FSU to offer lifelong learning institute to 30-A residents

Steve Howard

A group of local 30-A residents is working with FSU Tallahassee and Panama City to establish an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on 30-A tailored to lifelong learners. A community introduction meeting will be 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Watercolor Inn.

OLLI at FSU, PC30A will offer educational non-credit courses as well as entertainment through classes, field trips, socials, special events and travel. Courses cover a wide range of topics including art, sports, history, literature, science, music, etc. It is stress-free learning with no homework, no grades and no degrees required.  

Designed as a member-centered organization, OLLI allows students to expand their intellectual horizons, engage in social activities, participate in volunteer opportunities and hold key leadership positions within the organization. International study abroad programs and other travel is also available.

Funding: The majority of the funding will come from membership dues, course fees, Osher Foundation endowment and additional sponsors.

Possible class locations: Seaside Education Complex, St Joe Watersound Parkway Campus

Local Mission: While the mission of OLLI at FSU is to promote a community of lifelong learning through intellectual, social and cultural programs, simultaneously this partnership can also be working with other local 30-A cultural organizations including REP, Seaside Institute, CAA and other like-minded groups to make them all stronger while.

Timing: Fall 2020 monthly stand-alone events to foster interest and grow membership base as well as occasional traditional three- or six-week OLLI courses