Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
UTEP Institute Offers Lifelong Learning Classes for Adults 50+
Learning doesn’t stop once you graduate, and no one knows that better than the students and instructors involved with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Texas at El Paso. This innovative program offers unique classes and opportunities for learners over 50, helping them to acquire new skills, make new friends and spend their time in a worthwhile way.
“Our mission is to mitigate isolation, create social connectivity and promote engagement for a healthier lifestyle,” said Lynn Provenzano, executive director of OLLI. “If you look at our catalog, it’s good stuff. It’s interesting things that you’ve always wanted to learn and that feed your curiosity.”
Founded more than 30 years ago as the Center for Lifelong Learning, OLLI extends Professor Emerita Diana Natalicio’s vision of offering adult education courses to the El Paso community. In 2008, UTEP received an endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation officially establishing the center as one of 125 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes in the United States and opening the doors to virtual national programs and course offerings for students in the region.
Courses offered through OLLI include art, history, languages, yoga and more taught by seasoned professionals. Individuals can take an unlimited number of OLLI courses with a $45 annual membership. Students also have the opportunity to engage in historic walking tours and other group activities that get them outside, moving and exploring.
Causes: Arts and Culture, Health and Mental Well-being, Senior Services