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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 Virginia Caples, who envisioned developing 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, 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 are highly dependent on the active involvement of its members who also serve 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, senior 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. Just complete the membership form or call (256) 372–7022. As a member, you will receive timely updates on all VCLLI activities!

Volunteer to be a Course Leader

Are you eager to share your knowledge and talents? With the vibrant, dynamic, skilled, and talented senior adult population in North Alabama and the state, why not share what you know? Consider becoming 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 indicates your interest in volunteering with the VCLLI.

Download a PDF of the VCLLI Membership Form.

Summer 2024 Activities

The VCLLI offers activities, courses, and workshops year-round. VCLLI members are eligible to sign up for fun, learning opportunities, and events for free. Summer 2024 in-person and online classes will run in June and July.

The lineup of summer activities are as follows:

Download a PDF of the VCLLI Summer 2024 Catalog.

If you need reasonable accommodation or language access services, contact Danielle Rudolph at ddr0007@aces.edu.

Contact Us

Contact Extension 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