Area residents who are 50 years and older can continue to learn, engage with others and have great experiences with courses and lectures offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida. Shown here left to right are Nick Graves and Cath Mason listening to Bharat Pathakjee.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida (OLLI) is celebrating 25 years of providing programs for area residents who are 50 years and older. OLLI offers a wide variety of courses, lectures, events and social networking. All are offered without the pressure of tests and grades.

The OLLI is a membership based learning community of adults ages 50 and over. OLLI provides high quality, low cost learning opportunities for seasoned adults.

The annual membership is $40. A three year membership is $100. With the membership you get registration privileges for over 300 liberal arts and technology training courses offered year round. You also get offers for special programs, borrowing privileges at the USF library and the ability to attend member socials and special interest groups. Course costs vary but are generally between $20 and $60. Discounts are offered for more than one class per term.

There are over 300 courses offered annually. You can brush up on or learn a new skill in technology, take a painting class, learn Italian or take a political science class.

Aracelis Rogers is the Director of OLLI. Rogers said, “We are a group of people who are interested in continuing to learn and grow in community with others. We offer programming that feeds mind, body and spirit. The opportunity to socialize and grow one’s personal network is encouraged.”

Rogers added, “We believe older adults have a great deal to give and learned experiences to share, so most of our courses are taught by members and friends of the organization. It is learning for the joy and wonder of it, without the pressure of grades or the need for additional credentials.”

There are eight OLLIs in Florida with three of them based in the Tampa Bay Area. For residents of the greater Brandon area, you can take classes at HCC The Regent located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview, at the Brandon Senior Center located at 612 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon and at the Taoist Tai Chi located at 911 Bryan Rd. in Brandon.

To learn more and to register, please visit www.usfseniors.org or call 974-2403 (option 1) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.