(Sarasota-Manatee) Robert G. Stein, the president and CEO of the American Society of Aging, reappointed Janna Overstreet for a two-year term on its Lifetime Education and Renewal Network Council (LEARN). Overstreet is the executive director of Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy, an area-based nonprofit organization that offers educational opportunities for area residents and visitors with ongoing classes, lecture, seminars, and events. Overstreet has served on the LEARN committee for four years.
“As ASA implements its strategic plan we continue to need volunteer expertise and leadership and I know we can continue to count on Janna Overstreet during this very exciting time for the organization and our field,” said Stein.
Founded in 1954 as the Western Gerontological Society, the American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families. Members of LEARN are involved in all aspects of education for older adults. They represent the growing variety of settings and programs offering opportunities for lifetime learners.
“I’m honored to be asked to serve another term on this important committee,” says Overstreet. “In recent years the LEARN Council of ASA has helped to define the essential components of responsive quality programs in the field of lifelong learning and continuing education. The ASA provides essential resources, programs and services for professionals serving the vastly growing senior market. The organization is uniquely positioned to help effectively support major shifts in the aging population, through advocacy and the development of models of best practice.”
About Ringling Lifelong Learning Academy
Ringling Lifelong Learning Academy offers educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons and enrich their lives. Courses cover a wide range of stimulating topics and are taught by scholars, retired faculty members and professional practitioners. Courses are taught in an engaging, collaborative manner where learning results in the development of civic awareness, ongoing learning communities of peers and intellectual and cultural connections to our communities. As a private, not-for-profit, LLA has served the Sarasota- Manatee region for the past 18 years growing lifelong learning program offerings in number and variety as the demand for services has grown. The Academy is funded by donations and registration fees and led by an executive director and volunteer advisory board. Visit www.rclla.org.
About Ringling College of Art and Design
For nearly 85 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. The private, not-for-profit fully accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in eleven disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two. The College’s rigorous curriculum employs the studio model of teaching and immediately engages students through a comprehensive, first-year program that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. The Ringling College teaching model ultimately shapes students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers.