Northern Center for Lifelong Learning was founded in 1996 and is organized by and primarily for actively engaged seniors interested in pursuing intellectual, recreational, and social activities. Membership is open to adults of any age and membership is not needed to attend events.
On the basis of membership interest, the Curriculum Committee develops schedules throughout the year of non-credit events to provide an opportunity for folks to learn while meeting and making friends. Qualified instructors teach the classes. Examples of the categories include current events, food and dining, science and literature, health, traveling and tours, arts and crafts, history, and the outdoors.
NCLL is administered by a 10-member Board of Directors and one individual appointed by the president of NMU. The organization is guided by its bylaws through its Board of Directors and its committees. The NCLL office is staffed by an ex officio board member and provides assistance with membership applications and class registrations. Members are encouraged to participate in committee activities and organize and participate in NCLL activities. Annual membership fees cover administrative costs, support local gatherings of the membership, and provide reduced fees for the variety of non-credit offerings.