Courses for retirees offered online and in person |


The Institute of Retired Learning (ILR) is again offering courses for lifelong learners who wish to deepen their knowledge on a variety of subjects. Registration is now open for those who want to learn anything from local history to travel, religion, health and finance.

Now in its 22nd year, ILR offers both online and in-person courses. Participants will be able to access live virtual classes wherever they have an internet connection. In-person classes will be held in the ILR classroom at 165 Elm St. in Slippery Rock.

The ILR is a not-for-profit membership organization. Professionals, amateurs and others with specialist knowledge teach ILR courses. The atmosphere is fun, relaxed and focused on enrichment.

For the fall 2022 semester, which runs from September to November, a regular membership costs $70. Those wishing to register as Zoom members only can do so for $50. Zoom sessions are recorded, and regular and Zoom-only members can access recordings for later or repeat viewing.

A basic member can pay $25 for any combination of three courses or trips. A guest can pay $15 to register for a single class or outing. Memberships can be upgraded to add more classes or trips during the semester.

Among the more than 50 course offerings this fall are “Panama Canal: An Engineering Miracle”; the story of “Hell’s Hollow at Moraine State Park”; “The Lost History of Butler”; “Broadway Musicals: The Method Behind the Magic”; “No more epidemics and plagues”; and “Airplanes, Trains, Automobiles and Boats”.

There will also be trips and outings, such as “Butler’s Best: Five Vehicles from Butler”; the murals by Maxo Vanca at the Saint-Nicolas church; the Grove City Historical Society; and a visit to the Western PA Model Railroad Museum.

The ILR Fall 2022 catalog of courses and registration information is available on the ILR website at Registration of all members and guests is currently underway and continues on a rolling basis throughout the semester. Classes start on September 6 and continue until November 21.

For more information, contact the ILR office by email at [email protected]


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