Lifelong learning

With two major universities and a large community college, you’ll be inspired by a thriving life of the mind. An active Osher Lifelong Learning program stands ready to help you explore exciting experiences of learning and personal growth. Attend plays at one of the nation’s leading theater schools, haunt galleries and art museums, soak up history from conquistadors to Civil Rights heroes, or engage in our lively political scene (capital of the fourth largest state in the nation).

Florida State University

Florida A&M University

Keiser University

Tallahassee Community College

Lively Technical Institute

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Lifelong Leisure Learning

The Tallahassee Senior Center bustles with activity as it serves as the hub for active adults in the community.  A variety of lifelong learning programs attract active adults of all ages.  Wellness, educational, and art programs (among 140 other opportunities) draw 4500 individuals to classes, events and presentations each month.  These classes and workshops allow for the continuous building of skills and knowledge, as well as enhance one’s quality of life.

Lifelong learning classes include foreign languages, computer, digital camera, crafting, and “by request” classes offer the chance to learn new skills or sharpen old ones.  Helping seniors maintain healthy and active lifestyles is one of the Center’s primary objectives.  The interaction with other learners increases social fitness, civic engagement and personal development, and may also improve employability for those who may be job-hunting.

In their book Successful Aging, J.W. Kahn and R.L. Rowe identify three components of successful aging:  lowering the risk of disease and disability, maintaining high levels of mental and physical functioning and engaging actively in the community.  People can do all three of these at the Tallahassee Senior Center.

Tallahassee Active Lifelong Leaders (TALL)

Tallahassee is home to a large number of active adults and retirees who possess a wealth of knowledge, talents and skills.  TALL connects seniors with community leaders, experts and policy-makers. In partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Tallahassee, TALL provides participants an interactive “snapshot” of the community.

TALL classmates meet with area leaders and go on site visits for a better understanding of the area’s cultural, political, safety, housing, educational, transportation, and other public services or private initiatives.  By sharing resources and gaining insight, TALL graduates are equipped to enhance positive change in their community through advocacy and volunteerism.

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3rd Annual LifeLong Learning EXtravaganza

October 14 – 19

Join us for a week of eXploring, eXamining, and eXperiencing our culture, history, and environment! Pick and choose individual classes, field trips, or day-long excursions. Look for more information in the July Active Living magazine.

Center for the Arts

Art classes and workshops provide beginners and experienced artists with an environment in which to learn and enhance their artistic and creative skills.  Professional instructors assist students in a friendly, informal setting.

Students may display their work throughout the Senior Center and participate in special exhibitions that are part of the community First Friday Gallery Hop.

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Legacy, Leisure and Lore

October 14-19, 2012

Tallahassee Senior Services, in partnership with Capital City Christian Church,
Leon County Senior Outreach , and Tallahassee Community College

For more information contact the Tallahassee Senior Center at 850-891-4000 or

L3X is a week of exciting cultural classes, lectures, field trips, and entertainment which explore the “Legacy, Leisure, and Lore” of Tallahassee and its surrounding area.


Tallahassee has such a rich heritage.  So much has been handed down to us over the years, from events, history, and people.  There is so much to explore….examine….experience.  There is so much that makes us unique.  Our culture is unbelievably diverse.  Everything from battles, to Indians, to the Spanish, to African Americans and civil rights, to plantations, to interesting personalities who have made a tremendous impact on our community at large.  There are also those who are currently creating, constructing, and developing new legacies to leave our community….how fascinating to look at what will become a gift to the community in the years ahead.


What community can compete with the tremendous offerings we have in leisure opportunities?  Our parks and recreation are the best….award-winning!  And there is so much more to leisure.  Tallahassee is home to many creative writing geniuses who continue to produce first-class fiction, non-fiction, and drama for leisure reading.  Our film school/industry ranks at the top of the nation…oozing with creativity, offering leisure viewing products to enjoy.  Our creative arts community provides endless and unique experiences for the leisure-minded.  And what about the beautiful and awe-inspiring settings we have scattered throughout the area for leisure meditation and quiet respite.


