Adult Informal Learning

Our Mission:

To provide area adults with opportunities to explore a variety of subjects and to expand their cultural horizons


The Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning (KACL) was established in 1993 to provide area adults with opportunities to explore a variety of subjects and to expand their cultural horizons. Membership in KACL is open to men and women of all ages. KACL is a continuing education program of East Tennessee University (ETSU) at Kingsport. Classes are informal, with no homework and no grades or tests. They offer attendees the opportunity to indulge their intellectual curiosity, engage in discussion, and visit places of local interest.Whether your formal education ended early in life or you’ve acquired an advanced degree, you are welcome. KACL classes are offered during the morning and afternoon hours. The classes generally consist of two-hour sessions over a six week time period.


Most classes are held on the campus of ETSU at Kingsport Downtown located in the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE), 300 West Market Street, near City Hall and the Justice Center. The exceptions are occasional field trips.

 (423) 354-5200


Directions to ETSU at Kingsport Downtown Fall 2018


Not familiar with KACL?  You may attend any one class free.


Registration begins September 20, 2018, by returning the enclosed Application for Membership along with a check for $25 made payable to KACL, ETSU at Kingsport Downtown. This fee covers all classes on this term’s schedule, not per class. The fee covers as many classes as you would like to attend. Any events requiring additional fees (such as field trips) are clearly marked.


REFUNDS: No refunds will be made after the first week of the term (October 15, 2018).  Requests for refunds must be made in writing and submitted to KACL.

A $7.50 processing fee will be deducted from refunds.


PARKING AND ACCESS: Parking at KCHE is available in several city parking lots located on Market Street or in the Clay Street lot behind the building.  To avoid citations, do not park in Congressman Phil Roe’s parking lot located on the west side of the building.  If you have parking questions, please call ETSU at Kingsport Downtown, 423-354-5200.


The classroom building may be entered through the two front, ground-level entrances located on Market Street.  Physically handicapped members may enter through these doors. Persons with disabilities who require special assistance or seating are requested to call ETSU at Kingsport Downtown at (423) 354-5200 for arrangements.


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KCHE is a tobacco-free campus.  All use of tobacco is restricted.


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ETSU’s policy on non-discrimination can be found at: http://www.etsu.edu/equity/compliance.aspx

ETSU is an AA/EEO employer.