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What is the VCLLI?

Dr. Virginia Caples

Virginia Caples

The Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute (VCLLI) was named in honor of the late 1890 Extension Administrator Dr. Virginia Caples, who had a vision to develop a lifelong learning center for older adults. The VCLLI is housed on the campus of Alabama A&M University (AAMU) and operates under the direction of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. With the rapid growth of an aging population, there’s no time like the present to promote, advocate, and deliver lifelong-learning opportunities for older adults.


The mission of the VCLLI is to create and sustain a stimulating, state-of-the-art educational, social, and life-enhancing environment for senior adults. This mission is fulfilled through innovative curricula, experiential learning, and intergenerational activities. Further, the Institute engages in research and advocacy that advance its defining theme of “successful aging.”

Noted for its multidimensional platform, the VCLLI has quickly become a highly acclaimed resource for senior adults in Alabama. Led by the Advisory Council, members drive the programs and activities and are the lifeblood of the Institute. The success and growth of the VCLLI is highly dependent on active involvement of its members by serving as volunteers in various capacities.

Who Should Join the VCLLI?

While the Institute focuses on older adults, it is a great resource for caregivers, family members, geriatric service providers, and the general public. Its doors are open to anyone who wants to learn about and resolve timely issues that impact older adults. VCLLI membership is free and easy to join. Just complete the membership form or call (334) 201–2847.

Volunteer to be a Course Leader

Eager to share your knowledge and talents? With the vibrant, dynamic, skilled, and talented senior adult population in North Alabama and across the state, why not share what you know.  Accept this invitation to become a VCLLI course leader. There are no papers or tests to grade. Just come and share your knowledge with people who have a true “love for learning.” Fill out the membership form and check the box that you are interested in volunteering with VCLLI.


Download a PDF of the VCLLI Membership Form.

Activities, Courses, and Workshops

The VCLLI offers a series of activities, courses, and workshops in the spring and fall each year. VCLLI members are eligible to sign up for all of our fun, learning opportunities and events, for free.

Spring 2022 Courses

It’s time to register for spring courses through the Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute (VCLLI) at Alabama A&M University. To reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 and to keep people safe, all spring classes will be held virtually.

What’s new?

This year, the VCLLI has an exciting line-up of new courses and some returning favorites, such as The Balm in Gilead’s prediabetes program, virtual tours, and timely caregiving strategies. Other activities people can also be involved in include

  • Joining Senior Scientists to build nest boxes, birdwatch, and collect data for the VCLLI songbird population recovery efforts.  
  • Prepping for spring container gardening projects to grow roses and more with Grounds and Gardens.  
  • Beginning to advance planning by taking part in the eight session Meaningful Monday: Estate Planning series.  

Learn practical ways to apply culturally relevant heart disease prevention strategies through the new Healthy for Life®. This program is a new health impact model of the American Heart Association and Aramark. It is being offered in partnership with AAMU’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Online Registration

Review the Spring 2022 Course Catalog to find details for each course.

Previous Course Catalogs

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Extension Communications and Marketing at 334-844-5696 or extcomm@aces.edu.

Contact Us

Contact us to share your interest in becoming a member, joining a future in-person or online workshop, or volunteering as a course leader.

State Office, Alabama A&M University




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