About Us

Welcome to OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)

OLLI at Granite State College (GSC) is a ‘”learning for the fun of it,” member-led educational program for lifelong learners age 50+ who are eager to explore ideas and interests in a safe and relaxed environment,  with a community of peers. Volunteer-led curriculum committees develop programs in response to member interests. Courses are non-credit. There are no tests, grades, or college prerequisites. Events, social activities and volunteer opportunities enhance member benefits.

OLLI programs are held at GSC facilities or at easily accessible community sites. Classes are led by volunteers, teachers and community leaders who enjoy sharing their expertise with members whose life experiences enrich an open exchange of ideas.

Ongoing program goals include providing first-rate classes, achieving financial sustainability, expanding our community-partner presence, and making “OLLI at Granite State College” a household name in New Hampshire.

At OLLI at GSC, the state of New Hampshire is our campus.  OLLI holds classes at the following Granite State College regional campuses: Concord, Conway, Manchester, Portsmouth and Rochester. In addition, OLLI holds classes at various community locations.

OllI at GSC enjoys a shared leadership model where volunteers and staff work together as a team to ensure the best member experience.  An intricate network of volunteer committees are tied together at the local level and then woven together at the state level in the Steering Committee to provide consistency throughout every layer of the organization.

OLLI at GSC is one of 119 OLLIs at colleges and universities nationwide, all partially funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation.  It is a self-sustaining organization that is supported by program fees, in-kind contributions from GSC, an endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation, and member donors who believe and invest in the mission of the program.  The membership and the number of classes offered have grown steadily at OLLI at GSC since its inception in 2004.

Granite State College is one of the four institutions that comprise the University System of New Hampshire.

Vision Statement

To be a premier source of lifelong learning and collegial activity for adults over the age of 50 in New Hampshire. 

Mission Statement

The mission of OLLI at Granite State College as a member-driven, volunteer-based organization, is to develop and provide a broad array of affordable and accessible lifelong learning, social and participatory activities for active and intellectually engaged adults over the age of 50.

Value Statement

The core values of OLLI at Granite State College include high standards of program excellence with an emphasis on educational and social enrichment, volunteerism, fiscal sustainability, a diverse membership, mutual respect and member safety.

Contact Us

The OLLI office is located at Granite State College, 25 Hall Street, Concord NH 03301. Hours of operation are 9:00 AM-5:00PM Monday-Friday.  Call 603-513-1377 or email olli.office@granite.edu


Jane Fletcher  Program Director  603.513.1368   Jane.fletcher@granite.edu

Laurie Galletta  Program Manager  603. 513. 1376   Laurie.galletta@granite.edu

George Haire   Program Assistant   603.513.1378    George.haire@granite.edu

Tessa McDonnell  Program Support  Tessa.mcdonnell@granite.edu


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