The AARP honored the Lifelong Learning Institute at Virginia Tech as its Virginia Community Partner of the Year for its impact on adult learners in the New River Valley.

“The Lifelong Learning Institute helps adults over 50 learn new skills, find hidden talents, discover hidden gems in their communities, and make new friends,” said Don Creamer, AARP Blacksburg chapter president. “It has profoundly changed the environment for curious adult learners in our area.”

The institute offers classes and workshops led by artists, musicians, writers, scholars, and researchers. The institute is run by Continuing and Professional Education, a part of Outreach and International Affairs.

In fall 2017, two years after its establishment, the Lifelong Learning Institute registered nearly 500 adult learners for 22 classes, and according to program coordinator Leah Coffman, enrollment grows every year.

“We strive to offer opportunities for anyone over 50 who wishes to learn up-to-date insights, findings, and world views about topics of importance,” Coffman said.

Registration for the Spring 2018 term is now open. 

Peg McGuire contributed to this report.