History and Background
Founded in 1992, the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning was created by a small group of Kent County residents who worked for more than a year studying other similar college-affiliated institutions. WC-ALL was patterned after the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) as established by Elderhostel (now known as Road Scholar) and is governed by its members, taught by its peers, and operates with in the academic institutional guidelines provided by its sponsor, Washington College.
The format established during the first years has remained surprisingly intact: a governing council, twice-annual catalogs, a Showcase to launch each semester, classes emphasizing serious academic content, and a Learn-at-Lunch series to provide one-time special events.
Meanwhile, some things have changed. WC-ALL has grown to approximately 400 members who register for more than 20 classes a semester. The growth of the College has provided more classroom space so more courses can be offered. In addition to day trips to cultural and historical attractions in the area, WC-ALL has offered overnight trips to places such as Gettysburg and Williamsburg and, in 2013, offered its first international trip to the U.K., followed by a trip to Central Europe in 2015. Our next global destination is Cuba, in November 2016!
More details on our history can be found in our 20th Anniversary booklet, released in 2013.
WC-ALL Council Chairs
Joan Ellenhorn - 1992-1996
Jane Hukill - 1997/98 and 1998/99
Ben Ribaudo - 1999/2000
Ted Chase - 2000/01
Dick Hawkins - 2001/02 and 2002/03
Dick Lance - 2003/04 and 2004/05
Juli Dulmage - 2005/06
Jim Sood - 2006/07 and 2007/08
Ginny Barker - 2008/09 and 2009/10
John Christie - 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13
Bill Low - 2013/14 and 2014/15
Betty Spence - 2015/16 and 2016/17
Sue Urda - 1995-1998
Anne Singer - 1998 - 2011
Susan McRae - 2011 - 2012
Meghan Siudzinski - 2012- 2013
Sue Calloway - 2013 -
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