The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning is a group of over 200 members who plan and offer informal educational programs and activities—mini-courses, one-time programs, outdoor activities and social events of local interest. Member-directed, self-supporting and nonprofit, it is affiliated with Northern Michigan University and the Road Scholar Network (previously Elderhostel Institute Network).
A 14-member board of directors coordinates NCLL's activities with three standing committees: curriculum, membership, and publicity.
The group meets as a whole annually in the spring, and gathers informally in the fall and winter at its kickoff events prior to the start of fall and winter classes. Throughout the year, participants simply see one another at various classes.
The complete schedule of classes is announced to members about two weeks prior to each season through the newsletter. Individual classes are then announced to the public just ahead of the class dates through the Marquette Mining Journal, Marquette Monthly, this website, and on local radio stations including WNMU-FM.
In addition to the early announcement of the complete schedule, members enjoy reduced rates for class participation. Membership information
The NCLL curriculum is diverse. Its classes are designed to meet the needs and interests of the local community. About 20 classes are offered each fall, winter, and spring quarter with a lighter schedule for the summer.