PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning is the only independent lifelong learning institute in the Pikes Peak region. It is a volunteer-driven membership organization that is open to all adults. PILLAR produces over 300 liberal arts and science lifelong learning opportunities each year for those young at heart. In addition, there are community lectures by community leaders, Living History portrayals, Reader's Theater performances, day tours and extended trips.
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.
Mission and Vision
Mission: To provide lifelong learning, volunteer, and social opportunities to adults.
Vision: To remain the foremost provider of lifelong learning through non-credit classes, lectures, field trips, and special interest groups that support our mission.