The Lifetime Learning Institute of Northern Virginia (LLI) is a non-profit, member-run organization of adults age 50 and over who desire to pursue enriching cultural and educational experiences. These experiences are obtained through classroom instruction, travel, discussions, and social interaction with peers.
LLI is associated with the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) at its campus located in Annandale, Virginia. The office of LLI is in the Godwin Building on the campus. The fee for membership in the organization is currently $110 a year. Current membership is approximately 340.
Ø Participation in courses (non-credit/non-degree) and informal special interest groups throughout the year.
Ø A monthly Speaker Forum.
Ø Participation in day and short overnight trips.
Ø Participation in a group overseas Study/Travel Program.
Ø Participation in a scholarship program for NOVA-Annandale students.
Ø Attendance at social events such as picnics, themed parties, and the winter holiday luncheon.
Ø A monthly newsletter.
Ø And hopefully, new friendships.
Courses: A volunteer Curriculum Committee develops course offerings for three periods of the year: Summer, Fall, and Winter-Spring. The Fall and Winter-Spring Programs typically offer 40-50 courses; the Summer Program offers a lighter schedule. Instructors include professors from NOVA and experts and well-qualified individuals from the membership and from numerous outside sources.
Courses are held weekdays in classrooms at NOVA-Annandale, at Fairfax County District Governmental Centers, at churches, at various senior retirement communities, and at one community club house. Classes begin at 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Most class sessions run for an hour and a half.
Special Interest Groups: In addition to courses, there are eight informal special interest groups --- Bridge, Current Events, Favorite Books, Financial Discussion, French Conversation, Gourmands, Photography, and Walkabouts. New groups can be formed if there is enough member interest.
Speaker Forum: In the first week of most months (except December and the summer) LLI holds a Speaker Forum/Open House to which all members and the public are invited to hear special speakers from government, academia, and private institutions. These sessions are typically attended by upwards of 160 members and guests.
Trips: LLI sponsors short day and overnight trips (via bus) to sites of educational or cultural interest. In addition, each year there is a longer study/travel trip to interesting places abroad or within the U.S. Study/travel group members can learn about their destination via classes offered before the trips. Recent destinations have included Eastern Europe, the Northwest Parks, and Sicily.
Scholarship Program: A special activity each year is the awarding of LLI scholarships to NOVA-Annandale students for tuition and books. The scholarships are funded by donations from LLI members.
Governance: LLI depends on member volunteers. The activities of LLI are governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 15 members. Implementation of the Board's agenda is accomplished through a paid part-time administrator, member volunteer committees, as well as many other volunteers from within the organization.