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Open house set for new Lifelong Learning Academy

Jan. 21, 2011

KALAMAZOO--An open house to introduce Western Michigan University's new Lifelong Learning Academy will be held on campus at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the west lobby of Walwood Hall.

Photo of WMU Lifelong Learning Academy.The academy is being launched to give older adults in the Kalamazoo area more opportunities to stay intellectually active and socially engaged. It will begin offering classes March 14, and be similar to learning academies already established at numerous universities around the country and globe.

Those attending the open house will learn more about WMU's academy and the inaugural spring session. Plans call for the academy to offer a diverse and evolving array of non-credit educational programs specifically designed to address the interests of the adult learner, as well as a rich complement of interest groups, lectures, special events and presentations, and travel programs and classes.

The academy is membership based, and membership is open to anyone with a passion for learning, although courses are geared toward those age 50 and up. There are no membership requirements and no tests or grading--just learning for the joy of it.

Members pay a nominal annual fee, which is being waived for the inaugural spring session, and modest tuition for the courses they take plus any additional fees required for class materials, texts and travel.

For more information about WMU's Lifelong Learning Academy, visit wmich.edu/offcampus/lifelong or call Extended University Programs at (269) 387-4200.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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