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Ringling College to Merge with Lifelong Learning Academy.

M2 EQUITYBITES-December 15, 2015-Ringling College to Merge with Lifelong Learning Academy


15 December 2015 - Florida, US-based education providers Ringling College of Art and Design and the Lifelong Learning Academy of Sarasota have reached an agreement to merge effective 1 June 2016, the organisations said.

Under the agreement, the Lifelong Learning Academy will become the Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy (RCLLA) and be incorporated into Ringling College's Continuing Studies and Special Programs, a unit of the College's Office of Academic Affairs.

The current executive director of LLA will assume the role of director of RCLLA.

According to Ringling, College, the Lifelong Learning Academy is currently housed at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and will continue to offer classes there until the June transition.

The merger was precipitated by the academy's need for more space because its programs have expanded; USF Sarasota-Manatee, on the other hand, needs more classrooms to accommodate its incoming freshmen and sophomore classes.

Ultimately, the RCLLA will be headquartered and most classes taught at the Historic Sarasota High School currently under renovation.

The LLA, run by a team of three full-time and two part-time staff, processed over 5000 registrations for over 2000 individuals to 277 distinct learning programmes, all in 2015.

For nearly 85 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has operated as a private, not-for-profit fully accredited college offering the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in eleven disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two.

The Lifelong Learning Academy offers educational opportunities for adults. Courses cover a range of topics and are taught by scholars, retired faculty members and professional practitioners.

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