OLLI Brings Adult Learning to Florida’s Panhandle


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Florida State University is an exciting, challenging scholarly program tailored for adults 50 and older who love to learn in a stress-free environment where there are no tests and no homework. Designed as a member-centered organization, OLLI allows students to expand their intellectual horizons, engage in social activities, participate in volunteer opportunities and hold key leadership positions within the organization.

Here in Northwest Florida, OLLI – PC30A began in 2019 with a vision to bring intellectually stimulating university oriented adult learning educational opportunities to the residents of the 30A corridor. Several longtime residents of the area approached FSU PC to discuss options. FSU Tallahassee already had an active OLLI group, and graciously extended the OLLI option to the FSU PC campus.

What is OLLI? The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute supports 125 Osher campus organizations across the United States. Bernard Osher, an active and engaging 96-year-old, began the institute in 2001. OLLI exists to actively engage seasoned adults in lifelong learning, social interaction, and community building.

The OLLI at FSU PC30A group is dedicated to building a program that offers opportunities to learn, socialize, and enhance the community through courses and an active speaker series. It is a structured organization, with semester or year-long memberships available. A membership opens up not just courses and programming locally, but also provides access to the courses offered through the FSU Tallahassee campus. Learning is delivered in person, hybrid, or fully online, depending on the subject and instructor. The instructors are in many cases experts in field or university level professors.

The current Spring Semester includes 10 courses offered locally as well as 50+ courses from the Tallahassee campus. Fall Semester for 2023 promises even more offerings.
Call Margaret Walters Gamble, OLLI at FSU PC30A Learning Coordinator at 850-532-7841 for more information. Follow the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OLLIatFSUPC30A/ to keep up with current news and activities.