Senior citizens can attend classes on University of Hawaii Manoa campus through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. For 10 years OLLI has been offering non-credit, college-level courses and other activities to encourage older individuals to engage their minds, enrich their lives, and serve the community. While the institute primarily serves mature learners aged 50+, the only true requirements for participation are maturity, life experience, and a desire to learn.
OLLI currently serves nearly one thousand senior learners in their membership program. The fee is $60 per year, which entitles the learner to participate in three college level courses or community projects. Professors and project leaders are all volunteers and subjects center around social sciences: art, science, history and community service.
OLLI is now enrolling for the spring semester online at: www.osher.socialsciences.hawaii.edu/ or at their office on Manoa campus Krauss Hall, Room 113. The courses are very popular, and there is often a waiting list, so apply early. For further information, call Rebecca Goodman at 808-956-8224.
Ellen Yasuda, a 79-year-old resident of The Plaza at Waikiki, shares her UH experience. She retired at age 61 as a claims examiner for Hawaii Medical Service Association. A world traveler, Yasuda has toured most parts of Europe, South America, Japan and China. Ellen has enjoyed taking a variety of classes at UH, such as history of world civilizations, Japanese history, art history, and language courses.
UH also offers non-credit college courses for a small fee, at the UHM Outreach College website, www.outreach.hawaii.edu/. Seniors and learners of any any age may enroll now for spring semester standard college-level courses. For outreach students, UH issues no college credits and keeps no transcripts. Is there something you always wanted to learn? What’s stopping you?