Learning Institute of NEC | LINEC

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The Learning Institute of New England College (or LINEC) is a program created to educate, entertain, and enhance life. This program offers non-credit, peer-led and peer-taught courses, totally volunteer, for the sheer pleasure of learning. It is open to both retired and other adults.

LINEC classes are sponsored by the Learning Institute of New England College in conjunction with New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, for the benefit of its members and offers three terms each academic year, lasting five to six weeks:

Our Fall term is in October and November; our Spring term is April and May and our Summer term is in July.
Classes are held in classrooms at New England College and other locations nearby, including Hopkinton, Henniker, and Concord, NH. All classrooms used at New England College are handicap accessible. Recently, due to Coronavirus we have implemented Zoom classes also.


New England College has been involved in providing educational opportunities for older adults since the beginning of the Elderhostel program which had roots at NEC. The College wanted to create an institute for learning in retirement for those adults who live within commuting distance of the College. The Institute would provide non-credit college-level courses.

In the early fall of 1989, an invitation to attend a planning meeting for the new institute was issued by Professor of Economics, Thea Braiterman, and Professor of Education, Marvin Seperson. Jim Verschuren, then the Director of Elderhostel’s Office of Support and Development, was the principal speaker.

Two meetings followed in November. Eighteen people paid the first membership dues – on good faith! The late Marvin Braiterman became the first Chair. Committees were created, the first statement of policy was drafted and The Learning Institute of New England College (LINEC)was formed. Classes started in the spring of 1990. The rest is history,which is well documented in course brochures, and in Steering Committee and Annual Meeting minutes. At the Annual Meeting in the fall of 2014, LINEC celebrated its 25th anniversary. We continue to be inspired by the dedication of those who were there at the beginning who guided LINEC through its formative years, and by the talents and gifts of its members since that time.

LINEC continues to offer classes in many disciplines such as science, history, literature, art and music, social sciences, and mathematics as well as film. Members are invited to offer suggestions for future courses.