LLI and NCC

A letter from President David Levinson
Welcoming us to the fall term, Dr. Levinson noted that 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of NCC’s founding. Since 1961, he said, the college has enriched countless lives and has evolved into a national role model for community engagement and student success initiatives. LLI has been part of the NCC community since 1993.

Dr. Levinson’s letter and LLI’s history

Part of the NCC community
None of the Lifetime Learners courses and programs would be possible without the generous support of Norwalk Community College. The college provides us with office space, classrooms and meeting rooms, and the use of all its facilities – including the splendid new Wellness Center.

Our relationship with NCC
The administrative relationship between LLI and NCC is through the Division of Continuing Education (now Extended Studies and Workforce Education).

What we contribute
Our members volunteer services to NCC, such as mentoring, library assistance, rush mailings, registration-day help, and participation in Foundation fundraising.

The LLI offices at NCC
LLI’s administrative and membership offices are located within the Extended Studies offices in room W102, West Campus building. LLI visitors should not enter the Extended Studies area except during office hours.

NCC ID cards
Present your LLI membership card at the NCC Library in order to obtain an NCC student identification  card.

  • Use the NCC card to borrow books and other materials from the NCC Library.
  • Present the NCC card to enter Wellness Center.

NCC Wellness Center
LLI members can use the NCC Wellness Center free of charge. The start of the fall semester has seen the opening of the  new $38 million Center for Science, Health and Wellness, the new home to NCC’s growing nursing, allied health, science, and exercise science programs. The Wellness Center is on the ground floor.

Senior Citizens in NCC classes
Many LLI members enroll in NCC courses. The State of Connecticut offers tuition wavers to all Connecticut citizens at least 62 years old at any state college, on a space-available basis. Each spring and fall, after regular student registrations end, there is a Senior Registration Day (a morning) when senior citizens can register for any empty seats.

LLI and the NCC Foundation
In its efforts to provide comprehensive, innovative and affordable learning opportunities for diverse populations throughout southwestern Connecticut, the college is supported by the Norwalk Community College Foundation. It seeks funds from contributions and grants to be used for operating expenses, special projects, building improvements and endowments. Individuals and organizations contribute during the Annual Appeal, or Planned Giving, or in ways of their own.

LLI contributes to the Foundation in two ways:

From the LLI treasury. LLI takes in money from membership dues and course fees to pay its own expenses and have a year-end (May) surplus for contributions to the Foundation. The LLI Board earmarks most of the money for special purposes, school departments, and scholarships for NCC students.
Every spring  the Institute offers tuition scholarships to NCC students working toward careers in Human Services, Nursing or Recreation. The winners, selected by the Scholarship Committee, receive their awards (via the Foundation) at the LLI Annual Meeting.

From member contributions. LLI members are asked several times a year to contribute to the Foundation via LLI.  The money can be unrestricted, or earmarked for the LLI Scholarship Endowment. The Endowment was established in 1995 with a promise of at least $1,000 a year from the treasury and more from member contributions.  Due to the generosity of members, the current balance is over $160,000. From the interest generated, the Foundation awards scholarships to NCC students.

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