Adult Learners Institute

The Adult Learners Institute (ALI) supports lifelong learning and plans a wide range of educational classes to meet the interests of adults in western Washtenaw County.

Lifelong Learning

Based in Chelsea, Michigan, the Adult Learners Institute provides a diverse selection of quality community-based learning experiences and camaraderie for adults in western Washtenaw County. ALI is a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) affiliated with the LLI Resource Network at RoadScholar, a group of hundreds of similar organizations. We conduct our programs in cooperation with Washtenaw Community College.

As always, our experienced instructors create a relaxed learning environment where students can ask questions, share experiences or just sit and listen.  And there is no homework!

 

News & Events

Chelsea Expo

The Chelsea Expo on April 9 was awarded a chilly day…but it wasn’t snowing. That came the following week.  The Covid hiatus was forgotten as folks wandered among the dozens of tables at the Chelsea Senior Center.  Among the amazing array of local businesses and non-profit agencies was the table of the Adult Learners Institute which welcomed many visitors who stopped to chat, get handfuls of candy, a flyer and/or a catalog of the present term’s classes.  Visitors also registered for the $25 gift certificate to be used for an ALI class. The winners were Joanie Cottrell and Den Carbonell.

ALI classes always challenge one to explore new interests but soon, the range of offerings may be enriched as four people offered to add their talents to the present rich lineup. So look for new opportunities to stimulate your mind, and meet new friends in the coming Fall and Winter terms.

 

Classes

While Covid upended the “normal” in our lives, it has also provided new opportunities for ALI to expand and diversify the way it offers its classes.  For us, as instructors, Board members and certainly as students, one of the biggest challenges has been learning how to navigate new technologies, specifically Zoom. However, while it has made accessing classes easier, an on-line class also deprives one of the personal interactions that have always been at the heart of ALI’s identity. Thus, while a number of our classes are accessible only on Zoom or in a combination of in-person and Zoom, the in-person classes continue to be as numerous and as varied in content as they have always been.

Our first FREE class is in-person on April 6, at the Chelsea Senior Center where Bill O’Reilly, will continue his tour of Chelsea Then and Now. Through photographs and with his own extensive knowledge of Chelsea’s past, Mr. O’Reilly who is a professional genealogist and the president of the Chelsea Historical Society will show us how the places we see every day looked a century or so ago.

Who We Are

 

Based in Chelsea, Michigan, ALI provides a diverse selection of quality community-based learning experiences and camaraderie for adults in western Washtenaw County. ALI is a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) affiliated with the LLI Resource Network at RoadScholar, a group of hundreds of similar organizations. We conduct our programs in cooperation with Washtenaw Community College.

We’re always looking for more folks to work with us to continue providing exciting and fun classes for western Washtenaw County area adults.

The officers are:  Steve Daut Chair, Bill O’Reilly Vice-Chair, Wendy Broshar Treasurer, and Dorothy Lieffers Secretary.

To donate, click here to go to the Contact Us section below and follow the donation directions.

To volunteer for committees (see below for description), one-time projects or the board of directors, send an email to: info@AdultLearnersInstitute.org.

ALI 2021 Board of Directors

ALI Board of Directors

Committees

 

Curriculum Committee:

Jan Longworth and Camie Noah, Co-Chairs
Determines class line-up, organizes class schedule, communicates with instructors, schedules facilities, evaluates classes/teachers.

Registration Committee:

Karen Szymanski, Chair
Registers participants, recruits and directs class assistants, maintains demographic records. Develops registration policy and procedures.

Web Committee:

Dorothy Lieffers, Chair
Maintains website. Updates web site content based on input from the Board and other chairs.

Technology Committee:

Dorothy Lieffers, Chair
Assists with technology issues. Maintains databases and computers.

 

 

Audiovisual Committee:

Mike Muha, Chair
Arranges technical support for classes. Train tech assistants to help during classes.

Public Relations Committee:

Joan Gaughan, Chair
Prepares press releases and other advertising, oversees design of brochure, organizes bulk mailings, designs flyers. Takes photographs and uploads them to the photo repository.

Finance Committee:

Wendy Broshar, Chair
Prepares yearly budget proposals, maintains financial records, reconciles budget report and seek approval for monthly expenses.

Contact Us

Donations 

As the Adult Learners Institute of Chelsea MI is a 501(c)(3) organization, personal contributions are tax-deductible. 

The primary income for the Adult Learners Institute of Chelsea, MI is administration and class fees. However, the Covid-19 crisis has seriously impacted our revenues, while our basic operating expenses continue. While we are taking steps to minimize our expenses, your donations are critically important for ALI to weather this difficult time.  We invite and encourage you to consider contributing to ALI at whatever level you can afford.

Donate by check: Make a check out to ALI of Chelsea MI Inc. and mail it to PO Box 134, Chelsea MI 48118.

Donate by card: To make a credit card contribution CLICK HERE.  

Catalogs

To be added to the mailing list, please send us your name, address, home and/or mobile phone number, and email address via the contact form below or to info@adultlearnersinstitute.org.  Please indicate if you would like a mailed catalog, announcements emailed or both. Catalogs (including calendars and registration forms) will also be available at the ALI office; the Chelsea and Dexter Senior Centers; the front desk at CRC, Silver Maples and the Cedars of Dexter; the Chelsea, Dexter and Manchester District Libraries and the Chelsea and Dexter Chambers of Commerce.

Class Cancellation

ALI classes are cancelled when the Chelsea District Schools are closed due to inclement weather. See their web site www.chelsea.k12.mi.us for closing information. Classes cancelled for any reason will not be automatically rescheduled.

 

Contact ALI

Adult Learners Institute
PO Box 134
Chelsea MI 48118

info@adultlearnersinstitute.org

734-292-5540

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