The Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association, Inc. (WALLA) offered its first classes in the spring of 1993 and has been providing learning opportunities for mature students ever since. WALLA, an affiliate of the Elderhostel Institute Network, is one of approximately 1000 North American organizations that offer stimulating learning opportunities for older adults. There are no educational prerequisites and no tests. WALLA classes are held in an informal classroom environment which invites participation, discussion, and fellowship.
Classes are offered in a variety of subjects for a period of four weeks each spring and fall. Currently, there are 240 members enjoying these learning experiences. WALLA membership is open to anyone over age 50 in Tippecanoe County and the surrounding counties.
Classes and activities are planned and coordinated by an area-wide, 21-member, volunteer Board of Directors. The Curriculum Committee plans each session of classes. Presenters, drawn from Purdue University and the surrounding communities, volunteer their time and expertise. Several classes are peer-led.
WALLA now has an office at the Morton Community Center. It is staffed most mornings by volunteers. The phone is 746-2006.
Purdue University coordinates the WALLA program through the Center for Lifelong Learning.