Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- September 21, 2005
Cal Poly Awarded $100,000 Grant for Continuing Education Program
For the third straight year, Cal Poly Continuing Education has been awarded a $100,000
grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation.
The grant will fund operation and expansion of the Cal Poly Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
The institute provides a variety of classes and programs to those 50 and over who are retired
Cal Poly Continuing Education's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is part of the international
learning in retirement movement, and offers university-level intellectual opportunities to
San Luis Obispo County's senior population.
"The Osher Learning Community is part of our commitment to offer more learning opportunities
to the area's growing population of retired and semi-retired men and women. This grant enables
us to provide exceptional university-level programs," explained Cal Poly Continuing Education
Dean Dennis "Skip" Parks.
The Osher Foundation grants partially fund the institute. Cal Poly Osher Learning Institute
participants pay a small membership fee to cover other program costs. Institute programs and
classes are taught by Osher members with special expertise and experience and retired and
current university faculty and staff. Programs are offered on campus and in various locations
in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has scheduled an extensive variety of programs for those
50 and over during fall quarter, including short courses, discussion and book groups, study
circles, leadership development, lecture series, special events, and travel study. For details
call (805) 756-2053 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Bernard Osher Foundation
California businessman Bernard Osher created the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco in
1977. It focuses on education and healthcare. The Foundation collaborates with university
programs nationwide to offer intellectually stimulating learning in retirement programs. In
the year 2000 alone, the Osher Foundation made gifts of $5 million to education.
Media Contact: Jeanene Robinson, (805) 756- 7136,