Founded in 1996, the Lifelong Learning Institute at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College continues to provide educational opportunities that meet the needs of South Mississippi’s maturing population. The member led organization is for mature adults over the age of 50 who care about lifelong learning, are self-motivated and want to continue their experiences with other like-minded individuals. Membership fee is $50 annually with a July to June calendar year.
LLI membership includes opportunities for varied activities:
- Monthly Luncheon Lectures near home
- Classes – determined by members
- Opportunities for day and overnight travel
- Monthly Luncheon Lectures at all MGCCC campus locations
- Student rates at MGCCC athletic and performing arts events
- Use of the campus Wellness/Fitness Centers
- MGCCC Learning Resource Centers Access
- Access to LLI activities and classes at all MGCCC campus locations
- Free computer classes
- Opportunities for day and overnight travel
- Student Parking Permit
- Plus 50’s Encore Completion Program for seniors age 65 and over
- Membership in the MGCCC Alumni Association which includes:
- Subscription to Action, the alumni magazine
- Alumni Association membership card and window decal
- Use of campus tennis courts and walking trails at designated times
- Discounted rates for admission to athletic and fine arts events
- Notification of special events
- Gregory War Memorial chapel privileges
To Join or For More Information Please Contact the Campus Near You
Upcoming Lifelong Learning Institute Trips
New Orleans School of Cooking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Members: $190 Guest: $200
Deadline to Register: Friday, August 12, 2016
Welcome to the Fun, Food & Folklore of the New Orleans School of Cooking! Cook & eat an authentic Louisiana meal! In this highly interactive class you will actually cut, season and prepare a complete dinner with one of the school’s expert chefs, and afterwards you will be able to sit down and enjoy the four course meal that you created.
The New Orleans School of Cooking teaches the basics of Louisiana Cooking in a way you’ll never forget. Fun is a primary ingredient in their kitchen! Their Cajun / Creole experts teach New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo,
Jambalaya and Pralines, seasoning them with history, trivia and tall tales!
Broadway in New Orleans “The Sound of Music”
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Member: $168 Guest:$178
Deadline to Register: Thursday, September 1, 2016
The hills are alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O’Brien, is coming to you. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.
The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp. The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 (seen by over 44 million people); 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.
Stone Mountain & Atlanta
Thursday – Monday
October 6-10, 2016
Member (Double) $840 Guest (Double) $890
Member (Single) $1,190 Guest (Single) $1,240
Deadline to register: Friday, September 2, 2016
$250 deposit due Friday, September 2, 2016
Balance due Monday, October 3, 2016
Cost includes round trip transportation, 4 night double-occupancy hotel accommodations, 10 meals including : 4 hot breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and entrance to all tours and attractions.
Located just under 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, lies an ancient mountain made of quartz and granite which was once a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Spread across 3,200 beautiful acres, Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most-visited attraction – and with good reason. The fun never ends at Stone Mountain Park. Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Marriott Evergreen Resort that is nestled in the natural beauty of Stone Mountain Park, with stunning lake views.
Adventure awaits as we explore the history and excitement of the Mountain. Soar to the top on the Summit Skyride, providing stunning views of the Confederate Memorial Carving as it transports guests more than 825 feet above ground to the top of Stone Mountain. From the top, experience amazing views of the Atlanta skyline, the Appalachian Mountains and more up to 60 miles away. Enjoy a five-mile train ride around the mountain on the Scenic Railroad, take a self-guided stroll through the Discovering Stone Mountain Museum, and take a walk back in time as you explore the Historic Square.
In addition to the adventures at Stone Mountain, we will explore Georgia’s capital city. Atlanta has been dubbed the “capital of the new South”. From world-class restaurants and a myriad of cultural attractions, Atlanta has also managed to maintain its historic character. We will visit the Atlanta History Center, followed by a visit to the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum for details on the life and times of the former president and his family. After a day of fun in the city, we will return to the mountain to relax and enjoy the Lasershow Spectacular, the world’s longest running laser light show.
