About Us

The Academy for Lifelong Learning of Cape Cod, Inc. (“A.L.L.”) was established in 1987 as part of the Center for Successful Aging at Cape Cod Community College. In 1990, A.L.L. was “spun off” from the College and became an independent and self-governing entity and, in 2001, we obtained 501-C (3) status from the IRS. Throughout our history, A.L.L. has maintained a close and productive relationship with the College.

A.L.L. is an organization of men and women aged 50 and older that offers its members the opportunity to pursue educational interests and to expand social relationships. Members are encouraged to become class coordinators, participate on committees, work on administrative activities, or just participate in any of A.L.L.’s activities and functions. Volunteerism is critical to A.L.L.’s ongoing success.

The opportunity for social interaction is an important aspect of A.L.L. In addition to classes, the Academy offers social activities and special events such as lectures, trips to theater productions, and museums in the area throughout the year.

A.L.L. offers primarily academic courses in addition to a few creative and “how-to” courses. Classes vary from semester to semester. The academic offerings may include courses in literature, history, philosophy, social sciences, religion, art appreciation and interpretation. The creative and “how-to” courses may include topics such as gardening, painting, and various other skills of interest to our membership.

Members of the Academy present the courses and are known as “coordinators”. These are volunteers who bring their personal passions, avocations, and/or their teaching experience to our classes. Some courses are traditional in structure, where coordinators have the role of teacher, while other courses are structured with the coordinator as a discussion facilitator. There are two semesters or sessions per calendar year -- fall and spring. Courses are generally offered on either a six-week or a twelve-week basis.

Note that A.L.L. courses do not offer academic credit with the College or elsewhere.

Board of Directors

A.L.L.’s Board of Directors manages the affairs and the business of the Corporation. The Board of Directors has no less than six or more than fifteen members at any time, and each member is elected by the membership for a three-year term. Directors serve without compensation for their service, and most members of the Board are chairs of active committees or are officers of the Corporation. The current Board consists of fourteen members, with about one third elected or appointed each year. The Board for the year beginning July 1, 2016 is listed at the back of this catalog.


Standing committees are responsible for developing and implementing the major functions of the Academy. Most of the real work ensuring the smooth running of A.L.L. takes place through the activities of these committees, which are summarized below:

Curriculum: Recruits coordinators, develops class schedules, and organizes the Catalog.

Nominating: Identifies and solicits candidates for the Board of Directors.

Long-Range Planning: Addresses the future needs of the Academy.

Special Events: Plans and organizes outside events throughout both sessions.

Policies and Procedures: Maintains policies and procedures in accordance with A.L.L. by-laws.

Hospitality:  Plans and organizes social events for the membership.

Finance: Oversees the financial aspects of A.L.L., working with the Treasurer.

Communications: publicizes A.L.L. events and programs.

The Board of Directors also establishes ad hoc committees as needed, for specific tasks and projects. 


Mission Statement

The Academy for Lifelong Learning of Cape Cod, Inc. (A.L.L.) offers an opportunity for those age 50 and over to pursue their intellectual interests and educational activities and to explore new areas of learning in the company of their peers.

Fostering social relationships is an integral part of our mission.  A.L.L. promotes and maintains a close and productive relationship with Cape Cod Community College.


When we opened our doors – figuratively speaking – in 1987, as The Center for Successful Aging at Cape Cod Community College, one has to wonder how many of the eighteen venturesome elders attending our three “study groups” at the time might have foreseen that their successors would, 25 years later, number over 800 and be enjoying 90 courses of astonishing diversity.

The Academy assumed its current name the following year, and, by 1990, CSA Director (and A.L.L. Founder) Dennis Garvey had departed, leaving the organization in the hands of a nine-member planning committee which, in 1993, was replaced by a twelve-member Council.

In 1996 the Council formalized its relationship with C.C.C.C. by signing a joint Memorandum of Understanding that established “a mutually supportive relationship” between the two organizations and provided A.L.L. with its own budget, assured assignment of classrooms, access to all college facilities, clerical and administrative support, and printing and mailing, for which the Academy would pay an annual fee based on a percentage of Membership dues. The provisions of this arrangement, while modified periodically, continued to define our relationship with the college for sixteen years.


2017 Annual Report