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Become a Member of LINEC!

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 younger adults.

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

Fall (October and November)
Spring (April and May)
Summer (July)

Contact Us


: NEC Box 75, 98 Bridge Street, Henniker, NH 03242
registrar at 603.717.9632

What’s New?

LINEC Spring Courses 2015 Online is now available with classes starting March and April. LINEC Printable Schedule


Printable Registration Form

Membership and Registration Fees

Membership fees for the academic year (September to August) are:

$35 for an individual

$50 for a household 

After membership fees are paid each year, registration for each term is $15. Members may take as many courses as they desire during that term. Fees and registration costs cover the expenses of printing, mailing, and administering the LINEC program.
Note: Summer registration is $15 per person, valid for the summer semester only.

Membership Benefits

  • Catalogs describing all LINEC courses to be offered for each term
  • Invitation to LINEC’s annual meeting held every September at NEC
  • Borrow LINEC course tapes and videos that are stored in the Danforth Library
  • Reduced fee for per-credit NEC courses
  • Ability to audit one NEC course per semester on a space-available basis at no cost
  • Invitations to special college events at NEC
  • Use of the resources at the NEC’s Danforth Library

Questions or to request a catalog:


LINEC, NEC Box 75,
New England College
Henniker, NH 03242

603-717-9632 to Fran Philippe, Curriculum Chair

Here’s What Members Say About LINEC: 

“LINEC assures lifelong learners that there is no end to inquiry, no end to education, no end to the pleasure of learning.”
– Heleen Kurk, Weare

“LINEC is a great way to share one’s love of learning with others.”
– Gail Beckett, Henniker

“As a retired teacher I thoroughly enjoyed presenting material to a class of other retirees. I found that I learned far more than I anticipated due to the questions raised by a roomful of mature inquiring minds with varied backgrounds.”
– George Chase, Hopkinton

“Each spring and fall I can’t wait for classes to begin. And the “Current Issues” course I look forward to throughout the year.”
– Sally Chase, Hopkinton

“LINEC courses have enriched my life and given me the opportunity to meet people I really enjoy.”
– Sandy Dallaire, Concord

“LINEC is a wonderful way to keep learning, spending time and making friendships.”
– Judith Eliasberg, Concord

“LINEC ‘s classes have given me the chance to fill in a lot of the courses there just wasn’t  time for in college. It has been wonderful to learn with LINEC’s lively students.”
– Rosanne Fisch, Bow

“It’s the opportunity to enjoy, be entertained and enrich the next stage of one’s life.”
– Helen Moffatt, Contoocook

History of LINEC

New England College has been involved in providing educational opportunities for older adults since the beginning of the Elder-hostel 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 was the first Chair. Committees were formed and the first statement of policy was drafted.

Classes started in the spring of 1990.  The rest is history, which is well documented in course brochures, Steering Committee and Annual Meeting minutes.  At our Annual Meeting in the fall of 20`4 LINEC will celebrate its 25th Anniversary. We continue to be inspired by the dedication of those who guided LINEC through its formative years and by the talents and gifts of its members since that time.

LINEC continues to offer courses in most disciplines: science and technology, philosophy, literature, art and music, social sciences, mathematics and film.  Members are invited to offer suggestions for future courses.

LINEC is a member of the Road Scholar Institute Network (RSIN)

LINEC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration took place in the Great Room at the Simon Center at NEC, on September 13, 2014. Luncheon was served at noon, followed by a welcome by Stephen Waters, LINEC Chair; a welcome by Michele Perkins, NEC president and by guest speaker, Steve Lembke, Vice President of Road Scholar Institute. A recognition of LINEC’s faculty and honored guests ensued. Over 65 members attended. Please click on the link and view wonderful photos taken during this event by Dave Feltus.

Images of LINEC’s 25th Anniversary

Steering Committee 2015 – 2016

This committee administers the programs and tends the business of the organization.

Chair: Steve Waters | 746-1079

Vice Chair: Lee Marcroft

Secretary: Charlotte DeBell

Treasurer: Lee DeBell

Registrar/Membership: Heleen Kurk

Curriculum: Fran Philippe, Chair | 717-9632 | frannyo38@icloud.com

Catalog: Edda Poggio, Chair; Fran Philippe, Editor

Anne McCausland and Gail Beckett, proof-readers

Nominating: Jane Waters, Susan Feltus

Mailing:  Abbyann Wasilew

Publicity/Marketing/Website Liaison: Tamara Craig, Chair

Auditor: Judy Eliasberg

College Liaison: Sachiko Howard


With the permanent green parking permits displayed, LINEC members can park anywhere on campus. Parking registration forms are available the first week of classes each term.


From the North: Take routes 89 or 93 South to Route 202. Travel West on Route 202 to Route 114, which is the Henniker exit. Take Route 114 South into Henniker.

From the East: Take Route 202 West to Route 114, then Route 114 South into Henniker

From the South: Take Route 114 North to Henniker or get on Route 202 and proceed East to Route 114. Take Route 114 South to Henniker.

From the West: Take Route 31 or Route 9 to Hillsboro and get on Route 202 East to Route 114. Take Route 114 South to Henniker.