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
For the 2020 Fall semester, the ALI Board has decided to offer three in-person classes (with social distancing) and three online classes on ZOOM. In addition, for the first time in twelve years, we will not be holding a kick-off meeting for the semester. The classes will require a small non-refundable registration fee, but the classes themselves will be offered at no additional charge.
The 2020 Fall Catalogs were mailed on August 21. Class information as well as downloadable catalog and calendar are available on the Fall Classes page. Registration will begin on August 24 and is by mail only. The registration form is available for downloading on the Registration page.
We are all adjusting these days. While I don’t want to use the already tired phrase “new normal”, it is clear that some of the adjustments we are making will remain with us for some time to come. And the adjustment process is still – well, adjusting. We at Adult Learners Institute of Chelsea (ALI) have been discussing and adjusting to make sure we can continue to offer quality lifelong learning opportunities for adults in the Chelsea area and beyond. While online learning isn’t the same experience as in-person classes, it actually offers some new opportunities for service, such as offering classes for shut-ins and evening classes for those who can’t drive at night.
Even the experts can’t tell us what the long-term outlook is, but we can adjust for the reality of the day. So for the 2020 Fall semester, the ALI Board has decided to offer three in-person classes (with social distancing) and three online classes on ZOOM. In addition, for the first time in twelve years, we will not be holding a kick-off meeting for the semester. The classes will require a small non-refundable registration fee, but the classes themselves will be offered at no additional charge. Watch for more detail in the next few weeks.
The registration fee, as always, helps us to offset the cost of preparing, printing, and mailing the brochure, as well as advertising and administrative costs. While some of these costs have been reduced, we also have some new costs such as ZOOM software licensing, and a new camera and other equipment for online classes. Registration fees alone do not replace the revenue lost from class fees. Many of you generously donated back the class fees from the Spring semester cancellations, and we thank you for that. We also hope that you will consider a donation to help us maintain our programming into the future.
We also hope you will be generous with your ideas and suggestions as we try new things to adjust to our current reality. What works and doesn’t work with our online classes? Are there other needs out there we can respond to? Working together, we can make the adjustments necessary to serve your lifelong learning needs now, and remain viable for the long-term, no matter what the “future normal” becomes.
Steve Daut, President, ALI
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 Board of Directors
Jan Longworth and Camie Noah, Co-Chairs
Determines class line-up, organizes class schedule, communicates with instructors, schedules facilities, evaluates classes/teachers.
Sandra Vadlamudi, Chair
Registers participants, recruits and directs class assistants, maintains demographic records. Develops registration policy and procedures.
Dorothy Lieffers, Chair
Maintains website. Updates web site content based on input from the Board and other chairs.
Dorothy Lieffers, Chair
Assists with technology issues. Maintains databases and computers.
Mike Muha, Chair
Arranges technical support for classes. Train tech assistants to help during classes.
Public Relations Committee:
Prepares press releases and other advertising, oversees design of brochure, organizes bulk mailings, designs flyers. Takes photographs and uploads them to the photo repository.
Wendy Broshar, Chair
Prepares yearly budget proposals, maintains financial records, reconciles budget report and seek approval for monthly expenses.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
As the Adult Learners Institute of Chelsea MI is a 501(c)(3) organization, personal contributions are tax-deductible. If you have enjoyed the ALI classes, we invite and encourage you to consider contributing to ALI at any time throughout the year. Please make your check out to ALI of Chelsea MI Inc. and mail it to PO Box 134, Chelsea MI 48118.
Adult Learners Institute
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Chelsea MI 48118
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