New Oakmont Lifelong Learning Launched

A record crowd of close 250 people gathered at the Berger Center for the Oakmont Lifelong Learning (OLL) Fall Semester Class Preview that featured OLL board members and senior officials from Santa Rosa Junior College celebrating a new partnership between the two organizations.

Dr. Doug Garrison, chief architect of the agreement between the groups, offered a vision of the new OLL: “We heard you are thrilled to start offering classes on a variety of topics, that are of different durations, offered at different times, by different instructors, for
less money than before.”

Dr. Frank Chong, the SRJC president/ superintendent followed Garrison. “Lifelong learning is a core value of mine and it is a commitment of
SRJC to bring educational opportunities into the community for people of every age,” said Dr. Chong. “We are delighted to be partners with Oakmont and welcome all of you into our family of community education programs. I am thrilled to witness the number of people who came today, the dedication of your volunteers and your enthusiasm for continued learning.”

Lifelong Learning officers with SRJC Trustee Jeff Kunde. Back row, from left, Kunde, Marlena Cannon, David Beach, Kay Wittes, Peggy Cummins, Doug Garrison. Front row, from left, Kathie Brix, Evelyn Howard, Carol Cotton. (Photo by Julie Kiil)

Jeff Kunde, fourth generation wiemaker and 12-year representative of the East County District of the SRJC Board of Trustees, offered congratulations to the new partnership. “I’d like to congratulate Oakmont for this partnership with the SRJC. Our family has been here for over 100 years. I went to school there and so did my kids. I’m on the board because I want to give back to the community, and I believe in Santa Rosa Junior College,” Kunde said.

Following presentations by fall semester instructors, Dr. Jeffrey Rhoades, SRJC Director of Community and Contract Education said, “This
is an exciting opportunity for both of us. Today’s program is the beginning of a sustainable partnership where I believe both organizations share mutual goals and missions. We look forward to growing this partnership by bringing new resources to Oakmont like our Chamber Concert Series, our Tauzer lectures and many other events that have been offered only on our campus.”

Classes start on a staggered schedule beginning on Monday, September 17. More information on the classes and how to register is inside this newspaper and online at