What is DCLIR?


Door County Learning in Retirement (DCLIR) is a membership organization, non-profit, established and sponsored in partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Sturgeon Bay Campus. We have over 600 members, retired and semi-retired people who desire to explore new and exciting ideas, enjoy being with others to share experiences, knowledge and wisdom, and like making new friends.


DCLIR is one of twelve Lifelong Learning programs in the state of Wisconsin. The Lifelong Learning programs throughout the country are established, planned, and maintained by volunteers. We choose topics of interest to our members and expect that the members assist in the planning and execution of the programs. There are three standing committees:, Curriculum, Finance, and Social, which are overseen by the Board of Directors/Steering Committee. The Board of Directors is comprised of the elected president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and three elected members at large. As a result of revised By Laws, the Steering Committee is now referred to as the Board of Directors,  consisting of the elected positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Members-at-Large.  The Steering Committee now consists of the non-elected Standing Committee chairs, the Past President, NWTC's Sturgeon Bay Campus Manager and at least one of the DCLIR office assistant.


DCLIR classes are located at NWTC - Sturgeon Bay Campus at 229 N. 14th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. Phone (920) 746-4947. We are fortunate to have been provided office space and phone by NWTC. The LIR office, room 121A, is open Monday-Friday, from 9am-1pm. Our e-mail address is:


DCLIR offers a year of programming for the $50 annual membership fee. The year begins September 1 and ends August 31. This includes the Fall and Spring semesters of programming, and any Summer Safari activities as scheduled.  If you join in January, the Spring semester membership fee is $35.  There is no limit to the number of courses/activities in which you may participate.


DCLIR is dedicated to facilitating quality lifelong learning in an open, ongoing forum for older adults in Northeastern Wisconsin. The demographics of our geographical area indicate that we have a population that would value and support such a program. This seems to be the case, as we were newly established in 2005 and are proud to have 135 charter members.​​​​​​​​​​​​​