About Us

The Academy for Lifelong Learning of Cape Cod, Inc. (A.L.L.) is a non-profit organization established in 1987 as part of Cape Cod Community College’s Center for Successful Aging. In 1990, A.L.L. became an independent and self-governing entity though we continue to have 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 primarily academic courses in addition to several creative and “how-to” courses in the fall and spring semesters. Classes vary from semester to semester. Academic offerings may include courses in literature, history, current events, art appreciation, opera, and film, while creative courses may include topics such as gardening, sports, painting, cooking, and other skills of interest to our membership.

A.L.L. offers its members opportunities to expand social relationships throughout the year and participate in social activities and special events such as lectures and trips to theater productions and museums in the area. Social interaction and volunteerism are important aspects of A.L.L. Members are encouraged to become class coordinators, participate on committees, and work on administrative activities, in addition to participating in any of our classes and other activities.

A.L.L. offers classes primarily at the main campus of Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, and other locations are also used from time to time.

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2017 Annual Report


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.