• academy of lifelong learning members shake hands
  • academy of lifelong learning members stand next to buster bronco
  • A group of Academy Lifelong Learning members pose for a photo while standing on a rooftop just outside of Comerica Park in Detroit, MI.
  • Academy of Lifelong Learning members listening to a lecture

On Nov. 17, 2015, WMU President John M. Dunn announced that The Bernard Osher Foundation awarded the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Western Michigan University a $1 million gift to set up an endowment in support of the community wide effort that offers courses and trips to hundreds of residents annually.

WMU has been the home of an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and part of the foundation's famed national network since April 2014. The Bernard Osher Foundation noted at the time it would consider providing a permanent support gift of $1 million once OLLI at WMU demonstrated success and the potential for sustainability.  The full press release is available here.

Osher Lifelong Learning InstituteFounded in 2011, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU strives to offer high quality non-credit programs for mature adults in the greater Kalamazoo community. This volunteer organization, with support from WMU’s Extended University Programs, works with WMU emeriti, faculty and staff to offer courses and trips year-round. 

OLLI at WMU is proud to have created a community of lifelong learners in Kalamazoo and looks forward to continued growth as it creates more and more diverse learning experiences for its members.

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