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North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services


Lifelong Learning

On the following listing, descriptive titles may differ but North Carolina’s seniors can continue to enjoy a wide range of opportunities for learning and enrichment. Please contact Nancy Evans at the Division if you know of other locations or have updates to suggest.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed learning community dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, leadership, community service, and research.   
Appalachian Lifelong Learning (ALL) is Appalachian State University’s noncredit program for adults.  ALL provides academic, cultural, social, recreational opportunities to adults throughout the region offering lectures, courses, field trips, special events, and activities to promote intellectual growth, establish and reinforce community bonds, and promote the health and well-being of its members.  
Chapel Hill 
The Program in the Humanities embodies the University’s commitment to extend Carolina resources to all citizens and community members of NC and offers engaging and innovative public seminars and lectures on a variety of topics and themes throughout the year.  The programs draw upon the humanities to nurture a deeper understanding of history and culture, enrich the life of the mind, and contribute to the development of a more humane world.  http://humanities, 
The Senior Scholars organization was formed in the late 1960s when faculty from Queens, Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte began volunteering to provide educational programming for local seniors aged 50 and older who desired intellectual stimulation.  Queens University invites Senior Scholars to other educational opportunities on campus including auditing classes for a special rate and attending writing workshops with a senior discount.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke began in 1977. OLLI offers a wide array of courses - in literature, history, religion, philosophy, natural sciences, social sciences, performing arts, art and architecture, economics, finance, computers and lifestyle issues in addition to social events, guest speakers, short trips, and a host of special interest groups. 
The goal of this learning community is to provide non-credit educational programs for people retired from Elon, alumni and other  friends of Elon who are 50 years of age or older and who have a desire for lifelong learning.  This program is specifically designed as a community of learners where ongoing learning takes place in the context of supportive friends.
Flat Rock 
The Blue Ridge Center for Lifelong Learning is associated with the Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) in Flat Rock, NC and is committed to nurturing intellects, inspiring imaginations, and expanding the horizons of adult lifelong learners through our educational and culturally diverse offerings and opportunities.
The Lifelong Learning Program at East Carolina University is an educational program for adults 50 and older who want to continue learning in a relaxed atmosphere, without entrance requirements, exams, or grades.  The desire to learn for the joy of learning and personal fulfillment is the underlying feature of this program.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at NCSU provides non-credit short courses, study trips, and special events for adults aged 50+. Topics are wide-ranging in the liberal arts and sciences, and emphasize learning for the joy of learning. Programs range from one-time lectures to six-week courses. Although this is a membership organization, and members receive priority registration, some programs are open to nonmembers as well.
The Center for Creative Retirement (CCR) at Central Carolina Community College’s Department of Continuing Education, is a learning community dedicated to promoting lifelong learning through seminars, activities, and a lecture series for active retirees.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW is a university-led and member-supported organization that provides lifelong learning opportunities, focusing on adults aged 50 and older in the southeastern North Carolina region, through educational and experiential programming, connecting the adult and university communities.

Last updated June 24, 2014