Infinite Campus: Parents - Staff - Students

Community Education: Engage. Enrich. Inspire.

Director: Sharon Johnson

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 connectedness.

The fall Classes and Activities catalog was mailed to area residents on July 31. We hope you will find a class that interests you. For more information or to sign up for a class, please call 507-376-6105.  If you would like to register online, click here to go to the Enrichment Programs page

Events and Announcements

Sign up now for a technology class through Community Ed

Community Education has a variety of technology classes for adults coming up yet this fall.  We invite you to sign up for one of the following learning opportunities:

October 21 - Twitter Basics, 6:30-8 p.m. Learn how to set up a Twitter account and begin tweeting.
November 17 - Skype and Facetime Basics, 6:30-8 p.m. Learn how to video chat using Skype and Facetime

For more information or to sign up, call 376-6105 or visit


Social Media Breakfast Club begins Wed., Nov. 5

Sign up now for the Social Media Breakfast Club.  It will meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, November through April.  First Wednesdays at Ben Lees, third Wednesdays at MN West.  7:45-8:55 a.m.
More details coming soon....

Volunteer Recognition held on July 24

Community Education recognized individuals who volunteer in the Adult Basic Education program on Thursday, July 24, 12:45 p.m. at the West Learning Center, large gym.  ABE students who had their writing published in the Journey's publication were also be recognized. 

We greatly appreciate the contributions that volunteers make to the success of our programs!

CE Advisory Council

Community Education has an Advisory Council which meets every-other month to provide input to the staff on goals, program direction and activities. Advisory Council meetings will be held at 4 p.m. in the main Community Education office on the fourth Monday of every-other month. 

Community Education Advisory Council members include: Ethan Bates, David Benson, Jill Cuperus, Rick Dalrymple, Jacoba Nagel, Gretchen O'Donnell, Scott Rosenberg, Maggie Sanchez, Kathy Solt and Rita VanderKooi.   We appreciate the individuals who volunteer their time to serve on our Advisory Council!

ISD 518 Early Childhood programs earn 4-Star Rating

The Early Childhood department recently earned at 4-Star Rating from Parents Aware for its School Readiness programs.  Congratulations to Early Childhood Coordinator Tara Thompson and the Early Childhood staff on this accomplishment.

Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) recognized local Community Education Enrichment Program with a 2013 Project Award

On October 30, the Minnesota Community Education Association recognized District 518 Community Education with a 2013 Regional Project Award. Enrichment Program Coordinator, Anne Foley was acknowledged and presented with a plaque at the annual MCEA banquet in Minneapolis, MN. This award recognized the collaborative efforts of District 518 Community Education and the Nobles County Senior Concerns Committee for planning and hosting a Boomer Summit in March and a follow up event called “Senior Days, Boomer Nights” at the Nobles County Fair in August, 2013. These events were successful due to teamwork and collaboration by many local agencies and organizations, including, but not limited to Community Education. Senior Concerns Committee representatives were recognized for this award selection at the December ISD 518 School Board meeting.