Institute for Learning in Retirement participants listen to a presentation

The Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) is a community-based membership organization of individuals age 50 and better who share a love for learning. Formed in 1993, the ILR is sponsored by Kellogg Community College. ILR members design an academic enrichment program to suit their interests. Their courses are without concern for credit, grades, or prerequisites. Members participate in the program to meet new friends, gain new knowledge or skills, and have fun experiences.

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Classes are offered in the fall, winter and spring in Battle Creek and Hastings. Field trips are conducted, many of which are based on classroom offerings. To learn about classes available this semester, call the ILR office at 269-965-4134 or e-mail In Barry County, call 269-948-9500, ext. 2803.

The Institute for Learning in Retirement is governed by a board of directors. The board consists of four officers and four members at-large. In addition, committee chairs, appointed by the president, sit on the board. ILR committees include Publicity, Membership, Sunshine, Historian, and Curriculum. The board meets on the second Friday each month. The Battle Creek Curriculum Committee meets on the first Friday of each month, except during the summer. The Barry County Planning Committee meets once per semester.

Institute members reside in Calhoun, Barry, Branch, Allegan and Kalamazoo counties. There are approximately 400 members.

The Institute for Learning in Retirement is affiliated with Elderhostel Institute Network (EIN) located in Boston, MA. EIN is a program of Elderhostel.

There are several Institutes in Michigan. A college or university sponsors each Institute.

Annual dues to ILR are $15. Individuals can join anytime throughout the year. Some of the membership benefits include:

  • Entertaining and informative classes
  • The opportunity to help select classes or sit on the ILR Board
  • Discounts on classes and trips
  • Use of the KCC library and bookstore

You do not have to be a college graduate to attend these classes! All that is required is a desire to learn and make new friends. Guests/non-members are always welcome at luncheons, in classes and on trips.