40+ Year Old Nashville Community Education Gets ‘Winterized’ in Time for New Semester

40+ Year Old Nashville Community Education Gets ‘Winterized’ in Time for New Semester

Adult Education Program Rolls Out New Website, Tagline, and Blog

Nashville, TN (January 15, 2013)— For more than 40 years Nashville Community Education has been a staple in adult education—evolving from a MNPS department into a now stand alone agency. While classes have varied over the years, there is a consistent theme to meet the needs of the community through personal and professional development; serving as inspiration for a hobby, job and career preparedness, or just a great place to meet lifelong friends.  With 75 classes, the new catalog provides something for every age group (12 and up).  Classes begin January 22, 2013 at the Cohn Learning Center, 4805 Park Avenue.

The top of the year is met with great excitement as NCE rolls out some new branding initiatives which includes an upgraded http://www.Nashville.gov/CE website, designed to be more user friendly and interactive; the use of social platforms like Facebook and Twitter and the latest addition, The Connection blog; and the new tagline–Connect, Impact, and Explore—meant to provoke action from students, teachers and the community.  It will encourage students to connect with a variety of classes, excite residents to impact others through teaching, and allow participants to explore new opportunities as a result of the program.  Later in the month there will also be the addition of the new online registration system that allows for more convenient class selection and payment;

“We have taken a great deal of time to listen to the needs of the community, and I am proud to say we have worked diligently to implement many of those additions,” shares Executive Director Lovette Curry, Esq. She goes on to say, “As such, we have seen an increase by more than double in enrollment and participation in our programs and are forecasting a tripling of our numbers from 2011.”

As a community organization, NCE has created a strong partnership program that aligns new reasonably priced classes with the community who would benefit most from them.  Along with a consortium of courses in technology, art, language, and fitness, there are new and returning community and business partnerships. New Horizons will provide more specialized technology classes; the UT Extension EFNEP program will enable those eligible for WIC, SNAP or Head Start to learn about hands-on nutrition; and Financial Literacy hosted for six weeks by local financial institutions will teach the basics of banking, how to budget, understanding credit, and more.  A favorite from last semester will also be returning, The People’s Law School presented by The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, and will present eight weeks of key legal issues.  As a result of these partnerships, each of these classes, outside of New Horizons, will be offered at no cost to the students.

Registration is currently open and is encouraged prior to the class date, although students can sign up for classes, as available, through the first day of class.  Many classes start January 22 and registration is available online, in-person, or through the mail.  For more information visit http://www.Nashville.gov/CE, call 615-298-8050 or give us your feedback on Facebook.com/NashvilleCEC or Twitter.com/NashvilleCEC.

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