Albion Area Lifelong Learners (AALL) is an academy for adults 55 or over fostering lifelong learning through:
- Expanded Knowledge
- Explored Ideas
- Exercised Creativity
- Developed Friendships
- Community Involvement
What is AALL?
Initiated by the Retirement Community Action Team of the Albion Alliance 2000, a representative group of retired persons in Albion established the Albion Academy for Lifelong Learning in association with Albion College and the Elderhostel Institute Network.
The mission of AALL is to provide opportunities for lifelong learning through discussions, intellectual and social interaction, and access to cultural events. In this supportive academic environment, members are encouraged to explore ideas, expand their knowledge, exercise their creativity and become involved with the community.
What does AALL offer?
The program includes classes, single-meeting topic discussions, and trips to cultural events. Most classes fall within the physical and social science, arts & humanities categories. Sample topics include:
- Albion History
- Beginning Genealogy
- In-depth analysis of literature
- Natural Michigan
- Field trip to Meijer Gardens
- Watercolor Painting
- Political Rhetoric & Constitutional democracy
- International Cooking
- Introduction to Tai Chi
- Michigan Birding
What are the classes like?
There are no academic requirements other than an active, inquiring mind. There are no exams or grades, but some classes may have homework assignments. Most classes meet for two hours a week for four to six consecutive weeks. Courses are mainly taught by members of AALL, many by active or retired Albion College faculty.
Any other benefits?
Members of AALL will be entitled to an Albion College activity card which will allow members many Albion College Library privileges and limited internet access.
How much does it cost?
Cost is $20/year. This entitles each person to take one class each term without additional charge. Additional courses are $10. There may be some extra charges in some classes for materials or transportation.
How do I sign up?
Download the newsletter from the Newsletter link on the top menu on the home page and fill out the registration form and mail to the address shown. You can also call the newsletter editor at 517-629-3550 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org in order to get on the mailing list. You may also contact AALL by mail at PO Box 188, Albion, MI 49224.