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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute  

Leadership Asheville Seniors

Next class: Wednesdays, September 9 through November 4, 2015

Leadership Asheville Seniors—a learning and civic engagement program planned and led by its graduates and community members—provides a multi-faceted view of Asheville and Buncombe County. Through a hands-on service project and discussions with community leaders in distinctive venues, newcomers and longtime residents alike can gain new perspectives and consider ways to contribute their diverse experiences and talents for the good of the community.

Our Leadership Asheville Seniors program, started as one of the Center’s LAS class visits MANNA FoodBankfirst programs in 1986, sets us apart from most lifelong learning institutions. Held once a year in the fall with nine weekly sessions, seniors learn about our community’s most pressing needs and ways they can get involved to address those needs.


Next class: Wednesdays, September 9 through November 4, 2015

Every Wednesday for nine weeks, the class meets at different venues throughout the community, each day focusing on a different topic. We typically examine health care, the arts, environment, economy and housing, education, government and law.

Click here for the LAS brochure

Past classes have included:

  • A day focused on hunger issues, childhood nutrition and local agriculture at MANNA Food Bank
  • A day focused on the challenges and successes of local school systems at Eliada Home
  • A day focused on affordable housing options and homelessness at the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
  • A day focused on sustainable energy, the City of Asheville reduction in carbon, and "green" living at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest Training Center
  • A day focused on Asheville health care, community health services, and integrated medicine at CarePartners
  • A day focused on city and county government, law enforcement, and courts at the Asheville City Council Chambers and the Asheville Fire Department Training Room
  • And a day focused on Asheville’s history as a center for the arts at Handmade in America

Click here for information on Leadership Asheville Forum


LAS Food DayNext class: Wednesdays, September 9 through November 4, 2015

Program fee: $400 per person includes materials and catered lunches, and administration. Scholarships are available.

Registration: NOW OPEN!  Open to 2015/16 OLLI members only. See link below for registration form.

OLLI Membership: You must be a current OLLI member during the program year, or 2015/16.  Membership is $60/year for 2014/15.  If you are a current member, be sure to renew for 15/16, and if you are not a member, you can join for the 15/16 year anytime after August 1, 2015.  More information can be found here.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available up to 75% of the program fee.  

Refund Policy: Program fee is refundable less a $50/person administrative fee for full-paying enrollees.  

Contact Laurel Jernigan at 828.250.3871or for more information.


LAS 29 Registration Form

LAS Scholarship Form

2014/15 Membership Form

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