Wow.  Lore pops out at us from every nook and cranny.  Indian lore.  Spanish lore.  African-American lore.  Ghost lore.  First Christmas lore.  Folk lore.  There are myths and superstitions galore.  There are fascinating stories of our area known and unknown, told and untold.  We have great “story tellers” who are little known but have so much to share.  Names of buildings and streets are both fact and lore.  How Tallahassee became the capital is both fact and lore.  People are fascinated about lore… brings a sense of fantasy….it titillates and teases the mind.  It’s fun.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the Florida State University

This is learning for the fun of learning. OLLI at FSU is a scholarly and exciting program of classes targeted to retired individuals and folks over 50 who want to continue their education in a stress-free environment where there are no tests and no homework. The program is associated with the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy and receives funding through membership dues and class fees. The Bernard Osher Foundation provided OLLI with its original grant.

OLLI offers scholarly classes during a 6-week Spring Term and a 6-week Fall Term. OLLI classes meet on campus at The Claude Pepper Center and at several offsite locales. During May of each year OLLI has a lively 3-week term of classes called the OLLI “Maymester.” Classes are taught by current or retired faculty from FSU, FAMU and TCC. FSU graduate students and community members who have expertise in their field of study are invited to teach. Topics range from Art to World History. On average, OLLI at FSU offers 35 different topics per year. OLLI classes will educate, amuse and challenge you.

In addition to academic classes, OLLI at FSU offers a Noon Lecture Series and the College of Social Science’s Broad Lecture Series, both featuring well known and informed speakers in a wide array of topics. There are field trips to fascinating locations, an art and culture group, a book club and special events, including trips to the opera and plays, outings to FSU sports events and special events at local galleries. OLLI at FSU has a dynamic, published writers group. Classes are offered in Leon and Jefferson Counties at a variety of locations. OLLI experience promotes communication and interaction between OLLI members and traditional college students. Membership in OLLI at FSU is a great value: The yearly cost of membership is $120, payable at one time or in two payments of $60 each. Class fees range from $30 to $55 per class, depending on the length of the class.


Here, school’s in

There’s a common misperception that because Tallahassee is the capital of the Sunshine State, state government is the No. 1 industry here.

Not true.

It’s education.

Try as you might, you wouldn’t be able to squeeze into Doak Campbell Stadium all of the students in Tallahassee.

Between Leon County Schools, with more than 32,000 students enrolled in kindergarten through high school, two major public universities and a thriving community college, there are more than 100,000 full-time students here during any single year.

Yes, that’s a heap of a lot of students. Educating them is indeed a major industry, with thousands of men and women drawn to Tallahassee and the many jobs involved in teaching and running our schools.

The big cheese, so to speak, is Florida State University. Land-locked in the heart of the city — but constantly expanding its southwest campus just north of the airport — FSU has nearly 40,000 students and is the third-largest school in Florida’s State University System.

If you haven’t spent time on the FSU campus, you are missing one of the true highlights of Tallahassee.

The campus can be a challenge to get to because parking is limited. But if you treat yourself to a first-time visit on a Saturday or Sunday, you will quickly come to appreciate how attractive the inner campus is. Stroll on the Landis Green in front of Strozier Library, or take the Legacy Walk to see some of the university’s highlights.

Legendary football coach Bobby Bowden and his Seminoles made FSU a nationally recognized school starting in the mid 1980s, but FSU has been enjoying big-time success in the classroom of late, highlighted by three Rhodes Scholars in the past six years — and a Rhodes finalist two years ago.

Just south of FSU, on the highest of Tallahassee’s seven hills, sits Florida A&M University, also part of the State University System.

This school is blessed with a rich history and a promising future under the leadership of President James Ammons, who with skill and determination guided FAMU and its 13,000 students through the re-accreditation process. FAMU is the nation’s top producer of African Americans at the bachelor-degree level.

FAMU’s campus is also worth a visit. Stand on the steps of administration headquarters in historic Lee Hall and take in the Eternal Flame statue, with a view of Coleman Library to the west.

FAMU’s colorful and talented band, the Marching 100, continually gives the university national attention. It has provided halftime entertainment at a handful of Super Bowls, and it marched in the inauguration parade for President Obama.

Tallahassee Community College is by far the fastest-growing school in town, with almost 14,000 students expected to enroll for the fall term. A diverse institution that caters to both immediate high school graduates and adults looking to learn a trade, TCC plays a vital role that has become even more valuable in today’s struggling economy.

There’s plenty to be proud of with the county’s public school system, too. It consistently grades among the best in the state, with many of its graduates staying in Tallahassee to continue their education.