The Rollins Center for Lifelong Learning (RCLL) was recently selected as the recipient for three awards following the program’s first year. The Association for Continuing Education (ACHE) South recognized Rollins with the 2014 Distinguished Program Award for a noncredit program as well as the 2014 National Older Adult Model Program Award at the ACHE’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The awards were presented to the director of the RCLL, Jill Norburn. Additionally, Leaders in Professional, Continuing, and Online Education (UPCEA) recognized Rollins with the 2014 Programs for Special Populations Award.
“We are proud to be judged by our peers as a national model for older adult education,” said David Richard, Dean of the Hamilton Holt School. “Today’s older adult learners are an active and vibrant part of our community and they deserve the best educational opportunities available.”
Established in 2013 with a grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF), the RCLL offers innovative liberal arts noncredit courses to adults ages 50 and older from Winter Park, Maitland, Eatonville, and surrounding communities. Each course costs $60 and scholarships are available for adults with financial need.
“The most important lesson we have learned so far is that older adults love to continue their learning,” says Norburn. “We have had such an overwhelming response, way beyond our initial expectations. So far, we have over 1,100 members with 80 courses being offered in spring 2015.”
One of the courses offered this spring is an overseas trip March 12-24, 2015. Robert S. Lemon, Jr., B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Rollins Professor Emeritus of Art, will lead a group of 15 through two preparatory classroom lectures on the evolution of Florentine Renaissance style in sculpture and painting. Upon completion of the classroom instruction, the class will travel to Italy for three days in Siena and ten days in Florence to engage in a series of field lectures as part of this incredible learning experience.
“The success of this program has been truly amazing,” said Diana Silvey, WPHF Program Director of Older Adults. “RCLL’s ability to expand its educational offerings seems dependent only upon classroom space constraints and parking. It is currently exploring more off-site locations as a way to reach more older adults interested in embracing their love of learning.”