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

Fall 2021 Catalog Is Coming Soon!

The Fall catalog will be mailed the week of July 28th. There are a unique and exciting set of classes – look for visits to exotic places like Cuba, the Great Lakes Islands, lush local  gardens, and even historic Chelsea. Religion, musical theatre, history of all kinds, old radio programs, stories from prison (yes, prison) and much more will be available for your enrichment and enjoyment through both in-person and Zoom classes.  See the Fall Classes page for list of classes.  The catalog, calendar and registration form will be available there for downloading by July 30th. Registration is by mail only.


Letter from the President

As I write this letter, everything is busting wide open. After the CDC said it was OK to drop the masks if you have been vaccinated, apparently everyone has been magically vaccinated because there’s not a mask in sight. So the good news is that things have opened up, almost as fast as they shut down a year ago. I can’t think of any bad news, as long as everyone is honest about being vaccinated.

At ALI, the good news is that things are slowly returning to normal. Although we lost some ground financially, the numbers have stabilized this spring, and enrollment numbers are starting to creep back up again. It’s become clear that we have a lot of dedicated supporters, including students, instructors, and volunteers, and we thank everyone who has contributed to our program, and continues to keep us in mind.

Classes this spring have included a broad range of subjects, including travel, culture and cuisine, the natural world, local history, religion, art and dance. So far during the winter/spring semester we have had 176 student enrollments, with nine Zoom classes, and 3 classes offered in-person. The in-person classes are nearly full, which has encouraged us to start planning for more in-person classes next fall. We will still be offering Zoom classes, because it allows us to reach people who might not be able to get out to in-person classes, and in fact we have been discussing some new ideas that have come out of our experience from this past year.

We will be offering some exciting new classes this fall, including classes from our favorite instructors and some brand-new offerings. Save the date for our upcoming Kickoff on August 10, where you will get a preview of some of these classes. We look forward to the season ahead, and to the opportunity to apply some of the new ideas we have developed during “The year of Covid”. Stay tuned!

Steve Daut. May 28, 2021

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 2021 officers are:  Steve Daut Chair, Wendy Broshar Treasurer, and Loretta Thirty 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:

ALI 2019 Board of Directors

ALI Board of Directors



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


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 registration 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.  


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  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 for closing information. Classes cancelled for any reason will not be automatically rescheduled.


Contact ALI

Adult Learners Institute
PO Box 134
Chelsea MI 48118


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