The purpose of the Academy is to provide all community members informal opportunities for non-credit learning. We offer a wide variety of low-cost, high-quality short courses and events that enable participants to enjoy learning in a relaxed environment. Members may audit full semester courses for in depth study with the Academy Pass. Our goal is to encourage learning and dialogue to help individuals advance their abilities to cope with the continuous change that surrounds us today.


Browse the Spring & Summer 2016 Academy Program Guide!

Or Download a Printable Copy!

Spring & Summer 2016 Registration Form

Please mail registrations to:

Academy of Lifelong Learning
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL  61920


Would you like to share your expertise with adults who enjoy learning? The Academy accepts proposals for workshops and courses from area experts in history, health, fine arts, etc. If you are interested, or have questions, please call 217-581-5114 or email

For examples of current workshops and courses, see our Program Guide.


Membership Information

Membership Application

Membership: $35.00 per year (September 1 through August 31)  

A one-year membership for $35 includes these benefits:  

•  Travel Opportunities

•  Monthly Lunch & Learn presentations

•  Field Trips

•  Complimentary Academy Pass
   (Complimentary tuition and textbook rental to audit one EIU credit course per semester)

•  Complimentary campus parking pass on request for Academy events

•  Area Business discounts:

Bike & Hike of Charleston: 10% discount to Academy members

Pensee’s Bookshop on the Square:10% discount to Academy members

EIU Bookstore: 20% discount (non-technology purchases)

Ambero Antiques & Decorative Arts on the Square: 10% discount to Academy Members

Charleston Alley Theatre: $2 off ticket price (718 Monroe Ave, Charleston, IL)


The Academy’s mission is to grow and serve the educational needs of community members. We welcome your membership and ideas for future programming.

Add your membership to the registration form when you’re registering for your classes, or simply to join the Academy. Become eligible for the great member pricing for all our events, and enjoy all the additional benefits. Welcome to the Academy of Lifelong Learning!


Additional EIU Opportunities For Lifelong Learning

Online Courses and Certification

Conferences / Personal & Professional Development


  Academy of Lifelong Learning Advisory Council



Volunteer Opportunities

Academy Care Choir
Provide a soothing presence and comfort to Hospice patients and families with short, peaceful serenades of a capella songs.

   This event is FREE and open to    the public!

   To participate:
   contact 217-581-5114

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Help sort, organize, clean, price and merchandise donations of gently-used furniture, household goods, appliances and tools. Help raise funds to provide affordable housing to qualified Coles County residents.

   To participate, please contact
   the ReStore at 217-348-7066
   for specific information. 

Tarble Arts Center
Greet, count and assist visitors, and help monitor the galleries at a major cultural arts resource serving east central Illinois. Volunteer to cover a two-hour shift on a rotating or as-needed schedule.
   For more information,
   please contact 217-581-2787

For more information or to
register for these and other upcoming Academy events,
please call 217-581-5114 or

Sponsoring Businesses Offering Discounts

Bike & Hike of Charleston

Pensee’s Bookshop on the Square

Curves - Charleston,
  Mattoon & Effingham

Give a Gift Membership

Do you know an adult who finally has the time to explore his personal interests?

Give the gift of membership to EIU's Academy of Lifelong Learning.

A one-year membership is $35 and includes free and reduced-cost lifelong learning opportunities in a variety of formats, as well as discounts at supporting area businesses.

For more information,
contact or call 217-581-5114.


Contact the Academy

Marita Metzke, Project Coordinator

Phone: 217-581-5114
Fax: 217-581-6697

Mailing Address
Academy of Lifelong Learning
School of Continuing Education
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL  61920-3099

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