What is Lifelong Learning?
Lifelong learning is an attitude embraced by people who find life continually interesting and engaging and who welcome opportunities to learn. In later life, perhaps in retirement, lifelong learners are people who have developed such a penchant for learning that they simply can’t stop; the habit has served them too well. There are currently hundreds of successful lifelong learning programs throughout the United States and Europe, many associated with colleges and universities.
What is OLÉ!?
Opportunities for Lifelong Education (OLÉ!) is a IRS-recognized 501c3 nonprofit corporation created to give Anchorage adults a place to continue learning together. OLÉ! is affiliated with the University of Alaska Anchorage. Courses are open to any adult but are specifically designed for people over the age of 50. Members pay $150 per rolling year, and that allows members to attend as many courses as can be fit into their schedules. Classes are held at several venues around the city, including the UAA campus and the Alaska Heritage Museum. There are three regular terms per year, the first in the fall between late September and Thanksgiving, the second in January through early March, and the third in April. Special summer courses may be offered, and some of these may be on Yukon Island in Kachemak Bay. Most courses vary in length from 4 to 8 weeks.