Campus: Sonoma State University -- December 20, 2004
Woolsey Secures $200,000 For Lifelong Learning For Those Over
50 at Sonoma State University
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, (D-Petaluma) has secured $200,000 for the
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sonoma State University
so that funds are available to expand educational services
to students over 50 years of age.
The Osher LLI at SSU serves as the lead campus in the
California State University network of Osher LLI programs
and for assisting and coordinating a nationwide Osher
network. Rep. Woolsey secured the funding as part of the
final FY05 Omnibus appropriations bill.
"Education doesn't stop in grade school or college, it
continues your entire life," said Rep. Woolsey. "Students
who successfully complete Osher LLI coursework, don't just
benefit themselves, but benefit the whole community."
California State University is trying to take advantage of
this "new demographic" by developing a cross-generational
mentoring program to provide traditionally-aged students
with experienced mentors from a variety of professional
Since its start in the fall of 2001, the Osher Lifelong
Learning Institute at Sonoma State University has provided a
wide range of course work tailored towards the needs of the
"over 50" population.
The program offers three eight-week sessions each year with
courses "aimed at exploring literary, artistic and
geographical vistas, raising personal, philosophical and
religious questions, and studying scientific and
During the Institute's first nine sessions, more than 1500
enrollees, with an average age of 69, have taken the 90
courses offered in the curriculum.
As the top Democrat on the House Education Committee's
Education Reform Subcommittee, Rep. Lynn Woolsey has fought
for programs to improve and expand the educational
opportunities of Americans.
In the last Congress, she successfully restored programs to
help displaced homemakers and provide training in
nontraditional occupations as part of her amendment to the
Workers Investment Act; she supported legislation to fully
fund "No Child Left Behind," and has fought to ensure that
all children, including the disabled, have access to a world
"All investments in education are an investment in the
future of our families and our country," said Rep. Woolsey.
This $200,000 earmark for Sonoma State University is in
addition to the $29 million that Rep. Woolsey announced last
month for Sonoma and Marin counties in the FY05 Omnibus
With an additional $9 million to combat Sudden Oak Death,
$34 million to fight Pierce's disease and $500,000 for a
program to reduce the international trafficking of women and
girls, Rep. Woolsey helped secure over $74 million for
California's 6th Congressional District and the nation in the
Susannah Cernojevich, Press Secretary, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, (202) 225-5187