-site adventures. The speakers are usually experts in their fields, often professors from nearby Washington and Lee University and VMI.

Examples of recent Kendal College Programs:

  • Flora and Fauna of the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • How to Write Your Autobiography
  • Exploring Shakespeare’s Hamlet
  • Photography: Old and New
  • Geology of Rockbridge County
  • China’s Role in the Modern World
  • Learn to Swing Dance

Other Resources for Lifelong Learning

Off the Kendal campus, more opportunities abound.

Resident couple in a computer lab

Washington and Lee University allows Kendal at Lexington residents to audit classes with permission from the professor. The W&L Library is also available for resident use.

Virginia Military Institute offers access to lectures and programs by internationally known speakers as well as student performances.

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College offers both credit and non-credit classes in Rockbridge County on a variety of topics.

The Lenfest Center for the Arts offers a full schedule of concerts, plays and student performances.

The Rockbridge Regional Library is located in downtown Lexington, just a mile away.

Residents often participate in Road Scholar and other educational travel experiences — and many share what they learn through lectures and slide shows when they return home.

Asian-American resident reading a book at the regional library