OLLI Course Overview

    Over 100 courses per year are offered during our four semesters.  We strive to offer a curriculum that inspires members to engage with varied subject matter and to expand their understanding of important topics.  Most courses are open to all members, but in special circumstances it is necessary to limit enrollment because of facility or other restrictions.  If a class has a limited enrollment, we enroll members based upon a first-come, first-served registration process.  Members will receive a letter in the mail from the OLLI Office confirming their enrollments.

    Please note that courses are not held on Federal Holidays, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Patriots’ Day.

    Guests in the Classroom

    Members who have guests visiting them may bring them to one day of OLLI classes during their visit providing that the class does not have restricted enrollment.  Please call the OLLI Office at 413.236.2190 before bringing a guest to class and his/her name will be added to the class roster for the day.

    OLLI Communications

    The OLLI Catalog

    Published four times a year—Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer—the catalog is the primary source of information about our academic program.  Course descriptions, class schedules, site locations, registration procedures and inclement weather policies are found in the catalog.  You will receive a copy of each semester’s catalog in the mail, and they are readily available at multiple locations throughout Berkshire County and on our website.

    The OLLI Newsletter

    Published three times a year—Fall, Winter and Spring—this publication provides information about the upcoming semester, a message from the President of the OLLI Board, articles about our members and important OLLI events.  You will receive a copy of each newsletter in the mail.

    The OLLI Website

    OLLI’s website is a vital link to all things OLLI. Please be sure to visit the website for up-to-date information about all aspects of our programming.

    Email Messages

    In an effort to save on postal costs and to be more “green,” most OLLI communications with our members will come by email.  In order to be more fully informed about important business matters, upcoming events and programs, we urge you to review all of your OLLI email messages. 

    While OLLI never shares nor sells any of our member’s contact information, we offer the option to receive forwarded messages from our Educational and Cultural Partners to notify you of additional upcoming events and special discounts.  If you would like to opt-in to this list, please contact the offices at 413-236-2190 or OLLI@berkshirecc.edu.


    Enjoy selected OLLI classes and interviews with our extraordinary instructors at home (or anywhere else) on your computer.  These sessions are free and open to all on our website, on YouTube and on Facebook (@olliatberkshirecommunitycollege)—you don’t need a Facebook account to view.

    OLLI also partners with students from Miss Hall’s School and Pittsfield Community Television to produce a half hour interview show called Hello OLLI. Each episode features a half hour interview with OLLI instructors on a variety of topics.  Check out our website for past episodes and more.

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    OLLI: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College
    Partners in education with Williams College, Bard College at Simon's Rock and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

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