Summer 2016: Register now!

There are manSummer 16 Catalog Covery wonderful new classes this session, plus lots of returning favorites. We know summer is an eventful season, so we’re offering plenty of shorter classes and one-time workshops to fit with any schedule. You can register in person, over the phone, through the mail, or online!

I am a bit of a foodie, so I am looking forward to our cooking classes including a seasonal eating series with the Nashville Farmers’ Market and our “Whole Wheat Bread Basics” workshop.

After all that snacking I’ll go burn some calories in our new “Beginning Running” class where we’ll cover topics like training, stretching, and gear before the class heads out on a weekly jog. Then I’ll stimulate my mind and soul in “Meditation & Aromatherapy” or maybe “Self-Care: Cultivating a Morning Ritual.”

No matter what classes you decide to take, NCE thanks you for helping us enrich the diverse fabric of Nashville.

Mary Beth Harding
Executive Director

Welcome New NCE Team Member: Joshua Hill

Josh Hill Portrait By Sam AngelWe are excited to announce and welcome Joshua Hill to the Nashville Community Education team! Joshua will be joining us as our new Administrative Officer, in charge of providing administrative support to the organization. Joshua is a graduate of Specs Howard School of Media Arts with a degree in video production and graphic design and has over 10 years office administration experience. He will work to manage the customer experience and work closely with the Executive Director to complete important administrative tasks.

We took a few moments to ask Joshua some “get-to-know-you” questions in hopes that he just might share with us his deepest secrets. We didn’t get all of his secrets but we did learn that he is a perfect fit for Nashville Community Education.

How did you learn about NCE?

At my previous job, some coworkers and I were talking about the great classes that Nashville Community Education offers. After that I started to research more about the organization and quickly found myself impressed with the mission and the communities that NCE serves.

What are the 3 words that best describe you?

Caring, excitable, quirky

What is your favorite part about working with NCE so far?

It is so great to work at NCE! The staff, volunteer instructors and students are all so excited to teach, learn and grow. It is infectious and really has made every day here a joy to walk through the door in the morning.

What class are you excited to take during the upcoming Summer Session?

There are so many great classes but since I have to choose, I would say that my favorites are the Beginning Running and Whole Wheat Bread Basics classes! I honestly had a list of seven classes that I wanted to take but I figured with my new job that I should start out slow.

What are you hoping to accomplish during your time at NCE?

I am working to duplicate weekly that look of accomplishment and pride on a student’s face when they have completed a class. So many students are excited about what they have learned and can’t wait to go and use that in their everyday lives. I am humbled knowing that I will be a part of the process to help them. That motivates me.

Join us in welcoming Joshua to our team! When you stop by a class or call into the office, please take a minute to say hello and get to know Joshua better.

For more information on Nashville Community Education, visit Registration opens May 2, classes begin 31.

Professional Development: Acting for Askers

National speaker and trainer, Ed Hohlbein is pleased to announce the launch of “Acting for Askers,” a new training program being launched in conjunction with Nashville Community Education. Geared towards anyone looking to develop greater connection with clients, coworkers and potential prospects or donors, the 5-w eek course will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:30pm beginning J anuary 25th at our Cohn School location.

The program, which provides a step-by-step guide for implementing basic acting techniques into daily life, is designed to infuse greater focus, empathy, and creativity into a more successful “ask.” Relying on his unique background and organic journey from classically trained actor and communications instructor to numerous years of experience working with a broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations, Hohlbein has seen the tremendous impact that the application of these principles can have on a business and its client relationships.

He shares, “I’ve seen through my own experience as well as organizations I’ve trained, that these skills so fundamental to theater training can make a huge impact in developing more relaxed, authentic connections. I believe they can be beneficial to everyone – from the nonprofit professional seeking donations to the person looking to approach his or her manager about a well-deserved raise. I look forward to helping people tap into their inner askers.”

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Trainer and speaker, Ed Hohlbein, blends his unique experiences as an actor , communications professor, nonprofit asker, and self-confessed “ dataholic” to provide clients with fresh, new approaches towards solving their data system dilemmas as well as tools to create more authentic business connections and a more successful “ask.” He brings 17+ years of experience across a variety of roles within the world of nonprofit fundraising including data management, major gifts, grant research and individual philanthropy to a diverse list of clients such as HCA, Atlanta Ronald McDonald House, Presbyterian College, Melanoma Research Foundation and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.