In-person OLLI programs are resuming this semester in our following statewide sites: Brattleboro; Central VT; Lamoille Valley; Rutland; Springfield; St. Albans; and St. Johnsbury (click on the statewide site name you are interested in for full program details). In addition, consider joining OLLI members across Vermont for our Online Distinguished Speaker Series offered each Fall and Spring – view our program listing.
Welcome to OLLI Statewide!
In January 2003, the University of Vermont received a generous grant from the Bernard Osher foundation to establish OLLIs (Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes) that provide courses and programs for Vermonters age 50 and over. The University received three subsequent grants followed by a $1 million endowment in October, 2006 to permanently establish the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UVM. In 2010, the Bernard Osher foundation granted additional funds to the University to establish a new OLLI on the UVM campus. OLLIs now exist in nine Vermont communities in Brattleboro, Newport/Derby/Stanstead, Central Vermont, Lamoille Valley, Rutland, Springfield, St. Johnsbury, St. Albans and on the UVM campus in Burlington.
OLLIs offer new and diverse learning opportunities for serving the intellectual needs of Vermont’s older citizens through non-credit courses and programs offered at an affordable cost in communities throughout the state. Local community members, in collaboration with UVM, design the curriculum and enroll in non-credit classes taught by active and retired UVM faculty or other area college faculty and experts.
A National Movement Towards Lifelong Learning
Currently the Osher Foundation is supporting 125 OLLIs on university and college campuses across the U.S. The Foundation has reached its goal of having at least one OLLI in each of the fifty states. The Foundation also supports a National Resource Center which serves as a connecting resource for all the institutes.
Vermont Reciprocal Memberships
Once you become a member in your local statewide OLLI, you are entitled to attend courses and programs in the other UVM statewide OLLIs throughout Vermont. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester. Your active OLLI membership also entitles you to sign up for OLLI at UVM campus programs at the discounted member rate. Call the OLLI office at 802-656-5817 to receive a discount code you will need to use when registering online for OLLI UVM campus classes.
Become a member today at your local VT OLLI.
Choose the OLLI nearest you and discover what exciting programs await you. Contact information for becoming a member can be found at the bottom of each statewide programs page.
OLLI Vermont Statewide Locations
Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes are available in several locations around Vermont. Click on the county closest to you on the map below to get more information about the activities and events in that area.