Technology and Older Workers - Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Although the prevailing attitudes may be that older workers aren't keeping pace with technology, recent studies show that this may not be the case!


At the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCA, shared opportunities to teach or learn new skills are abundant.   For a nominal $25 school-year membership, you can not only leverage Reuter Center Building classes but the Ramsey Library resources at the center of the campus.  Pass on the $125 parking fee by riding the Asheville N1 or N2 bus.  It runs every half hour and the UNC Asheville campus has 5 bus stops.  Two bus stops are sheltered.

Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College 

A-B Technical Community College also offers

  • Continuing education technology classes
  • Free small business center (SBC) classes
Classes are held in Asheville, Enka, South-Asheville, and in Madison County.

Blue Ridge Community College

Like A-B Tech, BRCC offers classes in Hendersonville and Brevard.

  • Continuing education technology classes
  • Free small business center (SBC) classes

NC Works Online

North Carolina Works Online employment-assistance has resources online, but also locations in Buncombe, Henderson, and Madison Counties for job-related / employability learnings.


Nowadays volunteering has many technology-engaged skills.  Take your soft skills experience and learn new technology skills including:

  • Email management
  • Password management
  • Cloud storage strategies, including photography
  • Apple vs Microsoft vs Google vs Yahoo and others
  • Online shopping tips
Do you have other specific tips?