On day three, we will explore the best of what the city has to offer. We will dive (not literally!) into a one-of-a-kind aquatic experience at the Georgia Aquarium. We will also discover the history of the South’s favorite soda at the World of Coca Cola. Get into the action with a guided walking tour of CNN Worldwide get a behind-the-scenes view of Atlanta’s CNN studios and an exclusive glimpse of worldwide news and broadcasting. During this visit we will explore cutting-edge technology and engaging interactive exhibits at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Atlanta is not only the capitol of the state of Georgia, it’s also an epicenter of culture, cuisine and music in the South.
Holiday Shopping at Mistletoe Marketplace Jackson, MS
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Member: $65 Guest: $75
Deadline to register: Monday, October 3, 2016
Mistletoe Marketplace is an annual holiday tradition for many Mississippians. At this fun filled marketplace, you will be able to get all of your holiday shopping completed and enjoy the beautiful decorations as we kick off the holiday season. We will spend the day enjoying the festivities. Presented by the Junior League of Jackson, more than 100 vendors sell their wares at the 36th annual holiday shopping event. No rolling carts allowed.
LLI Gives Thanks
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Members: $25 Guest: $35
Deadline to Register: Thursday, October 27, 2016
When Autumn leaves are falling and Thanksgiving time is near, it warms the hear to think of those who mean so much all year ! Join LLI members from our four-county district as we gather with old friends and make new ones to give thanks and celebrate Thanksgiving in Jackson County at The Grand Magnolia located in Pascagoula.
Discover the miracle of Dr. Tyler Sexton, a true story of a boy who overcame obstacles that he faced since birth. After being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and told that he would likely spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, Tyler is a “walking miracle”. Although his legs are weak and he has physical limitations, he is determined to live a “normal life”.
Transportation will be provided for George County, Harrison County, and Stone County
Christmas In Natchez, MS
December 8-11, 2016
Member (Double) $680 Guest (Double) $730
Member (Single) $885 Guest (Single) $935
Deadline to register: Friday, November 4, 2016
$250 deposit due Friday, November 4, 2016
Balance due Friday, December 2, 2016
Cost includes round trip transportation, 3 night double-occupancy hotel accommodations, 3 hot breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and entrance to all attractions and tours.
Natchez is known for its genuine southern hospitality, unique restaurants and historic houses. During the holiday season Natchez sparkles with lights. The season is festive and filled with many special events to make your holiday visit to Natchez a memorable one.
Come stroll with us along the beautiful streets of Natchez. We will begin our journey with a guided walking tour through downtown that includes passing five historic churches and downtown neighborhoods, Memorial Park and several historic landmarks that make Natchez so unique. We will also enjoy a welcome dinner at the Rolling River Bistro.
The following day we will see what Natchez has to offer as we visit the Natchez Visitor’s Center followed by a guided city tour. We will make our way to Stanton Hall and enjoy lunch on the grounds at The Carriage House Restaurant, nationally known for it’s fine southern cuisine. After lunch, we will cross the Mighty Mississippi to Frogmore Plantation for “Christmas in the Quarters”. After sunset we will enjoy a Special Christmas Candlelight Tour at The Towers. This is an extraordinary display of thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry decorating every tree, table, mantle and deer. Where whimsy meets bling, no other Christmas tour is anything like it. Enjoy an intimate evening with the owners followed by refreshments and champagne.
Day three will be filled with more Holiday fun! We will start our day at Historic Longwood, an octagonal mansion, followed by a tour of Dunleith and lunch at The Castle Restaurant. After lunch, we will enjoy an afternoon Christmas Tea at The Magnolia Cottage and free time to do a little Christmas Shopping in Downtown. We will end by discovering the true meaning of Christmas at The Natchez Little Theatre with “A Natchez Christmas Carol”.
A Day At The Races
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Members: $55 Guest: $65
Deadline to Register: Tuesday, January 10, 2016
It’s a safe bet to say you won’t want to miss our party on race day! Join us as we enjoy a full day of horse racing fun at the New Orleans fairgrounds for the 145th Thoroughbred Racing Season.
Enjoy spectacular views of the track from our seats in the glass front clubhouse where we will enjoy a New Orleans style lunch. Wear your finest hat and decorate it with ribbons and pearls! Get creative, there will be a prize for the best derby hat on race day !