What is Community Education


Community Education is an opportunity for local citizens and community schools, agencies, and institutions to become active partners in addressing education and community concerns.

Community Education brings community members together to identify and link community needs and resources in a manner that helps people to help to themselves raise the quality of life in their communities.

Community Education is a unique education concept that embraces these beliefs:  Education is a lifelong process; everyone in the community individuals, businesses, public and private agencies shares responsibility for the mission of educating all members of the community; and citizens have a right and a responsibility to be involved in determining community needs, identifying community resources, and linking those needs and resources to improve their community.

Community Education results in:  A responsive education system and an improved learning climate in the schools; efficient and cost-effective ways of delivering education and community services; broad-based community support for schools and other community agencies; an emphasis on special populations, such as at-risk youth and minorities; and collective action among all education and community agencies to address quality of life issues.

Working together through Community Education communities can address such concerns as child care and extended day care programs; substance abuse; senior citizen services; student achievement/school effectiveness; community pride/support for schools; unemployment/underemployment; literacy/diploma and degree completion; community economic development; and many other community ideas.

If you or your business/organization have a need that Community Education could address of if you have resources to share, please contact Tracy Area Community Education at 629-5510. For further information about Community Education in Minnesota log on to www.mn-mcea.org