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Welcome to the Academy of Lifelong Learning
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Academy of Lifelong Learning Newsletter and Sign Up Form
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While the Academy of Lifelong Learning has just recently been formally organized, its roots actually extend wide and deep with the Western Michigan University community. WMU emeriti, faculty, and staff have collaborated for years on educational opportunities for older adults. Recently, due to the combination of a growing desire on the part of WMU administration to provide support for academic activities for older adults, and the continued commitment of WMU emeriti to lifelong education, the Academy of Lifelong Learning wasestablished.

Western Michigan University has recently formed the Academy of Lifelong Learning. The purpose is to:

  • Provide intellectual and cultural stimulation, personal growth, and social engagement for adults in an informal, lively, learning atmosphere.
  • Enrich and extend the quality of life for participants.
  • Create an academy of learners who can share what they have learned and experienced during their lives.
  • Experience what so many have learned at over 400 Lifelong Learning programs at colleges and universities around the world.

Planning for the Academy of Lifelong Learning began with WMU emeriti faculty, the WMU Associate Vice President of Community Outreach, and Extended University Programs. The executive committee was established during the summer of 2010, and the committee has focused on garnering support and participation from community representatives from around the Kalamazoo area.

The Academy of Lifelong Learning is proud to announce our partnership with WMU's Center for Gerontology, which will provide classroom space for the Academy in the state-of-the-art College of Health and Human Services building.