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 Winter 2019-20 Community Classes & Activities catalog was mailed on December 5, 2019.         

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

  • 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

  • Vintage Camp (Gr. 3-8)

    Enroll in our summer vintage camp and learn an old craft, including cooking, painting, sewing, jewelry designing, paper crafts and more. Our experienced instructors will share their skills during this 3-day camp held July 15-17, 2019 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm, at the Worthington Middle School. Children will choose one morning and one afternoon project to complete. Classes are limited to 10 students. The $60 fee includes all materials and lunch for the three days. Click here for a list of project choices, shown on pages 8 and 9 of our summer Community Classes and Activities catalog. Enroll by calling the Community Education office at 507-376-6105 or online at

  • #Market Smarter - June 19, 2019

    Register today for the 5th Annual #Market Smarter event on Wednesday, June 19 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Worthington Event Center. This year’s #Market Smarter event features keynote speaker, Nancy Lyons, recognized locally and nationally for her role as owner and CEO of Clockwork, along with other distinguished speakers. The day includes breakout sessions with a panel of local social media experts. Early registration is $69 per person, $89 after June 1. To register, call Community Education at 507-376-6105 or online at

  • Community Education invites the public to School Readiness (preschool) programs/graduations.

    The District 518 Even Start Family Literacy and School Readiness (preschool) classes are having year-end programs/graduations. Residents are welcome to attend any of these programs. Each program will last about 40-45 minutes.

    • Thursday, May 23, 9:00 a.m. 3-day/week Even Start
    • Thursday, May 23, 10:45 a.m. 3-day/week School Readiness morning classes
    • Thursday, May 23, 3:00 p.m. 3-day/week School Readiness afternoon classes
    • Friday, May 24, 10:45 a.m. 1-day/week School Readiness class
    • Wednesday, May 29, 10:45 a.m. 4-day/week School Readiness morning class
    • Wednesday, May 29, 3:00 p.m. 4-day/week School Readiness afternoon class

    All of these programs will be held in the West Learning Center in the large gym.  Enter through door 1 on Turner Avenue.  Walk straight ahead; the gym is on the right side of the hall.  

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