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                PILLAR's Story

PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning is the only independent lifelong learning institute in the Pikes Peak region and throughout southern Colorado.  It is a volunteer-driven membership organization that is open to all adults.   PILLAR produces liberal arts and science classes for those young at heart.  For 25 years, PILLAR has created opportunities where older adults can come to socialize, volunteer, and keep their brains active through curiosity and learning.  


PILLAR was originally known as the Peak Institute of Living, Learning and Rejuvenation. It was founded in March of 1998 and was originally an institute for learning in retirement supported by Pikes Peak Community College and inspired by Elderhostel (now Road Scholar).  In 1999, PILLAR's first term had 9 classes.  In 2000, there was a change of leadership at PPCC.   So in 2001, PILLAR became an independent 501c3 nonprofit.


PILLAR has spread lifelong learning throughout the Pikes Peak region of Colorado and now through Zoom around the country.  There are three class catalogs a year, with exciting classes and interesting instructors, who are local and who are from other parts of the world.


Most classes are in the PILLAR classroom, but some are on Zoom.  But you don't have to live in the Pikes Peak region to enjoy PILLAR classes.    Anyone, anywhere, can take or teach a PILLAR class!

We believe that everyone should keep learning.

Our Mission

Our Mission

 To provide lifelong learning, volunteer, and social opportunities for engaged adults.

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Our Vision

PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning seeks to stimulate adult brain health through interactive learning, volunteer, and social opportunities.

Our Financials


Making a Difference in The Lives of Older Adults

Partner Organizations 2024

Inn at Garden Plaza

Palisades at Broadmoor Park


Sponsors 2024

Pinnacol Dentistry

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