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Community Education: Engage. Enrich. Inspire.

Mission Statement
The mission of District 518 Community Education is to engage people in lifelong learning; enrich lives through shared experiences; and inspire personal growth and community connections.

The Community Education Classes and Activities catalog is mailed to area residents quarterly and also available online. We hope you will find a class that interests you. To sign up for a class, please call 507-376-6105.  To register online, click here.

The spring Classes & Activities catalog will be mailed to residents the week of March 7.


  • Sign up Now for Succession Planning - class begins Jan. 31

    Succession Planning is the process that business owners use to make plans for when they retire or move on. It can involve developing internal people to fill key leadership positions or the sale of the business to another business or individual. Succession planning and business transitions can take many years, so business owners of all ages are invited to participate. Additionally, entrepreneurs who are interested in opening a business are invited to attend to find out how to plan for and make the necessary connections to start a business. Community Education is offering a Succession Planning Training in Worthington, with monthly session January through May. For more information, or to register call Community Education at 507-376-6105.

    Dates: Jan. 31, Feb. 28, Mar. 16, Apr. 18 and May 9.
    Location: Worthington Event Center
    Cost: $95/person
    Facilitators: Steve Coleman and Tom Hubler, Platinum Group


  • Succession Planning: Getting Ready for the Next Generation

    Succession Planning is the process of identifying and developing new leaders who can replace seasoned leaders when they retire or move on. Worthington ISD 518 Community Education, along with other local agencies, have put together a series of five forums, meeting each month from January through May, 2017, at the Worthington Event Center. These forums will assist current small business owners and prospective new business owners with planning for their future. Cost is $95 for this event; attendance of four or more sessions will receive a discounted price on #MarketSmarter 2017 in June!  For further information see our online Winter 2016-17 catalog-pages 20 & 21. To register call 507-376-6105 or online by clicking here.


  • Prairie Elementary PASS Classes completed December 2, 2016

    Congratulations to the parents of Spanish and Karen Prairie Elementary students, who completed the 2016 Fall PASS (Parents Advocating for Student Success) program, with a graduation ceremony on December 2. The Spanish and Karen classes were facilitated by Pilar Hartshorn, with assistance from Lah Gay Htoo and Kennedy Say. We appreciate these parents for investing time to learn how to effectively advocate for the educational success of their children.

  • Middle School PASS classes concluded November 8, 2016

    Congratulations to the parents of the Middle School students, who completed the 7-week PASS (Parents Advocating for Student Success) program.  The Spanish class was facilitated by Adry Stafford and the Karen class by Adry Stafford, Lah Gay Htoo and Kennedy Say.  We appreciate the parents investing time to learn how to effectively help their children succeed in school.



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  • Southwest ABE Worthington consortium assumes oversight of Jackson ABE consortium

    For many years, Southwest ABE has had four consortium regions: Granite Falls, Marshall, Jackson and Worthington.  In March 2016, the Worthington and Jackson regions merged, upon the retirement of the Jackson ABE manager.  In the past Worthington ABE consortium covered 13 school districts and the Jackson ABE consortium covered 10 school districts.

    So as we begin the new fiscal year, the Worthington ABE consortium will provide administrative oversight and fiscal management for its first full year as an expanded consortium with territory covering 23 school districts.  ABE Coordinator Marty Olsen has been working hard over the last three months to make the transition as smoothly as possible.  Carolina Contreras has been hired to handle additional secretarial duties associated with the expanded region.  She will also coordinate literacy volunteers for Worthington ABE.  

    Worthington Community Education is pleased to be collaborating with the staff in Jackson ABE consortium area to continue providing quality adult education opportunities!



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Community Education
West Learning Center
117 11th Ave
Worthington, MN 56187
Phone: 507.376.6105
Director: Sharon Johnson

communityed@isd518.net

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