UFM Community Learning Center is a non-profit campus and community education program serving Kansas State University, the Manhattan area and communities across Kansas. UFM was started in 1968 by a group of KSU students and faculty as a way to bridge communication between the campus community and the Manhattan community. That year seven classes were offered with 150 people participating. The goal at that time was to provide opportunities for students and faculty to interact more easily with the community and to serve a variety of people in the community.
The original name of the organization was University for Man. In the early 1990’s it was changed to University for Mankind. In 1999, the words were eliminated, but the well-known initials UFM were retained and additional explanatory words, Community Learning Center were added. The official name is now, UFM Community Learning Center.
UFM is best known for its catalog of noncredit and credit classes offered each semester. But, UFM offers much more than that. UFM has been involved in the creation of numerous programs and services in the Manhattan area. UFM collaborates with other groups in the community to address unmet needs in the area. Currently UFM sponsors a teen mentoring program, a community garden, a social justice lecture series, programming for older adults and an enrichment program for special needs adults.
Based on the philosophy that everyone can learn and everyone can teach, UFM provides opportunities for lifelong learning and personal development. UFM serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and as a catalyst for new programs and services that enhance the quality of life for all. For more information about UFM, call (785) 539-8763 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.