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

ALI Class Update

Although the closure of most of the venues for the Chelsea Adult Learners has forced the cancellation of all our classes for the rest of the Winter/Spring term, there are many positive things about the  coronavirus lockdown.  It  has allowed us to re-read War and Peace, Leviticus, and the Encyclopedia Britannica, including the “X” section, and renewed the rapture of learning the symbols for all the elements on the Periodic Table. We have discovered the joy of 1500- piece puzzles, and uncovered what has been lurking in the dark corners of closets, the horde of dust bunnies under the beds, and where the lost socks have been going for years. 

We have also discovered online classes. Charlie Taylor has figured out a way to offer his class, “Senses and Memory in the Brain.  How do they work?” on Zoom on Tuesdays mornings in April.  The class is a useful reminder that, despite what appears to be evidence to the contrary, our brains really are working.  Still. Most of the time.

If this works as planned, we will be adding more online options in the future which will be useful for people who think social distancing is a great idea.  In the meantime, for those of you who think otherwise, we are developing an incredible line-up of in-person classes for the Fall semester.

Happily, most of our excellent and generous volunteer instructors have agreed to return, assuming the virus has disappeared from the globe by then. Unhappily, the volunteer appreciation party in May has also been canceled which is quite sad because without our volunteers we wouldn’t…be.

Class Cancellation

In response to the COVID-19 virus that is sweeping our country, for safety the ALI Board has decided to cancel all of the classes this semester that are NOT part of our Washtenaw Community College joint program offerings. We will provide information about the WCC classes as soon as we know what will happen with them. 

We are, however exploring options for holding online classes in the future.

Once the dust has settled, we will be working out the financial details of these cancellations. It will take a little time, but it is ALI’s commitment to you that you will receive a refund for any classes you were not able to attend because of this unprecedented event.

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 2019 officers are:  Steve Daut Chair, Wendy Broshar Treasurer, and Loretta Thirty Secretary.

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

ALI 2019 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:

Sandra Vadlamudi, 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:

TBD, 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

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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