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Welcome to The Center for Life Enrichment- offering educational lectures and events since 1992

CLE is a continuing education, non-profit organization.  It has tax exempt status Under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS. 


CLE relies on memberships to support the organization.  Membership entitles attendees to reduced rates on lectures and classes.  

Community Support

CLE acknowledges support from the Center for Life Enrichment Endowment, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation and from the Cullasaja Women's Outreach In Highlands, NC.

Students Attend for FREE

All students who attend a high school, college or trade school are invited to attend lectures (value $25) at no charge. This is made possible through a grant from the Cullasaja Women's Outreach.


  • How much are lectures? Lectures are $25 for members/$35 for non-members.
  • How do I become a member? We would love to have you join, which you can do online or stop by the office and we will be glad to get you signed up.
  • Do I need reservations or can I just show up? Walk-ins are welcomed but pre-registrations are encouraged.
  • I pre-registered but can't make it. Can I get my money back? We will issue a full refund for any course cancelled with at least two weeks notice. Within the two week period prior to the class, there is no refund.
  • Can I bring a guest? Members are allowed to bring guests at the member rate.
  • What time should I arrive? Arriving 10 minutes prior to the start of the lecture or class should give you time to park and sign-in.
  • Can I eat or drink in the lecture hall or classroom? No food or drink is allowed in either location, although water coolers and cups are available. 
  • Where can I find updates to the course schedule? The best way to stay up-to-date is to be a part of our email list or check the website under the "2019 Updates" tab for changes that may have occurred. 

About Us

2020 Board of Directors and Staff

President: Ed Mawyer

Vice President: Lee Garrett

Treasurer: Bill McMillan

Joyce Fleming

Freddie Flynt

Jill Granger     

Bill Hoffmann

Hal Lewis      

Bill McMillan       

Judith Moore

Lyle Nichols      

Clif Pannell        

Davis Picklesimer   

Donna Woods

Advisory Committee:

Brian Railsback          

Executive Director: Sandy Carlton

Marketing Director: Bonnie Dayton

A BIG THANK YOU to our CLE members and their continued support.

Our history

 In 1991, a small group began discussing their mutual interest in initiating a continuing education program in the area. The group organized in 1992 and offered its first series of courses in the summer of 1993.  

Our mission

Our mission is to provide life-long learning to residents and visitors to the Highlands plateau. Education in Highlands

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our members, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

Center for Life Enrichment

P.O. Box 2046, 348 S. Fifth Street, Highlands, NC 28741

(828) 526-8811

Winter Hours


10:00 am – 03:00 pm


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10:00 am – 03:00 pm