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Academy of Lifelong Learning

History and Background

imageFounded 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 the academic year, 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 over 400 members who in the 2011-2012 spring semester registered for more than 1,000 classes.  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. 

More details on our history can be found in our 20th Anniversary booklet, released in 2013. 


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