Community Ed at Wright Middle

By Lauren Zimmerman

This Fall Nashville Community Education began expanding into the Nashville community by opening a new location at Antioch High ImageSchool. Recently, the principal of Wright Middle School reached out to us and through this new partnership we will be offering classes at Wright Middle School in the Glencliff area during the upcoming Winter semester. Below, our Executive Director answers some questions about NCE expansion.

Why did you choose this year to start expanding into the community?

NCE has always had a mission to provide our classes to the entire Nashville area.  We have been able to grow our Cohn location to over 1500 students a year, so I felt we were at a place where we could handle expansion to new locations.

What have you learned from the first semester at Antioch High School?

Antioch was a great learning experience for the team. We were able to see first-hand the differences between each neighborhood. Antioch taught us that we have to develop a marketing strategy for instructors and students that is specific to each new area.

What are your goals for the program at Wright Middle School?

My hope for Wright is that we are able to engage parents of the school, as well as community members from the surrounding areas. I hope we become a resource for all the diverse members of the community and that we are able to provide classes that are beneficial to our students.  Additionally, I hope that we are able to build a model partnership that can be replicated throughout Nashville and other areas.

Where do you see expansion going from here?

Expansion for NCE is a delicate balance of partnership, opportunity, and resources. We plan to eventually serve all areas of Nashville. We currently serve West Nashville and Southeast Nashville. I would like to expand to North Nashville as well as East Nashville in the near future. However, we have to plan as a team to develop the best plan for future expansion to other areas.

Look for our catalog and more updates in early December!

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  • Lauren Zimmerman – Lauren Zimmerman is a native of Middle Tennessee and a graduate of Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics. Lauren first served a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Community Education. After her year of service, she joined the department officially as the Communications Coordinator, responsible for managing all print and digital media, department websites, external communications, and social media.
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