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The Academy of Senior Professionals

The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College

A Unique Community for Lifelong Learning

The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) has flourished for more than 30 years as a unique community for lifelong learners, offering unmatched opportunities for peer led intellectual stimulation, physical activities and social interaction for almost 300 members.

From diverse backgrounds, our members (retired or still working), seek and enjoy a lifestyle that provides rejuvenation, enrichment, friendships, and an active social life.

Our activities are focused in four areas:

Working and learning within the Eckerd community

Learning at ASPEC is limited only by our curiosity and imagination.  We have more than 200 peer led Interest Group programs each month exploring topics in the arts, politics, science, philosophy, and computers.  We also engage in hands-on activities ranging from boat building to Tai Chi. Most of our activity occurs at Lewis House, the Academy's center on campus.

Working together with Eckerd College

Intergenerational learning provides our members a meaningful opportunity to work with faculty and students, both in and out of the classroom, collaborating on a variety of classes and projects.

Working within the community

Many of our members feel the need to make a difference, devoting time and resources to numerous community service organizations, enriching ourselves by giving back to the community in which we live.

Having fun

We never forget to have fun! We enjoy the bond of friendship and camaraderie at our weekly social hours, group visits to events and museums, monthly "Nights Out" at local restaurants, and holiday celebrations.

We are a membership organization.  ASPEC is a welcoming, supportive Community, particularly for those seeking a new start in their retirement years.

We invite you to contact us: 727.864.8834.

Is ASPEC the Place for You?

Are you excited by the idea of enriching your retirement in a welcoming, supportive community while you:

  • engage in peer led learning
  • work with college students
  • volunteer in the community
  • have fun and make friends

Come and try us out and see if ASPEC is the place you want to be. Click here for membership information.

Click here for ASPEC membership information

The Academy

The Academy is a life long learning organization for adults on the Eckerd College campus. Our members, whether working, retired, regular visitors to Florida or seasonal "Snowbirds" seek a lifestyle that provides intellectual exploration and stimulation, meaningful productivity and an active social life.