HANCEVILLE, Ala. — The Wallace State Community College Lifelong Learning program, WaLLi, is gearing up for its second full year, and is currently accepting new members.

“WaLLi has turned out to be an amazing program,” said Melinda Edwards, Dean of Institutional Outreach at Wallace State. “We have hundreds of members who have been taking advantage of all of the perks and programs offered to our members.”

WaLLi is open to area residents 50 and over, and membership includes access to the Wallace State Wellness Center, admission to special classes, activities, seminars and events, social and in-state travel opportunities, access to Wallace State services, and more. Membership is offered at $40 each Fall and Spring semester and $30 for Summer, or $99 per year, starting each August.

“It’s proved to be a great value for our members,” Edwards said of the program. “The normal rate for the Wellness Center for seniors is $34, so for only $6 more, they are also getting access to a wide variety of classes, activities, events, and services each semester. If they choose to sign up for a whole year, they’re actually saving a little bit of money.”

WaLLi members from Wallace State Community College toured Bryant-Denny stadium and the Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, with a side trip to Dreamland Bar-B-Que

WaLLi members from Wallace State Community College toured Bryant-Denny stadium and the Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, with a side trip to Dreamland Bar-B-Que

Over the last year, members have taken trips to tour the Bryant-Denny Football Stadium and the Paul “Bear” Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens; had the opportunity to learn how to paint artistically; learned how to use a smartphone or tablet or how research their family genealogy; joined a book club, socialized with new friends and much more.

“We have a pretty full calendar of events each month,” Edwards said. “From games and yoga, to seminars about finances, healthy living or diabetes education, we try to provide a variety of activities our members can enjoy and benefit from.”

The majority of the activities are held in the Wellness Center, where there is ample parking, so members won’t have to navigate their way around campus too much.

For more information about WaLLi or to register for the upcoming Fall 2017 semester or the 2017-2018 year, contact Mandi Perkins at 256.352-7826 or mandi.perkins@wallacestate.edu.

 

WaLLi member Gloria Lawler learns how to use her smartphone with the help of instructor Jamie Fallin during an October 2016 class.

WaLLi member Gloria Lawler learns how to use her smartphone with the help of instructor Jamie Fallin during an October 2016 class.

WaLLi members learn how to create a watercolor painting during a recent art class

WaLLi members learn how to create a watercolor painting during a recent art class

WaLLi members from Wallace State Community College toured the Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Hanceville.

WaLLi members from Wallace State Community College toured the Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Hanceville.