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

Winter/Spring Catalog Coming!

There’s nothing like a bleak, gray day to get one thinking about a trip to a place where the sun does shine… OR, better yet, an ALI class either in person or via the ever-accommodating technology of Zoom. From mid-February through May, ALI will offer classes in music and musical instruments, history, mythology, science, art, biography, self-improvement and much more to stimulate the mind and delight the soul.  You can find out why financiers are called tycoons, introduce yourself to a friendly wolf or two, take a lively trip around a cemetery, discover how we have navigated around Washtenaw County (with and without potholes) and in April, yes, there will be gardens.

Catalogs will be mailed at the end of January and will also be available at various locations throughout the 5 Healthy Towns area as well as the on the Winter/Spring class page.  

SO, unpack the suitcase, throw away the suntan lotion and join us for classes that will enrich your mind without the hassle of tests or security checks.

Letter from the President Fall 2021

Holiday greetings to all!  We continue as passengers on the Covid train, with the promise of more to come. As I write this, concern about the new omicron variant is growing and restrictions are tightening up in response. Fortunately for us at Chelsea Adult Learners, we have many ways to keep safe while continuing to take advantage of the lifelong learning opportunities that are made available through the efforts of our incredible cadre of instructors, techs and volunteers. Thanks to all who work hard to continue making these programs available, and to our students who continue to support us by taking the classes, both the online and in-person varieties. We will continue to make both forms available, and are also looking at “hybrid” classes that will be held in-person, and also streamed or recorded to make them available to those who can’t attend in person.

The Fall 2021 semester has shown a slow but steady growth in class offerings and attendance. We have been able to offer some new and enlightening classes, including such subjects as Picasso, microbes, old-time radio, secret gardens, Cuba, tap dance, and more! And we have more surprises planned for this upcoming Spring, so we hope you’ll join us. And as always, we hope you’ll consider a donation to help us continue to offer high quality lifelong learning opportunities at an affordable cost. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Steve Daut

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 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:

ALI 2021 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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