Institute for Learning in Retirement participants listen to a presentation

The Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) is a community-based membership organization of retirement-age individuals 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. The college-level pursuits 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.

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, then press “1″, 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 at-large directors. In addition, committee chairs, appointed by the president, sit on the board. ILR committees include Publicity, Membership, Volunteer, Hospitality, Membership, Historian, and Curriculum. The board meets on the third Friday each month. The Curriculum Committee meets on the first Friday of each month, except during the summer.

Institute members reside in Calhoun, Barry, Branch, Allegan and Kalamazoo counties. There are approximately 450 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.