The University of Delaware's popular Osher Lifelong Learning Institute educational program for people age 50 and older will expand to Bridgeville this fall.
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4, classes will be offered at the Heritage Shores Community, 1 Heritage Circle, Bridgeville as well as locations in Lewes, Ocean View and Dover. More than 170 OLLI courses will be available during the upcoming fall semester. Those at Heritage Shores will provide engaging educational opportunities for residents in western Sussex County and nearby Maryland.
“We are excited to be partnering with Heritage Shores to extend UD’s lifelong learning program to even more of Delaware and surrounding areas,” said Anna Moshier, OLLI program manager. “The Heritage Shores Clubhouse is a beautiful facility, and we know it will be a great fit for offering a wide variety of OLLI courses.”
Seven classes will be offered at Heritage Shores, including topics like building websites, learning about Google, drawing, flying drones, discovering essential oils, and learning about Alexander Hamilton – the man and the musical.
A special Delaware history and culture class will feature weekly guest experts speaking about Delaware’s historical markers, the Delaware poultry industry, Delaware’s prehistoric people, the Amish in Delaware, and Delaware River history.
OLLI is a membership-based cooperative organization where adults 50 and over can enjoy classes, teach, exchange ideas, and travel together, with a focus on enrichment rather than grades or college credit. Membership benefits include social activities, travel opportunities and special program events.
"A thirst for learning or self-improvement does not diminish with age," said Bill Sharkey, chair of UD’s OLLI Lewes council.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has a volunteer instructional staff with an impressive list of credentials reflecting a lifetime of experience in academia, government, the arts and the private sector. “The strength of our program is rooted in the quality of our teachers," said Moshier.
OLLI's fall semester begins Tuesday, Sept. 3 and ends Tuesday, Nov. 12 with classes at Heritage Shores being offered Wednesdays. The membership cost of $175 per semester includes unlimited enrollment in courses offered at the Bridgeville, Dover, Lewes and Ocean View locations.
Registration is open available online or in person from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Thursday, at the OLLI office in Lewes, 520 Dupont Ave. The priority registration deadline is Thursday, Aug.15.