Community Education

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. Select link to register online.

The Spring 2020 Community Classes & Activities catalog was mailed on February 14, 2020.         

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Community Education Office will be closing at 3:00 pm on December 20 and 31, 2019.

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If District 518 cancels school for the day or releases students early for weather reasons, it is our policy to cancel all Community Education Enrichment, Early Childhood and Adult Basic Education classes and activities.  Call our office at 376-6105 or listen to the local radio stations for announcements.

News & Updates

  • Music Explorers Festival 2020

    Worthington District 518 is excited to offer the Music Explorers Festival (formerly the Festival of the Young Musician) again.  The festival is held every other year in southwest Minnesota. This music festival features a guest clinician and several master teachers who work with the students throughout the day. Students in grades 4-6 are chosen by their local school music teachers or are members of the Worthington Community Education’s Celebration Chorus. The Music Explorers Festival will feature outstanding music teachers who will share with the students varied music activities such as percussion, folk dance, orff, ukulele, and many other options. Vocal music is a key cornerstone and will be a major part of the experience. This is an exploratory type festival that will require little prior preparation by the teacher and students. During the day the students will learn and experience several aspects of music and then present their accomplishments in a culminating "informance"concert at the end of the day. Registration cost is $20 per student (non-refundable) to cover the day’s sessions, materials, snack and lunch. Contact your music teacher and let them know of your interest in this event. Home-schooled students are also welcome to attend. The festival will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 at Prairie Elementary in Worthington.  Partial funding is provided by Nobles County Integration Collaborative. 

  • PASS Classes Offered in January and February at West Learning Center

    District 518 will be offering “Parents Advocating for Student Success” (PASS) classes in January and February. The upcoming PASS classes are for parents who have children in Kindergarten through grade 8. PASS continues to adapt to the changing needs of families in District 518. Since 2006, this program has served to inform, empower and inspire parents to take an active role in helping their children succeed in school. The 2-session classes will be about “Expectations and Structure Help Children Learn” and “Why You Should Promote Positive Relationships and Set a Good Example”. Sessions are offered in English, Spanish and Karen on Tuesday evenings or Friday mornings. For more information or to sign up for classes, call 507-370-3682. To sign up for Karen classes, call 507-727-1205.

  • Worthington Leadership Perspectives

    Worthington Leadership Perspectives is a leadership training designed to develop leaders who are informed, motivated and qualified. This is a collaborative effort by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and District 518 Community Education to engage and equip a new group of residents to step into leadership roles in the Worthington area. Join us for a year of personal growth and leadership development! The training involves 9 half-days, 1 full-day trip and a self-directed summer project that will begin in January 2020. Click here for a list of monthly topics, shown on page 23 of our winter Community Classes and Activities catalog. Enroll by calling the Community Education office at 507-376-6105 or online at

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