Worcester Institute for Senior Education

A Central Massachusetts Lifelong Learning Program

Since 1993, Assumption College has hosted the Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE), a lifelong learning institute for older adults in Central Massachusetts who share a love of learning and community engagement. WISE is a member-run organization in which peer learning, participation and leadership are valued. Members develop a full schedule of educational and cultural programs, running from September into June. New members are always welcome!

New to WISE?

The WISE Program is located on the Assumption College campus. The office is in Maison 203B, located near the entrance of campus. Please visit the FAQ page on our website to learn more about the program.

You can also learn more about WISE by calling the office at 508-767-7513. The office manager, Jill Lagana, or WISE director, Susan Perschbacher, are happy to answer any questions! Our number is 508-767-7513.


WISE Office Hours:      

Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.


WISE Classes and Activities

WISE is largely class-oriented. For the annual membership fee of $250, a WISE member can take multiple classes in each of the four terms. (Approximately 18 courses are offered each term.)

In addition to classes, other WISE-sponsored events include: Brown Bag lectures, museum trips, special luncheons, a Worcester night out, Movie Club, Book Club, Baseball Club, and many leadership opportunities. These special WISE events are offered for members and open to guests when there is space available.

Want to learn more?

Visit, http://assumptionwise.org/, for the latest course offerings, events schedule, membership benefit information, and more. This site also has instructions for joining WISE.